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SpEd Local Meetings & Seminars

"Put Your Oxygen Mask On First": Tools for Parents of Kids With Special Needs

Thursday, February 14, 2019

10:00am to Noon

Wilton Library

137 Old Ridgefield Road

Wilton, CT

This interactive presentation isa bout keeping ourselves "steady and ready" - making sure OUR oxygen masks are properly on - by known how to recognize and what to do when our own stress levels may be interfering with our parenting goals. School psychologist Dave Sylvestro facilitates individual and group counseling sessions, parent support groups and dads-only groups, provides training and staff development to professionals, and presents at LD conferences worldwide. He served as school psychologist at Eagle Hill Schools for over 35 years and is currently serving in that position at The Southport School.

ALL Parents and Educators are WELCOME!

This event is free and open to the public.

Registration is highly recommended.

Please register here.

Co-sponsored by


and Wilton Library


Mental Health Crisis: What to Do and Who to Call?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

7:30pm to 9:00pm

Tully Center Auditorium

32 Strawberry Hill Court

Stamford, CT

When a mental health crisis hits, family and friends are often caught off-guard and unsure of what to do. If you are unable to de-escalate the situation yourself, it's important to act quickly to get the help you need to keep everyone safe. The panel of professionals at this presentation will explain when and how to call for help, and what happens afterward. Hear from professionals from local mental health support organization and crisis intervention services. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

This event is free of charge. For more information, visit namisouthwestct.org. NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots organization aimed at improving quality of life for people living with mental health conditions and their families.


The Evolution of Anxiety: From Cave Dwellers to Gen Z

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

9:30am to 11:00am

The Southfield Center for Development

85 Old Kings Highway North

Darien, CT

Presented by Ellen Fahey, DNP, FNP and Ethan Rothstein, Ph.D., Psychologist.

To register, click on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-evolution-of-anxiety-from-cave-dwellers-to-gen-z-tickets-50448206945 or contact Christi Zacarola at 203-202-7654 or Christi.zacarola@southfieldcenter.com.


Understanding Eating Disorders

Thursday, February 29, 2019

7:15pm to 8:30pm

The Darien Depot

25 Heights Road, Darien CT

This program will be an informal discussion led by Sarah Niego, M.D., the Eating Disorders Program Service Chief at Silver Hill Hospital. Dr. Niego holds her MD from Columbia University's College of Physician's and Surgeons. Prior to joining Silver Hill's medical staff, she served as an attending psychiatrist for the Institute of Living's Eating Disorders Program in Hartford, CT. She has an extensive background in both research and the clinical treatment of eating disorders.

This program is presented by The Depot Youth Center and Silver Hill Hospital as part of the Depot's Speak Series. Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Visit https:pted02212019.eventbrite.com or Click HERE to register


The Physiology of Addiction: Effects of Drug-Taking Behavior on The Brain

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Wilton Library

137 Old Ridgefield Road

Wilton, CT

In this program, Dr. Ruth Potee, MD provides an overview of how substances and addictive behaviors impact the brain and how the brain is influenced by prolonged exposure to these substances and behaviors. The presentation will explore normal risk taking behaviors of the developing brain as well as the impact of marijuana on the adolescent brain acutely and long term. Dr. Potee will also address the risk and impact of addiction on adolescents with ADHD. This program is appropriate for parents of middle and high school students. You are encouraged to bring your children.

This program is free but registration is recommended. You may register by contacting the Wilton Library at 203-762-6334 or visiting their website at www.wiltonlibrary.org. Please contact Genevieve Eason at GEason@wiltonyouth.org with questions


CTFSN's 9th Annual "One Voice" Conference for Parents and Caregivers of People with Special Needs

Thursday, March 28, 2019

9:00am to 2:00pm

Mandell JCC

355 Bloomfield Avenue

West Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN) presents this 9th annual event, which is free to parents of children with special needs. The theme of this year's event is "You are Not Alone: Navigating Our Journey Together." At this event, CTFSN staff will share they experiences with you and you will have the opportunity to network with others, talk to vendors, take some relaxation time and attend a valuable break-out session. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://ctfsn.org/conference-registration/.


Webinar: Transition to Adulthood

Presented by the Organization for Autism Research

This is a free one-hour webinar that you can view by visiting https://researchautism.org/transition-to-adulthood-webinar/. This webinar will provide a brief overview of some of the challenges to the provision of effective transition programming, discuss the importance of focusing instruction and intervention outside the classroom and provide recommendations moving forward. The presenter is Dr. Peter Gerhardt, the founding chairman of the Scientific Council of OAR. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years of experience using applied behavior analysis principles in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community settings. Additional resources and guides are available on the webpage.