The Arthritis Foundation National JA Conference offers unique programming that you can’t get anywhere else. There are expert presentations and learning sessions, educational activities for kids, fun family activities and networking opportunities for parents and caregivers and kids of all ages (siblings, too!), plus a young adult track for those 18 years old and older.
Common topics for parent sessions at prior conferences have included: disease-specific, sibling-focused, sleep, educational rights, transitions, treatment, research, health issues, pain management, complementary therapies, nutrition, special sessions for dads – and more!
Children & Teen Program Track: The program is for kids with arthritis and siblings, too. It is organized by age groups, and each group will be supervised by a team of highly experienced professional program activity managers. Parents can concentrate on attending workshops and networking with others while their children participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities. All activities are designed to help children and teens overcome obstacles, recognize and accept differences in themselves and others, and build and maintain rewarding friendships that can last a lifetime. This program, along with several other planned recreational activities, makes this conference both a fun-filled and an educational experience for all ages.
Young Adult Program Track: This program provides young adults who are 18 and older who have juvenile arthritis or another type of rheumatic disease the unique opportunity to learn about living well, coping, college and career and advocating for themselves as well as the cause. The Conference provides an enriching experience in a safe learning space surrounded by their peers. Experts are brought in to present and facilitate discussion on topics specific to challenges young adults face. Young adults leave with lasting friendships and new a sense of empowerment.
Parent and Caregiver Program Track: The parent program is designed is about learning and networking. Parents and caregivers learn about childhood arthritis and rheumatic diseases, caring for an affected child and the effects the disease can have on the whole family. Sessions are led by experts in their fields who will present both basic and advanced information. The workshops will help answer many of the questions parents have about treatment, the role of the family, school issues, dealing with emotions, coping mechanisms and much more. Networking sessions and other opportunities provide parents with chance to meet others who live near them or have things in common. Long-term friendships take root at this Conference!
Join Us at the National Juvenile Arthritis Conference 2016
Registration for both locations opens January 2016.