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Challenging Behaviors and the Transition IEP: Making a Plan for High School and Beyond

This workshop provides information for parents of youth with challenging behaviors on creating a successful plan for graduation and beyond.

Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

For a child with disabilities, kindergarten readiness often requires special preparation. This workshop helps parents plan for this transition and learn how to help their child succeed in elementary school. Parents will learn how to become active participants in the transition process.

Tips and Tools for Talking with School Staff

This workshop provides parents of special education students practical tips and interactive problem-solving experiences to build the skills necessary to communicate effectively with school staff and resolve differences.


Social Media & Bullying: Using Technology to Keep Kids Safe

PACER’s Simon Technology Center (STC) and National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC) will discuss the technology young people use, and the technology parents can use to keep them safe and raise responsible young digital citizens.

Parent Leadership Training on Children’s Mental Health

This workshop offers parents information about improvements and progress within our systems of care, and support for children and youth with mental health and behavioral health challenges.

Video Modeling in Early Childhood

Video modeling can be an effective tool for teaching novel skills. This workshop will introduce participants to video modeling strategies and discuss methods for implementation in early childhood settings.

Becoming an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

This workshop features an overview of families’ rights, roles, and responsibilities within the early intervention system process and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) process.

Becoming an Active Partner in Your Child’s IEP

This workshop for parents of children with disabilities, ages three to five, will provide an overview of the early childhood special education process, including evaluation procedures, writing goals, family rights, and how to take an active lead in the IEP process.

Going to School: Telepresence and Robotics

Students with disabilities or health concerns that keep them out of school now have a way to fully participate in their classrooms. They can be virtually present using telepresence and robotic technology . In this workshop, we will explore telepresence and robotic technologies that can be used in the classroom, discuss challenges and share success stories.

Afternoon Session: Apps to Support Social and Emotional Development of Young Children

In this fast-paced informal sharing event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support the social and emotional development of children. See apps that help children learn how to regulate, how to calm, and how to handle big emotions.

Special Education and Challenging Behaviors

This workshop offers information about how parents of children with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges can effectively communicate and plan with the school for a child with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges Special Education process.

Including Assistive Technology in the IFSP and IEP

In this workshop, we will provide families, teachers, and other professionals a way to be intentional about the process of considering assistive technology and ensure it is included in the IFSP/IEP document. Participants will learn how to use the TIKES Project’s Child-Centered AT Plan to consider and document assistive technology for children ages birth to five.

Evening Session: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and Phonetics

In this fast paced informal sharing event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support spelling and phonetics. See apps that support students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). These apps focus on phonetics and spelling and offer interactive practice of how letters form sounds. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

Webinar: Working Effectively with Diverse Families of Children and Youth with Behavioral Health Challenges

A panel of parents, who are also advocates and experts in cultural diversity, will share strategies they have found to be effective for building collaboration with diverse families and their children with mental health needs.

10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special Education

Parents who participate in this interactive workshop will learn about 10 important areas in special education, and acquire skills and knowledge they can use to help their child with disabilities be more successful. Parents will also be provided with several useful tools.

Introduction to Assistive Technology for Young Learners

This workshop will help families, caregivers, and professionals understand the breadth and scope of assistive technology (AT) available for young children (birth to five). Participants will learn what assistive technology is, the continuum of AT from the very simple to complex, and the research. On site participants will have an opportunity to explore items demonstrated following the live event.

New Technologies, New Opportunities: The Changing World of Assistive Technology

Today’s assistive technologies (AT) includes a diverse range of products, people and potentials never before seen in the field. This presentation will discuss a variety of timely technology trends that are shaking up the assistive technology field and creating newfound possibilities for individuals with any disability.

Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a big step in any child’s life. For a child with disabilities, being ready for that step often requires some intentional preparation. This workshop will help parents plan for the transition and learn strategies to help their child be successful and make their first school experience a good one. It will also prepare parents to take more of a leadership role on their child’s IEP team.

Assistive Technology for Social-Emotional Development of Young Children

This is a workshop designed for parents and professionals to learn about the wide range of assistive technology available to help support the social-emotional development of young children up to age 8. Participants will learn about specific technology, apps, and resources available.

My Child’s IEP: Laying the Foundation for Effective Early Childhood Special Education Services

This workshop for parents of children with disabilities ages three to five will provide an overview of the early childhood special education process, including evaluation procedures, timelines, writing appropriate and functional goals, and family rights throughout the process.

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