Each Campus runs a free speaker series open to current and prospective parents, professionals and members of the community. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.
There are no upcoming Speaker Series events at this time
September 28, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm
Sara Platenberg, M.S.Ed., Educational Advocacy and Consulting: “The Secret Menu” - Knowing Student’s Rights and the Ways to Achieve Them
We find that many of our families are not aware all of their children’s rights under IDEA and therefore may not know what to actually “ask for” or how to go about making these requests. Sara will be imparting very specific information to help parents, help their children. Don’t miss this excellent presentation.
Sara Platenberg, Educational Advocate of Educational Advocacy and Consulting, with offices in both the Chicago Area and Washington D.C. Her team works with families across the country to support their journey of identification and services under IDEA and ADA.
November 8, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm
Dr. Abram Sterne, PhD: A New Way To Understand ADHD
ADHD is so prevalent in our society and culture that we assume to know and understand what it is. This leads to many myths and misunderstandings about what it is and what we can do about it both at home and at school. This workshop addresses these myths and provides a different way to think about ADHD that will allow us to better understand how to help our children and families.
January 17, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm
Dr. John Strang, PsyD.: Adolescence and ASD- Executive Function, Self-Awareness and Transition to Adulthood
Teens with ASD tend to struggle with executive function skills including the ability to flexibly respond to a changing world, think into the future and set and achieve short and longer-term goals. But their ability to get “stuck” on ideas and routines also gives them a powerful advantage, especially when they become aware of their own thinking styles. In this presentation we will explore how to help teens increase self-awareness around their own executive function, with a focus on the skills necessary for transition to adulthood.
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:30 –8:00pm
Representatives from local high schools: Preparing for the Transition to High School
A panel of representatives from local high schools will speak about their respective programs’ unique curriculum, student expectations and admissions requirements.
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 8:45-9:30am
Judith S. Bass, CEP, Bass Educational Services, LLC: Creating a Smooth Transition to High School
The transition from middle school to high school can be a time of great discovery and enthusiasm with a few simple strategies. Learn ways to successfully guide your child towards self-advocacy and independence and the steps to take in preparing your child for a smooth transition to high school.
Friday, January 19, 2018, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Dr. Edward Spector, Psy.D: The Healthy Use of Technology
Technology can enhance our lives in many ways, but when used to excess it can negatively impact us. Some excessive use can be an attempt to cope with significant psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, or social skill deficits.
Dr. Spector will present on the healthy use of technology, including common forms of electronic games, the internet, and the use of smart phones.
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 9:00am-10:00am
Colin Meeks, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional of Complete Money Management: The Basics of Special Needs Planning: Getting Your Questions Answered
What are planning “pressure points” over the lifetime of a child of special needs and the family?
What are the tax tips and guidelines I should know?
What is the difference between traditional financial planning and special needs planning? What are the benefits of both?
What are the common misconceptions about planning?
What the difference between entitlement and eligibility of benefits?
How do I use a special needs trust? How is it similar and different from an ABLE account?