ADHD and Mood Disorders: New Strategies and Treatments
On Monday, March 2, 2015, the Darien Special Education Parent Advisory Council Committee (SEPAC) and Darien Library will sponsor a presentation by Alan Wachtel, MD entitled, “ADHD and Mood Disorders: New Strategies and Treatments.” The presentation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Darien Library in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.
Presenter Dr. Wachtel will discuss medication options, treatments and strategies to help children who struggle with mood and attention. He will also cover school-based accommodations and strategies as well as the benefits and risks of available treatments and when to commence or postpone treatment at various stages of a child’s life.
For more information or to register, please visit the event website.
Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child with a Learning Differences Workshop
On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Ramapo for Children will present a workshop for parents and caregivers of children with learning differences entitled, “Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child with a Learning Differences Workshop.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Bristol Library located at 5 High Street in Bristol, Connecticut.
Participants will learn:
- techniques for communicating with children who learn differently by using visuals, nonverbal cues, and step-by-step instructions
- strategies for preventing and reducing difficult behaviors, anticipating problems, and reducing stress
- skills and ideas for advocating effectively for their child’s needs in their school and community
Secondary Transition Expo
On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, LEARN Student Support Services will sponsor a resource fair for students with disabilities, their parents and educators entitled “Secondary Transition Expo.” The resource fair will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Marine Science Magnet High School located at 130 Shennecossett Road in Groton, Connecticut.
Attendees with gain a better understanding of transition planning: employment, education, independent living, health services and connect to other useful community resources. State and private adult agencies, college planning professionals, assistive technology and estate planning representatives will be on hand to answer your questions and provide information.
Admission is free. For more information, contact Louis Eldridge of LEARN at 860-343-4800 ext. 182 or at email@example.com.
Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut Annual Conference
On Friday, March 6, 2015, The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut will hold their annual conference. The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hilton Hartford located at 315 Trumbull Street in Hartford, Connecticut.
Presenters will include Robert Cantu M.D, from the Boston University School of Medicine who will be discussing biomkarkers for concussions, ongoing biomarker research and clinical applicability and management of concussions and David A. Grant, a brain injury survivor and author who will be sharing his medical challenges after sustaining a traumatic brain injury after a cycling accident and the hurdles he faced during the first year of his injury.
For more information about the conference or to register, please visit the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut.
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, ACES Regional Transition Network, State Education Resource Center (SERC), and CT Department of Education along with the Four Points by Sheraton will sponsor a resource fair for students with disabilities and their parents. The resource fair will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton located at 275 Research Parkway in Meriden, Connecticut.
Attendees are enacouraged to come listen, ask questions, meet other parents and students, and gather information about transitioning to adulthood.
Admission is free. For any disability related accmodations needed for your participation or for more information, please contact Stephanie Critch, Transition Coordinator at Hamden Public Schools at 203-407-2040 ext. 5559 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Deborah Kohan, Transition Coordinator at Meriden Public Schools at 203-235-7962 ext. 154 or email@example.com.
Sugar and Spice and Some Things Not-So-Nice: The Sometimes Confounding Make-Up of Girls with LD
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, SPED*NET Wilton, Norwalk SPED Partners and Norwalk Public Schools will sponsor an interactive presentation for parents and educators. The presentation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the West Rocks Middle School Auditorium located at 81 West Rocks Road in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Presenter David Sylvestro, CSP and Hallie Buckingham, EdD will provide participants with an overview of successful strategies for helping pre-adolescent and adolescent girls with learning disabilities help develop self-esteem, maintain more satisfying interpersonal relationships and practice better self-advocacy skills.
For more information or to register, contact SPED*NET Wilton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Day at the State Capitol
Monday, March 16, 2015, is Special Education Day at the State Capitol where parents and families of special education students will rally to support special education in Connecticut public schools. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Old Judiciary Room, 3rd Floor of the Connecticut State Capitol located at 210 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut.
The event is free and open to the public but registration in advance is requested. For more information or to register, send your name, town and number of people attending to email@example.com
Childhood Conversations Conference
On Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, 2015, the 9th Annual Childhood Conversations Conference will be held for parents, educators and professionals working with or advocating for children and families. The conference will held at the Hartford-Windsor Marriott located at 28 Day Hill Road in Windsor, Connecticut.
On Saturday afternoon, keynote speaker Dennis Cotton will host an interactive drumming session to help participants learn to use simple techniques to promote relaxation and stress reduction as well as team building.
For more information about scheduled speakers and other activities, or to register, please visit the conference website.
Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate
On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, Glastonbury SEPTA will sponsor a free workshop presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled “Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate.” The workshop will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Glastonbury High School Library located at 330 Hubbard Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
Participants will learn how to effectively communicate with their child’s school and advocate for an appropriate education. They will also learn tips to prepare for meetings with teachers, clearly communicate questions and goals, and how to foster positive relationships with their child’s teachers.
Together We Will Conference
On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, The State Education and Resource Center of Connecticut (SERC) will sponsor a conference for early childhood general and special education staff, early intervention administrators and staff, school principals and student support services professionals entitled the “22nd Annual Together We Will Conference: Use a Framework for Social and Emotional Development Success.” The conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 100 Berlin Road in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Attendees will be provided with new information and insight on working with children ages birth to 5, especially those with developmental delays and the keynote presenter will be Tweety Yates, Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Fee for registration is $80. For registration questions, please contact Tyrese Bolden of SERC at 860-632-1485, ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For content questions, please contact Paquita Jarman-Smith of SERC at 860-632-1485 ext. 313 or email@example.com.
To register for the conference, visit the event website.
Kids Dental Fair
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kids Dental Care will sponsor a dental fair for families. The fair will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p. m. at the Bristol Public Library located at 5 High Street in Bristol, Connecticut.
The fair will include free dental screenings, activities, a coloring station and presentations by Joan Creamer, author of “Teena the Tiny Tooth Fairy,” and Susan Hood, author of “The Tooth Mouse.”
For more information contact Kids Dental Care at 860-877-5437 or visit 877kids.com.
Steps to Success Toolkit Training
On Monday, March 30, 2015, Waterbury Public Schools will host a free workshop for parents of children receiving special education services entitled, “Steps to Success Toolkit Training: Understanding an Effective Individualized Education Program (IEP): How to Know if Your Child is Making Progress.” The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at West Side Middle School located at 483 Chase Parkway in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Participants will learn how to use the Steps to Success Toolkit to develop an appropriate program and to determine if your child is making progress in school. This will be an interactive training. Please bring a copy of your child’s IEP, most recent evaluation reports and some work samples.
On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Decoding Dyslexia and NEAT Center at Oak Hill will host a conference for parents and educators entitled the “Dyslexia 101.” The conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the NEAT Center at Oak Hill located at 33 Coventry Street in Hartford, Connecticut.
Keynote speakers will include Sally Shaywitz, MD and Bennett Shaywitz, MD, both co-directors at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Other speakers will include Jule McCombes-Tolis. Ph.D, Beth Stone, M.Ed., FIT/AOGPE, Lisa Tweed C/AOGPE and Nicole Feeney, M. ED. Topics addressed will include early screening, effective teaching strategies, progress monitoring, assistive technology and more.
Registration is required and includes, coffee, lunch and the book Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, MD. For more information or to register, contact the NEAT Center at Oak Hill at www.neatmarketplace.org.
The Transition Process: From Birth to Three to Special Education
On Sunday, April 1, 2015, Children’s Therapy Services will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “The Transition Process: From Birth to Three to Special Education.” The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Children’s Therapy Services located at 1389 West Main Street, Suite 225 in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Families of children enrolled in Birth to Three will increase their understanding of the transition process from Birth to Three services and will gain knowledge of the key components of special education services under IDEA. Participants will learn about their role as an equal partner of the PPT and ways that they can effectively advocate for their children and communicate with schools.
Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships: Preventing, Resolving, and Moving Beyond Disputes
On Monday, April 2, 2015, CADRE will host a webinar presented by Ann Turnbull entitled, “Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships: Preventing, Resolving, and Moving Beyond Disputes.” The webinar will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Presenter Dr. Ann Turnbull will be discussing her experience being a parent of a son with multiple disabilities and a special education faculty member in terms of preventing disputes, if at all possible, and resolving and moving beyond disputes when necessary. She will emphasize the power and synergy of reciprocal trusting partnerships that withstand the test of time and produce quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.
For more information or to register, visit the event website.
Special Education: Obtaining Initial & Independent Evaluations
West Hartford, CT
On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Decoding Dyslexia, Smart Kids with LD and Literacy How will host a free presentation for parents of children with any type of disability by entitled, “Special Education: Obtaining Initial & Independent Evaluations.” The presentation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Noah Webster Library located at 200 Main Street in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Presenter Diane Willcutts, director of Education Advocacy, LLC, and member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates will be discussing the process of getting your child an evaluation either by school staff or an independent evaluator and “the rules” about what districts are required to provide.
For more information or to register, please visit the event website.
“No More Meltdowns”
On Friday, May 1, 2015, The Light House will host its 9th Annual Autism Education Conference where they will be sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Jed Baker entitled, “No More Meltdowns.” The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Great Neck Country Club located at 28 Lamphere Road in Waterford, Connecticut.
Dr. Baker will discuss how to prevent challenging behaviors, how to teach social skills and help reduce bullying.
Fee for registration is $65.00-$75.00. For more information or to register, contact The Light House at www.lhcampus.com and click on the registration link.