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Learn about the process to consider Assistive Technology for your child and discover tools that may benefit students with learning disabilities.
Susana Navarro has over 12 years of experience in the disability community and is a certified assistive technology specialist. She is a bilingual English/Spanish education specialist and has worked training and advocating for special education rights at Parents Helping Parents for 10 years. She is also a parent of a teen with Autism.
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Would you like to improve your skills and knowledge to become active partners in developing your child’s educational program? This 1.5 hr. online training will help you understand the special education process; it is an overview of the ins and outs of the IEP. The goal is to help you understand your rights, recognize the value of your parenting expertise, and improve your communication and problem-solving skills. Whether the IEP team is meeting virtually or in-person, your participation is essential!
Learn from a family’s journey. Listen to how they navigated each new hurdle.
- Typical and not-so-typical signs of LD
- What would we do differently next time?
- Advocacy successes and pitfalls
- Accommodations – What is worthwhile/worthless
- Bring your questions and get answers
Are you a parent or professional who want to help children who struggle with focus and attention, including those with ADHD?
Join this lunchtime webinar featuring Dr. John Brentar, Ph.D. and Executive Director at Morrissey Compton Educational Center, a non-profit in Redwood City that provides diagnostic, intervention, and treatment services for those with learning, behavioral, and social-emotional challenges. Morrissey Compton also offers scholarship opportunities for families in need.
Dr. Brentar will discuss how to support individuals in the area of focus and attention and cover the following questions:
- What is the difference between focus (concentration) and attention?
- How do these areas relate to ADHD?
- How do these areas affect academic performance and interpersonal relationships?
- How can parents, teachers, and others in the community who work with kids, help build related skills and resilience?
Click the Get Seats button to register for this event on Zoom. Please know that the registration questions asked are required by grants the U.S. Dept of Education that fund our education specialists.
About John Brentar, Ph.D., Executive Director at Morrissey Compton Educational Center
Dr. Brentar is a licensed psychologist who received his undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Albany Medical College in New York. Following his internship, Dr. Brentar was a postdoctoral fellow at the Children’s Health Council. He remained at the Children’s Health Council for 13 years, serving as a staff psychologist, Clinical Director, and Clinical Training Director. In 1991, he joined the staff of Morrissey-Compton Educational Center on a part-time basis, and in 2006, Morrissey-Compton was excited to welcome him as its Executive Director. In addition to his role as Director, Dr. Brentar conducts evaluations and provides therapy to children and adults. He also consults with the Behavioral Pediatrics Department at the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Brentar’s professional interests focus on learning disabilities, executive functioning, Attention/Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Asperger’s Disorder, and other developmental disorders.
Aprenda sobre el proceso para considerar la tecnología de asistencia para su estudiante y descubra las herramientas que pueden beneficiar a los estudiantes con discapacidades de aprendizaje.
Dr. Mittelstadt, a pediatric neuropsychologist, completed her doctorate at California School of Professional Psychology in Alameda in 1990.
- Completed special education degrees: Bachelor’s in Emotional Impairment (1980) at Eastern Michigan University; Master’s in Learning Disabilities/Communication Disorders (1984) at Johns Hopkins University.
- Board certified with ABPdN in 1999.
- Licensed psychologist in California since 1992
Learn about 3 key elements of supporting a struggling learner:
1. Early detection
3. Strategies of support
Mr. Harris has developed and refined specialized interdisciplinary programming for children with learning, social-emotional and attention challenges at Children’s Health Council for 15 years. He is also an adjunct lecturer in the Graduate School Special Education Department at San José State University. In the past, Chris has also served as Executive Director at The Janus School, Pennsylvania, The Chartwell School, Monterey, California, and Children’s Health Council.
· MEd, Special Education, Boston College
· BA, Psychology, Trinity College
· California Association of Private Special Education Schools
· International Dyslexia Association
Conozca estos apoyos prácticos que le ayudarán a su hijo con el manejo del tiempo, motivación, atención, memoria y ansiedad, entre otras funciones ejecutivas.
Nací en Chihuahua, México. Estudié la carrera de Medicina en la Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua. Tengo estudios de posgrado en Medicina Ocupacional. Hace 9 años vine a vivir a San Jose, CA y 2018 realicé un entrenamiento en Coaching de vida con especialización en TDAH en ADDCA. Desde entonces estuve atendiendo clientes para coaching y dando unos talleres para padres hasta enero de 2020 que comencé a trabajar en PHP.
Learn about the college application process and special considerations of the LD student; special programs at some colleges; working with the student support centers; accommodations; college alternatives… preparation programs, gap year, and more.
High school students welcomed.
Dr. Marci Schwartz is the founder of Thrive College Counseling in Los Gatos where she works with students with unique learning profiles. Students have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for independence and provide support in locating the best college fit to meet their educational and social/emotional needs. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.