We are parents of special education students who have joined together to provide information and support to each other.
We meet regularly with school administrators to give our input on the policies and programs that affect our children.
MARCH PRESENTATION: "Strategies for Kids with Anxiety with Jessica Minahan"
Anxiety can contribute to poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. This presentation will help parents and educators understand the role anxiety plays in student behavior, and will introduce easy-to-implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring in students.
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board certified behavior analyst, special educator and a consultant to schools nationwide — including Needham Public Schools. She has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. Jessica is a blogger on The Huffington Post, and co-author of The Behavior Code.
APRIL PRESENTATION: "A Guide to Special Education"
This presentation will teach families the basics of special education, with information that will help you:
•Understand your child’s eligibilityfor special education
•Know your rights under state and federal law
•Plan and monitor your child’s progress
•Be an effective partner with your child’s school
Michelle Moor is an attorney whose practice is devoted entirely to helping children with special needs access appropriate educational services. Prior to starting her own practice, she worked in the disability and special education law group at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP.
Wednesday, April 12*
7:00pm – Networking & Refreshments
7:30pm – Program begins
Broadmeadow Media Center
120 Broad Meadow Road, Needham
*Please note this presentation has been rescheduled from March 28th.
APRIL BUSINESS MEETING:
All parents are encouraged to attend our monthly business meetings. During the first hour we meet with administrators to discuss topics of common interest. For the last half hour, parents remain for a guided conversation on the "topic of the month," which will help us determine agenda items for future meetings.