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TRANSITION

Academic Coaching:
Empowering Students with ADHD and
Executive Function Challenges

Kelly Schwenkmeyer, MEd

VIDEO

Materials: Academic Coaching (PDF Format)

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Does Your Child Have the Big 10 Life Skills?

Julie Swanson
“The Life Skills Lady”

VIDEO

Materials:
Big 10 Life Skills (PDF format)
Life Skills Cheat Sheet for IEP Planning (PDF format)
— Justification for incorporating life skills into the IEP (See Section 300.320(a)(2)(i)(B))

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Presented by SPED*NET in partnership with
Wilton Public Schools and Newtown Sped PTA

Susan Chandler

Allison Tables

Executive Function Skills:
How Can We Help Our Children in Middle and High School?

Allison Tables, MA, NCC, LPC
Susan Chandler

VIDEO

Materials: EF Skills (Secondary School) (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by SoNo Branch Library: SPED MATTERS

Encouraging Your Teenagers to Find Their Own Paths:
A Roadmap for Choosing a College, a Career, or Something Different

Rick Fiery, MS, MBA

VIDEO

Materials: Find Your Path (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council and Weston Youth Services

Post High School and College Planning for Students on the Spectrum: Helping Our Students Prepare for Their Future and Find the Right Path

Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD

From IEP to JOB:
Guiding Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
to the Right Job or Career

Barbara Bissonnette

VIDEO

Materials: Autism Spectrum Employment (PDF Format)

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Presented by SPED*NET in partnership with
Wilton Public Schools and Newtown Sped PTA

Building Skills for College Success:
Tips for Students with Disabilities and Their Families

Ptahra Jeppe, Esq.

Janine Kelly

Deborah List

The College Timeline:
Nuts and Bolts for Teens
with IEPs or 504 Plans

Janine Kelly, JD
Deborah List, PhD

VIDEO

Materials: College Timeline (PDF Format)

Resource Materials

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The College Process:
How to Cope with Uncertainty
and Support Your Teen

Susan Bauerfeld, PhD

Sponsored by Wilton Youth Council in partnership with Wilton Library and SPED*NET Wilton

Transitioning to College:
A Roadmap for Reasonable Accommodations Under Section 504

Robert M. Tudisco, Esq.

VIDEO

Materials: Transition to College (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by SoNo Branch Library: SPED MATTERS

Transitioning to College:
Understanding Post-Secondary Challenges and Legal Issues for Students with ADHD and Learning Disabilities

Robert M. Tudisco, Esq.

VIDEO

Materials: Transitioning to College
(PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by Wilton Library

Transitioning: When a Child with a Disability Turns 18, What’s Next?

Colleen E. Masse, Esq.

VIDEO

Materials: Transition at Age 18 (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by SoNo Branch Library: SPED MATTERS

Transition Programs:
Preparing and Supporting Students with IEPs and Section 504 Plans for Their Postsecondary Pursuits

VIDEO

Materials:
Chapel Haven brochure (PDF Format)
Chapel Haven presentation (PDF Format)
Mansfield Hall presentation (PDF Format)

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Presented by SPED*NET Wilton in partnership with Wilton Public Schools and Newtown Sped PTA

Michael Gilberg

Ptahra Jeppe

Robert Tudisco

A View from the Inside:
Attorneys with ADHD, Dyslexia and ASD

Michael Gilberg, Esq.
Ptahra Jeppe, Esq.
Robert Tudisco, Esq.

VIDEO

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Presented by SPED*NET
in partnership with
Newtown Sped PTA

TEENS

Encouraging Your Teenagers to Find Their Own Paths:
A Roadmap for Choosing a College, a Career, or Something Different

Rick Fiery, MS, MBA

VIDEO

Materials: Find Your Path (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council and Weston Youth Services

Drinking, Smoking, Vaping:
Trends in Teen Use and
What Parents Can Do

Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen, CADC

Sponsored by Wilton Youth Council in partnership with Wilton Library and SPED*NET Wilton

Healthy Connections:
An Inside Scoop on Adolescents and Addiction

Anthony Nave, LCSW

The Sex Talk:
Beyond the Birds and the Bees

Jessica Feighan

The Art of Hanging Out:
Understanding the Skills Teens Need to Plan and Host a Hang Out

Justyna Balzar, MEd, BCBA

VIDEO

Materials: The Art of Hanging Out (PDF Format)

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Susan Chandler

Allison Tables

Executive Function Skills:
How Can We Help Our Children in Middle and High School?

Allison Tables, MA, NCC, LPC
Susan Chandler

VIDEO

Materials: EF Skills (Secondary School) (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by SoNo Branch Library: SPED MATTERS

How to Help Your Middle- and High-Schooler Develop Organizational Skills for Distance Learning and for Life

Mary Murphy, PhD

SPEECH-LANGUAGE

Encouraging Language and Life Skills at Home During COVID-19 Shutdown

Nancy Schwartz, PhD

VIDEO

Materials: 
Involving Children in Chores
 (PDF Format)
Patterned Activities
 (PDF Format)
Declarative Language
 (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by SoNo Branch Library: SPED MATTERS

The Power of the Words You Choose to Use

Lydia Soifer, PhD

VIDEO

Materials:
Positive Things to Say to Kids (JPG Format)
Positive Words and Phrases (JPG Format)

Book Recommendations:
Teaching Kids to Be Kind (A Guide to Raising Compassionate and Caring Children), by Rachel Tomlinson (2020)
The Best Colors, by Barbara Taff, an inspirational gift to pre-school and elementary age children, their parents, and teachers about discovering friendship and acceptance through the mixing of primary colors.

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Sponsored by Wilton Youth Council in partnership with Wilton Library and SPED*NET Wilton

Melissa Chaikin Kahn

Tuvia Cooper

Sensory Integration and Floortime Therapy:
A Panel Discussion and Interactive Workshop for Parents

Melissa Chaikin Kahn, MS, OTR/L
Kate Baylis, MS,OTR/L
Tuvia Cooper

VIDEO

Materials: Sensory Integration and Floortime (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by Wilton Library

SENSORY INTEGRATION

Melissa Chaikin Kahn

Tuvia Cooper

Sensory Integration and Floortime Therapy:
A Panel Discussion and Interactive Workshop for Parents

Melissa Chaikin Kahn, MS, OTR/L
Kate Baylis, MS,OTR/L
Tuvia Cooper

VIDEO

Materials: Sensory Integration and Floortime (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by Wilton Library

SOCIAL SKILLS AND PLAY

Purposeful Play and Why
It’s Important for Learning

Meghan Cave, MEd, BCBA

VIDEO

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Meghan Cave

Justyna Balzar

Teaching Kids to Play from a Safe Social Distance

Justyna Balzar, MEd, BCBA
Meghan Cave, MEd, BCBA

VIDEO

Materials: Playing from a Safe Distance presentation (PDF Format)

Article that features Meghan Cave: Getting Creative to Support Special Needs Kids and Families

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Co-sponsored by SoNo Branch Library: SPED MATTERS and Wilton SEPTA

The Power of the Words You Choose to Use

Lydia Soifer, PhD

VIDEO

Materials:
Positive Things to Say to Kids (JPG Format)
Positive Words and Phrases (JPG Format)

Book Recommendations:
Teaching Kids to Be Kind (A Guide to Raising Compassionate and Caring Children), by Rachel Tomlinson (2020)
The Best Colors, by Barbara Taff, an inspirational gift to pre-school and elementary age children, their parents, and teachers about discovering friendship and acceptance through the mixing of primary colors.

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Sponsored by Wilton Youth Council in partnership with Wilton Library and SPED*NET Wilton

Encouraging Language and Life Skills at Home During COVID-19 Shutdown

Nancy Schwartz, PhD

VIDEO

Materials: 
Involving Children in Chores
 (PDF Format)
Patterned Activities
 (PDF Format)
Declarative Language
 (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by SoNo Branch Library: SPED MATTERS

Orchestrating Virtual Socializing:
Helping Kids with LD/ADHD/ASD Stay Socially Engaged During the Shutdown

David P. Sylvestro, MA, CSP

VIDEO

Materials: Orchestrating Virtual Socializing (PDF Format)

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The Art of Hanging Out:
Understanding the Skills Teens Need to Plan and Host a Hang Out

Justyna Balzar, MEd, BCBA

VIDEO

Materials: The Art of Hanging Out (PDF Format)

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Preparing Your Child for a Socially Successful Holiday Season

Meghan Cave, MEd, BCBA

VIDEO

Materials:  Preparing for the Holidays
(PDF Format)

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SEXUALITY

The Sex Talk:
Beyond the Birds and the Bees

Jessica Feighan

The Elephant in the Room:
Navigating the Minefield of Sexuality for Kids with Special Needs

Marcia Eckerd, PhD

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