Sunday, October 28, 2012

The IEP Process and Parents' Rights

The Autism Society of Montgomery County MD, the Arc Montgomery County, and Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County will present a lecture on "The IEP Process and Parents' Rights" on November 7 from 7 to 9 pm.

Josie Thomas, executive director of The Parents' Place of Maryland, will lead the presentation. She will cover how to request an IEP meeting and evaluations, practical work on writing goals and objectives, an explanation of what a facilitated IEP meeting is and how to request one, who are the team members, and what to do when something goes wrong. There will be time for parents to ask questions.

The presentation will take place at the Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville. Call or email to register for this free presentation. Contact Haydee De Paula at 301-984-5777 x1275 or haydeed@arcmontmd.org, Liz Roth at 301-924-2211 or mousetrapliz@earthlink.net or Kathy Myers at kathy@dsnmc.org.

Carderock Community Cares Autism Awareness Walk

Carderock Springs Elementary School will hold a low-key autism awareness walk on November 3 at 8:30 am.

Breakfast begins at 8:30, with a bake sale featuring coffee, hot chocolate, and baked goods. Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the Montgomery Cheetahs special hockey team.

The walk will take place at 9 am. In case of rain, the event will be held in the gym. Carderock is located at 7401 Persimmon Tree Lane in Bethesda.

Understanding CBT for Children with Anxiety, Depression or ADHD

Alvord, Baker & Associates, along with the Weinfeld Education Group, will present a lecture by Mary Alvord about "Understanding Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the Child/Teen with Anxiety, Depression, and/or ADHD" on November 29 from 7:30 to 9 pm.

Alvord will discuss CBT, which is a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving and behavior change. Emphasis will be on CBT strategies that parents can utilize with their children.

The cost for the lecture is $25 through November 15, after which it will be $35. If tickets are available at the door, the cost will be $40. Register online.

The lecture will take place at Building III, Room 3241 at The Universities of Shady Grove (9630 Gudelsky Drive) in Rockville. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Alvord at 301-593-6554 x14 or malvord@alvordbaker.com.

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2012

Kennedy Krieger Institute will hold their annual Festival of Trees this year from November 23-25.

The event features fairyland forests, gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, more than 100 craft boutiques, holiday goodies and activities for kids of all ages.

Hours on Friday and Saturday are 10 am to 9 pm and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. It will take place at The Cow Palace at Maryland State Fairgrounds (2200 York Road) in Timonium.

You can buy tickets online or on site, although they are less expensive online.

For more information and an entertainment schedule as well as more specifics, please visit the Festival of Trees website.

Winter GTLD Net Lectures

The GTLD Net will hold two lectures this winter on topics of interest to the gifted and talented with learning disabilities population. They are as follows:

November 15, 7:30 pm: Strategies and Tips for Teaching WritingTracy Topping, a master tutor specializing in working with students with learning disabilities will explain why writing is so hard for many GTLD students and help parents see the long view of the writing process. There will be a networking hour from 6:30-7:30 pm. The lecture will take place in the media center of Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive) in Bethesda.

January 17, 7:30 pm: A Focus on FocusDr. Deborah Norris, founder of the Mindfulness Center of Bethesda, and Marc Sickel, founder of Fitness for Health, will present about methods for improving focus without the use of medication. There will be a networking hour from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The lecture will take place at Fitness for Health (11140 Rockville Pike) in Rockville.

Event Summary for the Week of October 29, 2012

Check out the AutMont Calendar to see all of the activities for this week, as well as those coming up!

Friday, November 2:

Top iPad Picks for Improving Verbal Expression

Saturday, November 3:

Carderock Community Cares Autism Awareness Walk

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Protest of DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Up for Discussion on AutMont:

I'm trying desperately to add more events to the calendar before my power goes out because of the storm.  If you know of an event I didn't get a chance to add, please put it in the comments!

Be sure to check to see if these events have been canceled before you head out!

Stay safe this week and have a happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Exceptional Schools Fair 2012

The 6th annual Exceptional Schools for Exceptional Students School Fair will be October 28 from 1-3 pm.

This fair showcases some of the school choices available to families of children with learning differences. Find out about individualized programs that will help your child thrive academically and socially. A list of participating schools is available on the website. 

Admission is free and open to the public. The fair will take place at the Katzen Art Center at American University (Massachusetts Avenue and Nebraska Avenue, NW) in DC. Parking is free at the Katzen Center. The closest Metro stop is Tenleytown on the Red Line.

For more information, contact Bekah Atkinson at 301-592-0567 x12 or exceptionalschoolsfair@gmail.com

Protest of 2012 DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network will hold a protest at the DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks on November 3 from 8 am to noon.

ASAN is protesting Autism Speaks for many reasons, which are detailed on their PDF about the issue, which you can download here: http://www.autisticadvocacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Autism_Speaks_Flyer.pdf

Protesters will meet on the National Mall at 8am the day of the walk. Visit the Facebook event page for the protest for more information and to find out where to meet. For more information, contact Melody Latimer at mlatimer@autisticadvocacy.org.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks in DC and Baltimore

Autism Speaks will hold two fundraising walks in the area this fall.

There will be a walk in Baltimore on October 27. Registration begins at 8:30 am, with the walk beginning at 10. Walkers should meet in Parking Lot C of the M&T Bank Stadium. You can find more information online. Call 202-955-3111 or email baltimore@autismspeaks.org with questions.

There will be a DC walk on November 3. Registration will open at 8:30 am with the walk beginning at 10. Walkers should meet on the National Mall at 9th Street NW and Madison Drive NW. You can find more information online. Call 202-955-3111 or email dcwalk@autismspeaks.org with questions.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Event Summary for the Week of October 8, 2012

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Monday, October 8:

Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership

Wednesday, October 10:

The ABCs of CBT

Thursday, October 11:

Phone Workshop: Is My Child's IEP Complete?

Saturday, October 13:

Transitioning Youth Resource Fair

Sensory Friendly Film: Frankenweenie

Saturday Night Alive (ages 16 and older)

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Lecture: The Zones of Regulation

The Silver Spring campus of the Auburn School will host a lecture on October 3 from 6-7:30 pm titled "The Zones of Regulation."

Shirley Werth, MS OTR/L, will be the speaker. She will discuss how knowing our level of alertness and having an understanding of social expectations can create greater social success.

The Auburn School is located at 9545 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. For more information, call 301-588-8048.

Sports Plus Swim Registration is Open



The Sports Plus late fall 2012 swim program registration is now open.  Classes start on October 27, in both the Quince Orchard and Georgetown Prep locations.  Sign up as soon as possible, as space is limited!

Fall 2012 Next Step Workshops

MCPS Transition Services will host a series of Next Step Parent Workshops over the next two months. These workshops pertain to transition planning.

October 2, 7-9 pm: Adult Services—This meeting will cover topics such as the role of MCPS in the Transitioning Youth Initiative (TYI) process, the role of Community Support Network in the TYI process, the role of the Developmental Disabilities Administration in the TYI process, making the most of your agency visit, adult service provider delivery models, the DDA application process and eligibility determination, and APS healthcare. This workshop will take place at Earle B. Wood Middle School's cafeteria (14615 Bauer Drive) in Rockville.

October 16, 7-9 pm: Montgomery College Night—This workshop is intended for families of students with IEPs aged 14-21 who are planning to attend community college, earn an Associate's Degree, transfer to a four-year college or university, enter the job market, or enhance life through enrichment experiences upon exiting high school. The workshop will include presentations from Montgomery College faculty. This workshop will take place at Earle B. Wood Middle School's cafeteria (14615 Bauer Drive) in Rockville.

November 13, 7-9 pm: Postsecondary Education—This workshop will include presentations about connecting with disability services at the college level, postsecondary education facts you should know, making it on your own, and postsecondary options for students with intellectual disabilities. This workshop will take place at Earle B. Wood Middle School's cafeteria (14615 Bauer Drive) in Rockville.

November 28, 7-9 pm: Special Topics Night—This workshop will cover special topics such as guardianship and healthcare planning, social security income (SSI) information, and an introduction to transition services in MCPS. This workshop will take place at Earle B. Wood Middle School's cafeteria (14615 Bauer Drive) in Rockville.

Port Discovery Family Exploration Day

Port Discovery Children's Museum will hold a Family Exploration Day for families with children with special needs on October 7 at 11 am.

Families who have children with special needs can spend an hour at the museum before it opens for the public at noon (and they are welcome to stay until 5 pm). Tickets will cost $7 per person with children under 2 years of age free. This is a discount from the regular price of $13.95. There is a limit of 6 discount tickets per family.

Advance tickets are required and space is limited. Purchase tickets online.

Port Discovery is located at 35 Market Place in Baltimore.

Event Summary for the Week of October 1, 2012

Check out the AutMont Calendar to see all of the activities for this week, as well as those coming up!

Tuesday, October 2:

Next Steps Workshop: Adult Services

Wednesday, October 3:

Lecture: The Zones of Regulation

Navigating the Financial World of the Family with Special Needs

Parent Academy: Understanding ADHD

Is Your Child Anxious? What Parents Need to Know

Friday, October 5:

Use Your iPad to Help Individuals with Special Needs

AUTCOM Conference

Saturday, October 6:

AUTCOM Conference

xMinds Extraordinary Family Fun Day

Sunday, October 7:

Port Discovery Family Exploration Day

Up For Discussion on AutMont:

Sports Plus Swim Registration Now Open

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