Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2012-2013 Parent University & Be Social Workshops

Speech therapist Susan Abrams has posted the 2012-2013 schedule of workshops for Parent University and Be Social Workshops.

Registration for each workshop is $30, with discounts if you pre-register for several at once. On-site registration costs an extra $5. Register online.

Workshops take place at Har Shalom ECEC (11510 Falls Road) in Potomac. They all take place from 7:15-8:30 pm. For more information, email

September 10: Be Social!—While most children learn the skills of social thinking intuitively, many children have great difficulties with this process. Social thinking occurs 24/7 at home, at school, and in the community. Attend this workshop to learn about a dynamic approach focusing on social learning. You will leave with strategies to help your child navigate the social world.

October 10: The ABCs of CBT—Cognitive Behavior Therapy is an evidence based therapeutic approach. Come learn the basic principles of CBT. Leave the workshop with skills to help your child be a more positive thinker.

November 12: Ask a Doctor: Practical Ideas for Parenting—Dr. Charles Coggeshall, a pediatrician at Pediatric Care of Rockville, will engage attendees in a lively discussion related to the developmental topics of sleep, behavior, eating, and toileting. Bring questions!

January 8: Social Thinking at Home—This workshop will introduce you to the social thinking vocabulary and provide practical suggestions on how to incorporate it into everyday life. Creative suggestions and resources will be shared. Active participation is encouraged. Bring your concerns and leave with a plan for facilitating social thinking at home.

January 28: Raising Confident Kids—This talk will focus on how parents can encourage children to develop what they need to feel confident and successful in life—the abilities to connect, to become more capable, to know that they count, and to face life with courage. Learn how you can use everyday experiences to add to your children's confidence that they are capable of learning and improving now and throughout life.

February 20: Apps, apps, and more apps—Attend this workshop to hear about top apps to help promote learning. Find out what apps can help children with special needs facilitate language, literacy, cognition, and communication.

March 18: The Strengths of Autism—Learn about the latest research findings in non-social strengths (e.g., a detail-focused cognitive style) and difficulties (e.g., inflexibility/desire for sameness) in autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Wallace will discuss how these differences in non-social thinking and behavior impact the daily lives of individuals with ASDs and take part in a discussion on how this research can inform intervention strategies and development.

May 8: Siblings: A Unique Perspective—Parenting a child with special needs can be challenging. However, the impact on the family, and specifically the siblings, can be profound. What is the perspective of siblings at different ages and stages. What is the latest research on this topic? Go home with resources to help you support your children.

May 22: Social Behavior Mapping—Children who exhibit social cognitive challenges have difficulty relating their actions to the consequences (negative and positive). Using visual flow charts, children can visualize the concepts of expected and unexpected behavior. This strategy teaches children about understanding the perspective of others and how their behavior impacts the thinking of others. At this workshop, a variety of social mapping formats will be presented to use with children pre-k through high school.

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