Upcoming Virtual Workshops with The Arc of Greater Prince William and Prince William County Public Schools

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By Amy Falkofske

Sponsored by The Arc of Greater Prince William/Insight Inc.

In this time of staying home and social distancing, The Arc of Greater Prince William is still committed to equipping parents of children with special needs with the tools and knowledge they need to better help their children. Here are a few webinars sponsored jointly by The Arc and Prince William County Public Schools Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center that you may be interested in. There is no charge to attend any of these sessions, but registration is required.

“What are Medicaid Waivers (and what is different due to COVID-19)?”

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The presenter is Lucy Cantrell of The Arc of Virginia.

In this introductory session, Cantrell will discuss Virginia’s Medicaid Waiver programs, including eligibility, the application process, the waiver services, and the waitlist.

Cantrell is a Medicaid Waiver Mentor and Director of Information & Referral at The Arc of Virginia. She assists individuals with developmental disabilities (DD), their families, other service providers, public policy makers, and legislators to better opportunities for individuals with DD to live “A Life Like Yours.”

Go to the Medicaid Waivers Zoom link to register.

“Your Voice Matters: It’s Key to the Process of Empowering Parents to Engage”

Your Voice Matters will be held on Friday, Oct. 23 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The presenter is Tina Norris, Family Engagement Specialist, PEATC.

This session is for you if you feel disengaged in your child’s education. Your voice matters! You will be empowered to see the value of your gifts, expertise, and contributions around authentic family engagement. We will explore our personal definition of parent engagement and learn effective approaches to advocating for our children. We will also consider strategies that we can use to provide constructive and practical tips and techniques to building strong collaborative relationships with our schools.

Tina Norris is a skilled trainer in bullying prevention, puberty, and family engagement. She brings years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families to her position as the Family Engagement Specialist at PEATC.

Go to the Your Voice Matters Zoom link to register.

“The Autism Umbrella”

This workshop will be held on Friday, Nov. 13 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The presenter is Dr. Joni Johnson.

Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD, sensory integration disorder, auditory processing disorder, or anxiety? Are you feeling frustrated that none of the treatments that have been recommended to you are working? This workshop will discuss the new autism umbrella and how many common childhood challenges can equate to autism when they all present together, plus, how the treatment strategies will change.

Joni Johnson, M.D., is a pediatrician and certified health and wellness coach with over 12 years of clinical experience supporting individuals with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, mood disorders, and behavior problems. Dr. Johnson is also an Army Colonel, author, public speaker, entrepreneur, and individual with Dyslexia and a Visual Convergence Insufficiency.  As the owner of UnCharted Territory, LLC, Dr. Johnson provides health consulting and empowerment coaching.

Go to the Autism Umbrella Zoom link to register.

“Sensory Success: How to Use Sensory Supports at Home”

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The presenter is Erin Clemens, OTR/L, BCP, CIMI.

Does your child have challenges with processing sensory input?  Are you looking for some basic strategies to use at home, particularly during this pandemic?  Then you don’t want to miss this parent workshop.  Join Erin Clemens, occupational therapist, as she reviews all of the eight sensory systems (yes, there are EIGHT!) and shares tips and strategies for supporting children in their home environment who struggle with processing input from the senses.

You will leave this workshop with some easy and actionable tips to make the home environment more accommodating for children, and there will be time to get your specific questions answered.

Erin Clemens has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 18 years and is the owner of Pediatric Achievements in Lake Ridge, providing occupational, physical, and speech therapy for infants and children from birth through age 21.  Clemens is a past professor with the OTA program at Northern Virginia Community College, and is currently serving her second term as President of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association.  She is also President-Elect of PWC SEPTA (Special Education PTA).

Go to the Sensory Success Zoom link to register.

For all workshops, a survey and certificate will sent via email after the workshop.

Each workshop is being offered for informational purposes only. Information shared does not represent the opinion of or endorsement by either The Arc of Greater Prince William or Prince William County Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center.

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