Autism-Raising Your Child on the Spectrum
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Autism-Raising Your Child on the Spectrum

  • Westwood High School 220 Nahatan St, Westwood MA United States (map)
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Please join us for a joint presentation from the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) and MGH Aspire. Both organizations provide programming and support for families that have a child with Asperger Syndrome or similar autism spectrum profiles.

Presentation topics will include:

  • Understanding Your Child’s Unique Profile

  • Managing the multiple demands of parenting a child with ASD..

  • Establishing routines and schedules

  • Navigating transitions 

  • Managing crises 

  • Promoting independence

We will have the book Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child with Asperger's (ASD) on sale as a fundraiser for SEPAC. Cornelia Elwood is the co-author of this book and she will be the speaker from AANE.

Location: Westwood High School, 220 Nahatan Street
Park in the front horseshoe parking lot off Nahatan Street. Go through the doors marked “District Administration”. Once inside follow signage to Professional Development Room.

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Understanding Executive Functioning and its Impact at Home and in School
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Understanding Executive Functioning and its Impact at Home and in School

  • Westwood High School (Professional Development Room, District Administration) (map)
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Speaker: Donna Kincaid M. Ed.

Asst. Director of The Institute for Learning and Development 

This presentation will provide parents with a clear understanding of the term “executive function” and how executive function weaknesses affect children in school and at home. Parents will also learn how anxiety can affect one’s ability to plan, organize and complete tasks (e.g. homework and chores) and typical behaviors that often result. Parents will leave with specific strategies to help their children (and themselves) to decrease anxiety and increase productivity.

Location: Westwood High School, 220 Nahatan Street
Park in the front horseshoe parking lot off Nahatan Street. Go through the doors marked “District Administration”. Once inside follow signage to Professional Development Room.

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Safety For Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Safety For Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Please join us as retired Fire Captain, Bill Cannata, presents the ALEC (Autism Law Enforcement and Education Coalition) headquarterd here in Westwood. Learn how your local First Responders have been trained to prepare for emergency situations involving your loved one diagnosed with autism and other related developmental disabilities.

Location: Westwood High School, 220 Nahatan Street
Park in the front horseshoe parking lot off Nahatan Street. Go through the doors marked “District Administration”. Once inside follow signage to Professional Development Room.

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Yoga and Mindfulness for Parents
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Yoga and Mindfulness for Parents

  • Westwood Public Library, 660 High St Westwood, MA (map)
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March is Mental Health Awareness Month. There’s nobody more important to take care of than yourself when raising a child with special needs.

Join us for an evening of self care as we explore simple mindfulness practices and yoga stretches to ease physical and mental tension. Learn practical and beneficial tools to manage daily stress and nourish the mind-body connection for greater health and overall well-being.

We will have an optional donations jar for those who want to contribute to the Westwood SEPAC. We don't do any major fundraising but sometimes our special speakers and events cost money.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one. Please RSVP on the Facebook Page or to westwoodsepac@gmail.com. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Thank you to Patricia Chilangwa for donating her time and sharing her practice with us.

Location: Westwood Public Library, 660 High Street, Westwood MA

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Understanding Accommodations, Modifications and my role on the IEP Team
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Understanding Accommodations, Modifications and my role on the IEP Team

  • Westwood High School (Professional Development Room, District Administration) (map)
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Tracy Stoll from Learning Solutions will be presenting-Understanding accommodations, modifications and my role on the IEP Team.

  • “IEP or 504,” what does that mean?

  • How do I know and understand what is best to supportmy child?

  • Team meetings can feel overwhelming with a lot of paperwork and terminology. Together we will discuss common educational “jargon,” and look at sample paperwork applicable to IEP/504 process and meetings.
    www.learningsolutionsforme.com

Location: Westwood High School, 220 Nahatan Street
Park in the front horseshoe parking lot off Nahatan Street. Go through the doors marked “District Administration”. Once inside follow signage to Professional Development Room.

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Basic Rights in Special Education presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Basic Rights in Special Education presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs

  • Westwood High School (Professional Development Room, District Administration) (map)
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Basic Rights In Special Education Presenter:
Liz Topaz from The Federation for Children with Special Needs

This workshop provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.

All are welcome! If you haven’t been able to attend a Basic Rights Workshop this year, now is a good time to learn or update your knowledge about your child’s rights to special education in MA.

Basic Rights in Special Education presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

Location: Westwood High School, 220 Nahatan Street
Park in the front horseshoe parking lot off Nahatan Street. Go through the doors marked “District Administration”. Once inside follow signage to Professional Development Room.

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Rescheduled for Weather-Basic Rights in Special Education presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Rescheduled for Weather-Basic Rights in Special Education presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs

  • Westwood High School (Professional Development Room, District Administration) (map)
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This meeting has been rescheduled due to the weather forecast. New date 2/28/19

Basic Rights In Special Education Presenter:
Liz Topaz from The Federation for Children with Special Needs

This workshop provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.

All are welcome! If you haven’t been able to attend a Basic Rights Workshop this year, now is a good time to learn or update your knowledge about your child’s rights to special education in MA.

Basic Rights in Special Education presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

Location: Westwood High School, 220 Nahatan Street
Park in the front horseshoe parking lot off Nahatan Street. Go through the doors marked “District Administration”. Once inside follow signage to Professional Development Room.

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Transition Planning
Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

Transition Planning

  • Westwood High School, Guidance Department (map)
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Go through the doors marked Westwood High School to the left of the District Administration entrance. The Guidance Department is just inside these doors. Westwood High School Guidance Department and Transition Program Home Base.

  • Lynne Medsker, WHS Guidance Department Head

  • Robin Fabiano, WHS Special Education Department Head

  • Jessica Pugliesi, WHS Special Education Teacher and Transition Specialist

  • Abby Hanscom, Director of Student Services

The presentation will start in the WHS Guidance Department lobby and include information from Guidance Department Head Lynne Medsker about the services and supports at WHS for all students in grades 9 - 12 in the college and career process along with specific information from Ms. Fabiano and Pugliesi about how students with IEP’s are supported in the process of planning for after high school. The Transition Planning Form (TPF) and other Student Services supports will be shared with parents and an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about next steps will be available. The meeting will also include a tour of the home base for the Transition Program which serves students ages 18 - 22 who continue to receive special education services after their traditional senior year. Examples of services and programming for students in this age category will be shared and an opportunity for dialogue and next steps for follow up for more individualized questions will be provided.

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Massachusetts Anti Bullying Law: IEP and Schoolwide Strategies to Prevent Bullying of Students With Disabilities.
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Massachusetts Anti Bullying Law: IEP and Schoolwide Strategies to Prevent Bullying of Students With Disabilities.

  • Westwood High School (Professional Development Room, District Administration) (map)
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The Westwood SEPAC invites all families and interested professionals to a workshop on:
Massachusetts Anti Bullying Law: IEP and Schoolwide Strategies to Prevent Bullying of Students With Disabilities.

With Johanne Pino, Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Location: Westwood High School, 220 Nahatan Street
Park in the front horseshoe parking lot off Nahatan Street. Go through the doors marked “District Administration”. Once inside follow signage to Professional Development Room.

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Meet your special education administrators!
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Meet your special education administrators!

Meet your special education administrators! Enjoy an overview of special education programming and services in the district and a chance to hear directly from the people that work at each school/level.

Location: Westwood High School, 220 Nahatan Street Park in the front horseshoe parking lot off Nahatan Street. Go through the doors marked “District Administration”. Once inside follow signage to Professional Development Room.

Presenters:

  • Aprile Albertelli, Preschool Director

  • Glen Atkinson, Hanlon, MJ and Deerfield Special Ed administrator

  • Lisa Freedman, Sheehan and Downey Special Ed administrator

  • Edith “Dee” Graichen - TMS Dept. Head for Student Services

  • Robin Fabiano - WHS Dept. Head of Special Education

  • Abigail Hanscom - District Director of Student Services

Hear about programs across the district and have an opportunity to ask questions about services available to your children This meeting is also an opportunity to meet/network with other parents and help plan SEPAC programming for the year.

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Charlie Appelstein Parent Workshop
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Charlie Appelstein Parent Workshop

The Westwood Public Schools and Westwood Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) are pleased to welcome For a Town-Wide Parent Workshop Charlie Appelstein

Starting the year out right with homework and other routines and expectations. Written primarily for professionals, volunteers and parents who guide kids with emotional and behavioral challenges, the revised edition of No Such Thing As a Bad Kid is packed with positive, trauma-informed, strength-based principles and techniques that help child-guiders to develop powerful and transforming relationships with the kids they guide. This empowering handbook opens by portraying misbehavior as a call for help. It then guides the reader through “decoding” the message and, via hundreds of hands-on tips, sample dialogues, and inspiring anecdotes into research-backed approaches for revolutionizing interactions with kids at risk. The book is all about changing the negative mindsets many kids harbor and giving them hope for better days. Even parents of children not at risk will benefit from this book. For more information about Charlie Appelstein visit www.charliea.com

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