Sunday, May 30, 2010

Event Summary for the Week of May 31, 2010

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Managing Challenging Behavior & Teaching Social Skills

The Autism Society of America, Howard County will present a workshop with Dr. Jed Baker for parents and educators on the topic of Managing Challenging Behavior and Teaching Social Skills on June 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This workshop will provide practical strategies for handling meltdowns and designing effective behavior plans to help students on the autism spectrum prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety.

This workshop will help you understand the reasons for social skills deficits and disruptive behaviors, learn strategies to deal effectively with meltdowns and prevent frustrations, understand how to design a social skills training program in schools or at home, learn ways to motivate verbal and non-verbal students to want to socialize, learn strategies for teaching and generalizing skills, and learn how to create programs for typical peers to accept students with disabilities and to model positive behaviors.

Cost for this workshop, which will take place at Faulkner Ridge (10598 Marble Faun Court) in Columbia, is $40. You can register online.

COPAA Announces New Webinar Series

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) has announced its new webinar series, all of which take place this June. Registration is open to attorneys and advocates who represent students with disabilities as well as parents. The non-member registration fee is $100, with members paying $35 for parents, $50 for advocates, and $75 for attorneys. Register online.

June 1, 1:30-3 p.m. Eastern—2009 Annual Case Law Review: Judith Gran, founding COPAA Board member and legal expert on issues involving people with disabilities, will review cases in the United States Courts of Appeal in 2009. All participants will receive a 25-page document with a summary of each case presented. The webinar will include an analysis of the impact and trends by topic and circuit with time for questions.

June 7, 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern—Successful Advocacy and Negotiation Strategies for Your Next IEP: Charles P. Fox will discuss how successful advocacy at IEPs depend upon developing a strategic plan for the meeting. The presentation will focus on how to develop such a plan and the key skills to increase the likelihood of reaching a successful outcome for your client without exhausting parents' limited resources. The presentation will address how to develop the skills needed to reach a successful outcome through negotiation, preparation, understanding the contents of the case file (especially the evaluations), and how to dissect the finer points of an IEP.

June 17, 1:30-3 p.m. Eastern—Impartial Hearings: The Hearing Officer's Perspective: Barbara J. Ebenstein will present this webinar that explores impartial hearing pitfalls identified by actual impartial hearing officers, including what irks impartial hearing officers the most, as well as specific strategies that can be use to avoid these pitfalls and present winning cases.

June 22, 1:30-3 p.m. Eastern—Getting Paid for Kicking Butt: Jodi Siegel will present this webinar aimed at the basic level to provide attorneys a comprehensive review of how to obtain attorney's fees and litigation expenses under the IDEA. Participants will learn about who is considered a prevailing parent, which proceedings are covered, the impact of settlements on recovery of fees, how to determine the lodestar amount, which activities are compensable, circumstances for reducing fees, effective documentation of the fee request, practical tips for writing time entries, mechanics of filing for fees, and some ethical considerations. This webinar is targeted at attorneys.

June 29, 1:30-3 p.m.—Alternative Ways to Due Process: Sonja Kerr will present this session that will focus on alternative means to obtain appropriate educational services for children without completing a due process hearing. Recognizing that parents often wish or need to avoid the stress and expense of due process, this session discusses: informal means of settlement, use of Independent Educational Evaluations to solve disputes, settlement at the IEP table, use of resolution sessions, meaningful mediation, insisting on Rule 68 offers, other offers of judgment, and hearing officer assistance to reach settlement.

For complete information and a listing of COPAA's recorded and archived sessions, visit COPAA's webinars page.

JSSA Summer Groups

JSSA has published their schedule of support and social skills groups for this summer.

The Parent Support Group for Children Across the Autism Spectrum will take place on June 7, July 12, and August 2 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at JSSA's Rockville location at 200 Wood Hill Road. Jamell White, LCSW-C, will lead this free parent group to share coping strategies and community resources, develop networks, and gain support. Monthly registration is required. To register, call 301-610-8361.

JSSA is also forming weekly summer social skills groups for various ages in Montgomery County as well as social clubs for adults with Asperger's and parent support groups in Virginia. Call 301-816-2633 in Maryland or 703-537-3040 in Virginia or visit the JSSA website for more information.

Social Etiquette Free Informational Meeting

Cynthia Lett, MLS & Certified Etiquette Professional, and Susan Abrams, M.A., CCC-SLP, will offer a free informational meeting for parents introducing their new program to help children feel more confident in social situations with adults and peers. Their "First Impressions Count" training is aimed at 11-15 year olds with Asperger's Syndrome.

The free meeting will take place on June 5 from 9:30-11 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal (4001 Franklin Street) in Kensington.

Lett and Abrams will discuss the parameters of their new program, demonstrate some of the skills that will be learned and ask for your feedback. The focus will be on the subjects of meeting new people, greetings, handshakes, eye contact, what to say, what to watch for, introductions, joining and leaving a group, and the etiquette involved in making a great first impression.

All participants will take away tip sheets that cover engaging your child in conversation about making a great first impression. Reservations are requested. For more information and to reserve your seat, call Cynthia Lett at 301-946-8208.

YMCA Summer Parenting Classes

The YMCA will be offering several classes this summer on a variety of parenting issues.

Among their offerings is a four-session class on Family Anger Issues, which will be held on Thursdays from July 8-29 from 7 to 9 p.m. Registrants must register for and attend all four sessions, which will take place at the United Church of Christ (9525 Colesville Road) in Silver Spring. The class fee is $30, with an additional $20 book fee.

Parents and kids are able to register and attend any number of the Funtastic Family Fun three-part series, which cost $10 for each session. All three of these sessions will be held at the YMCA Ayrlawn Program Center (5650 Oakmont Avenue) in Bethesda. The July 14 session is Understanding Private Logic and Purposive Behavior: Jokes, Games and Experiential Exercises. The July 21 session is The Art of Encouragement: Mobile Challenge Course. The July 28 session is Power! Power! Power! Learning Ways to Have Power in Useful Ways. Each session takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The YMCA will also offer a parenting workshop on August 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. on Homework Hassles: Encouraging Student Responsibility. This workshop will discuss developing positive study habits, side-stepping power struggles over homework, and defining a supportive but limited parent role. This session will take place at the Silver Spring Library (8901 Colesville Road) in Silver Spring. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

For more information or to register for any of these classes, call 301-229-1347 or email parenting@ymcadc.org.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Event Summary for the Week of May 24, 2010

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Monday, May 24:

AutMont Pick of the Week: LISS Information Session


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Least Restrictive Environment Access Group

The Least Restrictive Environment Access Group will hold a workshop on May 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. Topics discussed will include inclusion, Universal Design of Learning (UDL), education technology related to UDL and more.


For more information on the workshop, which will be held at The Arc of MC (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville, call Penny Veerhoff at 240-676-1073.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Guest Review: My Brother Charlie

I am always delighted to see families of typical kids who make an effort to explain autism and our kids with autism to their own kids. Michele Spring Fajeau is one of those parents helping to make the world a little more accepting for our children. Here, she reviews My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete. This post was originally published in April on her blog. —Jean

Nearly 1.75 million Americans have autism. Two of those “Americans” are family friends – little guys who I have known since they were born, rocked in my arms and chased around the yard with my own son. The boys are my son’s age and as my son grew more articulate and playful, they became more quiet and introspective. Nine years later, they each are challenged with friendship and navigating new situations. They are also kind and funny and very smart.

In the beginning, my son and I talked a lot about autism. What? Why? How come? Having little to no experience with autism, I choose my words carefully – often wondering how to explain the unexplainable. But, what if a child could explain autism to another child? At 12 years old, Ryan Peete delivers her twin brother’s story of autism in a new children’s books, “My Brother Charlie.” It’s a simple and genuine story.

Ryan Peete wrote the story with her mother and actress Holly Robinson Peete to raise awareness and understanding of children with autism. Ryan’s authentic voice as a child tells both the difficult and hopeful story of her twin brother, Charlie. She explains how hard it is when Charlie doesn’t play or speak or look at her. She celebrates when Charlie unexpectedly tells her for the first time, “I love you.”

“My Brother Charlie” is a must-read for all pre-school children. Told from the perspective of a child, the story explains autism in a way that kids can understand. It also models how to be compassionate and patient with children who have autism without the preachy overtones that an adult might interject.

For the last week or so, this is the book my 5-year old daughter has chosen to read each night. Even after finishing the story, she continues to ask me about Charlie and his sister. She is captivated by them – the real brother and sister. He is a kid with autism and she, a girl who writes. “Turn the book over, Mommy,” my daughter commands. On the backside, there are two photos of Charlie (whose real name is RJ) and Ryan, who have each become role models for character and kindness in our house.

As April draws to a close, you still have time to enjoy a book of compassion and cup of cuddles with your “littles” in honor of National Autism Month.

Michele Spring Fajeau is a regular contributor to the Silicon Valley Moms Blog and recently launched her own blog, Read Out Loud, where she reviews her favorite kid's books and celebrates the joy, curiosity, and humanity that each new story brings into her home.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Event Summary for the Week of May 17, 2010

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Carl Sandburg Learning Center May Fair

The Carl Sandburg Learning Center will hold its May Fair fundraiser on May 23 from noon to 3 p.m.

This special family event costs $5 per person, which includes pizza or hot dog and chips with a drink. The fair will feature sensory spectacular stations, face painting, a cake walk, water balloon toss, cotton candy, shaved ice, food, raffle and prizes, and more.

The fair will take place on the playground behind the school (451 Meadowhall Drive) in Rockville. For more information, call 301-279-8490. The rain date is June 6.

Practical Skills Training for Teens & Young Adults with AS

The Bridge Parent Group will present a program called "Practical Skills Training for Teens and Young Adults with AS" on May 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Janet Palmer, director of Advocates of Success, which has developed practical skills groups for young adults with AS who have aged out of the school system will present.

It will take place at St. Bartholomew's Church (6900 River Road) in Bethesda. For more information, contact Andrea Kessler at akessler@kellerbenefit.com.

Straight Talk about Bullying

The Ivymount School Outreach Program will offer a workshop on bullying on May 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The workshop, which costs $60, will take place at Ivymount School (11614 Seven Locks Road) in Rockville. For more information, call 301-469-0223.

Workshop on Related Services

The Auburn School will hold a free workshop for families and professionals about Related Services: The Role of Occupational Therapists, Speech/Language Pathologists, and Social Workers with Students on the Autism Spectrum on May 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This workshop will explain some of the ways in which these therapists may provide support for students with ASD, both at home and at school. Each of the Auburn therapists will discuss strategies they have used to effectively help students improve in areas such as pragmatic language, social skills, and organization.

Register online for this free workshop, which will take place at the Auburn School (13525 Dulles Technology Drive) in Herndon, Virginia.

MCASA Meeting and DIR/Floortime Presentation

The Autism Society of Montgomery County's next general meeting will be May 20 at 7 p.m. There will be a presentation on Understanding the DIR/Floortime Model at the meeting.

Tim Breecker and Jake Greens, co-directors of DIR/Floortime Support Service will speak about the D, I, and R of the DIR/Floortime model.

This meeting will take place at DIR Support Services (4827 Rugby Avenue) in Bethesda. For more information, call 301-652-3912.

Just Give Him the Whale: Paula Kluth Appearance

Paula Kluth, author of many books, including You're Gonna Love This Kid: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom, will be speaking at the Howard County Autism Society Resource Center on May 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

In her presentation, Kluth will explore how honoring fascinations and using them as tools can help teachers to calm, comfort, teach, inspire, and connect with their students with autism.

Advance registration is not required. A $10 attendance fee will be collected at sign-in. The lecture will take place at 10280 Old Columbia Road, Suite 215, in Columbia. For more information, call 410-290-3466.

Empowering Families Through Calendar Systems

AT:LAST will offer a training workshop called, "Empowering Families: Addressing Behavior and Communication Through Calendar Systems" on June 2 from 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

A Calendar system is a set of symbols (picture 2D or 3D form) that represent activities or periods of time and sequenced so it provides information for the child about what's going to happen. Use of this system helps the child to anticipate what's going to happen, provides a sense of predictability and the opportunity to talk about things that happen in past or future, to structure or establish routine, to foster communication development, and to help make choices of changes.

This workshop is intended for parents, family members, and caregivers of children who are deaf/blind, visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, children with autism, and children defined as having severe or multiple disabilities.

Debbie Brown, CCC-SLP, will present this free workshop. You can register online for this workshop, which has a limit of 25 participants and a registration deadline of May 26. The workshop will be held at the Assistive Technology Learning Center (7050 Oakland Mills Road, Suite 1601) in Columbia. For more information, contact Susan Garber at 410-381-2667.

Guest Post: Finding Summer Activites for Your Special Needs Child

Information from a JSSA news release I thought I'd pass on to you. —Jean

Research Widely, and Ask Lots of Questions: Tips for Seeking Summer Activities for Your Special Needs Child

by Jamell White, Clinical Director, JSSA

Guiding and supporting your special needs child throughout the school year can be challenging, but finding fun and appropriate activities for the summer vacation weeks can be just as tough for some parents. Selecting the right programs that are also convenient, affordable and amenable to working with your child’s needs may take some research.

Whatever type of program you are looking for, be sure to research widely, following up on ideas from teachers, therapists, friends, and neighbors, and getting feedback on programs from social networking groups for parents of children with disabilities. You may be surprised at how many program options you can find when you search for programs at camp fairs, county recreation departments, community centers, private schools, and the many private providers of activities in the arts, sports, outdoors, travel, science, technology and more.

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency), a nonprofit, nonsectarian community agency, partners with other organizations to provide day camps—Camp Shalom in Fairfax County and BFF (Building and Fostering Friendships) Camp in Montgomery County. Both teach social skills within a fun, recreational environment for children of all faiths with learning disabilities, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Depending on your child’s age and interests, you may also want to look for choices beyond the Washington area. A variety of sleep-away camps provide a supportive environment for children with special needs. Two to consider are Summit Camp in Pennsylvania, whose campers have ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities and social skill needs, and Kamp A-Kom-Plish, an inclusive camp in southern Maryland whose campers include those with developmental and physical disabilities.

Remember that much of the information you may need to evaluate camps and activities for your individual child isn’t found on websites or in brochures. Supplement those resources with direct inquiries by phone or email so you can introduce your child’s specific needs to the program’s organizers and discuss important concerns.

Questions like these may help you zero in on whether a program is a good match for your son or daughter:

Philosophy and Staffing

• What is the camp’s philosophy on serving children with different abilities? Do they modify activities so all children can participate?

•How much supervision is offered? What background or experience do the staff have in working with a child like yours? Does the camp provide its own special needs training?

• Is the camp willing to work with you to learn how to give your child the necessary support?

• Is the camp open to you hiring an aide to help your child if the camp is unable to provide one?

• Can parents communicate with the staff to get updates on the child’s experiences?

• Is there a nurse on staff for children taking medications or who have medical issues?

Facilities

• What facilities does the camp have? Are they accessible to children with physical disabilities?

• Is there a place to cool off if the weather gets too hot?

Activities

• How long do individual activities last, and how many transitions do the children make during the day?

• How many community outings or out-of-camp field trips are offered? How long do they last?

• If these outings aren’t appropriate for your child, what other activities can they participate in?

• Do children make their own choices of activities, or do they move with a group from one assigned activity to another?

• How much time is spent outdoors and indoors?

With plenty of research and an understanding of what each program offers, you will likely feel more comfortable choosing summer activities for your child that are fun while also building the confidence, self-esteem, and social skills so important to all children, particularly those with special needs.

Jamell White, LCSW-C is clinical director of special needs and deaf services at JSSA. For more information about JSSA’s broad range of programs and services for children, teens and young adults, please visit www.jssa.org

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Children's Support Group

For Our Kids, For Ourselves will be offering three free Meet and Greet Children's Support Groups for children ages 8-16 years old.

This grassroots community service organization was created to reach out to families who need emotional and pragmatic support. The children's support group will provide a safe and confidential place for children to express their feelings, share their experiences, and learn skills from each other. This is not a peer therapy or social skills group.

There is a limit of 8 students per group and RSVPs are required. If you are interested in having your child participate, email adhadparentsforum@yahoo.com.

All three sessions will take place in Potomac and are organized by age and grade.

May 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m.—14-16 year olds (grades 9-11)

May 23, 1-2 p.m.—11-13 year olds (grades 6-8)

May 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m.—8-10 year olds (grades 3-5)

Lecture on Making Friends

The Abilities Network will be hosting a speaker on the topic of Making Friends on May 20 from 6-7:30 p.m.

The lecture will be held at Abilities Network (1738 Elton Road, Suite 312) in Silver Spring.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Nick Heynen at nheynen@abilitiesnetwork.org or 301-431-7740 ext. 1507.

LISS Information Sessions

Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) is a statewide program funded by the Developmental Disability Administration designed to provide funding for individuals who have developmental disabilities. There will be an information session for Montgomery County on May 24 from 6-8 p.m.

The session will take place at Fitness for Health (11140 Rockville Pike, Suite 303) in Rockville. To RSVP or for more information, call 301-583-8880.

LISS funding is intended to assist individuals in a non-ongoing manner. Individuals are able to make multiple requests for funds up to $3000 per fiscal year. The Montgomery County LISS contact is Karen Patterson, who you can reach at karenp@arcmontmd.org or 301-984-5777.

Sexuality and Reproductive Health

Kennedy Krieger Institute will offer a lecture by Barbara Obst on May 12 about Sexuality and Reproductive Health, as part of their Adolescent Transition Lecture series.

The lecture is intended to educate youth with disabilities, parents, clinicians, and community providers.

The lecture will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Bowles Building Board Room at the Institute's Greenspring Campus (3825 Greenspring Avenue) in Baltimore.

RSVP by calling 800-390-3372 or emailing resourcefinder@kennedykrieger.org.

Team Taught Driver's Ed Class

Montgomery College is offering a team-taught driver's education course for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. The course will be co-taught by instructors with dual certification in MVA Driver Education and Special Education by MSDE.

Instructors will provide differentiated instruction, a multi-sensory approach to learning, and an increased appreciation for diversity.

The course will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9:15 p.m. The class begins May 12 and ends June 11 and will be held at the Gaithersburg Business Training Center (12 South Summit Avenue, 4th Floor) in Gaithersburg.

For more information about submitting appropriate documentations for available accomodations, call 240-567-5058 or email dss@montgomerycollege.edu. To register, call 240-567-5188. The course number is 48066.

Toilet Training for Children with Developmental Disabilities

The Montgomery County Community Support Network and Infants and Toddlers Program is offering another in their Time for Tea series, this one on Toilet Training for Children with Developmental Disabilities.

This free event is intended for parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities up to age 7.

Tamara Madera, Director of Ivymount's Autism Outreach and Consultation Services, will present. The meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on May 10.

The presentation will take place at the Rockville Library (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville. Childcare will be available upon request. Call 240-777-1216 for more information.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Event Summary for the Week of May 3, 2010

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Enter to Win a One-Year Membership to My Gym Fitness Center

Hyland's Homeopathy is holding a contest to give away five one-year memberships to My Gym Fitness Center.

"Hyland's understands the struggles that many families have to go through to get the much needed services to help their child in their development," they say. "We would like to help those families who are struggling to get such necessary OT/Physical Therapy services by giving away five (5) one-year memberships to My Gym Children's Fitness Center."


Disclosure: I have no relationship with this company, aside from getting a PR release from them. This should not be construed as an endorsement, as I have never used their products.

Five Wishes and Future Planning

The Collaborative Outreach & Training Committee will hold a seminar on Five Wishes and Future Planning on May 5 from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at the Rockville Library (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.

Kate Wissman of JSSA will speak about what the five wishes are and how to create a plan. It will include planning for the future in case of illness and the decision making process. She will discuss insurance options and assist families in being proactive instead of reactive.

Registration is required for all attendees. Call 240-777-1216 by May 4 to register. Leave the name of the seminar you wish to attend as well as your name and phone number. If you do not register, it is possible you will not be admitted due to space constraints.

County Resource Fair on Accessing Mental Health Services

The Montgomery County Mental Health Advisory Committee and the Department of Health and Human Services Mental Health Core Services Agency will present a resource fair on Accessing Mental Health Services on May 25 from 6-9 p.m.

Staff from the county's Department of HHS, as well as other community organizations, will provide information on community-based programs, outreach and prevention programs, crisis services, peer-support centers, referrals, mental health services, and other support for children, youth, adults, older adults, families, veterans, and others.

The fair will be held in the Executive Office Building Cafeteria (101 Monroe Street) in Rockville. For more information, contact Mariam Chase at 240-777-3353.

Parents' Place Sessions on Behavior Difficulties and LRE

The Parents' Place of Maryland will offer two programs this week for parents of special needs children.

The first is a teleconference about Behavior Difficulties and Young Children on May 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The teleconference will focus on when difficult behaviors arise in daycare and home settings. Anne Kirchner and Rachel McRorie, behavior interventionists with the Southern Maryland Child Care Resource Center's Project First Choice will present. For more information, contact Rochelle at rochelle@ppmd.org or 800-394-5694 ext 104.

On May 6 from 7-9 p.m., they will present a parent training on The Parent Role in Determining the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Josie Thomas, the executive director of the Parents' Place of Maryland, will present this training. During this workshop, parents will learn what the federal and Maryland definition of LRE is and what it means for their child, plus how to actively participate in IEP meetings when discussing this topic. This workshop will take place at The Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville. For more information, contact Haydee de Paula at haydeed@arcmontmd.org or 301-984-5777 ext. 275.

Upcoming MCTransitions Meetings

MCTransitions has two meetings coming up in the next two months offering information on transition. Both meetings will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville.

May 4—Karen Leggett, Chairperson of The Transition Work Group (TWG): Leggett chairs the TWG, a gathering of parents, service providers, school and government staff working to improve the transition of young people with disabilities from high school to post-secondary living. She will discuss the group's advocacy for improved county employment of people with disabilities and efforts to disseminate information about resources and opportunities as widely as possible.

June 10—Sari Hornstein, author of the After the School Bus Stops Coming series: Hornstein will share her experiences with transition for her young son. She is active in setting up social activities for transitioning young adults at Ivymount School. She will speak about the transition process for her son and how she envisions his future, including the ways she tries to go about developing those jobs and opportunities for him.

The Arc of Maryland State Convention

The Arc of Maryland will hold its 2010 State Convention on May 21 at the Crowne Plaza Baltimore ( 2004 Greenspring Drive) in Timonium, Maryland.

The day-long convention costs $125 and includes break-out sessions on eliminating restraints, communication, the Maryland budget outlook, connecting people to employers, and universal design for learning.

You can register online for the 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. conference, or select just the New Chapter Book Club or President's Reception.