The East Islip Pupil Personnel Department will present a special workshop for parents of children with autism this Thursday night. The speaker is Donna Thiele, a representative of the Riverhead-based Institute for Children with Autism and Related Disorders (ICA).

"What Do I Buy? Choosing the Right Toys for Children with Autism and Other Special Needs" takes place Dec. 15, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. in the district office board room at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue in Islip Terrace.

Additional seminars will follow on Feb. 16, 2012 ("Playdates 101") and April 26, 2012 ("Teaching Anger Management and Impulse Control Skills").

The workshop will include light refreshments.