Workshop to focus on special education
From left, princess Taylor Upham, Damian Coleman, and masked goblin Owen Michaels parade with their fourth-grade classmates from Peterborough Elementary School on Halloween.
Peterborough Elementary School fourth-graders Rayven Robbins, Wyatt Hutchinson, Michael Smith and Zander Carignan, from left, march in the school's Halloween parade on Thursday.
Second-grader Jack Ingram parades on Grove Street with fellow Peterborough Elementary School students on Halloween.
The River Center will be hosting Special Education: Working Together to Support Children and Their Families on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Union Congregational Church on Concord Street in Peterborough.
The program will feature experts in the community who are working to support children who learn and grow differently. The focus will include locating and making the most of resources in the area for information, support and collaboration. The program is ideal for parents who are wondering about some aspect of their child’s development, as well as professionals who have experience with the special education system.
The program will begin with a panel discussion focusing on special education services, resources, and collaboration. The featured panelists are Dr. Richard Matte, ConVal Director of Special Services; Elissa Johnson M.Ed. BCBA, Assistant Program Director at Constellations Behavioral Services; Charlene Mayo, Parent Consultant/Workshop Leader at the Parent Information Center; and from Monadnock Developmental Services, Anna Lake, Early Supports and Services, and Lynn Yeiter, Children’s Services Coordination Supervisor.
Following the panel discussion, participants may choose one of six focus areas for small group information and discussion with professionals who are currently involved in some aspect of special education.
For example, Melanie Greenwood of Leaps and Bounds in Keene, will be sharing information about sensory integration and answering questions like, “What can you do when your child refuses to wear socks because they don’t feel right?” Other experts will focus on topics ranging from initial diagnoses of toddlers, to the difference between PT and OT services, to making the transition from middle to high school special education support and beyond. Some of the small groups will meet at the Union Congregational Church and others will meet at The River Center.
The cost of the program is $15 per attendee. Scholarships may be available; call The River Center for details. Registration is required, and encouraged by Friday.
For additional details, call The River Center at 924-6800, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.rivercenter.us.