Sibling Rivalry Meets Neurodiversity
A webinar with MaryAnn McCabe
Are you the parent of a child with Asperger's or a related Autism Spectrum profile? Do you also have other neurotypical children? Do you struggle with trying to meet everyone's needs? You are not alone. In this webinar, MaryAnn McCabe will discuss how siblings' needs and concerns evolve over time. She will also offer practical tips on how to manage and promote sibling relations in a neurodiverse family.
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $40 per registered email
MaryAnn McCabe is Coordinator of Child and Teen Services at the Asperger Association of New England in Watertown where she assists families, educators, and professionals who have or work with children and teens with Asperger Syndrome and related profiles (HFA, PDD-NOS, NVLD). She is the mother of two children, one of whom is a middle school student on the autism spectrum.
10/25, Keynote Speakers
Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD
Why Is Autism More Common in Males?
Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Focus on Strengths: Imagine the Possibilities
Sensory Processing Patterns and Impact on Everyday Life
Impact of Strengths-Based Contextual Interventions
Michael Forbes Wilcox
Growing Old Disgracefully: Adventures of an Activist Aspergerian
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Dyslexia, Inattention and Anxiety - MABIDA Conference October 25th in Framingham
Posted: 09 Oct 2014 03:43 AM PDT
The MA Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
September 8, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Edward Hallowell will present an in-depth look at emotional and learning problems in children with reading disorders and/or ADHD. He will explore the various kinds of problems children may contend with that have a biological or genetic basis.
Certificate of Attendance and .5 ASHA CEUs available
Breakout Session Presenters and Topics
Hanover Sepac is hosting Sarah Ward at Hanover High at 7pm on October 21.
She will present on Understanding Executive Function. Here's the info:
October 21, 2014 7pm HHS:
Sarah Ward Understanding Executive Function Skills.
Learn how to work with students to effectively balance and manage academic work, time, and materials. You will walk away with many simple, ready-to-use strategies and tools for teaching children how to develop independent executive function skills.
Transition from School to Adult Life:
Using the IEP to Create Success
This FREE workshop will address transition planning and services required for youth with disabilities ages 14-22. It will focus on transition special education services which prepare youth for employment, independent living, adult services and further education.
When: Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Where: Abington Public Library, 600 Gliniewicz Way, Abington, MA
RSVP: Kathy Kerwin
Seating is limited; pre-registration is required.
Join us Monday, 10/20for an evening with
Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD
Author and Clinical Psychologist
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Monday, October, 20, 2014
Preforming Arts Center (PAC) 73 Alden Street Duxbury, MA
7:00pm Presentation (followed by Q&A and book signing)
Family communication is changing. How do we adapt to this digital age? Using years of research, Dr. Steiner-Adair offers strategies that can be used immediately to help strengthen the connections and relationships in your family.
Reserve tickets online at TheParentConnection.org, Westwinds Bookshop or Bay Farm Academy for $7.00 each. Tickets are also available at the door for $10.00 each.
Is your child's homework causing a lot of stress in your family? You're not alone. Join Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, to learn why homework is challenging and what you can do to help. You'll walk away with practical strategies to help your children "show what they know" and cut down on the time spent fighting over homework. We'll use real homework examples to illustrate how to turn a confusing or overwhelming assignment into one your child can understand and manage.
Presented by Brenda Dater, MPH, MSW
Director of Child and Teen Services, AANE
Brenda Dater is the author of Parenting without Panic: A Pocket Support Group for Parents of Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum (Asperger's Syndrome). She is also the Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE where she teaches workshops, facilitates support groups, and provides consultations for parents, grandparents, and professionals. Brenda is the mom of 3 boys, 2 of whom have diagnoses of Asperger's and ADHD.
Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Location: AANE, 51 Water St., Suite 206, Watertown
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DDMA will be meeting at the State House of the Commonwealth of MA from 2:00 - 4:00. For a Picture on the State House Grand Staircase
How YOU can make this event effective
1. Plan to attend, if all you do is come that is fine, the more the better.
2. Contact your Representative and Senator and ask them and their staff to attend.
(If you do not ask them they will not come.)
Find your REPRESENTATIVE HERE
Contact them by email and phone (Don’t be shy they have staff sitting around all day waiting for you to call they work for you remember.)
DON'T FORGET to check and see who is actually up for reelection and is anyone running against them.
Invite them to support Dyslexia Awareness by taking a photo with the proclamation. Make your points in person. Just focus on awareness for now to get them involved.
TALKING POINTS When we are at the State House stick to the relevant points.
1. Dyslexia is Biological/Neurological and is not a disease
2. Dyslexia makes it hard to learn to read but scientists know with 30 years of research exactly what type of teaching (Sequenced, Explicit, Multi-sensory, Instruction that is Evidence Based) will work
3. Schools often do not recognize dyslexia, find it too late or use the wrong instruction (Reading Recovery is expensive and proven not to work with dyslexic students.
4. The community cost when parents and teachers don’t know
5. The private/personal cost to those that have to fight for their kids
Any questions please email Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole Mitsakis at email@example.com
10/15 11A-1P Parent-to-Parent Support coffee at Helane Child’s home, 73 Pond St.
As always, babies are welcome!
Cohasset families, please join us for an informal ‘working’ coffee. We will be reviewing helpful pages provided, and distributing 2” IEP binders for families. Please leave a message if you want to pre-order a 2” binder filled with 8 pre-labeled tabs (below) and 77 pages of helpful information pertaining to IEP/504s. Your cost is our cost - $15. If you want to just come and listen to advise from years of experience - just come for coffee and muffins, and listen. the SEPAC is here to help YOU.
You should keep ALL your child’s information in ONE binder for EACH year and bring it to every meeting.
Please retain these important records until they are at least 22 years of age.
On the cover of your binder place a photo of your child so that we all remember we are dealing with a beautiful individual and not a number or record.
Tabs will be labeled:
Join us for a Webinar on October 14 Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now :
Students with social/emotional disabilities, including complex trauma, and especially with challenging behaviors can sometimes lead to debate among the IEP Team members. When agreement cannot be reached between the school and the parents (or Special Education Surrogate Parent), the Board of Special Education Appeals can proceed with a Mediation.
Susan Papanek McHugh is currently a Special Education Surrogate Parent and a parent consultant. For 12 years, she was a Mediator for the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). She was responsible for mediating in Boston, and North and West of Boston, conducting 150 Mediations a year. She will use her years of experience to present a very informative Webinar on the protocols and procedures of Mediation as well as personal tips to help us all become educated in the process. Title:Mediation: Process, Benefits, Myths, and TipsDate:Tuesday, October 14, 2014Time:12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
A webinar with Erika Drezner
The playdate is a staple of friendship for elementary school age kids, yet it is a struggle for kids with Asperger's or a related Autism Spectrum profile. This workshop will take you through the steps of a successful playdate including choosing a friend to invite, picking appropriate activities, parental involvement, and conflict resolution. We will also review how to teach your child social and friendship skills through these experiences.
Erika Drezner, Coordinator of Child and Teen Services, is a social worker who has worked at AANE for 4 years. She is the mother of two children with ASD diagnoses.
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER HERE
A webinar with Stephen Shore
The variation in perception of sensory stimuli for many with autism often causes great discomfort, and the information received may be not even be usable. The aim of this presentation is to enable susceptible individuals and those close to them to avoid and minimize the effect of sensory overload through easy-to-implement solutions, thereby enabling those with sensory issues to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
Participants will be able to:
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the Autism Spectrum, Dr. Shore presents and consults internationally on adult issues as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism & Asperger Syndrome,
Ask & Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, and the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies. President emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England (now the Asperger/Autism Network), he serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, for the Board of Directors for Autism Society of America, Unlocking Autism, MAAP, the College Internship Program, and USAAA.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
Safe and Supportive Schools - Free Presentation Wednesday, October 8
Co-sponsored by the Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education and the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a collaboration of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School
A flexible framework for trauma-sensitive schools, to promote and maximize the success of all students. Please join us to learn how Safe and Supportive Schools can:
§ Support better learning practices based on neuroscience research;
§ Reduce unhealthy levels of stress at a systemic level;
§ Promote safer, healthier and more effective behavioral interventions;
§ Increase the amount of classroom time available for learning.
A rare opportunity to learn how our schools can better support our students; free and open to the public.
When: 7:00 – 9:00pm Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Where: Newton North High School Auditorium
10/7, Cohasset’s New Director of Student Services presents
“Basic Rights in Special Education”
Cohasset SEPAC is hosting “Basic Rights in Special Education” presented by Mary Buchanan, Cohasset School District’s new Director of Student Services. The presentation will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Paul Pratt Library at 7:00pm. Mary will provide families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Parents/Guardians will learn how to be effective partners with their child’s school. This partnership includes deciding eligibility for special education, how to plan, make decisions, and monitor their child’s progress. They will learn about the language and rights within Individual Education Plans (IEP's), and 504 Plans within the special education process and be able to address questions or concerns.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.