As a professional Advocate and Occupational Therapist, I feel it is very important to stay informed and connected with educational experts and policy leaders. I enjoy spending many hours annually learning from and exchanging ideas with many of the nation's leading educational though leaders. Below is a sampling of my professional development curriculum.
"PTSD, Trauma & Anxiety Disorders" - Jeff Auerbach, PsyD. sponsored by INR. May 16, 2014. (pending/registered)
"Chapter 222: New Discipline Protections and Procedures; and Who Does What: The Mysteries of District Responsibility." - Tim Sindelar & Dan Heffernan. Sponsored by SPAN. April 30, 2014
"Executive Function by Sarah Ward, SLP" - sponsored by Wakefield PAC March 19, 2014
"Transition 101": - FCSN sponsored by Wakefield PAC. March 26, 2014
"High Quality Transition Assessments" - Nancy Hurley & Maria Draoumanos, presenters. Institute for Community Inclusion. February 28, 2014.
"Adult Services through DDS" - Dorrie Freedman, DDS sponsored by EMARC. February 26, 2014.
"Zooming in on Nuance Challenged Social Communicators Across the Classroom, Playground and Home" - Social Thinking. Michelle Garcia Winner. October 29, 2013.
"Zooming in on Practical Strategies for Teaching Concrete Learning Across the Classroom, Playground and Home" - Social Thinking. Michelle Garcia Winner. October 17, 2013.
"Implementing the Social Emotional Learning Guidelines" - Panel Discussion. March 18, 2013.
"BSEA Updates" Dan Ahearn, Esq. January 11, 2013.
"School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12 - Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance Physicians Organization. January 2012.
"BSEA Updates" - Dan Ahearn, Esq. January 2011
"Rules and Tools: What Advocates Need to Know and Do About FBA, Restraint, Time Out, and the Discipline Process" - Tim Sindelar, Attorney. November 2010
"Considerations in Due Process" - Dan Heffernan, Esq. October 2010
"Special Education Law Update" - Dan Ahearn, Esq. January 2010
"Consultant Training" - Federation for Children with Special Needs. Fall 2008
"Communication Skills for Team Meetings" - Moshe Cohen of Mediation Works, Inc. October 2007
"Current Legal Topics & Questions" - Connie Hilton, Esq. & Tim Sindelar, Esq. November 2007
"Legal Updates" - (re: BSEA Decisions)., Dan Ahearn., MA, JD. January 2007
"Neuropsychological Assessment: Requesting, Understanding, and Utilizing Neuropsychological Testing in the IEP Process" - Reva Tankle, PhD. February 2008
"Board of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) Information Session (re: Mediation & Hearing Procedures)" - Rich Connolly, Director of BSEA. February 2008.
"Understanding Asperger's Syndrome" - Alex Michaels, Educational Consultants of New England, The School for Accelerated Learning, Camp Good Times, and the Center for Developmental Medicine. March 2008.
"Understanding Issues & Practices in Caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs in the School Setting" - Stephanie Porter, MSN, RN, Children's Hospital. April 2008
"Asperger's Disorder and Autism: Advances in Understanding and Interventions" - Celine Saulnier, PhD. New England Educational Institute. Spring 2007
"School Based Practice: From Assessment to Intervention" - Sharon Ray, ScD., Tufts University Spring 2007
"School Based Practice: Programmatic Issues" - Sharon Ray, ScD., Tufts University Fall 2006