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November 2002

Release Date: November 22, 2002

Respite Program to Benefit Parents, Children with Disabilities

Happy Kids Night Out, a respite service for parents of children with disabilities, has been started in San Angelo to give those parents free time for an evening of entertainment or just relaxation without the worry of having to care for their children.

The new program developed by the Angelo State University Physical Therapy Department in conjunction with The House That Kerry Built is offered 6:30-9:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2781 West Ave. N.

Parents of children with physical, emotional or mental disabilities may leave those kids and their siblings at the church for three hours under the direction of qualified caregivers and volunteers, including ASU students in physical therapy, kinesiology and education.

To participate, parents must make reservations in advance by calling Kathryn Taylor, San Angelo Branch Director, The House That Kerry Built, 325-658-9144.

The program provides meals for the participating children. Children receive opportunities to participate in large and small motor play, arts, crafts and group activities. Activities are coordinated to each child's skill levels, according to ASU physical therapy faculty member Jennifer Leight, who serves as project director for Happy Kids Night Out.

Happy Kids Night Out is jointly sponsored by The House That Kerry Build, ASU Physical Therapy Department, ASU Kinesiology Department, ASU School of Education and American Homepatient.

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