SPEAC © Copyright 2015

supporting special education in the Upper dublin school district since 2005

SPEAC Meeting Topic Archive

 
2016-2017

Raising Awareness of Special Needs within our Community:  What our Police, Fire and Township Want You to Know. --- Local Police, Fire and Township personnel

Transition Planning for Youth to Adult Age --- Jamie Ray-Leonetti & Gabe Labella, Staff Attorneys, Disability Rights Pennsylvania  

Bridging the behavioral gap between home and school ---Anne Horrocks, M.S. Board Certified Behavior Analyst,Hilary Kingery, M.Ed., Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Ali Wilbur, MA, Behavior Specialist Consultant


Building Resilience in Children and Teens, Giving Kids Roots and Wing by Ken Ginsberg --- a book discussion facilitated by Dr. Ian Sandberg, Supervisor of Secondary Special Education, UDSD.

Tips and advice about resources available and how to get them covered --- Marc Davies, Esq.  

Recognizing the Signs of Depression and/or Anxiety in Children and Teens ---  A panel presentation led by social workers and psychologists from Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital.


UDSD Special Education Year End Review --- Dr. Deborah Wheeler, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD, Michelle Clegg, Director, Pupil Services


2015-2016
Uniquely Human, A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant, PhD --- A Book Discussion 

ADD-ADHD Parent Share & Support Group --- Kick-off meeting 

What to think about when developing your child’s IEP --- Presented by Diane Neri, Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition.

Cyber Bullying and the Law; What Parents Need to Know --- Co-sponsored by SPEAC and the Sandy Run Middle School PTO.

Planning from School to Work, a Panel Presentation --- Julia Barol, M.Ed. Founding Partner, Transition Consults, LLC, Tanya Regli, Executive Director, The Arc of Philadelphia, Sabra Townsend, Adult Advocacy Director, The Arc of Philadelphia

Smart but Scattered Teens, by Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, and Colin Guare. --- A Book Discussion 

Caring for your Loved One with Special Needs and Understanding Social Security Benefits --- Lori Leathers, 1857 Financial and Michelle Leahy, M. Leahy & Associates

Using Technology to Enhance Learning --- Phil Vinogradov, Director of Technology, UDSD

Adolescent Challenges for Kids with Special Needs; everything you wanted to know about puberty, crushes, and safety --- Nancy Nowell, MPA, MEd, Certified Sexuality Educator

How can inclusion work for my child? --- Diane Perry, Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition.

UDSD Special Education Year End Review --- Dr. Deborah Wheeler, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD, Michelle Clegg, Director, Pupil Services

 
2014-2015

Assistive Technology and Pennsylvania Resources --- PA’s Initiative on Assistive Technology, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

Optimizing Communication with your Child --- Dr. Adam Berman

Making Friends and Building Social Networks --- Karen Salomon and Diana Neri, PA Education for All Coalition

Anxiety and Mindfulness --- Jacquie O’Malley
 

What’s next for the Student with Disabilities Transitioning to College? --- Representatives from the Arcadia Certificate Program, Temple and Montgomery County Community College
 
The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan, Ben Foss --- A Book Discussion

UDSD Special Education Year End Review --- Dr. Deborah Wheeler, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD, Michelle Clegg, Director, Pupil Services

 2013-2014

 It’s Greek to Me – Understanding Your Child’s Special Education Testing Assessment Results --- Tanya Alvarado, Esq

ADHD: The Science and Reality --- Larry Matlin, Elkins Park CHADD

How to Teach Your Child Self-Advocacy Skills --- Lauren Beller, PA Education for all Coalition

What’s next for the Student with Disabilities Transitioning to Work? --- Michele Leahy, Disability Life Planner and Susan Schonfeld, Community Integrated Services

Success for Students with Learning Disabilities Beyond High School:  What Worked? What Helped?  What Should Parents Know? --- Panel presentation by former students

Sticks & Stones:  Defeating the Culture of Bullying, Emily Bazelon --- A Book Discussion

Father’s Day, Buzz Bissinger --- A Book Discussion

UDSD Special Education Year End Review --- Dr. Michael Pladus, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD

 
2012-2013

 Your Dependent with Special Needs:  Making Their Future More Secure --- Pat Bergmaier

 iPad Use in UDSD

Helping Students who are struggling with Math --- UDSD Math Coaches

A Panel Presentation on Alternative Therapies (art, music, vision therapy, horseback riding, social skills)

Social Cognition and Skills: Raising Kids’ Social Awareness --- Lynn Medley, Speech-Language Pathologist

Transition:  What’s next after High School for the Student with Learning Disabilities?

The Dyslexic Advantage, Brock & Fernette Eide --- A Book Discussion

Playground Politics, Stanley Greenspan --- A Book Discussion

UDSD Special Education Year End Review --- Dr. Michael Pladus, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD

 
2011-2012

Homework Help; Learn strategies for getting through homework without tears from you or your child --- Presented by UDSD

Wilson Reading Program in UDSD; Learn about how this program can help your child --- Presented by UDSD

What parents need to know about “ESY” - Extended School Year ---  Presented by UDSD

Strategies to Help the ADD/ADHD Learner

Helping your Child Make Friends; Strategies for parents to help children who are socially awkward but yearn to find a friend in and out of school

Dual Exceptionality: Addressing the needs of children who are both gifted and who have a disability.

Transition:  College planning for students with learning differences and planning for students transitioning to the workforce

UDSD Special Education Year End Review --- Dr. Michael Pladus, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD

2010-2011

 Psychological Educational Testing Reports --- James Stone, Psy.D.

 Interactive Writing Workshop --- Jamie Fiermonte, Reading Specialist, UDSD

 Extended School Year --- Heide B. Konkler-Goldsmith, Esq.

 Healthy Eating for Healthier Kids --- Annmarie Cantrell

Strategies for the ADHD Learner --- Adam D’Angelo, M.Ed.

Childhood Anxiety and Depression --- Christina Carson-Sacco, Psy.D.

Transition:  College Planning for the Student with Learning Disabilities --- Stephanie Lambert, M.Ed.

UDSD Special Education: Year in Review and a Look Forward --- Dr. Michael Pladus, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD

2009-2010

The IEP and the ESY process

Technology Fair featuring technology used by therapists/specialists

Life Stressors: Helping Families Cope --- Christina Carson-Sacco, Psy.D.

Bullying --- Jerry Tannenbaum, Esq.

 Autism:  Social Skills

 Auditory and Processing --- Krista Seitzinger

 Transition:  College Planning for Students with Disabilities

UDSD Special Education: Year in Review and a Look Forward --- Dr. Michael Pladus, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD

2008-2009

 Strength-based IEP Planning to Bring Out the Best in Your Child ---Adam DeAngelo

Changes to Chapter 14 Regulations:  How These Changes Affect Your Child’s Education

Trouble shooting Reading & Academic Inclusion Challenges so All Children Can Be Successful --- Trudy Fulmer

Medication:  Considerations and Concerns --- Dr. Claudia Chernow

How Does Your Child Learn:  The Eight Different Kinds of Learners

Transition:  College Planning for Students with Disabilities ---Saul Finkle, MCCC

UDSD Special Education: Year in Review and a Look Forward --- Dr. Michael Pladus, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD

 
2007-2008

 Get the 411:  Writing Measurable IEP and GIEP Goals and Progress Monitoring --- Debra Shafer

The Gaskin Settlement:  What Inclusion Means for Your Student --- Joe and Lydia Gaskin 

The Tech Connection: Integrating Technology into the Curriculum (w/Curriculum Fair)

DVD:  When the Chips are Down:  Learning Disabilities and Discipline with Richard Lavoie

The Family Connection:  Improving Dynamics for Children of Special Needs with their Siblings --- Jill Belchic-Schwartz, Ph.D.

Understanding Gifted Education in PA under Chapter 16 --- Jim LoGiudice


Childhood Depression:  The Warning Signs and What to Do --- Johnathan Manni, Ed.D.

Inclusion


Transition:  What’s Next From High School to Adult Life?

Vision for Equality

UDSD Special Education: Year in Review and a Look Forward --- Dr. Michael Pladus, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD

2006-2007

Improving Teacher Parent Communication – A Panel Presentation of UD teachers

Understanding Educational Testing Reports --- Martin Gilbert, Psy.D.

Restructuring for Caring and Effective Education:  The Inclusive School --- Dr. Richard A. Villa

Creating Supportive Environments for Students --- Kristie Koenig, Ph.D.

The Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children --- Kimberly McGlonn-Nelson, Ed.S.

Attention Deficit Disorder Hyperactivity Disorder and Education --- Dr. Steven Richfield

Ask an Advocate --- Mike Owens

Video:  Getting Organized, Mel Levine

Transition:  College Planning for the Student with Learning Differences --- Stephanie Lambert, M.Ed.

UDSD Special Education: Year in Review and a Look Forward --- Dr. Michael Pladus, Superintendent of Schools, UDSD

2005-2006

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA); Changes in Federal Law

Understanding the IEP Process --- Janelle Duttenhoffer, PEN

Video:  Getting Thoughts on Paper, Mel Levine  

New Special Education Initiatives in UDSD (Inclusion and Autism Support Program)

Stress Management and Parenting the Child with Special Needs

New Reading Programs in UDSD

Financial Planning and the Special Needs Child

Transition: Planning for Secondary Students with Special Nee
ds