To register go to: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=2273032
RESPECT is a free, four-day workshop focused on training participants in relationship building and conflict resolution. The skills and strategies taught at this training workshop can be applied universally when addressing professional and personal conflict.
REGISTER ONLINE! www.askresource.org/calendar
Iowa Family & Educator Partnership/FEP works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote the success for all children and youth with disabilities. Click here to view their November Newsletter
This issue includes:
- Easter Seals Lending Library
- Wapello RESPECT Training
- Oskaloosa RESPECT Training
- Navigating the Transition Process Planning for Educators and Families
- Free Apps for Families
- Parent & Educator Connection is not Iowa Family & Educator Partnership
- and much more!
FEP coordinators work with parents, educators, and local school districts to provide FEP programs, services, and activities; they are also parents of children or young adults with special needs. Learn more at http://www.gpaea.org/en/services/iowa_family__educator_partnershipfep/.
The Behavior Doctor is coming back!
GPAEA Parent Educator Connection will be hosting an evening for parents. Educators are Community Service Providers are also welcome.
Thursday, February, 18, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 PM
with Question/Answer session to follow
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N Main St, Fairfield, IA 52556
Annette Clarahan, Parent Educator Coordinator
Family Involvement is a greater predictor of successful outcomes for youth than income or social status.
So how do we help families recognize the importance of Secondary Transition planning? By training educators and parents the importance of planning for Secondary Transition early on. In Mt. Pleasant on November 16 – 17th the Parent Educator Connection (PEC) sponsored a Secondary Transition Family Planning with GPAEA Transition Coordinators presenting the four PACER Modules for Secondary Transition.
- From Disability to Possibility
- Road to Discovery
- Taking the Next Step
- Exploring and Preparing for Work as an Adult
Participants are able to take the curriculum back to their district and share the information with parents as appropriate. Others have partnered with a parent in hosting a Secondary Transition Night for parents with service providers present. Parents are also sharing the information at Parent Support groups.
If you are interested in attending this 2 day class we will be offering it again in Albia on April 18 & 19, 2016.
Annette Clarahan, Parent Educator Coordinator
Imagine being in a meeting with two people who were discussing a topic you knew nothing about. Do you think sometimes we have parents who feel like this at school meetings when we talk about test scores or use acronyms?
Think about successful school meetings with a parent, such as a conference or an IEP meeting. What happens in those meetings? Are parents asking questions? Is there a relationship between home and school? Are school and AEA staff doing That One Thing? Was there a personal attempt to get mom or dad there?
Now think about those difficult meetings that were successful. What happened in those meetings that attributed to a positive outcome? What’s That One Thing? Did it feel more like a conversation than a routine meeting? Were parents engaged or were they spectators? Were test scores explained to the parents at a level they could understand? Were acronyms used? Did the pace of the meeting slow down?
We’ve all heard the saying “Kids do well when they can!” I believe this applies to parents as well. What’s That One Thing We Can Do?
I recently attended a family wedding in Illinois. The mother of the bride has a brother with Down Syndrome who was sheltered living at home with his parents, until the recent passing of his mother. His mother did what she felt was right by keeping him at home and protecting him from others. Taking him out in public was not always greeted with kindness. The stares and comments of the community hurt her feelings, and she didn’t want her son to feel that hurt. Now, his siblings are taking him to community events and gatherings where he is experiencing many firsts. This was his first wedding and after the father of the bride gave the toast, he and Mark sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to the guests. Everyone cheered showing their acceptance of him. It was fun watching Mark with his family and the guests engaging with him as they all danced the night away. The next morning the mother of the bride told me she was in awe of how her brother was treated and she appreciated that kindness towards him. Continue reading