Our Mission is to prepare all students to reach their full potential as life-long learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community.

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!

RSVP here

 

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.

To register or for more questions email 

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 freidahecht@gmail.com 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

Password:   SHSWreckers1!

 

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

 

To learn more about Next up, visit the website at http://www.transitioncurriculum.com/  or contact Sharon Halstead (transition coordinator) with any questions.


 

Of interest

 

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.

https://nationalautismassociation.org/big-red-safety-boxes-now-available/

 

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. 

Click here for more information