Series of Workshops Offered for Parents of Students With Disabilities
A series of workshops for parents of students with disabilities are being presented by the District’s Exceptional Student Education Department and Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System. Although targeted to parents ofstudents with disabilities, the workshops are open to all interested parents.
Two series of Active Parenting Workshops, one for parents of children ages preschool – 12 and a second for parents of teens, ages 12 – 18, will consist of two-hour sessions. Both series will help parents learn styles of parenting; positive skills for clear, honest communication; respectful basic and advanced discipline techniques to help your child make wise choices; using the Think-Feel-Do Cycle to intervene and build self-esteem; concrete strategies to prevent risky behavior and resist peer pressure; problem solving methods; behavior goals; decreasing power struggles; handling anger; address issues such as alcohol and drugs; and how to become an encouraging parent. The series for parents of teens will also address bullying, depression and teens using the Internet. All Active Parenting workshops are being offered free of charge.
Active Parenting (for parents ofchildren ages preschool – 12) will be offered September 24; October 1,15 & 29; November 19 and December 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Fox Trail Elementary School, Media Center, 1250 Nob Hill Road, Davie.
ActiveParenting of Teens (for parents of children ages 12 – 18) will be offered September 22; October 6 & 20; November 3 & 17 and December 8, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Broward County Public Schools South Area Office, Training Room C, 1643 N. Harrison Parkway, Sunrise.
A series of Weekend with the Experts workshops are also being offered. Presented by the District’s Exceptional Student Education, Parent Services Department and Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System.
The workshops will feature experts in their fields. A $10 non-refundable registration fee is required for each workshop, but financial assistance is available. All workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Health Professions Division Assembly Building, Room 2105, on the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) campus in Davie. Dates, topics and presenters are listed below.
October 10,2009 – “Behavior Problem? No Problem! Proven and Practical Strategies for
Managing Behavior” – Dr. Stephen Starin, Behavior Analysis, Inc.,
November 7,2009 – “Navigating ESE & IEP” –Anne Seigel and Stacy Hoaglund
November14, 2009 – “Brain Gym” – Kimberly Johnson, Brain Body Bond
November 21, 2009 – “Preparing Your Child for Transition From School to Adult Life” and “Special needs Planning” – Lou Ruccolo, ESE Program Specialist, Transition; and presenter to be announced
The schedule of workshops is subject to change. For a complete list of workshops offered throughout the school year, visit (www.broward.k12.fl.us/studentsupport/ese/html/workshop_first.htm).
To register for workshops, contact Ruth Rogge, FDLRS Program Specialist – Parent Services at 754-321-2211.
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