SpEd Local Meetings & Seminars
My Kid's Electronic Gaming is Driving Me Crazy! How to Manage Screen Time
Wednesday, December 3rd, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Dan Glass, Ph.D., Psychologist
Ethan Rothstein Ph.D., Psychologist
Southfield Center, to Register, click here
Parent Circle: School Avoidance and Homework Battles- Why They Happen and What to Do
December 4, 7-8pm, Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities Office, 161 East Ave, Suite 104, Norwalk
When children avoid their homework or show signs of resisting going to school, parents are often at a loss. Special education advocate Anne Munkenbeck will share her knowledge of how to identify the possible root cause of the avoidance and how to quantify it. Anne will offer tips on how to work with your child’s school to get the support your child needs to get back on track. Parent Circles connect parents of children with learning disabilities and ADHD in a flexible discussion group where parents can learn from one another. Join us!
NAVIGATING YOUR CHILD'S IEP - SAVE THE DATE!
Understanding your child’s IEP can be difficult. This presentation given by WPS administrators will bring you through the document so that you are able to better participate in the Planning and Placement Team meeting.
Monday, December 9, 2019.
There will be TWO Sessions of this presentation: Session #1 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM and Session #2 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at Long Lots School.
RSVP to Mary Alvarez and please specify which session you would like to attend.
Your Kids’ Secrets about Drugs and Alcohol
Vaping? Pharming? Bowling? It can be difficult to speak with your kids about drugs and alcohol, especially when you don’t even know the language. Addiction, however, is a wide-ranging topic with dangerous, long-lasting consequences of illicit drug use, especially for teens and pre-teens with anxiety and depression, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, OCD, executive function disorder, and other regulatory issues. The recent trend of e-cigarettes and vaping has taken hold of kids as young as 12, who are under the mistaken impression that they pose few health risks. Co-sponsored by SPED*NET Wilton and SoNo Branch Library:SPED Matters.
December 10, 6-8.15pm
Norwalk Public Library, SONO Branch, 10 Washington Street
Whatever Happened to "Because I Say So!" : Exploring the Lost Hierarchy of Family Systems
January 22, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Lindsay Blass, Psy.D., Psychologist
Rebecca Strang, B.A., Behaviorist, Parent & Family Coach
Southfield Center, register here
Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life. Participants in this hands-on learning session will understand the importance of person-centered/futures planning, become familiar with the LifeCourse tools, and how to use them to support the development of the IEP and Transition Planning.
February 4 or April 2, 9am-3pm
Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.), 25 Oakview Drive, Trumbull, CT
Teens to Adult
Circle of Friends
If you or anyone you know is looking for a middle school or high school kid to come play with your SpEd child, Circle of Friends is a free program that provides just that. Please reach out to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Westport Public Schools has access to a Transition curriculum called Next Up. As part of parent training Next Up offers several webinars to families to assist with transition. The first webinar is on October 10th at 8pm ET - Assessing and Building your Student's Work Skills at Home. If you know a parent that has a child in high school, please pass along this information to them.
To login to the webinar go to http://nextup.work/
click login on the top right hand corner
User name: StaplesStudent
Upcoming seminars are as follows
November 7th (7pm Central) – Your Role in Your Student’s Job Search
February 6th (7pm Central) – Is My Student on Track With Transition?
April 2nd (7pm Central) – Helping Determine Your Child’s Transition Goals
May 7th (7pm Central) – Summer Activities to Build Transition Skills
NAA’s Big Red Safety Box® includes:
Educational materials and tools, including NAA’s Be REDy Booklet
Two (2) GE Door/Window Alarms including batteries
One (1) RoadID Bracelet or Shoe ID tag. You will receive instructions in the box to submit your custom personalization order at http://roadid.com/naa
Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows
Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows
One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband
One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
It's free to parents.
SPARK Autism Study
SPARK is the largest genetic study of autism ever and aims to make important progress possible. SPARK stands for ‘Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge,’ and the mission is simple: we want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. We believe that to find answers for you, we need to understand what makes you unique. And what connects you with others. We do this through studying genetic, behavioral and medical information. The study involves collection of saliva samples (3 samples: person on the autism spectrum and both biological parents) and can be completed from your home.