May 1, 2021 – 11 am – Parenting Tips and Sib Support

This relaxed one hour presentation will focus on such parenting topics as:

  • Limit Setting,
  • Chores,
  • Advocating,
  • Being in Charge,
  • Asking for Help and
  • Knowing What You Want.

Dr. Tom Fish, Coastal BUDS Board President, will share his experiences/tips based on having worked with families of children and adults with Down syndrome for forty years. He will also present on the topics of Understanding and Supporting Siblings individuals with Down syndrome. Subsequent group and/or individual sessions can be arranged.

Tom Fish PhD obtained a master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University and PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling from The Ohio State University. He spent 8 years in the field of mental health in Boston and Phoenix, before embarking on a 39-year career at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center where he taught, supervised students, conducted research and developed programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Dr. Fish has authored four books and several journal articles as well as being the recipient of over three million dollars in eternal grants and contracts. Dr. Fish is a nationally recognized authority on sibling relationships, having developed adult information and support programs both in Ohio and across the country.

Tom was the founder of the Next Chapter Book Club, the largest community-based reading program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the world. Dr. Fish was also co-founder of the largest and longest standing program serving young adults with high functioning autism and their families.

Dr. Fish received a Community Hero Award in 2018 from the Columbus Dispatch Newspaper for his commitment to community service. Dr. Fish was the 2017 recipient of the National Service Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In 1999, he received a Mary Switzer Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation.