Speaking Engagements

Laura Marshak and Fran Prezant have presented nationally and internationally to groups concerned with raising children with disabilities including keynote addresses, weekend marriage and parent retreats as well as support group conferences. Presentations have ranged from hour-long talks to a 10-hour weekend program depending upon group requests. All talks are realistic (and often funny) while focused on practical ways that marriages or long-term relationships can be strengthened while still being very busy raising children with intensified needs.


Topics Include:

  • practical ways to protect your marriage
  • encouraging positive change
  • handling grief in a manner that also permits joy
  • ways to avoid common pitfalls that more commonly impact couples raising children with special-needs
  • handling heartfelt conflicts over differences in expectations and raising children with disabilities and or illnesses
  • protecting sex and romance when children have disorders that result in parental exhaustions
  • effective strategies for improving communication and problem solving
  • coping skills that are easy to use and help sustain individuals and marriages
  • reducing resentment and becoming a stronger team

Contact the authors for presentation and workshop arrangements.

Laura Marshak: Phone: 412-367-1481 x2  |  Email: marshak@iup.edu  |  Web: www.iup.edu/marshak

Fran Prezant: Phone: 516-375-6244  |  Email: fprezant@gmail.org