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Tween & Adolescent Anxiety: A Parent’s Survival Guide

Posted by SwampscottPAC on November 14, 2014

The Swampscott Special Education PAC & the High School PTF will be co-hosting a workshop presented by Dr. David Stember:

“Tween and Adolescent Anxiety: A Parents’ Survival Guide”

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 @ 7:00pm

Swampscott High School Library – 2nd Floor

The talk will cover the developmentally normal anxieties young adults face, tools that parents can utilize to help empower their kids, and signs that suggest more significant difficulties. Dr. Stember will touch upon strategies that all parents can use, as well as approaches he utilizes to assist individuals who display more concerning symptoms (e.g., ADD, anxiety, learning and spectrum disorders).

Dr. Stember holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and maintains faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. He is a recognized expert in cognitive behavioral/exposure-based therapy for anxiety, learning and behavioral disorders. Dr. Stember has given grand rounds presentations, trained educators and consults to a variety of districts throughout New England. He is the prior Director of Behavioral Medicine at North Shore Children’s Hospital, and maintains private practice offices in Salem and Arlington, MA. He can be contacted at his Salem office at (978)-745-6555.

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An IEP for my Child

Posted by SwampscottPAC on April 25, 2014

The Swampscott Special Education Parent Advisory Council in partnership with the Federation for Children with Special Needs will be hosting the workshop

An IEP for My Child

A Workshop for Parents and Professionals

Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individual Education Program. This workshop takes parents step-by-step through the development of the IEP including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable annual goals and measuring their child’s progress.

Date: Wednesday, May 7th

Location: Swampscott High School, 200 Essex Street

Time: 7:00 – 9:00

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Email: swampscottspecialedpac@yahoo.com
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Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC) workshop with Lance Mason

Posted by SwampscottPAC on January 28, 2014

The Swampscott Special Education Parent Advisory Council in partnership with the Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC) will be hosting a workshop with Lance Mason, ALEC Program Consultant

Date: Wednesday, February 12th
Location: Swampscott High School, 200 Essex St., Room B129
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Lance Mason has worked for the City of Leominster Fire Department for 11 years and has been an ALEC Instructor for nine years. He has trained first responders in Swampscott, as well as towns and cities nearby.

In our workshop, Lance will talk about what he prepares first responders to expect. He will also talk about how as parent/caregiver what your role in preparing your loved one for emergency situations, what is your role in informing your local first responder agencies about your loved one diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and how do you go about doing these things? There will be discussion about the importance of home fire safety, wandering, ID tags, ID stickers, and even travel safety tips. There will be plenty of time for a question and answer period.

The ALEC Program began in 2003 as a collaborative effort of The Arc of South Norfolk Family Autism Center and Norfolk County District Attorney, William R. Keating. ALEC provides training to police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, court room and hospital emergency room personnel, using curriculum and videos specific to each group.

Presenters are First Responders with direct knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders through a family member. Because of this personal knowledge, in addition to their specific professional background , they are able to answer questions on a wide range of possible situations.

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Basic Rights Workshop

Posted by SwampscottPAC on October 4, 2013

The Swampscott Special Education Parent Advisory Council,
in partnership with Marblehead SEACOM and the Nahant PAC will be hosting:

BASIC RIGHTS In Special Education

A Workshop for Parents and Professionals

The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:
• Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
• Massachusetts Special Education Law and

This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

Date: Wednesday, October 16th

Location: Swampscott High School, 200 Essex St., Room B129

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Contact: Swampscott PAC (swampscottspecialedpac@yahoo.com)

A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct this workshop. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community.

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The Goal Driven IEP

Posted by SwampscottPAC on April 11, 2013

The Swampscott Special Education Parent Advisory Council invites you to join us at our next workshop presented by Dr. David Stember: The Goal Driven IEP: A parents’ guide to what to ask for at your IEP meeting.

Tuesday, April 30th, 7:20pm, at the Swampscott High School-Room B208.

The talk will cover:

*Specific items and wording parents should ask for in their child’s IEP.
*Common mistakes seen in ineffective IEP plans.
*How to ask for specific goals, approaches and outcome measures that will be sensitive to whether progress is being made.
*Common best practice approaches to address: learning needs, social pragmatics, organizational skills and behavior/emotional problems (i.e., What to ask for, how to define it and how would you know that progress is occurring).

Dr. Stember holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and maintains faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. He is a recognized expert in cognitive behavioral/exposure-based therapy for anxiety, learning and behavioral disorders. Dr. Stember has given grand rounds presentations, trained educators and consults to a variety of districts throughout New England. He is the prior Director of Behavioral Medicine at North Shore Children’s Hospital, and maintains private practice offices in Salem and Arlington. He can be contacted at his Salem office at (978)-745-6555.

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“The Goal Driven IEP: A parents’ guide to what to ask for at your IEP meeting for children ages twelve – college transition”

Posted by SwampscottPAC on January 19, 2013

The Swampscott Special Education Parent Advisory Council invites you to join us at our next workshop presented by Dr. David Stember:  “The Goal Driven IEP: A parents’ guide to what to ask for at your IEP meeting for children ages twelve – college transition” on Monday, January 28th, 7:00pm, at the Swampscott High School-Room B129.

The talk will cover:

Specific items and wording parents should ask for in their child’s IEP.

Common mistakes seen in ineffective IEP plans.

How to ask for specific goals, approaches and outcome measures that will be sensitive to whether progress is being made

Common best practice approaches to address: learning needs, social pragmatics, organizational skills and behavior/emotional problems (i.e., What to ask for, how to define it and how would you know that progress is occurring).

There will be time for a question and answer period where we will ask that your question be written on a 3×5 card so Dr. Stember can answer all in a timely fashion.

Dr. Stember holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and maintains faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. He is a recognized expert in cognitive behavioral/exposure-based therapy for anxiety, learning and behavioral disorders.   Dr. Stember has given grand rounds presentations, trained educators and consults to a variety of districts throughout New England. He is the prior Director of Behavioral Medicine at North Shore Children’s Hospital, and maintains private practice offices in Salem and Arlington, MA.  He can be contacted at his Salem office at (978)-745-6555.

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The Transistion Workshop: An Important Workshop for Parents of Students 13 and Older

Posted by SwampscottPAC on November 6, 2012

The Swampscott Special Education Parent Advisory Council and The Nahant Special Education Parent Advisory Council will be co-hosting:

The Transistion Workshop: An Important Workshop for Parents of Students 13 and Older
When: Wednesday, November 14th
Where: Swampscott High School, B129
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Transition refers to the transition of students who are on IEPs and are 14 and older, from high school into the adult world after they leave high school. This workshop explains the laws and cases that say that school districts must prepare such students for post-secondary education or training, employment, and, for students who need it, independent living (including, for example, teaching skills necessary to take care of their own hygiene needs, medical needs, transportation needs). Attendees will learn about what districts must do to prepare such students for these aspects of post-secondary life, including performing appropriate transition assessments, conducting appropriate transition planning, providing needed transition services, proposing needed post-secondary IEP goals and objectives, providing community experiences, and (for students who need it) making a Chapter 688 referral to the right adult service agency. They will also learn what parents can do when a school district is planning to force a student to graduate from high school with a diploma (and thus lose all rights to future education from the district) over the family’s objections that the student is not ready to graduate, as set forth in the landmark Massachusetts case, the Dracut case. (See link for commentary on the case: http://www.kcslegal.com/articles/crabtree109.html).

Clare Vann is a special education attorney in private practice representing parents in their efforts to get the special education services and program their children need. She began working in the field of special education law in 1981 as a volunteer at the Federal for Children with Special Needs, where she was quickly hired to help teach special education advocacy courses and to train parents in their rights under special education law. She frequently conducts workshops on special education law on behalf of the Federation, and she has recently written a guide on transition services and issues for the Federation. (The transition guide is expected to be published by the Federation sometime in 2012). Ms. Vann has been an attorney since 1986, and has an outstanding track record in her cases. She has family members with a variety of disabilities

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Basic Rights Workshop

Posted by SwampscottPAC on October 15, 2012

The Swampscott Special Education Parent Advisory Council and The Special Education Advisory Council of Marblehead will be co-hosting Basic Rights in Special Education, presented by Attorney Clare Vann – Federation for Children with Special Needs.
When:  Tuesday, October 23rd

Where:  Swampscott High School – 200 Essex Street – Room B129

Time:  6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Basic Rights workshop provides families and others interested to an introduction on the rights and responsibilities under:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Massachusetts Special Education Law      and
  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

This workshop is designed to help people be effective partners with a child’s school, to decide a child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor a child’s progress in school. Clare Vann is a special education attorney in private practice representing parents in their efforts to get the special education services and program their children need. She began working in the field of special education law in 1981 as a volunteer at the Federal for Children with Special Needs, where she was quickly hired to help teach special education advocacy courses and to train parents in their rights under special education law. She frequently conducts workshops on special education law on behalf of the Federation, and she has recently written a guide on transition services and issues for the Federation. (The transition guide is expected to be published by the Federation sometime in 2012). Ms. Vann has been an attorney since 1986, and has an outstanding track record in her cases. She has family members with a variety of disabilities.

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See You In The Fall!!

Posted by SwampscottPAC on June 8, 2012

We have finished up our 2011-2012 school year and will be working on planning workshops for the fall.  If you are interested in hearing about any particular topic, or know someone that can come speak please email us at swampscottspecialedpac@yahoo.com.  Also, if you’d like to help out with the PAC let us know. Any amount of time you can give us is helpful!

As a reminder:

Our Yahoo Group is:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/swampscottspecialedpac
Our Facebook Page is:  Swampscott Special Education Parent Advisory Council

 

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Childhood Anxiety: A Parent’s Guide to Headaches, Tummy Aches, and Monsters in the Closet

Posted by SwampscottPAC on January 19, 2012

The Swampscott Special Education Parent Advisory Council invites you to join us at our next workshop presented by Dr. David Stember: “Childhood Anxiety: A Parent’s Guide to Headaches, Tummy Aches, and Monsters in the Closet” on Tuesday, January 31st, 7:00pm, at the Swampscott High School-room B208.

The talk will cover the developmentally normal anxieties young children face, tools that parents can utilize to help empower their kids, and signs that suggest more significant difficulties. Dr. Stember will touch upon strategies that all parents can use, as well as approaches he utilizes to assist individuals who display more concerning symptoms (e.g., anxiety, learning and spectrum disorders).

Dr. Stember holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and maintains faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. He is a recognized expert in cognitive behavioral/exposure-based therapy for anxiety, learning and behavioral disorders. Dr. Stember has given grand rounds presentations, trained educators and consults to a variety of districts throughout New England. He is the prior Director of Behavioral Medicine at North Shore Children’s Hospital, and maintains private practice offices in Salem and Arlington, MA. He can be contacted at his Salem office at (978)-745-6555.

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