Sunday, January 27, 2013

Event Summary for the Week of January 28, 2012

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

Monday, January 28:

Parent University: Raising Confident Kids

Thursday, January 31:

Parent Academy: Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Friday, February 1:

Top iPad Picks for Improving Cognition

Saturday, February 2:

Free IEP Clinic

Up for Discussion on AutMont:

Information about ME Through Motion Summer Ballet Program

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ME Through Motion Summer Ballet Program

ME Through Motion is a therapeutic summer ballet program for children ages 6-11 with special needs.

Dancers will spend the day (M-F, 9 am to 3 pm) learning basic ballet technique through a variety of games and dances. Every Friday ends with a performance showcasing all that was learned throughout the week.

ME Through Motion accepts all individuals, regardless of cognitive or physical ability. Pre-requisites are imitation skills and ability to follow simple one-step directions.

The program is taught by a special education teacher with a ballet background. No dance experience is necessary.

Week-long session run from July 1 August 2 and cost $300/week (with the exception of the first week, which is only four days and costs $240).

For more information or to register, contact Ms. Nudh Suanpan at MEthroughmotion@yahoo.com.

xMinds Winter/Spring 2013 Speaker Meetings

The Partnership for Extraordinary Minds will present several speaker meetings over the next few months.

All meetings will take place at the Rockville Memorial Library at 21 Maryland Avenue. Registration is not required and the meetings are free to members of xMinds and $15 for non-members. Each meeting will take place from 7 to 9 pm.

February 12: Writing IEP Goals and Objectives for Students on the Autism Spectrum—Bring your student's IEP for this interactive workshop with special education consultant Suzie Blattner. After a presentation about the essential aspects of an IEP, the audience will practice writing meaningful "present levels of performance" and specific, measurable, realistic, time-limited IEP goals and objectives.

March 14: Executive Functioning Strategies for Students on the Autism Spectrum—Dr. Rebecca Resnik will explain how to strengthen your child's executive functioning skills and how you can help your child be a more flexible learning, as well as help make homework time easier.

May 14: Occupational Therapy for Students on the Autism Spectrum— Occupational therapist Lois Hunter will present about OT and teach strategies that address challenges that may impact participation in school.

Free Attorney-Led IEP Clinic

Lollipop Kids will present a free IEP clinic on the Development of an Appropriate IEP for a Student with Disabilities on February 2 from 3:30-5:30 pm.

McAndrews Law Offices will present at the clinic. Representatives from the law offices will be available to discuss individual circumstances with families. Attendees are encouraged to bring their relevant special education documents that they would like to discuss with attorneys.

An information session begins at 3:30 pm, followed by one-on-one consultations.

The clinic will take place at 20 Southlawn Court, Suite D, in Rockville. RSVP by emailing todebbie@lollipopkidsfoundation.org.

M&L Special Needs Planning Winter/Spring 2013 Workshops

M&L Special Needs Planning will host several workshops this winter and spring. You can find detailed information about each workshop online on their website.  You MUST RSVP if you plan on attending any of these workshops.

February 5, 7-8:30 pm: Roadmap for Transitioning Planning and a Discussion of Post Secondary OptionsThis workshop is an overview so families can understand what transitioning planning is, what the terms mean, and examples of post-secondary options. The workshop will take place at the Treatment and Learning Center (2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100) in Rockville. Register online.

February 26, 7-8:30 pm: Navigating the World of the Family with Special Needs This workshop will take place at the Treatment and Learning Center (2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100) in Rockville. Register online.

March 6, 7-8:30 pm: Understanding SSI/Medicaid and SSDI/MedicareThis complicated subject is broken down and discussed slowly so attendees can understand the basics and know where to turn in applying. The workshop will take place at DC Health Center Advocates for Justice and Education (1012 Pennsylvania Ave., SE) in DC. Register online.

April 2, 7-8:30 pm: Understanding SSI/Medicaid and SSDI/MedicareThis complicated subject is broken down and discussed slowly so attendees can understand the basics and know where to turn in applying. The workshop will take place at the Treatment and Learning Center (2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100) in Rockville. Register online.

April 17, 7-9 pm: Understanding Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs This workshop will take place at the Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville. To RSVP, email Haydee De Paula at haydeed@arcmontmd.org.

Page by Page Walk Through the IEP Document

The Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County, the Autism Society Montgomery County, and the Arc Montgomery County will host a workshop, which will be a Page by Page Walk Through the IEP Document on February 13 from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Paul Bruening, who is an MCPS special education instructional specialist will lead the workshop.

Please register for this workshop by calling or emailing 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.

The workshop will take place at the Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville.

Ivymount Special Needs Resource Fair

The Ivymount School will host a Special Needs Resource Fair on February 23 from noon to 3 pm.

The fair is open to the public and is targeted to families of children with special needs, including autism. There will be more than 35 exhibitors attending.

See a list of exhibitors online. Exhibiting organizations provide a variety of services and resources to children and young adults with special needs and their families.

The fair will be held at Ivymount School (11614 Seven Locks Road) in Rockville. For more information, contact Molly Whalen at mwhalen@ivymount.com.

Diamonds in the Rough Conference 2013

The Weinfeld Education Group is holding their 4th annual Diamonds in the Rough special learning needs conference on March 3 from 9 to 4:30 pm. The topic this year is Family Quality of Life.

This conference will feature a keynote address by Eustacia Cutler, Temple Grandin's mother, as well as breakout sessions covering a variety of topics.

[Editor's note: As an attendee of each of the prior three conferences, I find Diamonds in the Rough to be one of those most valuable events I attend.]

The cost of the conference is $65 if you register online by March 2 and $80 for registration at the door. A box lunch is included in your registration.

The conference takes place at Universities of Maryland at Shady Grove (9630 Gudelsky Drive) in Rockville.

Monday, January 14, 2013

IST iPad Webinars

Speech-language pathologist Joan Green will present webinars/online collaborative workshops outlining her top iPad Picks.

These presentations will offer practical information during the formal 30-minute presentation, followed by an additional 30 minutes for questions and conversation. Each webinar will be limited to 25 participants. Webinars cost $25 each.

January 18, 1-2 pm, Top iPad Picks for Improving Written Expression—Words and Sentences

January 25, 1-2 pm, Top iPad Picks for Improving Auditory Comprehension

February 1, 1-2 pm, Top iPad Picks for Improving Basic Cognitive Skills

For more information, visit the Innovative Speech Therapy website.

Social Thinking at Home and School

The Partnership for Extraordinary Minds will present Social Thinking at Home and School on January 16 from 7 to 9 pm.

Speech therapists Susan Abrams and Randi Rosenblatt will discuss social thinking, an approach that teaches the "why" as well as the "how" of social interaction so individuals can respond dynamically to a variety of interactions throughout the day. Attendees will learn about this approach as well as strategies to help their children navigate the social world.

The workshop will take place at Rockville Memorial Library (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville. The event is free for xMinds members and $15 for nonmembers.

Winter 2013 Parent Academy Schedule

The MCPS Parent Academy has published their schedule of winter workshops, many of which are of interest to the special education community. Find the entire schedule online and see below for listings of autism-related workshops.

You can register for all workshops online.

January 16, 7-8:30 pm, Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—Learn about ADHD and explore strategies and interventions that support academic and social success. Presented by CHADD. Held at North Bethesda Middle School (8935 Bradmoor Drive) in Bethesda.

January 24, 7-8:30 pm, Transition Services: Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Moving from Middle School to High School—This is an introductory session on transition services. Learn about what they are and how you can help your child succeed in high school. Presented by the MCPS Transition Services Unit. Held at Takoma Park Middle School (7611 Piney Branch Road) in Silver Spring.

January 31, 7-8:30 pm, Anxiety in Children and Adolescents—An NIH psychologist will take you through the biology behind both normal and excessive anxiety and discuss interventions that can be used at home and in school. Held at Rock View Elementary School (3901 Denfeld Avenue) in Kensington.

February 7, 7-8:30 pm, Social Bullies: Dealing with Exclusion and Cliques—Today's students are using exclusion, rumors, and teasing to bully others. Come and explore these behaviors and discuss strategies for helping bullies, victims, and bystanders. Facilitated by YMCA Youth & Family Services. Held at Newport Mill Middle School (11311 Newport Mill Road) in Kensington.

February 20, 7-8:30 pm, Transition Services: Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Moving from Middle School to High School—This is an introductory session on transition services. Learn about what they are and how you can help your child succeed in high school. Presented by the MCPS Transition Services Unit. Held at Shady Grove Middle School (8100 Midcounty Highway) in Gaithersburg.

February 28, March 7, March 14 & March 21, 6:30-8:30 pm, Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (4 parts)—Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include IDEA, IEPs, resolving issues, community resources, and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other parents. This is a Parent E.A.S.E. workshop facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. Held at Parkland Middle School (4610 West Frankfort Drive) in Rockville.