Parent Education Seminars

Asperger’s Syndrome - ­Diagnosis & Support

The workshop will focus on the following:  The characteristics of Asperger Syndrome (language and communication, stereotypic and other behaviors, social interaction, organizational issues and learning characteristics); the reasons for many common problem behaviors; and practical intervention strategies for school and home (language and communication, behavioral issues, social skills, organizational and study skills, and methods of instruction).


Communication and Conflict Resolution

(STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

Would you like to learn how to better communicate what your child needs? Does your child have an educational plan that is not being carried out and you want to know what steps to take? If you answered yes, then this workshop is designed for you! Come and learn about your part in your child's special education, including the skills you need to work with the schools in the development of an appropriate education program (IEP) for your child and the process to follow if you are having difficulties making the special education system work.


Evaluation and Assessment

STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

For parents of children in special education and parents of children who may need special education, it is important to make sense of evaluations and assessments. Come and learn about your part in your child's special education, including understanding and using evaluations in the development of an appropriate education program.


Follow Up to the Basic Rights Workshop

(STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

This workshop is designed for parents & professionals who have attended the Basic Rights Workshop, who want to sharpen their advocacy skills and are interested in having specific questions answered. It will be beneficial to bring your Parent Manual, your child’s current IEP & a list of your questions. Participants will gain hands on experience in applying IDEA principles by processing through the situation and finding the answers in IDEA.


How Difficult Can This Be? F.A.T. City Workshop (Frustration, Anxiety, Tension)

This unique program allows viewer to experience the same frustration, anxiety and tension that children with learning disabilities face in their daily lives.  Rick Lavoie presents a series of striking simulations designed to emulate the daily experience of children with learning disabilities. {video, lecture, discussion}


Inclusion & Least Restrictive Environment

(STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

If you have a child with a disability and would like to know more about your child’s right to be educated with students who do not have disabilities and you have questions on how to make inclusion work...this workshop is for you. You will learn about: How placement decisions are made. What is meant by "continuum of placement options" being available?  How do you demonstrate the need for additional supports in the general education classroom?  What are the benefits of inclusion? The requirements for students pre-school through high school will be discussed.


IEP Workshop

(STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

This is a hands-on workshop that is designed for parents who have attended the BASIC Rights workshop and are ready for the "Next Step"--fine tuning the IEP document to reflect all of your child's unique needs to lead toward positive educational outcomes.  Participants may bring their child's IEP and learn specific techniques to use in developing goals and objectives designed to meet their child's individual needs.


It’s so Much Work to be Your Friend

Drawing on three decades of experience in residential schools, Rick Lavoie provides powerful strategies for teaching friendship skills in the classroom, the homefront, and the community. First, you'll explore the causes and consequences of "social incompetence." Then, you'll gain field-tested advice on how to help children work through daily social struggles and go from being picked on and isolated to becoming accepted and involved.  {video¸lecture, discussion}


Last One Picked, First One Picked On

Teachers learn the important role that social skills play in influencing a child’s life. Based on research, the program describes four types of social categories in the school setting and explains how “hidden curriculum” determines acceptable social behavior among children and adolescents.  Rick Lavoie shares specific techniques teachers can use to foster and promote social development in children. {video, lecture, discussion}


Literacy For All

(STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

Children with disabilities can benefit from working on reading and writing skills! We are pleased to be partnering with State Improvement Grant partners to present a workshop focusing on literacy strategies to assist families and teachers in weaving literacy into the Individualized Plans for students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities. Reading research, response to intervention and hands on strategies will be part of this event. This workshop is an opportunity for parents and teachers to increase knowledge and skills in this area.


The Motivation Breakthrough

Motivation is the key to learning. But very few parents and teachers have an effective arsenal of techniques at their disposal. With empathy and understanding, backed by decades of experience in the classroom, Rick Lavoie gives parents and teachers the key to unlock any child's enthusiasm and responsiveness. The Motivation Breakthrough will revolutionize the way parents, teachers, and professionals reach out to and motivate all children.  {video¸lecture, discussion}


Sensory Questions & Answers

Dr. Temple Grandin has served as inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism. In this unique DVD, Temple eloquently and candidly describes the sensory challenges she has faced and offers no-nonsense ideas for caregivers and for individuals on the spectrum. Her personal experiences with these challenges have resulted in a deep understanding of sensory issues and her advice is tried and true. In this DVD, she passes her wisdom on to you. {video &, discussion}


Special Education Basic Rights

(STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

This workshop is designed for parents of children in special education or that might need special education. Come and gain a working knowledge of special education laws, including your role in the development of an appropriate education program (IEP) and how to be an effective partner with the school team in the process.


Transition and Early Childhood

(STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

This is an educational and skill-building workshop for families of infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities. Parents will receive the following information:  Basic Rights information regarding services and protections available for children under IDEA--Birth to three (Early Intervention — Part C) & Age 3 and up;  Special Education (Part B)  What to expect when a child is transitioning from services at age 3 to services in the school system Information on other transitions such as from pre-school to Kindergarten Details about an appropriate IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan); IEP (Individualized Education Program)  Come and learn about your part in your child's education at this important stage of early childhood!


Transition to Adulthood

(STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

This workshop is designed for individuals with disabilities and their families who are in the process of preparing for transition and professionals involved in the transition planning process. Participants will learn about issues such as the following: Your rights & role in transitioning from High School; How to develop an appropriate Transition Plan; Employment; Independent Living; Keys to navigating the adult service delivery system including Social Security, Vocational Rehab., Medicaid Waiver, and many others.


Transition Institute

(STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

This annual conference is presented every fall.  What happens when the school bus stops coming? This is an important question for a student or individual with disabilities and their family. Don't wait until the bus stops coming to plan for how a student will spend their day and the rest of their life. In Tennessee transition planning should start when a student is 14, and should continue until plans and outcomes that result in the individual continuing to live, learn, play, and contribute in their community in a way that they are happy, and supported or protected when needed. The Transition Institute is for students and individuals with disabilities and the family, teachers, Voc. Rehab. staff, members of their circle of friends, and other professionals who care for and about them and wish to learn more about how to support them as they become adults. Presenters, including students and individuals with disabilities, will share information that will assist those attending as they think about answer such questions as: What services and supports now provided by the school will no longer be available? What changes at age 18? Where and how does someone get adult services? Why is it important to make plans early? What role does the family, school and other providers play in planning? What are the timelines and rules of the adult service delivery system, including: Social Security, Vocational Rehab., Medicaid Waiver?


When the Chips Are Down (Learning Disabilities and Discipline)

Do you ever have days when the kids seem totally out of control?  Do you find yourself falling into the same pointless arguments with your children or students?  Host Rick Lavoie, a nationally known expert on learning disabilities offers practical advice on dealing with behavior problems, quickly and effectively.  He shows how preventive discipline can anticipate many problems before they start.  Lavoie explains how teachers and parents can create a stable, predictable, environment in which children can flourish.  {Video, Lecture, Open Discussion}


504 Workshop

(STEP – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act protects children with disabilities from acts of discrimination and exclusion because of their disability.  Are you wondering if this workshop would benefit you? If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you may want to attend this FREE training. Has your child ever been excluded from a field trip or school function because of "behavior"? Does your child have a disability but does not meet the criteria for IDEA Special Education? Are there accommodations needed at school that relate to your child's medical/health condition? Is your child currently receiving Special Education? The workshop will cover the special supports a child with a disability is entitled to so that they can be successful in school. It will also cover the protections available to children to protect them from acts of discrimination and exclusion.


*Reservations are required to attend all workshops.  FCA sponsors STEP (Support & Training for Exceptional Parents) workshops, which are funded by a grant therefore there is no cost for parents/caregivers to attend.  Participants attending other workshops are encouraged to make a $ 25 tax deductible donation, to assist in the cost of the event.


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