Special Education Related Community Events - September 2014

Please see the attached list of upcoming September 2014 Special Education Related Community Events as compiled by Kerry Brenner. 

Special Education Related Community Events

September 2014

MCPS Parent Academy

Developing Study Skills for Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Monday, September 15; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, 6311 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817

Cost: Free

Registration: Register online

For some kids studying comes easy, but for many it can be quite a struggle - especially if they are prone to getting distracted or feel unmotivated. In this workshop, parents will explore effective strategies to build solid study habits. Executive functioning skills, skills that our children use to keep track of time, stay organized and finish projects, will also be discussed. Facilitated by Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

MCPS Parent Academy

Breaking the Bullying Cycle

Wednesday, September 17; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Cost: Free

Registration: Register online

Teasing, rumors and exclusion are behaviors that bullies typically use. Learn how to recognize the signs and effects of bullying, along with tips and strategies to help your child deal with these behaviors at school. Presented by Family Services, Inc.

Partnership for Extraordinary Minds (XMinds)

Organizing for Success

Wednesday, September 17; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville MD 20850

Cost: Free

Registration: Not required

XMinds is a group for parents of children on the autism spectrum.  The mission of the non-profit is to promote, support, and advocate for the education of students on the autism spectrum in grades K–12.  Join us for a presentation on organizing your child’s IEP and educational records. Handouts will be available with contact information for key offices and administrators within Montgomery County Public Schools, as well as forms for you to use to summarize your child’s school information and to create communication and discipline journals.

Montgomery County Public Schools 

Special Education Advisory Committee

Thursday, September 18; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Carver Educational Services Center, Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, MD 20850

Cost: Free

Registration: Not required

The following topics will be presented/discussed: 

  • Narrowing the Achievement Gap for Students with Disabilities
  • High School Graduation Requirements
  • Learn about the Smile Don’t Stare Campaign - Guest Speaker: Debbie Sahlin, Founder of the Lollipop Foundation

Brief updates will be provided by Chrisandra A. Richardson, associate superintendent, Office of Special Education and Student Services; Gwendolyn J. Mason, director, Department of Special Education Services; Julie Hall, director, Division of Business, Fiscal and Information Systems and the SEAC Co-chairpersons - Julie Reiley, Anne Turner and Amuthan Kannan.

Questions and public comments on any topic are welcome at SEAC meetings. Please come prepared with six copies of your written comments to share with the SEAC Co-Chairs, Gwen Mason, and Chrisandra Richardson. Public Comment participants will have 3 minutes. For questions or additional information please contact one of the SEAC co-chairs: Amuthan Kannan, Laura Swerdlin, Ann Turner, & Julie Reiley

MCPS Parent Academy

Study Skills 101

Sept 18, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. If your child needs help getting organized, finishing assignments and studying for tests, this workshop is for you.  Montgomery Village Middle School, 19300 Watkins Mill Rd., Montgomery Village.  MCPS Parent Academy Workshop, 301-517-5940, 301-279-3100, http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/parentacademy/schedule.aspx

Dr. Shapiro’s Raising Your Challenging Child Program

Sept. 22 – Dec. 1, 7:30 – 9:00 PM.  Dr. Shapiro’s Raising Your Challenging Child Program, $150 - $300.  A ten-part program lead by Dr. Sarah Wayland.  Guiding Exceptional Parents, 4711 Sheridan St., Riverdale Park.  Offered by Guiding Exceptional Parents, [email protected], 301-768-8503, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1loiA7b97boqOfDN-jVuA_c6Attbkeu9r8lxGT32grPY/viewform.

Commonwealth Academy

Nowhere to Hide: The Impact of Stress on the Brains of Students with Learning Disabilities and What We Can Do About It

September 27

9:30 am -12:30 pm


This presentation by Dr. Jerome Schultz will address the impact of stress on students with LD and ADHD and offer suggestions for professionals and parents.   Commonwealth Academy, 1321 Leslie Ave., Alexandria.  Offered by the DC Capital Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association in partnership with NoVaDC CHADD, www.dcida.org, [email protected],

Stixrud Group

Cutting Edge Approaches for Executive Functioning

Saturday, September 27; 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9605 Medical Center Drive,

Rockville, MD 20850 

Cost: $175  

Registration: Registration is required.  Register online.

Center for Communication and Learning, in conjunction with the Stixrud Group, will be hosting Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP, a popular speaker who regularly presents on the topic of executive functioning. In this session, parents, professionals, and teachers will learn how to:

  • help your students develop situational awareness
  • teach to your students to be future thinkers
  • accelerate your students’ planning skills 
  • teach students time-management skills; and 
  • help your students develop the skills of self-monitoring and metacognition

You will leave the seminar with practical, ready-to-use strategies and tools for teaching children how to develop independent executive function skills.


Ongoing.   Pathway to Services -InfoMontgomery.  Do you have a child that is having behavior problems in the classroom, home or community?  At risk of or is likely to be in a gang?  Returning home from psychiatric hospitalization? Call Pathway to Services and see what services might be available for your child and family.  Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Patty Brown, 301-354-4905, www.infomontgomery.org.

Ongoing.   Respite Services of Montgomery County.  Are you caring for a child with challenging behaviors?  An adult or child with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities? A frail senior?  You can enjoy a period of restorative relief and rest from your care giving duties in your home or in a variety of venues.  Collaboration of the Arc Montgomery County and the MC Dept. Health and Human Services, Julia Abate, 301-816-9647, Ext. 1206, http://respiteservices-mc.org/.

2nd and 4th Tues., 6:00 - 8:30 PM.  Pro Bono Legal ClinicMontgomery County residents can obtain free legal advice on civil cases.  First come, first served, until full.  Upcounty Recreation Services Center Site, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown.  Offered the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, 301-424-7651 or 301-414-7652 or 301-414-7633.

LOCATE: Child CareA free service available to parents who have children with special needs and are looking for childcare.  Will refer you to childcare providers and programs that are willing and able to accommodate your child’s individual needs.  Offered by Maryland Family Network, Inc. through funding from the Maryland State Department of Education, 1-800-999-0120, [email protected].  Services in Montgomery County http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/hhstmpl.asp?url=/content/hhs/cyf/CCRRC/CRC09/LookingforCare.asp.


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