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The Leap from CPSE-CSE

Leaping from CPSE to CSE is a big leap, more for parents than their children. There will be many changes to prepare for! Do you know what they are? Participants will learn new terminology, Child Find protocol with in the district and what to expect during kindergarten registration

CPSE Parent Member Training

This New York State Education Department (NYSED) training is intended to provide Parent Members who sit on the Committees of Preschool and School Age Special Education (CPSE/CSE) with an understanding of their role, requirements, and the special education process. Participants will learn techniques and strategies to fulfill the Parent Member role in a meeting.

Parent Advocacy 101

Parents and caregivers of children with special needs will walk away with improved advocacy skills needed to effectively speak up for their child’s needs. Participants will be given resources and tips that support the NYS Part 200 Regulations on special education.

Understanding Special Education

What is Special Education and where do you start? Participants will learn the steps in the special education process and what to expect at meeting of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) (Committee on Pre-School Special Education).

Preparing for the CSE

Parents and individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in various meetings with professionals throughout the school year including the annual Committee on Special Education. Participants will walk away with the tips on how to be prepared and learn how to be a powerful advocate.

Ins and Outs of IEP Development

Every child receiving special education services has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) What is it? Who writes it? What does individualized mean? In this workshop participants will learn about the parts of an IEP, receive tips and tools to be more involved in the process.

Beyond Special Education

An overview of additional services available to people with special needs (OPWDD, OMH services). Navigating the services available to your child with special needs outside of school. What does it all mean? Parents will learn more about programs available in their own backyard and how to access them. Walk away with information and how to get the referral process started!

FBA/BIP Development Training for parents

Does your child’s behavior create problems in the classroom or at home? What can be done? Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) are part of the special education process which looks at specific student behaviors and what the child is trying to communicate. Participants will learn about the FBA process, behavior plans and goals that can be built into a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Understanding Manifestation Determination

Does this behavior always result in suspension? Parents will learn what behaviors result in suspension. Understand their districts policies and protocol. Learn what a manifestation meeting is and when it happens.

Preparing for High School

Beginning at age 15, an IEP is required to provide a section for the student’s future called a transition plan. Participants will develop an understanding of graduation requirements, and the transition process by focusing on identifying the student’s interests, strengths and needs in all areas of life.

Transitions for Families

NYS vetted training. The goals of this training are to ensure that parents, family members and students can work with their CSE to assess their child’s strengths, interests and needs; establish measurable goals for the life after high school; and identify appropriate transition services and coordinated activities.

Graduation Options

What does it mean to get a Regents Diploma? A Local Diploma? A NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential? What can you do? What can you not do? How much effort does it take? Can your child do the work? This workshop explores the options and outlines the updates to NYS Regulations.

Bullying and Students with Disabilities

How do students with disabilities cope with bullying? Participants will learn advocacy skills and how supports and services can be built into an IEP to promote social growth.

Effectively Resolving Your Concerns

Parents will learn proper techniques to properly resolve concerns they have with their child’s special education program. Parents will develop an understanding and purpose of the appropriate chain of command within the district.

The Paper Chase (A Training on Being Organized)

What to do with all that paper….medical reports, school reports, therapist reports, report cards, school projects…OH MY! Participants will learn what to keep handy, what to file away, what to shred, organizing tips and understand how having the right paper at your fingertips can lead to a successful education plan!

Student Centered IEP

This small group setting will allow students to understand their special education program. Students will create a vision board, discuss their future goals, identify their strengths and understand their challenges. Students will work with staff to prepare themselves to be an important participant in their CSE meeting

Response to Intervention! Really Terrific Instruction

Gain a better understanding of the process, parent role and how RtI can make a positive difference in a student’s educational experience!

Self Determination

It’s My Life! Would you like your child/Student with a disability to be in charge of their future and feel confident to talk about themselves? Self-determined individuals know what they want and use their self-advocacy skills to get it

Birds and the Bees and Special Needs

Have the conversation with your child with special needs. Parents will understand the importance of early and ongoing discussion about sexuality and appropriate social behaviors for individuals with disabilities. This workshop is in collaboration with the North Country Pre Natal/Perinatal Council.

Living Life Online

People of all ages are building on-line profiles, sharing photos and videos, downloading apps and games, sharing what they are doing and where they are and connecting with friends and family on line. This parent-student workshop will explore the pros and cons of social media and online presence. Participants will learn ways to protect their identity and stay safe while on line.