Date: November 8, 2017

"​Are you Parenting a Behaviorally Challenged Kid?" Workshop:  Colchester Youth and Social Services, Partners for Exceptional Learners and the Collaborative for Colchester’s Children will host “Are You Parenting a Behaviorally Challenged Kid?” The workshop will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Colchester Youth Center located at 40 Norwich Avenue in Colchester, CT.

This 4-part workshop will introduce Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), a strengths-based approach that brings new ideas and new hope for helping kids with behavioral challenges.
Challenging kids typically lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. The CPS approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on building helping relationships and teaching skills by teaching parents and kids how to resolve chronic problems collaboratively.

Other Wednesday dates include:
November 8th
November 15th

To register or for more information: contact Colchester Youth Services at 860-537-7255 or

Date: November 9, 2017

Parent/Family Workshop: "How to Manage Challenging Behaviors  in the Home" workshop will take place from 6pm to 7:30pm at LEARN located at 44 Hatchetts Hill Rd in Old Lyme, CT

Parents will gain simple strategies to utilize at home to manage challenging behaviors by their child. Strategies will be provided by LEARN Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) that can be used to help deescalate behaviors, avoid problem situations and help children relieve anxiety and tantrums due to transitions.

All LEARN parent/caregiver workshops are open to families in the LEARN region. Workshops are FREE. Registration is required. Follow us on Facebook for more info and details. Register Online or by Phone: 860-434-4800 x.134.

Date: November 13, 2017

Next Steps Parent Leadership Training Series Fall 2017

On Monday, November 13, 2017, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center in collaboration with the Waterbury ARC will host an another session of the eight-session intensive series designed to help parents and professionals gain the skills and knowledge necessary for them to be effective members at the Planning and Placement Team meeting (PPT).

This training series will prepare them for a variety roles at the school, district, regional or state level. Participants will learn about the law related to education as well as state and federal level initiatives that impact students with disabilities and their education. This training is an opportunity to learn how and where to give a voice to the needs of families of students with disabilities. Our goal is for participants to become active and collaborative team members in an effort to support student success.

The training will be held on Monday evenings starting on October 2nd, continuing through the end of November. Sessions will be held in Waterbury, each session beginning at promptly 6:00 p.m. The training covers special education and related topics such as:

• The Parent’s Role at the Table: Planning and Progress Monitoring
• Developing an Appropriate IEP
• Laying the Foundation: Educational Laws and their Impact on Students with Disabilities
• Reaching Agreement by Working Together
• Transition to Adult Life and Self-Advocacy
• Supporting Other Families
• Effective Communication Strategies

Date: November 13, 2017

​Annual TASH New England Conference

East Hartford, CT

On Monday, November 13, the Annual TASH New England Conference will take place at Goodwin College located at 1 Riverside Drive in East Hartford, Connecticut from 9:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Early Intervention
Inclusive Education
Community Living and Community Belonging
Meaningful and Creative Employment
Self-Determination and Advocacy
Transition and Life Course Planning and more!
Come learn about exciting initiatives from professionals, parents, and self-advocates in Connecticut and beyond!

Keynote by:
Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Executive Director at TASH: Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion for People with Disabilities Since 1975
$35 for people with disabilities, direct support staff, family members, and students and $65 for professionals.
Morning coffee, lunch and snacks included.

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