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Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a big step for any child. Parents of young children with disabilities will learn to plan for this transition and learn strategies to help their child be successful.

Technology for Dyslexia: Navigating High School and Beyond

This workshop addresses reading support, note-taking tools, and writing strategies. The tools introduced may also be helpful for people as they transition to the work environment.

Improving Study Skills with Assistive Technology

Study skills are fundamental for students’ academic achievement. A variety of assistive technology tools and strategies for taking notes, studying, and reviewing will be presented, as well as a brief introduction to tools and streategies for attention and time management.

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Everything You Need to Learn Before Your Child Turns Three

This workshop helps families understand the transition process from Part C Early Intervention services to Part B preschool services. Parents will also learn how to actively participate in the transition process.

Challenging Behaviors and the Individualized Education Program (IEP): Making a Plan that Works

Sometimes children and youth with challenging behaviors struggle to stay successful in school, despite having an IEP. This workshop provides information for parents and others to help address IEP-based concerns.

Learn How to Integrate Technology in the Classroom with Extraordinary Learners

It is important that we, as parents and educators, are fluent in the use of digital devices. It is our job to teach our children and students how to be independent and to help them develop functional skills with technology. Half of this workshop will focus on general use of the Apple iPad in the classroom setting, with tips on how to leverage its many settings to help students with disabilities. The remaining half of the workshop will be spent learning how to best use the SuperSpeak AAC and PLAY app with nonverbal learners.

Understanding and Addressing Your Young Child’s Challenging Behaviors

Parents of children ages 2 to 5 with developmental delays or disabilities will learn about behavior, temperament types, stages of development, the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and the Individualized Education Program (IEP), and strategies to support their child’s positive behavior.

Transition in the IEP for Students with Vision Loss: What Parents Need to Know

PACER Center and State Services for the Blind invite all families of students ages 14 to 21 with vision loss to a special event. Find out what’s on the transition services “menu” of options for transition-age students with vision loss; learn how to effectively use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) secondary transition process to help your child succeed in school and in life; connect with other families with similar concerns; discover the power of parent involvement and advocacy; and receive practical tips, tools, and resources. Join us at 6:00 p.m. for pizza, beverages, and dessert.

Wellness Technology for Teens and Young Adults

Participants will learn about technology to help teens and young adults with sleep, memory, and fitness.

Becoming an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

This free workshop will help parents of children birth to age 3, as well as professionals, understand the early intervention process in Minnesota. It will also help parents learn how to take more of a leadership role on their IFSP team.

Finding and Funding Assistive Technology

Participants will learn how to find and fund needed assistive technology. From AT in the IEP to low interest loans there are a variety of resources and strategies to help.

How to Use Your Smartphone to Improve Learning, Work, and Life

Smartphones can be used for more than just games and texting. Learn how smartphones can be part of a larger strategy to increase independence, and improve organization and time management skills.

Accessible Reading for Babies and Tots

Development of reading skills begins even before your baby opens a book. Learn ways to modify books to increase child interest and ability to interact with a book. Digital book options that provide audio, animation, or switch access will also be demonstrated.

Enhancing Communication and Understanding When Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

This workshop, building on existing skills of ECSE staff and others, will create greater understanding, competence, and responsiveness between staff and the families of eligible young children from diverse cultures.

Becoming an Active Partner in Your Young Child’s IEP

This workshop for parents of children ages three to five will provide an overview of the early childhood special education process, including evaluation procedures, writing goals, family rights, and how to take an active lead in the IEP process.

Managing Time for Teens & Young adults

Timeliness, scheduling, and efficiency are important skills for high school, college and the work place. This workshop will explore tools and strategies to help teens and young adults juggle their responsibilities.

Succeeding on the job: Using technology to boost the skills employers want

A free workshop for youth, parents, and professionals. Once you have the job, it is important to be able to meet your employer’s expectations. Learn about technology to support work performance, such as being on time, communicating, and more.

Today’s top online Assistive Technology resources

Whether you learn best from social media, blogs, podcasts or videos, this presentation has some of the best resources for learning about assistive technology online!

Using the iPad to Enhance Summer Learning

Learn how to use apps to keep children and students engaged and learning this summer. Parents of students in grades 3 – 7 and professionals will learn strategies for using the iPad.

Tablet and Computer Accessibility

Tablets and computers have many accessibility settings built into their operating system. Learn how to make tablets, computers and smartphones more accessible, including screen magnification, screen reading and more.

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