This year we offer a total of over 65 different workshops. Each day there will be four workshop sessions beginning at 9:15 am. Each session has eight different workshops from which you can select one workshop.
The ‘code’ with each workshop (eg FA01) refers to the Day -- F = Friday and S = Saturday -- and the Session time -- A, B, C or D -- plus the workshop number.
When you make your workshop choices record the workshop codes for use in registration.
There are nearly 80 speakers for this conference. We are very grateful to each of them for coming to share with us their time, knowledge and insights.
View the description of any workshop in the following list by clicking on the desired workshop title. Within the description you can the presenter's information by clicking on the highlighted name.
Some workshops will fill quicly! When a workshop becomes full it will not be listed below or available for registration.
Online Registration will close Tuesday, March 3 at midnight. If available, limited registrations will be available at the door on Friday and Saturday.
FA01 – Friday: 9:15 - 10:30 – Emotional Well Being
FA01 Emotional Well Being
A discussion of emotional well being for parents and for children who have special needs. In the workshop you will learn the nature of emotional well being - what it means, how you can enhance it, and what can destroy it.You will also learn how to recognize the emotional needs of self and child, and receive direction on how to get emotional help and support. Information will also be available on support systems & resources available for physical and emotional support. Presenter:*Mark Posey, PhD (more info ...)
FA03 Pediatric Sleep Disorders – Various sleep problems encountered in children
This workshop will discuss the types of sleep problems encountered in children from newborns through the adolescent years. Special emphasis will be placed on sleep apnea and its treatment. Presenter:Trey Brown, MD (more info ...)
FA05 – Friday: 9:15 - 10:30 – Understanding Anxiety in Children
FA05 Understanding Anxiety in Children
Understanding anxiety and stress and recognizing the impact of it on all aspects of development is an essential first step to provision of appropriate interventions. This is even more important when your child has communication difficulties,developmental delays, learning problems, behavioral difficulties, and other pediatric issues. The participants in this session will: 1) gain an understanding of how anxiety is manifested in children, 2) know anxiety's association with variousdevelopmental issues, and 3) learn how to implement practical interventions at home and in school using collaborative, interdisciplinary strategies to support children. Presenters:Betsy Grier, Ph.D., NCSP (more info ...) *Patricia Quattlebaum, MSP, CCC-SLP (more info ...)
FA06 – Friday: 9:15 - 10:30 – The Disconnected Kid: Who Is He and How Can We Help Him
FA06 The Disconnected Kid: Who Is He and How Can We Help Him – Understanding a child from a brain function perspective
Learn how brain function expresses itself as social, academic and behavior struggles in a child with ADHD or Autism. Then using this knowledge take home strategies to use right away in the home and classroom for better behavior, academics andcommunication. Presenter:Victoria Naumann, DC, DACNB (more info ...)
FA07 – Friday: 9:15 - 10:30 – Creating Success with Early Child Outcomes through BabyNet
FA07 Creating Success with Early Child Outcomes through BabyNet – A review of the BabyNet program's Early Child Outcomes (ECO) process, best practices and current national and statewide findings.
Training will focus on ECO measures of children who participate in the SC BabyNet program. It will include a review of 2004 IDEA Part C legislation, the three Part C ECO measures, the best practices for working with children and families Presenter:Lesly James, PhD, OTR/L (more info ...)
FA08 – Friday: 9:15 - 10:30 – Finding a Child Care Provider for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
FA08 Finding a Child Care Provider for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Finding quality child care can be difficult. In this workshop, we will discuss the components of quality care and ways to recognize those components when selecting a child care provider for your child.Participants will leave this session with an understanding of quality care and some tips to use to select child care for their children. Presenter:Heather Googe, PhD (more info ...)
FB01 – Friday: 11:00 - 12:15 – ADHD Across the Life-Span
FB01 ADHD Across the Life-Span
This workshop will look at the ADHD diagnosis from preschool to adulthood. It will explore diagnosing difficulties as the person grows older, different intervention needs as the child grows older, and special issues for the adult with ADHD. Presenter:*Mark Posey, PhD (more info ...)
FB02 Autism 201 - Strategies for Employment – Job Development for Successful Employment
How to overcome employment barriers, and how to prepare clients for success in the workplace. Topics include how clients with autism spectrum learn, transition strategies, and what supports are necessary for success. Presenters:Tamara Hammonds, MEd (more info ...) Victoria Tuzzo, MA, Ed (more info ...)
FB03 – Friday: 11:00 - 12:15 – How To Get Your Child's Brain To Work Better
FB03 How To Get Your Child's Brain To Work Better
The common factor among almost all children with special needs is that the development of the brain has been interfered with in some way. Consequently the solution to many problems can be found in getting the brain to do its job better.The Anat Baniel Method (ABM) is based on principles of neuroplasticity - the ability of the brain to 'rewire' itself to bypass areas that are damaged or that have not developed. It helps the brain right itself and regain its ability to powerfully andconsistently create new patterns and successful solutions. As the brain begins to function better we expect to see significant improvement in movement, speech, cognitive ability, motivation to act, sleep and feeding. This presentation will explainwhat neuroplasticity is and describe the Anat Baniel Method but will be mostly concerned with providing attendees with a grounding in the essentials and how to apply them. Presenter:John Robson (more info ...)
FB04 – Friday: 11:00 - 12:15 – Strategies for Communicating with Non-Verbal Children
FB04 Strategies for Communicating with Non-Verbal Children – All About Augmentative and Alternative Communication
The workshop will cover effective communication strategies for children with disabilities who do not communicate with language. There will be discussion on understanding non-verbal behavior and examples of communication strategies.This presentation will include a variety of resources and strategies for communicating with non-verbal children. Presenters:Dawn Kearney, MA, CCC-SLP (more info ...) Laurie Yates, MA, CCC-SLP (more info ...)
FB05 – Friday: 11:00 - 12:15 – "Essential Ingredients" of Motor Learning
FB05 "Essential Ingredients" of Motor Learning – How motor skills are learned after a neurologic injury.
This session will cover the basic principles of motor learning and how they can be practically applied to everyday activities. Participants will engage in active discussion of easy ways to apply the principles in everyday activities. Presenter:Kelly Anderson, OTR/L (more info ...)
FB06 – Friday: 11:00 - 12:15 – Understanding Tantrums: How to survive and manage your child's meltdowns
FB06 Understanding Tantrums: How to survive and manage your child's meltdowns
How to prevent tantrums and angry outbursts in children and how to make positive behavior reinforcement work for you. Presenter:Mary Ellen Warren, PhD (more info ...)
FB07 – Friday: 11:00 - 12:15 – Service Coordination: Guiding families through the South Carolina Early Intervention system
FB07 Service Coordination: Guiding families through the South Carolina Early Intervention system
This session will review the 7 federally required functions of service coordination. It is intended for families and service providers, including service coordinators. It should help families better understand what to expect from their BabyNet service coordinator and how they can work together as a team. Presenter:Stephanie Hicklin, MEd (more info ...)
FB08 – Friday: 11:00 - 12:15 – The SC Wraparound Model and the value of peer parents as partners
FB08 The SC Wraparound Model and the value of peer parents as partners – Can you hear me? Is anybody Listening? How our agency (COC) strives to listen and hear the voice of caregivers and youth to meet unmet needs.
This workshop will provide an Overview of the SC Wraparound model. Our presentation will demonstrate how Parent Peer providers are utilized to support the caregivers. Presenter:Petra Clay-Jones, MSW,ACSW,LISW-CP (more info ...)
FC01 Everyday Language
This workshop will provide ways to incorporate language learning, whether it is signed or spoken, into everyday activities, and materials that can be used/adapted in the home. Presenters will go through a "typical" day and identify opportunities forlanguage-learning; presenters will also address communication needs of non-verbal children with multiple disabilities. A portion of the session will be interactive; attendees will have an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with language-learningboth in the home and in the community. Presenters:Rebecca Gardom, BA, CLVT (more info ...) Linda Kemp, MEd, NBCT (more info ...)
FC02 – Friday: 1:45 - 3:00 – Children with Mental Health Disorders
FC02 Children with Mental Health Disorders – Facts and symptoms of the major mental illnesses that affect our children and adolescents
The workshop will address symptoms in children so a parent can better determine when to seek help, possible helpful interventions and other available resources. Presenter:*Betsey O'Brien (more info ...)
FC05 Life Care Planning – A Road Map to Your Child's Future, or "How much $$ do we need in a trust?"
Life Care Planning is like creating a crystal ball - looking into the future, which can be scary and exciting at the same time. A Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) completes a thorough, careful review with families of a person's medical, educational,therapeutic, and recreational needs through life expectancy. The emphasis is always on family priorities. We work together to address all possible or likely outcomes such as surgeries, medications, assisted vs independent living, and transportation.Team members are welcome to weigh in. A completed plan includes all of the associated costs, which is extremely helpful to the financial planner and attorney when creating or building a trust. Presenters:Sally Asquith, MS, CCC-SLP, CLCP (more info ...) *Rhonda Erichsen, BA (more info ...)
FC06 – Friday: 1:45 - 3:00 – Using the IEP Process to Create Positive Outcomes
FC06 Using the IEP Process to Create Positive Outcomes
There are over 700 mandates for a legally correct IEP. It is important to identify the mandates that really matter. Participants will be able to identify the essential information needed in an IEP that will lead to improved outcomes for students.In addition, participants will receive a list of guiding questions to help facilitate an effective IEP meeting. Presenter:Susan Thomas, PhD (more info ...)
FC07 – Friday: 1:45 - 3:00 – Understanding How Children Grow And Learn And When to be Concerned.
FC07 Understanding How Children Grow And Learn And When to be Concerned.
This session will give an understanding of a child's developmental milestones and the many changes and stages a child encounters through growth and play.It should help families and professionals to recognize and identify red flags and learn what to do when there are concerns for how a child is developing. A guide on how to refer a child to BabyNet will be explained. Presenter:Jennifer Strock, BA (more info ...)
FC09 – Friday: 1:45 - 3:00 – SC Vocational Rehabilitation - your partner in helping people with disabilities go to Work
FC09 SC Vocational Rehabilitation - your partner in helping people with disabilities go to Work
Resources for adults with special needs looking for employment or opportunities to volunteer. Ideas on how to get started and where to look. This workshop will help adults with disabilities learn how to use vocational rehabilitation resources to either enter or re-enter the marketplace. Presenter:Matt Daugherty, MBA (more info ...)
FD01 – Friday: 3:15 - 4:30 – Trauma and how it effects the child with Special Needs
FD01 Trauma and how it effects the child with Special Needs – Sensory Processing Disorder & Complementary Therapy
This workshop will be an introductory course in how to recognize trauma and sensory processing disorder (SPD) in children. It will detail how to care for a child exposed to trauma or with SPD, and it will give an overview of available treatments for these children. The treatment options will include traditional OT and complementary therapy modalities. Presenter:Hima Dalal, OTR/L (more info ...)
FD02 – Friday: 3:15 - 4:30 – Healthy Connections Communities: How Home and Community-Based Services will be Independent, Integrated, and Individual
FD02 Healthy Connections Communities: How Home and Community-Based Services will be Independent, Integrated, and Individual – A breakdown of the requirements for the CMS Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule
This workshop will provide an overview of the new standards for home and community-based (or waiver) services, what this means for beneficiaries and providers, and the impact to both. How South Carolina has embraced this new standard, and how compliance will be achieved, will be described.Additional opportunities for service expansion and enhancement presented by the HCBS Rule will also be discussed. Presenters:Kelly Eifert, PhD (more info ...) Cassidy Evans, J.D. (more info ...)
FD03 – Friday: 3:15 - 4:30 – Talking About Sex: Essential Conversations with Youth
FD03 Talking About Sex: Essential Conversations with Youth
This session will provide strategies for the delivery of developmentally appropriate information about sexual health to children and adolescents, specifically those with special needs. Information on normative versus concerning behaviors will beprovided. The session will be both didactic and interactive, addressing some of the most complex scenarios to handle as a parent or caregiver. Presenter:Kenneth Phelps, PhD (more info ...)
FD04 – Friday: 3:15 - 4:30 – Simple Signs for Communication
FD04 Simple Signs for Communication – Integrating Signs in Daily Life
This is not an American Sign Language workshop, but come learn some basic sign language words to use with all kinds of children. Learn signs for home, meal time, school and more. Presenter:*Cara Senterfeit, BSBS, NBCT (more info ...)
FD05 Youth M.O.V.E. South Carolina – Youth Leadership
This session will provide an overview of Youth MOVE SC, a program of the Federation of Families of SC. Participants will learn about various youth leadership opportunities, appropriate referrals and how to get connected. Presenter:Jenah Cason, MSW (more info ...)
FD06 – Friday: 3:15 - 4:30 – Using Everyday Scenarios to Increase Language and Social Skills
FD06 Using Everyday Scenarios to Increase Language and Social Skills – How does language "fit in" to our typical schedule?
This workshop will cover how to incorporate language and social skills into a child's everyday activities, not just while they are at speech therapy. It will strengthen the parents ability to be aware of language and social scenarios, and take advantage of teachable moments. It will strengthen a clinicians ability to share carryover activities with the caregivers of the children they serve. We will be taking a "virtual field trip" through a child's everyday routine and enhancing language building. Presenters:Sarah Emory, MSP, CCC-SLP (more info ...) Leioni Smith, MS, CCC-SLP (more info ...)
FD07 – Friday: 3:15 - 4:30 – Medicaid plans and Babynet as it relates to therapies and services for chlldren with special needs
FD07 Medicaid plans and Babynet as it relates to therapies and services for chlldren with special needs
An open forum to discuss services available through Medicaid for children with special health care needs. Presenter:Greg Barabell, MD
FD09 – Friday: 3:15 - 4:30 – Supported Community Living: Inclusion Works
FD09 Supported Community Living: Inclusion Works – Young Adults and Supported Housing Options.
This session will focus on the goals of Supported Living and present personal stories of people who live in their own homes. Presenter:Kristi Hartwell, MSW (more info ...)
SA01 – Saturday: 9:15 - 10:30 – Prevention and Management of Problem Behavior I
SA01 Prevention and Management of Problem Behavior I – Incorporating skill deficits associated with ADHD and ASD into behavior assessments
This workshop will review developmental characteristics often associated with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and discuss the relationship between skill deficits and occurrences of problem behavior. Presenter:Mark Solnick, PhD, BCBA-D (more info ...)
SA02 – Saturday: – Collaboration and Participation in the Preschool Setting
SA02 Collaboration and Participation in the Preschool Setting – Working as a team to maximize independence and goal carry-over
Erin and Anna will demonstrate how therapists, teachers and parents can successfully work together to help your child accomplish his or her goals. Therapy and educational tools made from simple, household goods have big impact when designed as a team.Feeding, writing, coloring, music and participation are all attainable when collaboration happens. Presenter:Erin Bellinder, MEd (more info ...)
SA03 – Saturday: 9:15 - 10:30 – Improving Listening Skills in Young Children
SA03 Improving Listening Skills in Young Children – Tips, skills, and activities to increase listening and compliance
This workshop will address issues with listening and provide clarifying techniques parents or professionals can use to improve listening skills.The workshop will focus on types of requests, clarification of requests, and teaching methods to help increase completion of more complex tasks which can apply to a variety of children and special needs. Presenters:Kathryn Grogan, LISW-CP-S (more info ...) Lauren Rosinski, LISW-CP (more info ...)
SA04 – Saturday: 9:15 - 10:30 – Feeding Disorders in Children with Special Needs
SA04 Feeding Disorders in Children with Special Needs – How do I get my picky child to eat?!
As many as 74% of children with special needs have a feeding disorder (Field, D., Garland, M., & Williams, K. (2003). Correlates of specific childhood feeding problems. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 39, 299-304). This presentation will highlight common problems that many families experience, strategies for partnering with the child, and the decision tree for working toward solutions. Presenter:Sally Asquith, MS, CCC-SLP, CLCP (more info ...)
SA05 – Saturday: 9:15 - 10:30 – What you can do to Help Your Child with Sensory Processing Disorder
SA05 What you can do to Help Your Child with Sensory Processing Disorder – Sensory Processing Disorder, What it is and Resources and Strategies that Can Help Your Child
Many students have Sensory Processing Disorder whereas their senses are either hypersensitive or hyposensitive and there are many strategies that you can use to help them and alleviate various problems that this disorder can cause.In this workshop, we will go over what exactly Sensory Processing Disorder is, what you can do to help your child in this area and helpful resources to learn more about SPD. Presenter:*Val Gioia, EdS (more info ...)
SA06 – Saturday: 9:15 - 10:30 – Social Security for Life Planning -- Special Needs Trusts for Families with Children with Special Needs
SA06 Social Security for Life Planning -- Special Needs Trusts for Families with Children with Special Needs – This workshop will provide information about estate planning documents, and the special provisions which should be included in those documents to provide for and protect family members, particularly those with disabilities and special needs.
This workshop will provide important information about lifetime and estate planning to protect benefits eligibility for a special needs family member through the use of trusts and wills incorporating protective provisions for use of funds for the benefitof the disabled person without loss of benefits or Medicaid repayment obligations. Unanticipated death or disability of a parent can be devastating for a special needs family member, both financially and emotionally, if no plans are in place to assurethe continued care and quality of life for a special needs family member. Presenter:*Sarah Clingman, JD, CELA (more info ...)
SA07 – Saturday: 9:15 - 10:30 – Building the Team - Skills for Parent-Teacher Communication
SA07 Building the Team - Skills for Parent-Teacher Communication – Effective Parent-Teacher Communication
Parents and teachers are partners in the process of helping children with special needs reach their full potential. This workshop will provide the participants with skills on how to establish and maintain collaborative relationships.In addition, we will discuss laws governing special education services, the parent's role in the development of an appropriate education program and tips for teachers and parents on how to keep an open line of communication. Presenters:Cheryl Fitts, MAT (more info ...) *Judy Nichols, BA (more info ...)
SA08 – Saturday: 1:15 - 2:30 – Social Skill Improvement at Home
SA08 Social Skill Improvement at Home – A special ed teacher's guide to social skills instruction at home.
This information-packed workshop is designed to provide parents with the tools and teaching strategies necessary to carry over much needed social skills instruction to the home setting.Learn how to teach your child with direct instruction for you child's specific areas of weakness. Utilize the social skills inventory to monitor our child's progress from home. Presenter:Erica Irons, BS Special Ed (more info ...)
SB01 – Saturday: 10:45 - 12:00 – Prevention and Management of Problem Behavior II
SB01 Prevention and Management of Problem Behavior II – Strategies for minimizing problem behavior and promoting appropriate behavior
Discuss environmental strategies to minimizing behavioral escalation and prompting techniques to promote occurrences of appropriate behavior Presenter:Mark Solnick, PhD, BCBA-D (more info ...)
SB02 – Saturday: 10:45 - 12:00 – Medicaid: Navigating through Managed Care (Including TEFRA)
SB02 Medicaid: Navigating through Managed Care (Including TEFRA)
This workshop will explore South Carolina Medicaid eligibility options for individuals with special needs. This workshop will cover information on TEFRA along with other Medicaid services. Presenter:Shannon Staley, LMSW (more info ...)
SB03 – Saturday: 9:15 - 10:30 – Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care
SB03 Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care – An interactive presentation discussing the challenges involved in the transition to adult health care for children with special health care needs
A panel discussion which will tackle tough issues like how to choose an adult physician, how to approach the transfer of care with the least disruption, and legal aspects of the transition to adulthood and adult care. Presenters:Kim Conant, LPN (more info ...) Debbie Greenhouse, MD, FAAP (more info ...) *Tan Platt, MD (more info ...)
SB04 Sensational Learning: Sensory Input and Integration Issues
It is a well-recognized concept that students have various learning styles and a successful teacher needs to be able to teach in a way to reach all types of learners. Just as the make-up of a child's brain can determine their natural learning style,so the make-up of their sensory system affects the way they process their surroundings. During this seminar you will learn how your basic senses (vestibular, auditory, visual, tactile, and proprioception) affect alertness, behavior, and concentration.Often simple changes can be made to the environment or classroom routine to address the sensory needs of your students. This seminar will teach you how to make these simple changes and what behaviors and signs to look for to match the appropriateadaptation to the appropriate student. This will be an interactive class with discussion times and opportunities to work as a group to come up with your own applications for the classroom. Presenter:Kelly Anderson, OTR/L (more info ...)
SB05 – Saturday: 10:45 - 12:00 – Parents CAN Inspire and Empower Faith Community Respite
SB05 Parents CAN Inspire and Empower Faith Community Respite
Faith Community leaders say they are aware that family caregivers of all ages need regular breaks from 24 hour caregiving, but they do not know what to do about it. Learn how parents can become advocates for their children and other people who depend onfamily members for care. Leading faith communities to be more inclusive and use other respite models can best be done by those who need it. Help them create inclusive vacation and religious education programs so that your child can attend. Tell them about benevolence funds for in-home respite and respite cooperatives. Advocate for special event respite or sport programs for young adults and adults with developmental disabilities. Lead them to the S.C. Respite Coalition for technical assistance and mentoring. Participants will receive tools and information to carry back to pastors and other leaders on whom they may have given up. Presenters:*WC Hoecke, MEd (more info ...) *Susan Robinson, LMSW (more info ...)
SB07 – Saturday: 10:45 - 12:00 – Comprehensive Evaluations and Programs for Students
SB07 Comprehensive Evaluations and Programs for Students
The IDEA requires a comprehensive evaluation for all students, but all too often the evaluators work in isolation. This workshop will present a model of how teams can collaborate toconduct a comprehensive evaluation through the evaluation/reevaluation process. The outcome of the process should enable practitioners to provide comprehensive specially designed instruction, accommodations, modifications, and related services. Presenter:Susan Thomas, PhD (more info ...)
SB08 Sibling Support
Participants will get an insight into the challenges and unique opportunities brothers and sisters often experience. This is a facilitator led discussion with an opportunity for participants to ask the panel questions to help them with their own children Presenter:Alisa Bentley, BSW (more info ...)
SB09 – Saturday: 10:45 - 12:00 – The Benefits of Summer Day Camps for youth with Social Skills Deficits
SB09 The Benefits of Summer Day Camps for youth with Social Skills Deficits
This workshop will discuss the components and importance of a sports, nutrition, academic, and social skills summer camp for youth with social skills deficits that was created last year in Columbia, South Carolina. The camp, called Camp M.A.T.E.S.(Merging Activities to Enhance Social Skills) is a theory and evidence-driven camp incorporating areas that youth with developmental disabilities commonly struggle with. We will discuss the components in detail, and why these aspects are important for youth with developmental disabilities. We will also discuss our parent training component and why this aspect is important.Last year, we conducted some research from the summer and these results will be shared. We are also conducting more research this year in hopes of receiving large grants to support the camp in summers to come. Presenter:Marjorie Grefer, MA (more info ...)
SC01 – Saturday: 1:15 - 2:30 – Tricks of the Trade: Practical Advice on Behavior Problems in Preschool Children
SC01 Tricks of the Trade: Practical Advice on Behavior Problems in Preschool Children
This workshop will give parents and professionals practical tips for handling a range of behavioral difficulties including over-activity, aggression, and opposition. Tricks will include the use of observation, rewards, positive reinforcement systems,timeout, setting rules, ignoring, and hand signals. Presenter:Emily Lowell, PhD (more info ...)
SC02 – Saturday: 1:15 - 2:30 – Practical Advocacy: Making A Difference for Our Children
SC02 Practical Advocacy: Making A Difference for Our Children – Ways to open doors for our children in society.
Have you ever spoken out in defense of your child? Then you are already a seasoned advocate/leader. Building advocacy and leadership skills is just like building skills for your job or career; it takes time and experience. In this workshop,you will be guided through three phases of developing leadership and advocacy skills. As a Parent Leader, you may be advocating for your child (Phase 1). You may consider making a difference in lives outside of your family and build relationships thatsupport others in your school, faith community or local community (Phase 2). You may even choose to work at a local, State and federal advocacy (Phase 3). As families, we all recognize our strengths and abilities. It is through our advocacy that webecome effective partners and agents for change for our child and others. Presenter:*Amy Nienhuis, LISW-CP, MSW (more info ...)
SC03 Hey Doc, Let's Talk! – Developing Effective Communications with the Medical Professional
This workshop will focus on effective and efficient ways of fostering communication between families and physicians (both primary and specialists) in the complicated and sometimes confusing healthcare system. Presenter:Debbie Greenhouse, MD, FAAP (more info ...)
SC04 – Saturday: 1:15 - 2:30 – Legal Transitions: From Childhood to Adulthood
SC04 Legal Transitions: From Childhood to Adulthood – Legal issues and options for the child with special needs on turning 18
This workshop will provide parents and caregivers with an overview of the most important legal aspects for a child with special needs transitioning into adulthood. Issues such as Alternatives to Guardianship, Guardian and Conservationships and EstatePlanning for parents of special needs adult developmentally children will be covered. Presenter:Franchelle Millender, JD (more info ...)
SC06 IEP 101 – Understanding the IEP process and the Intersection of the IDEA with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
This session when give an overview of special education, the IEP process, tips on developing the IEP, parent's rights, goal development and the intersection of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Presenter:*Judy Nichols, BA (more info ...)
SC07 Executive Functioning and Learning – Organizational Tools for School and Home Environment
Do you have a child or student who struggles with impulse control, getting started on homework/projects, organization of their things and/or knowing when their behavior is getting out of control? Do you hear yourself repeating "That is not a cleanbedroom/ backpack/ desk!" or "What do you mean you lost___?" You know they are smart, but does the child or student often appear to be "lazy" or "lacking motivation"? They may be struggling with Executive Functioning, a higher order brain process thatmay not be developed in many individuals. This workshop will explain the science behind Executive Functioning skills and will introduce practical tools and strategies to help your child or student to be successful across environments. Presenter:Madalina Tudora, MEd, ATP (more info ...)
SC08 – Saturday: 2:45 - 4:00 – Socially Savy at School
SC08 Socially Savy at School — Social Language Skills in the School Setting
This workshop will discuss pragmatic/social skills and the direct, adverse academic impact that deficits in this area can have on a student’s ability to be successful within the general education curriculum. While pragmatic deficits are typically considered as having the greatest impact only the in ability to function within a school environment, social language impairments also have a negative impact on academic areas such as reading and writing as well. Ideas for effective assessment and intervention will be discussed./> Presenter:Angie Neal, MS, CCC-SLP (more info ...)
SC09 Embracing Individuality For Independence
Whether you were born with your disability or if it was acquired, individuals with disabilities can learn ways to embrace their individuality in order to develop problem-solving techniques, and successfully achieve their hopes and dreams.This session will provide you with skills to share with individuals with disabilities. Presenter:Dori Tempio, MS
SD01 – Saturday: 2:45 - 4:00 – Positive Behavior Support in the Home
SD01 Positive Behavior Support in the Home
Providing behavioral support includes establishing clear expectations, teaching those expectations, reinforcing appropriate behavior, discouraging inappropriate behavior, and using data to determine if our plans are working to increase socialcompetence. This workshop will work with extending school wide positive behavior supports into your household routines. Presenter:Susan Thomas, PhD (more info ...)
SD02 – Saturday: 2:45 - 4:00 – My Child Has ADHD/Behavioral Issues: How do I Cope?
SD02 My Child Has ADHD/Behavioral Issues: How do I Cope? – Build your toolbox with techniques to help better manage you child's behavioral issues and your stress.
This dynamic interactive workshop will provide an overview of ADHD and other behavioral issues and information on how to appropriately use behavioral management principles. Practical tools and techniques to support the child with ADHD will be offered which will also aid in decreasing parent stress through the development of coping skills and parenting strategies. Presenter:*La'Kisha Cross, NCC, LPC (more info ...)
SD03 Resources 101
There are many opportunities for children that parents are often unaware of. Don't let your child miss out on any that they maybe eligible for. This workshop will focus on the basic services that are available to families of children with special needs.This is a broad overview of statewide programs available through state and local services. Emphasis will be placed on three categories of interest to most parents: Financial; Interventions/Educational and Medical; Family Concerns and other Resources. Presenter:*WC Hoecke, MEd (more info ...)
SD05 Asthma & Allergies – Controlling asthma: It takes a team
The workshop will provide an overview of what asthma is, asthma symptoms, asthma triggers, adherence to prescriptions, strategies to better managing asthma and challenges and barriers when dealing with asthma issues concerning children.Information on using a "team approach" for children that includes parents, school, physicians and community resources to ensure better health outcomes for children will be discussed. Presenters:*Michelle Drayton, MA, LPC (more info ...) Debra McCoy, PhD, LMSW (more info ...)
SD06 Hands of Hope – Comprehensive Pediatric Support Services
This workshop will discuss the benefits of having in-home pediatric hospice and/or palliative care services for children with medically complex conditions. Attendees will be able to differentiate between hospice and palliative palliative care, and learn what role concurrent care plays in pediatric hospice services.
SD07 – Saturday: 2:45 - 4:00 – Understanding Learning Strengths and Weaknesses of your Student. How are they wired to learn?
SD07 Understanding Learning Strengths and Weaknesses of your Student. How are they wired to learn?
This interactive workshop walks participants through the neurologically based perceptual skills that enables the student to learn efficiently and effectively.In this session the adult becomes the struggling learner! Presenter:*Donna Weston, MEd, PCET (more info ...)