Workshops

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ADULTHOOD & TRANSITION

Disability Benefits: VA’s Medicaid Waivers and Social Security – There are government benefits available to support individuals with a disability and understanding what they are is a key part of planning for the future. These benefits can help supplement income and provide extra assistance, healthcare, and community supports for our loved ones. Navigating this world of disability benefits, however, can be tricky, time consuming, and overwhelming. In this workshop, we will help make that process a little easier by discussing what they are in clear understandable language – what are VA’s Medicaid Waivers and Social Security benefits; who is eligible; and, how to apply.

Planning for the Future: Financial and Decision Options – Planning for the future is important for all parents, but for parents of children with disabilities it is vital. This workshop will offer information to help learn about options and tools for making these important decisions. Topics covered will be: Age of Majority, Guardianship, Power of Attorney, Supported Decision Making, Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Accounts, and Letters of Intent.

Successful Transition Planning and the IEP – For parents and students aged 14 and older, this workshop will encourage active participation in developing a meaningful and useful transition plan to help in preparing for life as an adult when they finish school. It will tell you what needs to be in the transition plan, and what the law (IDEA) says about transition services. The transition plan is part of the IEP for students in Virginia who are age 14 and over. It can be frightening to contemplate life after school has finished, but PEATC is here to help take the mystery out of it and to give you the information you need to ensure that a successful transition is within the reach of your child.

The Journey to Adulthood: Puberty and Sexuality – A candid and practical discussion that offers parental strategies for assisting young adults with disabilities to (1) successfully navigate puberty, and (2) meet the emerging expectations of adult life, including safety issue and responsible behavior. This research-based curriculum was developed in response to interviews with 1200 families from a variety of cultural perspectives.

Turning 18 in Virginia: What Individuals with Disabilities Need to Consider – Turning 18 is a big deal. An 18-year-old is legally considered an adult in Virginia and can make legal, financial, medical, and educational decisions in his/her life. For some individuals with disabilities, this will not be an issue. Others may need support. This workshop will share basic information about things that need to be considered as your loved one turns 18.

BEHAVIOR & COMMUNICATION

ABC’s of Behavior – As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to look at how behavior influences our lives and understanding how it is addressed in IDEA 2004. You will become familiar with the ABC’s (Antecedent, Behavior & Consequence) of all behavior supports and behavior management. Functional Behavioral Assessments will be covered, and you will have an opportunity to practice using an FBA tool to assess behavior.

Introduction to Autism and ABA – This workshop provides the attendee with a basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which is one of the evidence-based “best” practices for working with individuals with autism. Participants will learn about identified characteristics of autism, be introduced to the functions of behavior and hear practical examples that families may experience.

EARLY CHILDHOOD

The Big Step: Early Intervention to Preschool – This workshop will give an overview of transitioning from Early Intervention (EI) to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). It describes the key differences of EI and ECSE, the importance of successful transitions from EI services to preschool, and discusses the roles of the parents, service coordinators, and educators. Participants will also learn the importance of planning this important transition.

The Power of Engaging Families-Early Childhood – Creating a synergy between parents and schools around authentic family engagement initiatives can lead to better outcomes for students. During this interactive workshop, parents and professionals will explore their personal definition of family engagement and examine how their individual participation contributes to the partnership of shared responsibility for the success of all children. Participants will consider strategies that move from random and isolated family engagement efforts to more systemic, integrated, responsive and sustainable approaches to family engagement. Local and state level examples of these strategies will be shared.

Who, What, and When of Early Intervention – This workshop covers the Early Intervention (EI) process and the family’s role in developing an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Participants will come away from the workshop with a detailed overview of EI and how the information families have about their children is critical to developing the IFSP for the child and their family.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Bullying Prevention for Administrators and Teachers – This workshop is designed to help safeguard schools against bullying. The objective of the workshop is to arm attendees with research-based information on best practices in bullying prevention. Attendees will leave with the ability to distinguish accurately between bullying and other forms of aggression. Attendees will also leave with strategies that will help foster a school culture that averts the development and reduces the occurrence of bullying.

Friendship Building Strategies – Participants will explore the diversity and nature of their own friendships and build a vision of possibilities for children to develop positive relationships and friendships with each other. The importance of creating a climate of acceptance, belonging, and community in schools will be stressed by infusing opportunities for creating this climate across all areas of the curriculum and throughout the school day. Lastly, attendees will identify specific strategies that parents, general educators, and special educators can use to facilitate friendships for students.

Is Your Child a Target of Bullying? – This workshop offers intervention strategies for parents of children with disabilities who may be the target of bullying at school. Participants will learn how to: identify types of bullying, develop strategies to prevent bullying, identify responses to bullying, talk to their child about bullying, obtain help from professionals and find out about disability harassment laws.

Pass the Baton: Running with a New Perspective of Family Engagement – You have been passed the baton and entrusted to run with diligence and endurance to change how parents, schools and communities engage for the success of all students. As the forerunner of your team, who will be your Stakeholders? How will you define stakeholder engagement and incorporate the rules and the domains of family engagement? How will you restore the 3-strand cord (home, family, community) so it is not easily broken? This interactive workshop leads the participants to the starting point of change. Participants will learn how to collectively accept the baton, assume the position of leadership, strategize, create and implement a vision to help catapult family engagement to the next dimension.

Self-Care & Social Emotional Wellbeing During These Uncertain Times – The COVID-19 pandemic and all its uncertainty has added additional stressors and anxiety for many individuals. Managing a remote work and virtual learning environment while trying to maintain a normal home life balance has become overwhelming for many families and professionals. We can no longer look at self-care as a luxury but rather prioritize it as a necessity. You can take steps now to manage these changes and the roller coaster of emotions that arise daily. When you make “you” a priority, you are better equipped to handle stress, avoid burnout, and remain centered to help your family cope with the many changes the pandemic has thrown your way. This interactive workshop will shed light on the importance of self-care and social emotional wellbeing during these uncertain times. This workshop has been designed with you in mind. You are worth the investment in you!

The ABC’s of Collaboration: Back to the Basics – Everyone collaborates but are these collaborations providing better outcomes for students? During this interactive workshop for parents and professionals, we will explore the ABC’s of collaboration and identify the key characteristic needed to make collaborations more effective while, also, creating synergy between parents and schools.

The Power of Engaging Families – Creating a synergy between parents and schools around authentic family engagement initiatives can lead to better outcomes for students. During this interactive workshop, parents and professionals will explore their personal definition of family engagement and examine how their individual participation contributes to the partnership of shared responsibility for the success of all children. Participants will consider strategies that move from random and isolated family engagement efforts to more systemic, integrated, responsive and sustainable approaches to family engagement. Local and state level examples of these strategies will be shared.

Understanding the Dynamics of Cyberbullying Technology and our Youth – As the use of technology has increased so has cyberbullying. Individuals with disabilities are at a greater risk of being cyberbullied and cyberbullying has raised new challenges for students, parents, school administrators, and law enforcement. During this interactive workshop, we will define what cyberbullying is, explore the types of cyberbullying, the motivations behind cyberbullying and the warning signs to look out for. We will also learn tips and strategies to protect vulnerable individuals from being cyberbullied.

Your Voice Matters – Parents, your voice matters! Parental engagement is important, now more than ever. During this interactive workshop, participants will be empowered to see the value of their gifts, expertise, and contribution around authentic family engagement. Participants will explore their personal definition of parent engagement and learn effective approaches to advocating for their child. Practical tips and techniques will be shared and can be immediately implemented to sustain strong collaborative relationships with their child’s school.

MILITARY SPECIFIC

Anatomy of an IEP- Military – This presentation will dissect the IEP, examine the parts individually, learn the functions of each section, and how the parts come together to create a whole document. You will learn constructive and practical tips to help create an IEP that supports the student accessing a free and appropriate public education and gain an understanding on how to manage special education when moving to a new town, city or state.

The Military Attached Special Education Student – This workshop provides attendees with an understanding of what a military-attached, special education student and their families experience during their parent’s 6-9 changes of duty station. Practical suggestions to decrease the stress, an introduction to the Military Interstate Compact, as well as a discussion about resources available to service members and their families cap off an informative training which is appropriate for both parents and professionals.

*All PEATC workshops can be adapted to be presented to a military specific audience.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Anatomy of an IEP – Like a biology lesson, this presentation will dissect the parts of the IEP document and examine their functions individually, learning their meanings and application. It will provide constructive and practical tips to help create an IEP that supports all the student’s needs.

From Referral to Eligibility; A Deeper Dive – This presentation takes you through the reasons for evaluations for special education services, timelines that are in place, and the all-important Eligibility meeting. It also covers the steps of a re-evaluation and the parental right to an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE).

How to Talk So Schools Will Listen (and Listen So Schools Will Talk) – Why are partnerships so difficult? What can be done to improve understanding between parents and professionals as they seek to find mutual agreement on IEPs, and other issues related to education for students with disabilities? This workshop will help participants discover communication techniques, learn how to recognize and prevent barriers to communication and build agreements around difficult problems.

How to Conduct Positive Productive IEP Meetings – This workshop was designed with input from parents, parent groups, advocacy organizations, teacher’s, mediators, facilitators and district representatives. Participants will discuss how to make IEP meetings more productive and friendly and is divided into four key areas: People, Process: Preparation and Meeting, Outcome and Follow-through. Comments by parents and school personnel are included on the slides. The workshop will focus on practical skill development for IEP team members and specific strategies for increasing communication and conflict prevention will be discussed in each of the four areas.

In’s and Out’s of IEPs – This presentation will help prepare parents for what to expect in the IEP meeting, and how to have a productive student-focused meeting. From preplanning before the meeting to working together afterwards, this presentation will build relationships and advocacy skills of the parents while focusing on the needs of the student.

Measurable IEP Goals – This workshop brings families and educators together using a common language to build measurable goals for all students to ensure that families and schools know where the student is beginning and the progress that is being made over time. Participants will learn what a measurable goal is, how to write a measurable goal and much more in this workshop.

Ten Things You Need to Know about IEPs – For more than 30 years, children with disabilities have been guaranteed the right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Parents are equal participants in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) development for their child according to the law, but IEPs can be confusing and very stressful for parents. Whether your child is just starting in the special education system, transitioning from one school to another, or you just need a refresher this workshop will be beneficial for you. Participants will learn the ten “need to know” things about IEPs to empower them to be a more confident and comfortable advocate for their child. (2-hour workshop)

Understanding Special Education – This workshop will help you identify your child’s learning strengths and challenges as well as organize your important information about your child so it will be helpful in educational planning. Come and learn the phases of the special education process and identify the specific actions you may take during the special education process. You will become familiar with how to address disagreements, formally and informally, and learn ways to work as partners with teacher and other school personnel.

YOUTH

Creating a World Without Bullying – Bullying is a widespread epidemic. Bullying affects lives. Who is the bully? What causes youth to bully? What resources are in place to assist “the child” who demonstrates bullying behaviors? This unique interactive workshop is for the youth who bullies. Youth will understand how their behavior aligns with the definition of bullying. They explore potential causes for their aggressive behavior. Through dialogue and candid discussions, youth are encouraged to channel negativity and use their voice positively to effect change and help end bullying of others.

What’s In My IEP? – PEATC is excited to be providing IEP consultations with students! In Virginia, the IEP team must invite transition age students to attend their IEP meetings. This becomes even more important when the student is 14 years or older and the team is considering goals for after they leave high school, including further education, employment, and independent living goals. It is vital that students bring their own perspective to their IEP meetings. Participating in their own IEP meeting empowers students to be stronger self-advocates and be more connected to his/her IEP goals. To help students feel more confident about participating in their IEP meetings and to ensure that their needs, choices, and preferences and what they want to do after high school is accurately reflected in their IEP, PEATC is offering individual consult meetings with students. These consultations will help student participants better understand what is in the IEP and how it relates to achieving their goals and dreams. While parents and guardians are encouraged to listen in, the conversation will be with the student. Contact PEATC about scheduling IEP consults with your group of students.

What’s Next? – PEATC has developed a dynamic 4 -session interactive program for students with disabilities (ages 14-26) to learn about planning for life after high school. Topics for the sessions include what is vocational rehabilitation (VR) and why do I need to know about that, soft skills for employment, building self-advocacy skills, what about college, what’s a resume and should I have one, and more.