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KATY (Covering Katy News) — Roller coasters can be fun. Sometimes, they can be hectic. Life with a child with autism can be a bit like a roller coaster ride, filled with ups and downs. To help family members understand more about life with a child on the autism spectrum, The Arc of Katy is hosting a free educational seminar on Oct. 22.

As part of its ongoing Empowerment Through Knowledge (ETK) educational series, The Arc of Katy will host Surviving the Roller Coaster of Life with Autism. The educational session will be held 7 - 8:30 p.m., Oct. 22 at Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, Texas 77450 and will feature Dr. Karen Jaggers.

“Hosting ETK sessions for family members living with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) is an important part of our mission,” said Fred Shafer, President of The Arc of Katy. “This ETK session will be especially helpful because when a child with a developmental disability like autism is introduced into a family, the dynamics often change dramatically.”

To help families navigate those dynamics, the Oct. 22 ETK session will provide parents and family members with strategies for surviving the challenges of life with a child on the autism spectrum.

As a parent of a son on the autism spectrum, as well as a counseling professional, Dr. Jaggers presents a unique perspective of effective strategies to maintain sanity, marriage and family.

“Living with a child on the autism spectrum brings additional challenges and stress to family life,” Dr. Jaggers said. “So it’s important to have strategies for dealing with these challenges. During the ETK session, we will look at a number of helpful techniques and strategies.”

Dr. Jaggers, a Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor with Stokan, Jaggers and Associates, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the ETK educational session. She has dedicated the past 15 years of her life to helping families and individuals in the Katy and Houston area as a disability advocate, behavior and educational consultant, speaker, and group leader specializing in helping children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Additionally, Dr. Jaggers is co-founder and past president of Katy Autism Support and a member of the Katy ISD Parent Special Education Advisory Committee. 

“We’re thrilled Dr. Jaggers will lead this educational session that will be very helpful for those living with a child with autism,” Shafer said. “These ETK educational sessions are possible thanks to the generous support of the Katy community.”

The Oct. 22 ETK educational session is free to attend. Those interested can register on The Arc of Katy website at:

The Arc of Katy empowers and enriches the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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