The Arc and PWCS Special Education Department - Parent Resource Center invite you to: "Parenting in the Electronic Age" with Dr. James J. Crist - December 2, 2022

  • Parenting in the electronic age is one of the greatest challenges for today’s parents and a source of tension for many families. Kids ages 8 to 18 spend 7.5 hours a day with media and technology. Concerns have been raised that the use of media is undermining the social relationships of kids and adults alike and can have a negative effect on family life, mental health, and academic achievement. In this talk, Dr. James Crist will address what we know about the scope of electronic screen use in kids and the effects of screen time on kids, both positive and negative. He will talk about the dangers related to the use of tech, as well as give you a number of suggestions and resources on how to help your children safely navigate the digital world. James J. Crist, Ph.D., CSAC, is the clinical director of the Child & Family Counseling Center in Woodbridge, VA. As a licensed clinical psychologist, he works with a variety of clients, including children, adolescents, adults, and families. As a certified substance abuse counselor, Dr. Crist works with drug and alcohol addiction and other addictive disorders. He is also the author of eight self-help books for children and teens including What’s the Big Deal About Addiction? (Answers and Help for Teens), ADHD – A Teenager’s Guide, The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends, and MAD – How to Deal with Your Anger and Get Respect.
  • When: Friday, December 2, 2022 (10 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Via Zoom.
  • Register

IEP Team Considerations for Determining Extended School Year Services - December 6, 2022 

  • Extended School Year (ESY) services refer to special education and/or related services provided to a student beyond the normal school day or year. At an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, at least annually, there needs to be a determination if a student with a disability requires ESY services in order to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The critical question the IEP team must answer is: Will the benefits a student with a disability gains during the regular school year be significantly jeopardized if the student does not receive ESY services? Factors for IEP team consideration when determining the need for ESY services include:
    • Regression/Recoupment
    • Degree of Progress
    • Emerging Skills/Breakthrough Opportunities
    • Interfering Behaviors
    • Nature and/or Severity of the Disability and
    • Special Circumstances or Other Factors.
  • This presentation will discuss terminology associated with ESY (e.g., critical life skills), how data is used when considering the need for ESY services, and how services can vary depending on the student’s individual needs.
  • When: Tuesday, December 6, 2022
  • Where: Virtual Via Zoom.

Preschool Special Education – Child Find - December 8, 2022 

  • Do you have questions about your preschool-aged child’s communication, physical development, social or emotional skills? Join us as we discuss the Child Find process in Prince William County and answer any questions you may have. We will review programs we offer and provide useful resources. We are looking forward to building relationships with you and your family.
  • When: Thursday, December 8, 2022
  • Where

If you missed the Virtual Circle of Support Conference

  • You can still access the keynote address (added November 18, 2021) and all the pre recorded work shops.
  • Please visit The Arc - Circle of Support
    • Click on the orange button to access the virtual conference portal
    • I am keeping the link active for as long as I can.
    • There are some great workshops and the keynote with Ronnie Sidney II is not to be missed!

TTAC Resource Spotlight

(A resource brief to support virtual professional learning for division partner staff and families)

Presented by Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center George Mason University.

Family Resources for Virtual and Hybrid Special Education.

  • VDOE: COVID-10 Resources for Parents, Families, and Caregivers
    • Virginia Department of Education webpage for families that is continually updated with critical COVID-19 information and resources for families with students with disabilities.
  • MCPER: "Helping Your Kid With..." Videos for Families
    • The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) provides videos to help families use effective practices to teach students at home due to COVID-19. Topics covered include: Early language and literacy, building vocabulary and comprehension, activity transitions, cooperating with difficult tasks, and many more.
  • IRIS Module: Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • This module offers tips for family members to support children learning at home during the COVID-10 pandemic and answers questions such as: "what is my role, how can I support my child socially and emotionally, and how can I found out what my child should be learning?"
  • Formed Families Forward: Webinar Recordings and Accompanying Materials
    • Formed Families Forward, a partner organization with Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS), provides relevant pandemic specific webinars on topics such as: "Learning at Home in a Trauma Sensitive Environment." "Our Shared Space - A Home and Virtual Classroom," "Supporting Positive Behaviors during Learning at Home," "Planning the High School Transition to Post-Secondary Education," and "getting Ready to Help Your Child Learn at Home."
  • Assistive Technology Network, VDOE: Virtual Therapy Webinars
    • Topics include: "Exploring Platform Options for Virtual Therapies, "Coaching Facilitators to Maximize Virtual Therapy Sessions," "Interactive Activities to Keep Students Engaged During Virtual Therapy Sessions," and a downloadable Virtual Learning and Accommodations Guide
  • For additional excellent resources visit the VA Family Special Education Connection and TTAC Online.