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RPN: Back-to-School: Managing Parenting Demands

posted Sep 7, 2016, 8:30 AM by RAiSE 102

On Tuesday, September 13th, we will host our first meeting of the RAiSE Parent Network (RPN) for the 2016-17 school year. This meeting, Back-to-School: Managing the Demands of Parenting a Child with Special Needs or a Learning Disability is at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the La Grange Park Library (555 N. La Grange Road). If you’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed in your efforts to get your child and family on track for the new school year or if you are just interested in networking with other parents with similar experiences, please join us for this informal gathering.

The discussion will be moderated by Teresa Fitzgerald, LMFT, a local parent and member of RAiSE.  Together we will explore challenges and solutions, and share resources and ideas. This is an opportunity for parents to support other parents in a safe and confidential setting.  

All parents/guardians are invited to attend.  If you would like to receive RAiSE emails about future meetings and speakers please send a request to RAiSE102@gmail.com.

Note:  Meeting cancellations are posted on the website and will be emailed to the RAiSE contact list.

Learning to Live More in the Moment

posted Mar 18, 2016, 2:39 PM by RAiSE 102

On April 12th, the Resource Association in Special Education (RAiSE) will host Erin Leyba, LCSW, Ph.D., for a presentation about how parents can use mindfulness techniques to live more in the moment despite the unique circumstances of raising a child with special needs or learning differences. Dr. Leyba will also focus on how parents can learn to treat themselves with compassion, to strengthen parent-child relationships, and to notice and leverage their children's strengths. Join us on Tuesday April 12th at 7:00 PM in the Park Jr. High LRC, 333 N. Park Rd., La Grange Park, IL.

Dr. Leyba is an individual and couples counselor in private practice in Oak Brook, Illinois, who specializes in grief/loss, anxiety, parenting, and relationships. She is the author of The Joy Fix for Weary Parents: 5 Steps to Overcoming Fatigue, Guilt, and Stress and Building a Life You Love. Dr. Leyba also writes the Joyful Parenting blog for Psychology Today and blogs at www.thejoyfix.com  All parents, teachers, and community members are invited to attend.
 
Note: Cancellations will be announced via email and on the website.

RAiSE Parent Network - Paperwork, Meetings and Plans

posted Feb 26, 2016, 10:39 AM by RAiSE 102

At this meeting of the RAiSE Parent Network (RPN), we will discuss Paperwork, Meetings and Plans: How Do I Stay on Top of It All?  Join us on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., in the Community Room of the La Grange Park Library to network with other parents of children with physical, mental, emotional, or learning challenges.  During our meeting, we will discuss how to stay organized as a parent in the world of special education and learning disabilities.  We will share tips about tracking information, preparing for meetings, setting goals, and staying on schedule.  Bring your questions and suggestions!

This is an opportunity for parents to support other parents in a safe and confidential setting. Together we will explore problems and solutions, and share resources and ideas. This is a meeting for parents/guardians only.

The discussion will be moderated by Teresa Fitzgerald, LMFT, a former district parent and a member of RAiSE.

Note:  meeting cancellations will be announced via email and posted on the RAiSE website.

Identifying and Addressing Speech and Language Challenges in Students

posted Jan 16, 2016, 9:00 AM by RAiSE 102   [ updated Feb 4, 2016, 8:06 AM ]

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, we are hosting a presentation on speech and language challenges in students by Kathryn Curley, M.A., CCC-SLP. Ms. Curley will discuss the typical development of speech and language skills during primary school years and red flags that intervention may be needed. Social language skills, the impact language disorders have on learning, and the relationship between language and literacy will also be discussed. Join us at 7:00PM in the LRC at Park Jr. High School (333 N. Park Rd., La Grange Park, IL).

Kathryn Curley holds a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in pediatrics and currently practices at The Pediatric Place in La Grange, Illinois.

All parents, teachers, and community members are invited to attend. To receive notification via email of future RAiSE events, send a request to RAiSE102@gmail.com.

Note: Cancellations will be announced via email and on our website.

An audiofile of this presentation is available here.

Challenges with Reading or Spelling?

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:25 PM by RAiSE 102   [ updated Oct 29, 2015, 12:29 PM ]

Raise is hosting a presentation by Mary McBride, M.A.E. on: Challenges with Reading or Spelling? What Works Instead to Improve Reading, Spelling & Vocabulary. Join us on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM in the LRC at Park Jr. High for this presentation focusing on information about improving reading, spelling, and vocabulary skills in students in both general education and special education.  Included will be advice about what parents and teachers can do to help all students understand the origin and structure of words to improve reading and spelling, which especially helps students with dyslexia and other reading challenges.  Mrs. McBride will also discuss the importance of spelling given its impact on reading comprehension and vocabulary, as well as why memorizing words is often not an effective learning strategy for reading, spelling and vocabulary.

Mary McBride holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has over 20 years of teaching experience.  Mrs. McBride has worked as a reading specialist, reading interventionist, resource teacher, tutor, and general and special education classroom teacher.  She is also certified in Orton Gillingham, and has training in Real Spelling, Real Script.  For the last 6 years, Mrs. McBride has worked as an Interventionist and Literacy Coach in District 101 in Western Springs, Illinois. 

All parents, teachers, and community members are invited to attend.  If you would like to receive emails about future meetings and speakers, please send a request to RAiSE102@gmail.com.

Note:  meeting cancellations will be announced via email and posted on the RAiSE website.

RPN - Helping Children with Challenges Navigate Social Situations

posted Oct 5, 2015, 7:44 AM by RAiSE 102   [ updated Oct 5, 2015, 7:48 AM ]

The first  RAiSE Parent Network (RPN) meeting of the 2015-16 school year is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 7:00-9:00 PM in the Community Room of the at the La Grange Park Library.  This meeting offers parents  a chance to network with other parents of children with physical, mental, emotional, or learning challenges.  During our meeting we will explore potential difficulties our children face interacting with peers and what we, as parents, can do to help. Topics may include navigating interactions at home, in the classroom, at recess, and in the lunchroom, as well as the complexities and effects of bullying. 

The RPN offers parents the opportunity to support other parents in a safe and confidential setting. Together we will explore problems and solutions, and share resources and ideas. The discussion will be moderated by Teresa Fitzgerald, LMFT, a former district parent and a member of RAiSE.

Note: This is a meeting for parents/guardians only.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, October 13 at the La Grange Park Library. 

Note: Cancellations will be announced via email.

Executive Functioning:Practical Strategies for Parents & Teachers

posted Sep 10, 2015, 3:27 PM by RAiSE 102   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 3:31 PM ]

 On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, RAiSE is hosting guest Amanda Vogel, M.A.E. Ms. Vogel will give a presentation on Executive Functioning: Practical Strategies for Parents and Teachers.  This meeting will take place at 7:00 PM in the Park Jr. High LRC (333 N Park Rd., La Grange Park IL). During this presentation, Ms. Vogel will discuss practical strategies for parents and teachers to develop and encourage executive functioning skills, which are so critical for the academic success of students. Parents and teachers can do much to help students to develop these skills including setting up an organizational system, building routines, and encouraging independent and effective study habits.

Amanda Vogel holds a Master’s Degree in special education and has over 12 years of experience in teaching, writing curricula, and supporting educators. She is the Vice President of Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring and the Director of Nurturing Wisdom Academy in Hinsdale, Illinois, and has developed extensive curricula in test prep, academics, and executive functioning for tutoring and school programs.

All parents, teachers, and community members are invited to attend.


Learning to Listen: Developing Cooperation and Problem Solving Skills in Young Children with Special Needs

posted Mar 26, 2015, 7:58 AM by RAiSE 102   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 7:13 AM ]

The Resource Association in Special Education (RAiSE) is hosting a presentation on improving behavior in young children with special needs, by Dena Walter, LCSW, ACSW, and Melissa Hanke, PhD. During the presentation, Ms. Walter will discuss how parents can learn to listen to what preschoolers are communicating and how to give directions so that preschoolers will listen. Dr. Hanke will discuss attending to your preschool-age child through child directed play and providing appropriate praise. In addition, learning to validate a young child’s emotions to help them problem solve more independently will also be addressed.
When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Where: The LRC at Park Jr. High School, 333 North Park, LaGrange, IL

Dena Walter, LCSW, ACSW, is an Early Childhood School Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE), with over 30 years of experience in helping young children and families. A graduate of University of Chicago, Ms. Walter first worked in a school for children with emotional and behavior disorders for 13 years. She has been at LADSE for 20 years, working in the preschool classrooms to help teach children social skills, and providing assistance to families of children with and without special needs.

Melissa Brown Hanke, Ph.D., is an Early Childhood Coordinator/Psychology Supervisor at LADSE and a Licensed Clinical and Certified School Psychologist, with over 20 years of experience working with early childhood programs and preschool-age children with special needs. Dr. Brown has worked the last 10 years with young children and families to improve child social, functional, and learning skills, as an Early Childhood School Psychologist, through the public school system and home-school partnerships.

All parents, teachers, and community members are invited to attend. For more information about RAiSE, visit our website at www.RAiSE102.org. To receive notification via email of future RAiSE events, send a request to RAiSE102@gmail.com.

Note: meeting cancellations will be announced via email and posted on the RAiSE website.
For a copy of the powerpoint presentation given during this meeting click here.

 

The Emotional Journey of Parenting Children With Special Needs or Learning Disabilities

posted Feb 27, 2015, 2:33 PM by RAiSE 102   [ updated Feb 27, 2015, 2:40 PM ]

The next meeting of the RAiSE Parent Network (RPN) will be on Tuesday, March 10, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the LaGrange Park Library, 555 N. La Grange Road.  The topic of this meeting is the emotional journey of parenting children with special needs or learning disabilities.  As parents raise a child with special needs or learning disabilities, they experience a wide range of emotions, from denial to grief, from depression to anger, from fear to acceptance. Your emotional journey begins with a diagnosis and continues throughout your child’s lifetime. Where are you in your journey? Has your child recently been diagnosed or are you further into the process?   

Join us for a chance to network with other parents of children and adolescents who travel this road less traveled. Some of us are new on the path and have many questions, while others are further along the road and have valuable information to share. Together we will explore problems and solutions, and share resources and ideas. This is an opportunity for parents to support other parents in a safe and confidential setting.   

The discussion will be moderated by Teresa Fitzgerald, LMFT, a district parent and member of RAiSE.The RPN will meet in the Community Room of the La Grange Park Library (**please note the location change**).  This is a meeting for parents/guardians only.  

Note: Meeting cancellations will be announced via email and on our website.

Sensory Processing Disorder 2-10-15

posted Jan 21, 2015, 9:05 AM by RAiSE 102   [ updated Feb 27, 2015, 2:57 PM ]

The Resource Association in Special Education (RAiSE) is hosting a presentation on sensory challenges in children by Kristine E. Yung-Pilat. The presentation is titled: What is Sensory Processing Disorder? How to Help Children with Sensory Challenges. During the presentation, Ms. Yung-Pilat will discuss the three types of Sensory Processing Disorders and sensory regulation. In addition, the presentation will address ways to improve sensory processing skills and identify a child’s level of alertness. Practical, easy strategies for use in everyday activities at home and school will be highlighted.

This presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM in Park Jr. High's LRC, 333 N. Park Rd., La Grange IL.

Kristine E. Yung-Pilat, OTR/L, Clinic Director of The Pediatric Place – LaGrange, Illinois, has over 20 years of experience with sensory processing and neurological disorders. Ms. Yung-Pilat has worked for the last 9 years with children having sensory processing disorders, motor planning disorders, and autism spectrum disorders in the outpatient arena and school system. A graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, she has a passion for trying to put the pieces of the sensory system together for children so that they can function more independently within the community, school, and home environments.

All parents, teachers, and community members are invited to attend. To receive notification via email of future RAiSE events, send a request to RAiSE102@gmail.com.

Click here to download an audiofile of this presentation.

Note: Cancellations will be announced via email and on the RAiSE website.

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