February 25, 2020
  • AMC Sensory Friendly Films

    February 25, 2020
    AMC Theaters Nationwide

    The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing! 

    Please check your local theatre listings for specific show times. 

    For more information, please visit, www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

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February 26, 2020
  • Nora School Parent Lecture Series: Neurofeedback,ADHD, Anxiety and More

    February 26, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA

    UnderstandingNeurofeedback for ADHD and Anxiety as Complementary Alternatives, with CarolineSpearman, Psy.D., and Madison Shaak, BS, BCN, QEEG-T, of GeorgetownPsychology.  

    TheNora School Parent Education Series

      For Parents of students in middle and highschool years

      Time: 7 pm at The Nora School; doors open at 6:30 pm

      Free and Open to the Public

      RSVP: events@nora-school.org

      Parking: free after 7 pm in the large covered public garage next door

      Directions:  http://www.nora-school.org/directions

      More Info:  http://www.nora-school.org/public-events/lecture-series

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  • Academics We Can Use: Making the Most of the Alternate Learning Outcomes ("ALO") Curriculum in MCPS

    February 26, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA

    https://xminds.org/event-3703515 

     

    Academics We Can Use:  Making the Most of the Alternate Learning Outcomes ("ALO") Curriculum

    Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910

    Cost: Free to xMinds Members and educators; $15 per non-member

    Registration:  Recommended

    Speaker:  Jean Hickey, M.Ed, Educational Therapist

    Join educational therapist Jean Hickey for an engaging and practical workshop designed for parents of elementary or middle school students who are on the certificate track in MCPS. 

    Jean will identify key concepts in the ALO curriculum that have important practical applications, then provide you with ideas, techniques and materials for you to make those concepts relevant and meaningful to your child. By exploring with your child the real-world applications of concepts taught in the classroom, you will help your child move closer to mastering important life skills while also deepening your child’s understanding and interest in classroom academics.

    Speaker Bio: Jean Hickey is a highly skilled special educator and has worked as an educational therapist for over 25 years. Before that, Jean was a classroom teacher in Prince George’s County, a director of a special education non-governmental organization in Botswana and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. Jean has experience teaching students with a variety of complex learning needs, including learning disabilities, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fragile X, Down Syndrome and many rare genetic disorders. Jean’s extensive background, ongoing training, and experience has provided her with the skills to support academic skill development using a variety of evidence-based interventions. Jean earned her bachelor’s degree in severe special needs from Boston College and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park. One of Jean’s passions is to support parents and she does this through her open-door policy in all of her individual sessions and by talking to parents at conferences, workshops and xMinds events.

     
     This event is interactive; there will be active participation from attendees.

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February 27, 2020
  • SEAC Meeting

    February 27, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Carver Educational Services Center (CESC) Montgomery County Public Schools, 850 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850, USA

    Attention Parent/Guardians of Students with Special Needs

    Please attend our SEAC meetings help at:

    Carver Educational Services Center

    850 Hungerford Drive (North entrance) Auditorium
    Rockville, MD 20850

    • Connect with other parents/guardians of students with special needs
    • Dialogue with special education administrators
    • Learn about topics of interest
    • Child care is available during the meetings

    For more information, visit our website at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/special-education/seac

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February 29, 2020
  • AMC Sensory Friendly Films

    February 29, 2020
    AMC Theaters Nationwide

    The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing! 

    Please check your local theatre listings for specific show times. 

    For more information, please visit, www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

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March 10, 2020
  • AMC Sensory Friendly Films

    March 10, 2020
    AMC Theaters Nationwide

    The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing! 

    Please check your local theatre listings for specific show times. 

    For more information, please visit, www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

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March 14, 2020
  • My Way Matinee

    March 14, 2020
    Regal Theatres Nationwide

    Regal Theatres Nationwide
    Saturday, September 14th at 10:30am

    This program gives everyone the opportunity to experience a movie with the lights turned up and the volume turned down. Guests are free to express themselves by singing, crying, dancing, walking around, talking or shouting while enjoying Hollywood’s latest films!

    All screenings for these sensory friendly movies will begin at 10:30am on the second and fourth Saturday of the month for a special discounted ticket price!

    For more information, please visit, https://www.regmovies.com/static/en/us/promotions/my-way-matinee

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  • AMC Sensory Friendly Films

    March 14, 2020
    AMC Theaters Nationwide

    The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing! 

    Please check your local theatre listings for specific show times. 

    For more information, please visit, www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

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March 18, 2020
  • Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum 2020

    March 18, 2020  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Rd, Rockville, MD 20850, USA

    https://xminds.org/xMinds-in-MCPS-Forum-2020 

    12th Annual Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum

    Our annual “Extraordinary Minds in Montgomery County Public Schools” (MCPS) Forum informs parents about public school placements and services for students across the autism spectrum in Montgomery County, Maryland, a county that supports roughly 2,300 autistic students. Our Forum is an important service that helps parents participate meaningfully as members of their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team.

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    Wednesday, March 18, 2020; 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    Location
    : Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Rd., Rockville, MD 20850

    Agenda

    6:00 – 6:30 Registration
    6:30 – 6:45 Welcome and Introduction to Autism Services
    6:55 – 7:55 Breakout Session 1
    8:00 – 9:00 Breakout Session 2

    Breakout Session 1,  Topic Descriptions

    Reading Comprehension Strategies

    This session will review specific characteristics and challenges common to autistic students, identify how those challenges affect  the development and demonstration of reading comprehension skills, and explore a variety of strategies that can be used to facilitate reading comprehension with students at home. 

    Target audience: those supporting early readers or students struggling with comprehension issues.

    Organizational Strategies for Elementary School

    This session will present commonly used organizational strategies for elementary school students with executive function challenges. Parents will learn what types of accommodations may benefit their student.

    Target audience: those supporting an elementary student with executive function challenges.

    Organizational Strategies for Middle and High School

    This session will present commonly used organizational strategies for middle and high school students with executive function challenges. Parents will gain an understanding of what types of accommodations may benefit their student.

    Target audience: those supporting a middle or high school student with executive function challenges.

    Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs)

    This session will review information about the definition, components and purposes of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs). You will also learn about the process for requesting an FBA and how BIPs are implemented and incorporated into a student’s IEP.

    Target audience: those supporting a student of any age struggling with ongoing behaviors that interfere with their ability to access the curriculum.

    Functional Communication Plans 

    Learn what a Functional Communication Plan is and how it is developed and implemented for non-speaking autistic students. What is the process for getting a non-speaking student evaluated?  What is the role of InterACT (Interdisciplinary Autmentative Communication and Technology Team)?

    Target audience: those supporting non-speaking autistic students.


    Transition Planning 

    Learn the basics of the transition planning process in MCPS. What is the role of the Transition Services Team?  When should you start planning for your child's high school or post high school life?  How can transition staff help you?  Self-advocacy and employment skills will be addressed in this session.

    Target audience: those supporting students on both diploma and certificate tracks who will be transitioning out of MCPS within the next 5–7 years.


    Breakout Session 2, Topic Descriptions

    Applying for Funding and Resources Outside MCPS

    Autistic students may be eligible for funding and a variety of services from county and state programs like Social Security Income, Respite Services and Low Intensity Support Services (LISS). Come find out more about how to apply and what opportunities are available to those who qualify.

    Target audience: those supporting students of any age who want to learn more about receiving funding or services from outside sources.

    Alternative Learning Outcomes:  A Parent Perspective

    Hear directly from parents the reasons they chose the Alternative Learning Outcomes (ALO) curriculum for their children and what they view as the benefits and limitations of that decision. Learn about post-graduation options available to students who graduate with a certificate.

    Target audience: those supporting a student in a non-diploma program or considering a non-diploma program.

    Elementary Home School Model:  A Day in the Life

    The Home School Model refers to the MCPS approach of providing special education services within general education classes at neighborhood elementary schools instead of educating the special education students separately. Hear about real life examples of what the MCPS Home School Model looks like for several representative special education students. Follow their daily schedule and see the supports they receive. Come and find out what special education resources and services are available in neighborhood elementary schools.

    Target audience: those supporting a students currently in the Home School Model, or who are considering placing their student in the Home School Model.

    Introduction to PEERS® Social Skills Curriculum

    Learn about the PEERS® curriculum for improving social skills, and find out how some MCPS teams are implementing its principles in their programs. Explore the basic concepts of this intervention as well as how to request that specific strategies be incorporated into your student’s IEP.  

    Target audience: those supporting middle or high school students struggling to form relationships with peers.

    Introduction to "Unstuck and On Target," a Program for Improving Executive Functioning

    Unstuck and On Target is an intervention to promote flexibility and goal-directed behavior in children with ASD. Some MCPS teams are implementing its principles in their programs. Parents will learn the vocabulary used in this intervention as well as ideas about how to request that specific strategies from this approach be incorporated into their child's IEP.

    Target audiencethose supporting students ages 8-11 who get "stuck" or are find it challenging to work toward a realistic goal in school.

    Introduction to “Zones of Regulation,” a Program for Improving Self-Regulation

    What is the Zones of Regulation framework? How is it used in elementary classrooms to address management of emotions and increase students’ self-control? Parents will gain an understanding of the vocabulary used in classrooms as well as ideas about how to request that specific strategies be incorporated into their child's IEP. 

    Target audience: those supporting elementary-aged students

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  • Parent Workshop Hosted by The Katherine Thomas School: 10 THINGS TO HELP YOU IN 2020

    March 18, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    The Katherine Thomas School, 9975 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

    Free and open to the public    

    Presenter: Eric Jorgensen, MS inFinance and MBA; Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Federal BenefitsConsultant, Chartered Special Needs Consultant, Certified Divorce FinancialAnalyst

    Eric Jorgensen is a Special Needs Advisor, a role he created after he lost hiswife to a sudden illness and grew frustrated at the difficulty of navigatingthe maze of services his son needs. As a Special Needs Advisor his focus ishelping families understand what they need to do for their child(ren),providing an individualized roadmap for every client.

    In this presentation he will touch on the 10 most frequenttopics he encounters with clients - risk management, parents' goal setting(giving themselves permission to have a life), parents' retirement, publicbenefits after 18, next steps after 18 (guardianship, self-direction,etc),Social Security, college planning, taxes, estate planning & ABLE accounts.

    RSVP By: March 16,2020

    ShelleyMcGinness

    ktsworkshops@ttlc.org

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March 19, 2020
  • Parents Together

    March 19, 2020  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Starobin Counseling, LLC, 3413 Olandwood Court, Suite 104, Olney, MD 20832

    Thursdays at 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. (meets monthly)
    Starobin Counseling, LLC, 3413 Olandwood Court, Suite 104, Olney, MD 20832
    Cost: $45/session, Registration is required.

    Caron Starobin offers a Parents Together group for parents of autistic children and adolescents and a Parents Together group for parents of autistic young adults. These groups are for parents who desire to gain knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum disorders, to learn about resources for families, and to gain emotional support for the challenges of raising a family with children on the spectrum.

    Please email caron@starobincounseling.com or call Caron Starobin at 301-524-4450 for a brief phone screening and to receive registration materials.

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  • The Nora School Parent Education Series: Navigating Gender and Sexuality as a Teenager with

    March 19, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA

    Navigating Gender and Sexuality as a Teenager with SMYAL and a panel of teens (NOTE!RSVP required. Offsite location, at Fusion Academy DC; Nora School is a co-sponsoras part of our Parent Education Series.)

    TheNora School Parent Education Series

      For Parents of students in middle and highschool years

      Time: 7 pm at The Nora School; doors open at 6:30 pm

      Free and Open to the Public

      RSVP: events@nora-school.org

      Parking: free after 7 pm in the large covered public garage next door

      Directions:  http://www.nora-school.org/directions

      More Info:  http://www.nora-school.org/public-events/lecture-series

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March 24, 2020
  • AMC Sensory Friendly Films

    March 24, 2020
    AMC Theaters Nationwide

    The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing! 

    Please check your local theatre listings for specific show times. 

    For more information, please visit, www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

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