The Arc and PWCS - Office of Special Education (Parent Resource Center) invite you to attend a very special workshop

“Anxiety in the Age of Covid - 19 with James J. Crist, Ph.D.

When:    Friday, September 25, 2020  (10 – 11:30 a.m.)

Where:   Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Pre - Registration: Required      

*Survey and Certificate will be sent via email after workshop

Worries and fears are common in children.  Most kids go through periods during which they experience some degree of anxiety or fear - it is developmentally normal.  These include fears of separation, injury, animals, insects, the dark, monsters, or even social situations. For many children, and their parents, their anxiety has become much worse since the Covid-19 pandemic struck earlier this year. The fear of getting sick, the uncertainty of not knowing when it will end, not being able to visit with friends and family, being stuck at home, the disruption of school life, the loss of income, and the cancellation of sports and other activities have all taken a toll on us.  For children with anxiety disorders, the effects are even worse. In this talk, Dr. Crist will address the latest information on the pandemic, the signs of stress to look out for, the types and symptoms of the various anxiety disorders,  and how to help your children cope with their worries and fears.   Dr. Crist is the Clinical Director of the Child and Family Counseling Center in Woodbridge, Virginia. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, he works with a wide variety of clients, including children, adolescents, adults, and families.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and his doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

There is no charge to attend; however, pre-registration is required.

This workshop is being offered for informational purposes only. Information shared does not represent the opinion of or endorsement by either The Arc of Greater Prince William or Prince William County Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center.

 


"Your Voice Matter: Empowering Parents to Engage"

Presenter - Tina Norris, Family Engagement Specialist, PEATC

When:    Friday, October 23, 2020  (10 – 11:30 a.m.)

Where:   Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Pre - Registration: Required      

*Survey and Certificate will be sent via email after workshop

Parents, your voice matters! Parental engagement is vitally important now more than ever in these uncertain times. During this interactive workshop participants will be empowered to see the value of their gifts, expertise, and contributions 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 that can be immediately implemented to sustain strong collaborative relationships with your child’s school will be shared. Tina Norris is a skilled trainer in bullying prevention, puberty, and family engagement and brings years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families to her position as the Family Engagement Specialist at PEATC.

There is no charge to attend; however, pre-registration is required.

This workshop is being offered for informational purposes only. Information shared does not represent the opinion of or endorsement by either The Arc of Greater Prince William or Prince William County Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center.

 


"Sensory Success: How to Use Sensory, Supports at Home" with Erin Clemens, OTR/L, BCP, CIMI

When:    Wednesday, November 18, 2020  (7:00  p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

Where:   Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Pre - Registration: Required      

*Survey and Certificate will be sent via email after workshop

Does your child have challenges with processing sensory input?  Are you looking for some basic strategies to use at home, particularly during this pandemic?  Then you don't want to miss this parent workshop!  Join Erin Clemens, occupational therapist, as she reviews all of the 8 sensory systems (yes, there are EIGHT!) and shares tips and strategies for supporting children in their home environment who struggle with processing input from the senses.  You will leave this workshop with some easy and actionable tips to make the home environment more accommodating for children. There will be time to get your specific questions answered.  Erin Clemens has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 18 years and is the owner of Pediatric Achievements in Lake Ridge, providing occupational, physical, and speech therapy for infants and children from birth through age 21.  Ms. Clemens is a past professor with the OTA program at Northern Virginia Community College, and is currently serving her second term as President of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association.  She is also President-Elect of PWC SEPTA (Special Education PTA).

There is no charge to attend; however, pre-registration is required.

This workshop is being offered for informational purposes only. Information shared does not represent the opinion of or endorsement by either The Arc of Greater Prince William or Prince William County Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center.

 


TTAC Resource Spotlight

(A resource brief to support virtual professional learning for division partner staff and families)

Presented by Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center George Mason University.

Family Resources for Virtual and Hybrid Special Education.

  • VDOE: COVID-10 Resources for Parents, Families and Caregivers
    • Virgina Department of Education webpage for families that is continually updated with critical COVID-19 unformation and resources for families with students with disabilities.
  • MCPER: "Helping Your Kid With..." Videos for Families
    • The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) provides videos to help families use effective practices to teach students at home due to COVID-19. Topics covered include: Early language and literacy, building vocabulary and comprehension, activity transitions, cooperating with difficult tasks and many more.
  • IRIS Module: Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • This module offers tips for family members to support children learning at home during the COVID-10 pandemic and answers questions such as: "what is my role, how can I support my child socially and emotionally, and how can I found out what my child should be learning?"
  • Formed Families Forward: Webinar Recordings and Accompanying Materials
    • Formed Families Forward, a partner organization with Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS), provides relevant pandemic specific webinars on topics such as: "Learning at Home in a Trauma Sensitive Environment." "Our Shared Space - A Home and Virtual Classroom," "Supporting Positive Behaviors during Learning at Home," "Planning the High School Transition to Post-Secondary Education," and " getting Ready to Help Your Child Learn at Home."
  • Assistive Technology Network, VDOE: Virtual Therapy Webinars
    • Topics include: “Exploring Platform Options for Virtual Therapies, “Coaching Facilitators to Maximize Virtual Therapy Sessions,” “Interactive Activities to Keep Students Engaged During Virtual Therapy Sessions,” and a downloadable Virtual Learning and Accommodations Guide
  • For additional excellent resources visit the VA Family Special Education Connection and TTAC Online.

https://ttaconline.org/events

https://ttaconline.org/state-event

https://ttaconline.org/online-event

https://ttaconline.org/region-4

 


PEATC

PEATC is launching Connecting the Dots, an early childhood webinar series focused on connecting the resources and therapies that help our young children learn and thrive. Check out the topics below for more information and how to register.

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