Meghan Murphy & Associates and Erin Anderson & Associates Announces
Fall FRIENDS Group!
We are now accepting applications for our Fall FRIENDS groups. Group will run September 15th through the week of December 20th. Group will not be in session during the week of Thanksgiving. Group will run for 13 weeks. The total cost of group is $1430. The deposit of $440 and application are due August 8th for returning families and August 15th for new families. The final payment of $990 is due at first session during the week of September 15th.
Early Bird incentive- if you sign up prior to 8/8 your child will receive a FRIENDS Group gift related to your child's curriculum and grade!
Email Shari at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-935-7355 for more information.
Meghan Murphy & Associates and Erin Anderson & Associates Now Taking New SPEECH & OT Clients
We are now accepting new clients and scheduling for FALL. Please email Shari at email@example.com or call 773-935-7355.
Erin Anderson and Associates
Meghan Murphy and Associates
2151 W Roscoe, #1W
Chicago, Illinois 60618
Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s
Education Law and Policy Institute,
Loyola University Chicago School of Education and
The Illinois State Board of Education present:
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago
This seminar for school administrators will address the research, application and implementation of best practices in school discipline. The state and federal legal requirements relating to school discipline will be covered, as well as the research demonstrating the need for reforming school disciplinary policies. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from school administrators from across the state who have been successful in implementing disciplinary reforms.
This program qualifies for 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) from the Illinois State Board of Education.
The attendance fee for this workshop is $50. Loyola faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend free of charge. Loyola University Chicago alumni can register for this seminar at a discounted rate of $25.
This seminar is targeted to superintendents, assistant and associate superintendents, principals, assistant principals, deans and directors responsible for discipline, and other administrators responsible for handling discipline-related issues. Teams from schools and districts are encouraged to attend the training together. For districts and schools sending 3 or more participants, the registration fees will be $100 total for the first 3 participants, and $25 for each additional registration. Please contact the Education Law and Policy Institute EdLaw-Institute@luc.edu to request a passcode.
Requests for full or partial fee waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be processed in the order received. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please send an e-mail to the Education Law and Policy Institute by clicking here and providing the reason for the request. Click here for a list of discounted parking lots near the seminar location.
Please click here to register.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Education Law and Policy Institute
Webinar offered by The CADRE Caucus - The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)
Dr. Edward Feinberg is the lead author of CADRE's most recent publication, "In the Best Interests of the Child: Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meetings when Parents Are In Conflict." As a psychologist and early intervention program manager for more than 30 years, Dr. Feinberg offers practical assistance in what can be a difficult situation for school personnel and parents.
Administrators and teachers often do not know the best way of ensuring that each parent is respected and that their opinions are valued. Parents may feel confident in advocating for their child but may be very uncomfortable sitting at the IEP meeting with a former partner.
Dr. Feinberg presents ideas for each phase of the process: from preparing for the meeting through each component of the meeting. This webinar will assist all IEP team members in learning strategies that will enable the focus of the meeting to be where it should be: on the needs of the child.
When: September 11, 2:30pm-3:45pm ET (11:30a-12:45p PT)
More Details: http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/feinbergwebinar.cfm
SNAP's Buddy Ballet Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts (SNAP) is pleased to offer Buddy Ballet Camp.
This new offering at SNAP provides girls with special needs, age 6-18, a chance to experience the joy of dance. Buddy dancers from SNAP's Dance Company will pair up with each child to help them be creative and expressive in their movements.
When: August 11 - August 15
Time: 12 o'clock to 1 o'clock pm
Where: Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts
1131 Greenleaf Avenue, Wilmette
Fee: $30 registration fee
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or with any questions.
PASS39 (Parent Association for Student Services in District 39) members facilitate and promote communication and teamwork between parents of children who receive support and services in District 39 schools and the district staff. http://www.wilmette39.org/pass39/
Download Buddy Ballet Flyer
Please encourage your adoptive parents to attend this amazing workshop.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
9:00 – 5:00
At The Theraplay Institute, 1840 Oak Ave., Suite 320, Evanston, IL
Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00 – 5:00
Holt-Sunny Ridge Children’s Services, 270 Remington Blvd, Suite C • Bolingbrook, Il 60440
$95 or $150 for two
The Donaldson Adoption Institute has endorsed Theraplay as an adoption-competent specialized training.
We recently received an e-mail “thank you” from a parent who attended this training. She said it was one of the best and most important things she ever did for her family because she knew they needed help but weren’t sure where to start. At our training she learned specific techniques that have changed their family dynamic, resulting in huge strides forward. “It changed our lives and we will be forever grateful for that first step,” she reports.
This workshop is also appropriate for clinicians who want to refresh or update their skills in this area to better serve their own clients. The seminar earns 6.5 CE’s as well.
This Theraplay based curriculum has been developed and fine-tuned over the past two years, and we have received really good feedback from parents who have attended in the past. Dafna Lender, LCSW, our training director, will lead the workshop. We have three different hotels within walking distance of the Institute if your families are coming from out of town.
To register, follow links on our home page to either Evanston or Bolingbrook information: www.theraplay.org
Thanks for sharing!
The Theraplay Institute
1840 Oak Ave., Suite 320
Evanston, IL 60201
Found this interesting article on the Common Core and Ed tech Blog http://ow.ly/ySRao
I was asked a question recently about what accessibility options were available for Chrome and Chromebooks. I spent a few minutes looking (Google searches...), and here's a starting point for people needing some additional support:
Chrome itself has some features that can be turned on, such as spoken feedback, high contrast mode, and screen magnification. Learn how to (easily) turn that on in Chrome help.
Voice Search is now available on all platforms (iOS, Android, browser) - simply click the microphone icon in the search bar and speak the search terms desired. I use this quite a bit on my Nexus phone and it works surprisingly well.
ChromeVox is a screen reader I've seen recommended several times.
Black and White is a Chrome theme that can be installed which limits the colors on the page to black, white, and some blue.
Chrome Reader app (Android) will read Chrome browser pages on Android smartphones. Here's a YouTube review.
AppWriterCloud ($20 per year, one month free trial). Features include context-based word suggestions, phonetic spelling, text to speech with color highlights and a webreader that will also read ocr-processed pdf files opened via Google Drive.With a 1 month free trial, would certainly be worth checking out.
Here's an extensive list of apps from GDRSD Edtech Commons for Chrome (and a separate one for iPad) well worth reviewing.
I found one interesting app there called OpenDyslexic, which will override all fonts on a Chrome page to be easier to read for people with dyslexia.
Here's one more list from the Everyday Speech blog you'll want to look at - more good ideas for people needing some reading comprehension support, those with hearing issues, and much more.
Please note that I have NOT had the chance to test most of these myself. I would love some feedback about these, and accessibility tools and other options you've found.
Pauly’s Pals pairs individuals with auditory processing challenges and autism with peer supportive rowers.
Named in honor of Pauly Montgomery who taught all of us at Chicago Rowing Foundation the pure enthusiasm and joy associated with learning a new skill.
• 6-week sessions
• Indoor Rowing Tanks
• Easter Seals trained volunteers
Participants increase social interaction and build communication skills, while learning how to row and staying healthy. Our affordable program is $90 for six sessions!
For more information about this 6-week program or to donate to Pauly’s Pals, go to rowchicago.com/adaptiverowing or contact Betsy Trevarthen at email@example.com
312.636.1239 • WMS Boathouse • 3400 N. Rockwell, Chicago
Click here to download more information: http://www.answersforspecialkids.org/PaulysPals%202014.pdf
There may be a shortage of apps targeting post-secondary special education, but you can still take steps to facilitate a smooth transition for your students. In recent years, the awareness of special needs in education has grown steadily. Yet, most of the focus is placed on K-12 resources.
As special needs students move on to higher education, the amount of support and resources seems to dwindle. Nearly 350 special needs apps can be found when searching in the iTunes store. The large majority of these apps feature fun cartoons and basic concepts – perfect for the K-12 audience, but not the higher education audience. I was impressed with the recent eCampus News article on assistive technology apps, which listed several apps that held value beyond the doors of high school.
The following four documents will download to your computer when you click on the link.