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Inclusive Education and Support Trainings for Parents

Figuring out special education is hard. Families start early, well before they are ready to send their kids off to elementary school. There are screenings, diagnosis and meetings, meetings, meetings to be had. It’s a lot to figure out, a lot to balance and it’s hard. It’s emotionally tiring. The good news, parents, if you are heading down this path — there are people who want to help. Below is a list of organizations that offer assistance and training in the near future. I will add to it as I find more and please feel free to send me info you have at calendar@pdxparent.com.

FACT Oregon – Check out their community calendar for specific dates and locations

FACT Oregon is offering trainings through the Portland-Metro area (and beyond):

  • Special Education: What You Need to Know  Parents, You Have a Critical Role on Your Child’s IEP Team!The Individualized Education Program (IEP) describes your child’s special education needs and services. Learn about special education basics, the IEP, advocacy tips and tools, and healthy team dynamics for a great school year!Dates and locations include.

November 13, 5 pm-6:30 pm in West Linn-Wilsonville SD Office 22210 SW Stafford Rd Tualatin , OR 97062

Providence Medial Center’s Swindell Center

  • Sensory PDX: Positive Discipline for Children Please join Caty Buckley, MSW, as she discusses the principles of Positive Discipline, relationship based therapy, and strategies to support sensory differences. The presentation will include:
    -Brain research to understand what happens when children go “offline”
    -Positive time out strategies + techniques to stay kind but firm
    -Sensory tools + problem-solving language before + after “the storm”
    -Navigating power struggles
    -Importance of repairing relationships after conflict: the Art of Apology
    -Self-care as a parent/caregiver                      
    January 11, 7 pm-9 pm at Providence Medical Center – 4805 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213, USA

 

  • Sensory PDX: Positive Discipline for Children Please join Caty Buckley, MSW, as she discusses the principles of Positive Discipline, relationship based therapy, and strategies to support sensory differences. The presentation will include:
    -Brain research to understand what happens when children go “offline”
    -Positive time out strategies + techniques to stay kind but firm
    -Sensory tools + problem-solving language before + after “the storm”
    -Navigating power struggles
    -Importance of repairing relationships after conflict: the Art of Apology
    -Self-care as a parent/caregiver                      
    January 11, 7 pm-9 pm at Providence Medical Center – 4805 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213, USA

 

    • No Estas Solo! Conductas Desafiantes en el Hogar/You’re NOT Alone! Challenging Behaviors in the Home: Challenging behaviors can be stressful for any family, but even more so for families of children who experience complex medical and behavioral needs. Please join us for a free seminar for families and providers exploring these challenging behaviors. The event will include a panel discussion, keynote speaker, and resource fair to help families gain helpful strategies to reduce and understand behaviors in the home.
      Come to learn:
      • The ABC’s of behavior (antecedent, behavior, consequence)
      • How to identify the “why” of a behavior
      • Examples of possible replacement behaviors at home

      Panel Discussion: 10 am-11 am, Challenging Behaviors in the Home: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm, Resource Fair 11 am-3 pm

      Friday, January 19, 10am-3 pm Providence Portland Medical Center Cancer Center Amphitheater 4805 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97213

      For additional information or to register by phone, call 503-215-2429 or 800-833-8899 ext 52429. Register online here.

    • For Families of Children with Challenging Behaviors: Developing our Children’s Skills: Join us for this six-week parenting class for families and caregivers of children with special needs. Instructor Linda Sinclair, is internationally certified autism specialist, and has more than 20 years’ experience as a special educator, family advocate and parent trainer. She is trained as a master trainer in HOT DOCS*, a program developed by the University Of Southern Florida’s Department of Pediatrics to help parents address difficult behaviors in children with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders. The program provides parenting strategies in a highly interactive group setting.
      Class topics include:
      • early childhood development
      • routines, rituals and development
      • development and behavior
      • prevention tools for challenging behaviors
      • new parenting skills and stress reduction techniques

      January 9-February 13, 10 am-12 pm at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center East Pavilion, Room 11 9135 SW Barnes Rd. Portland, OR 97225

      Registration Class size is limited and preregistration is required. Register by phone at 503-215-2429 or toll free; 800-833-8899 ext 52429. Class fee is $50. Limited scholarships are available. Please call for more information.

    • Developmental Disability (DD) Services: Understanding & Accessing Benefits: Please join the Swindells Resource Center and Washington County Developmental Disabilities Program Coordinator Josh Fulgham for a freeintroduction to Developmental Disability Services. The presentation will cover:- An overview of the I/DD service system
      – Eligibility criteria
      – How to apply (including required paperwork)
      – Available services, including in-home “K-Plan” servicesThursday, January 25th 6:30-8:30pm Providence StJanuary 25, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at Vincent Medical Center East Pavilion: Stanley Family Room 21-23 9135 SW Barnes Road Portland, OR 97225 To register by phone, please call 503-215-2429 or 800-833-8899, ext 52429. Spanish registration and interpretation services are available; please call 503-574-6595 before January 5th.

Family Empowerment Series:

  • Communication Workshop for Parents :January 13, 2018 – 10 am-1 pm: Part 1 of our Family Empowerment Series with Oregon Training and Consultation and Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association! Learn about Communication Strategies and Visual Supports!
  • Person-Centered Workshop for Parents: January 20, 2018 – 10 am-1 pm: Part 2 of our Family Empowerment Series with Oregon Training and Consultation and Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association!
  • Sensory Supports Workshop for Parents: January 27, 2018 – 10 am-1 pm: Part 3 of our Family Empowerment Series with Oregon Training and Consultation and Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association!
  • Good Life Planning Workshop for Parents:  Part 4 of our Family Empowerment Series with Oregon Training and Consultation and Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association!
  • Space may be available for siblings ages 7 to 14 and children with disabilities ages 3 and older to participate in concurrent events. Parents must attend training for child(ren) to participate.Please register with the number of parents attending and provide their names, city, email and phone numbers, as well as the names and ages of the siblings and children who experience disabilities in the comments.Free Lunch Provided.

    Series takes place in Salem. Participants must register online. Email support@creatingops.org with questions or call 503-559-0424.

 

SEPTAP: Special Education PTA of Portland

  • SEPTAP Meeting Founded by families raising children (K-12) with disabilities in the Portland Public School District, SEPTAP is open to parents, teachers, and other community members who are interested in improving the education of students with disabilities. Our goals for year one are to:

    • Educate families about their rights and responsibilities
    • Connect families with supports and resources
    • Improve communication between families, teachers, schools and the district
    • Increase family involvement

    Wednesday, January 24 at 6 pm at Cleveland High School 3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97202. We hope to see you all there!

Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA)

  • Kindergarten Transition Workshop in NE PDX:

    Getting ready for the big day; dive into tools, tips, rights and partnerships for a great start to kindergarten. Designed for families of young children with developmental disabilities.

    Moving from early childhood to the school years is exciting and can be confusing without tools and mentors to help navigate this transition. Bring your parental expertise and dreams to join with coordinators and guest speakers who want to help you along the path of this exciting adventure. This interactive and best practices driven training covers information about the law and your child’s rights, classroom tools and supports, IEP goal writing to support inclusion, communication tips from parents and more.

    • Designed for families of young children with developmental disabilities
    • Free of charge, donation accepted
    • Lunch provided
    • No childcare provided
    • RSVP Required (click below)

    Register Here. Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8:30 am-1 pml; MESD AUDITORIUM 11611 NE Ainsworth CIR, Portland

Mid-Valley Parenting

  • Nurture Hope- Free class for parents: Free class for any parent or caregiver of children with special needs or health challenges. Free childcare and snacks are provided.

    The Nurturing Program for Parents and Their Children with Special Needs and Health Challenges is designed to help parents and their children with chronic or life threatening medical conditions, developmental delays, life-altering disorders and disabilities. Parents and their children meet separately for the first 90 minutes and meet together for the last 30 minutes, one day a week for 12 weeks.
    Parents will explore the following topics and discuss the importance of each to create a nurturing enviroment for parents and children:
    – Appropriate parental expectations
    – Empathetic awareness of the needs of children
    – Understanding and valuing empathetic, effective behavior,, encouragement techniques
    – Understanding appropriate parent/child roles and responsibilities
    – Development of power and independence in children

    TO SIGN UP: register at www.midvalleyparenting.org or call 971-716-0440.


I am sure there are more trainings and community events, as I find them I will add them. Here are a few links to find info about public schools, advocacy and the like.

Portland Public Schools – Special Education – Resources for families in the PPS system

Early Intervention – PPS – Information for getting pre-k evaluation and starting services

FACT Oregon –  Empowering Oregon families experiencing disability to live their best and most supported lives

OrFIRST  – Non-profit Community Parent Resource Center serving families in the Portland special education community who have kids from birth-26.

Oregon Department of Education – Children with Disabilities – Know your rights and your families rights to education, accommodations and services.

Also — you can check out our Inclusive Calendar for more events around the Portland area for families with a variety of needs.

 

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