Monday, August 29, 2011

Updated Georgetown SEPAC 2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

September 13, 2011 – Welcome to the PAC: An Informal Meet & Greet
o Introductions – staff and parents
- Philosophy/Vision for Special Education Programs
o Differentiated instruction, Early intervention, The referral process
o All children will learn/access the curriculum
o Program Development: Where we have been, Where we are (include parent advisory committees), Where we are going, Teacher Development
o Communication between parents and schools Pre-website/post-website
- Parent questions
- Parent Ideas for PAC: How can we help you? Ideas for speakers/workshops?
October 11, 2011 – Autism Spectrum Disorder - How can we help and understand our children with related special needs? What strategies in school and at home are helpful? ABA – What is it and how does it help? What do school special education programs look like this year? What outside resources and/or support are available? Speaker to be determined.

November 15, 2011 - (3rd Tues., because of Election Day), 2011 - Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop for Parents – presented by Sue Terzakis , an FCSN trained Special Education Advocate with the Andover Educational Advocacy Group. Learn about the Special Education laws, the process of how Special Education laws play out in your school, understand your rights so that you can effectively collaborate with your professional partners and become a more effective advocate for your child. Topics presented will include laws such as IDEA 2004, No Child Left Behind, Massachusetts Special Education Law, Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); General Education supports; and Steps in the IEP process. Please join us at the Penn Brook Library, 6:30-8:30pm

December 13, 2011 – Financial Planning for Special Needs Families
JOHN MAHONEY, FINANCIAL ADVISOR, Certified Special Needs Advisor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, 125 High Street, Boston, MA 02110
Families that include children with special needs must plan in the traditional ways that all families do, but also have the added concerns of how to provide continuing quality of life for their children long into the future. Expensive therapies and services may be needed on a long-term basis, what are the financial implications and options that special needs families face to provide for these needs?

January 10, 2012 – ADHD Speaker Presentation - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological condition seen primarily in the school-aged population that affects one' s ability to maintain attention. Typically children with AD/HD have poor attention skills, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. These characteristics arise in early childhood, typically before age 7, are chronic, and last at least 6 months. Children with AD/HD may also experience problems in the areas of social skills and self esteem. Potential topics:
- Classroom Strategies for Working with Children with ADHD.
- 10 ADHD Behavior Management Strategies
- 15 Signs Your Child May Have ADHD
- Build Self-Esteem in Your Child with ADHD
- 7 Survival Tips for Parents of Children - Speaker to be determined.

February 14, 2012 – Bullying & Special Education
What Parents and Teachers Can Do –
- Facts about bullying and special education students
- School discipline and bullying policies
- The role of teachers and administration
- Strategies for parents
Expert Panel: SRO, Guidance, Special Ed

March 13, 2012 – Dyslexia & Language Learning Disabilities – Hallmarks &
Red Flags for Struggling Readers. Presentation to exploring the signs and symptoms, as well as effective interventions, of reading disabilities. People with dyslexia have trouble recognizing and assigning meaning to phonemes, which may lead to poor reading fluency, rate, accuracy and comprehension, writing skills, spelling, receptive and expressive vocabulary. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions following the presentation. Speaker to be determined.

April 10, 2012 – Assistive Technologies
Technology has the power to remove barriers to learning, enhance independence, and improve educational outcomes. Learn how Georgetown’s technology initiatives facilitate the learning and the teaching process and engender a stronger learning environment for all students. Possible speaker, Assistive Technology-Karen Genowski – Ed Tech Solutions + GSDistrict representatives

May 8, 2012 – Social Skill Development for relationships
The Friendship Connection: Center for Social Skills Development - The Friendship Connection is a center devoted to teaching children with social-emotional difficulties how to form connections with others. We service children with autism, Asperger disorder, attachment issues, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral disorders, non-verbal learning disorder, sensory integration disorder, and other non-specific social-emotional difficulties that interfere with their ability to relate to others. Julie Anne Fiore-Hauser 978-352-0139 28 W. Main St.

June 12, 2012 - Our Final Meeting & The Shining Star Award
- Philosophy/Vision for Special Education Programs
- Staff Awards
- Program Development:
Where we have been, Where we are, Where we are going
- Parent introductions/questions, Parent Ideas for PAC

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