Thursday, January 5, 2012

Parent Academy Workshops: Winter 2012

The MCPS Parent Academy has published their winter schedule and is offering several workshops applicable to special needs parenting. Check the Parent Academy schedule for a full list of workshop offerings. Selected information is below.

Find registration information for all workshops online.

January 25, 7-8:30 p.m.—Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: An NIH psychologist will take you through the biology behind both normal and excessive anxiety and discuss interventions that can be used at home and in school. Held at North Bethesda Middle School (8935 Bradmoor Drive) in Bethesda.

February 1, 7-8:30 p.m.—Understanding ADHD and How to Help Your Child: Learn about ADHD and explore strategies and interventions that support academic and social success. Held at Cabin John Middle School (10701 Gainsborough Road) in Potomac.

February 2, 7-8:30 p.m.—Social Bullies: Dealing with Exclusion and Cliques: People traditionally think of bullies as the big kid on the playground taking your lunch money. Today's students are using exclusion, rumors, and teasing to bully others. Come and explore these behaviors and discuss strategies for helping bullies, victims, and bystanders. Facilitated by YMCA Youth & Family Services. Held at White Oak Middle School (12201 New Hampshire Avenue) in Silver Spring.

February 27, 7-8:30 p.m.—Help! My Child is Disorganized! An expert from Your Life Simplified, Inc. will discuss the factors that may contribute to your child's disorganization. You will also learn skills that you can teach your child to be organized for success in school. Held at Rosa M. Parks Middle School (19200 Olney Mill Road) in Olney.

March 5, 12, 19, 26, 7-8:30 p.m.—Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership: Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individualized Education Act, Individualized Education Program (IEP), resolving issues, community resources, and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other parents. This is a four-part (attend any or all) series of Parent E.A.S.E. workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. Held at Wheaton High School (12601 Dalewood Drive) in Silver Spring.

March 7, 7-8:30 p.m.—Bright Futures for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP): How can families and schools work together to help students with IEPs make a successful transition to high school and beyond? Learn how to support your children so they can become great people and realize their dreams. Held at Shady Grove Middle School (8100 Midcounty Highway) in Gaithersburg.