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SpEd Local Meetings & Seminars

Sasco River Center March Workshop Series: Emotional Connection in the Family

Connection with your Partner: March 3

Connection with your Children: March 31

7-8.30pm

Sasco River Center, 85 Old Kings Highway North, 2nd Floor, Darien

Modern research shows that human connection and attachment are essential to feeling happy and healthy. Specifically, we need emotional connection with other people in order to thrive. This workshop focuses on how to develop, maintain and repair the emotional connection between family members. Topics include ways to foster productive communication, to notice and share your loved one’s wins, and to find time and energy to be present. We will also delve into a ‘secret’ ingredient of great connections: self-care. The workshop consists of a lecture followed by a question and answer period.

Dr. Craig is a licensed marriage and family therapist with office hours in Darien, Stamford and New York City. She works with tweens, teens, couples and families.

RSVP 917 510 6422 or email info@manhattanmft.com

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Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS): Five Week Parent/Caregiver Group

Support for adults raising/helping kids with challenging behaviors

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 5.30-7.30pm, Weston; Registration Required

Facilitated by Divinna Schmitt, MEd

  • Develop a new understanding of challenging behavior and learn new ways to help your child

  • Learn the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and effective ways to reduce conflict

  • Rethink conventional approaches to behavioral difficulties and strengthen relationships

Sponsored by Weston Youth Services.  To register, email DivinnaCPS@comcast.net or call 860 876 0236

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Getting Help for Struggling Readers Using the IEP

Tuesday, March 10

7:00 - 8:30 pm

The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd. Westport

Special Education Attorney Anne Treimanis and Special Education Advocate Sonali Sarma walk you through the legal process for getting appropriate school-based services for your struggling student. Co-sponsored by The Westport Library.

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/usingtheiep

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2020 COMMISSION ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Meeting Schedule

Third Thursdays of Each Month

8:30AM – 10AM at TOWN HALL, ROOM 309 

MARCH 19

APRIL 16

MAY 21

JUNE 18

To subscribe to official town notices for meetings, agendas and minutes, please go to 

https://www.westportct.gov/about/advanced-components/subscribe-to-westport-emergency-meetings-and-news-enotifications

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LD & ADHD from the Inside Out

Wednesday, March 25

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd., Rye, NY

A panel of students will talk about their experiences with ADHD and learning disabilities, so parents, teachers, and kids can get an inside view of these issues.

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/ldstudentpanel

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Parent Circle: Anxiety and School Avoidance

Wednesday, April 1

7:00 - 8:30 pm

SKLD offices, 161 East Ave. Suite 104, Norwalk

Join Special Education Advocate Anne Munkenbeck to identify the cause of school avoidance and homework battles and how to work with the school to change your child's behavior and provide support. Parent Circles connect parents in a small, flexible discussion group.

RSVP to Alison Brown, alison@smartkidswithld.org

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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.

April 2, 9am-3pm

Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.), 25 Oakview Drive, Trumbull, CT

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Understanding Your Child with ADHD and Best Current Treatment Options

Tuesday, April 14

7:00 - 8:30 pm

The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd. Westport

Dr. Cindy Keefe will provide a detailed overview of ADHD, including how to understand your child, and will identify the top treatment approaches that are likely to be helpful. She will also emphasize programs that provide support for parents. Co-sponsored by The Westport Library.

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/understandingyourchildadhd

 

TEENS TO  ADULT

 

Life after High School transition planning series

 

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Sweet P is dedicated to providing job training and employment for adults with learning disabilities in baking and front of house operations.  Sweet P Bakery will provide these adults with opportunities for personal growth, a source of income, social interaction, life skills coaching and a sense of purpose. Intro to Culinary Baking is a 10 week program which starts Feb 3, meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am-noon.   Front of House Training is a 10 week program which starts Feb 3 and meets 3 days a week 9am-noon, with options from Monday through Saturday. Advanced baking classes will be in the afternoon. Tuition is $50 a class, need based assistance to subsidize tuition.

For more information, contact Julie at info@sweetpbakery.com

 

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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
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