Special Education Training Opportunity

Special Education Training Opportunity

SpEdCT will soon be holding its annual “What You Need to Know About Special Education,” a seminar for parents and professionals. This year, as always, the series will be packed with valuable information for anyone interested in special education law, especially parents of children with special education needs. If you have a child with special education needs, attend these seminars to learn about:

Individualized education programs (IEP’s), including how to read and understand an IEP, the importance of recommendations and how to understand current levels of performance, measurable goals and objectives, and accommodations and modifications;
Developmental Language and Communication Disorders, including language disorders, reading disabilities, and Autism Spectrum and Social-Pragmatic Communication Disorders;
Psycho-educational Evaluations, including an overview of achievement tests and how to understand and use the results to determine eligibility;
Reading disabilities, including information on how children learn to read and the components of effective reading instruction;
Neuropsychological evaluations, including information about when a neuropsychological evaluation is warranted and the difference between psycho-educational and a neuropsychological evaluations;
Executive function, including organizing information, time management, written expression, and treatment;
Transition planning, including information on what the law requires, why it is important to include transition planning in your child’s IEP, and how to develop quality transition goals and objectives;
Procedural Safeguards, including information on what to do if you disagree with your school district and a discussion of complaints, resolution meetings, mediation, advisory opinions, and hearings.
This weekly special education series will occur on Thursdays from 9:30 to noon, beginning on September 11, 2014 and run through December 4, 2014 at SpEdCT, located at 999 Asylum Street, Suite 404, in Hartford, CT. For more information see the event flyer or visit SpEdCT.

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