Staff from the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and multiple additional programs united March 26, at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center as they hosted the first Family Support Expo.
Nearly 100 parents, children and family members made their way through the booths that promoted healthy habits for families. Professionals from vision care to occupational therapy were on-hand to answer questions and offer guidance.
“We want to educate parents so they can share with their kids a healthy lifestyle,” said Victor Garcia, EFMP Manager. “When we can get the family on board, it’s easier to lead by example and maintain healthy routines.”
With often more than 500 participating families, the Wiesbaden EFMP strives to ensure the community is aware of the various resources available on and off base.
Navigating Local Resources
Whether diagnosis is received before or after your arrival in Wiesbaden, EFMP staff assist families as they navigate the resources available on or off base.
“Our role is to help families as they move here, live here and leave here get the services each family needs,” said Shannea Morgan, EFMP Systems Navigator.
From health equipment to equine therapy, the EFMP staff prepares and stores data on resources that assist families in enhancing their daily experiences. The Expo was coordinated with the new and experienced families in mind.
“We’re here to be an advocate for the family and children. This expo was to help families get information from a variety of sources in a single location,” Morgan said. “We also wanted families to meet each other, too, so they can begin to build supportive relationships.”
More military families are seeking an increase in adult dependents, Morgan added. The EFMP provides assistance in finding programs, facilities and additional solutions for adults with specific needs as well.
Programs for All Families
One of the key components for EFMP participants is engage with the community, Morgan said. While the staff work to ensure all the resources participants need are available, they also work ensure families can connect with others.
“Inclusion is very important to the family,” Morgan said. “We have programs and events that include our participating families only, but also open to the public. We are one community.”
Panel presentations and information booths at the Expo were open to all families. From nutrition to organization, these are lifestyle habits and skills that benefit every family.
One such booth, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) helps all students gain independence as they transition into the middle and high school. Through the program, they learn to overcome obstacles, physical, mental or academic, to achieve success.
Students and their families can track assignments, tasks, activities calendars which help them to understand time management and lets the students organize their workload.
“The AVID program provides the tools all students need to plan and track their responsibilities that model real-world experiences,” said Millicent Dixon, AVID Site Team Coordinator at Wiesbaden Middle School. “We help teach and reinforce project management and life skills that help families and students.”
EFMP cannot promote any specific programs or groups publicly. The Expo allowed the various support programs to gather and highlight their services to participants.
Upcoming EFMP Events
|Bowling||2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm||WEC – Hainerberg|
|Mini Series – Communication||Tuesday, April 16 from 11 am to 2 pm||WEC – Hainerberg|
|Mini Series – Behavior Modification||Tuesday, April 23 from 11 am to 2 pm||WEC – Hainerberg|
|Mini Series – Self Regulation||Tuesday, April 30 from 11 am to 2pm||WEC – Hainerberg|
|Easter Egg Hunt||Saturday, April 20 from 1 -3 pm||Wiesbaden Lodge Playground – Hainerberg|