Monday, March 23, 2015

"Got Hormones" - The Sequel!

Back by popular demand - there will be another parent workshop on adolescent development in children with disabilities!  The "Got Hormones?" workshop will be Monday, March 30, at the Oconee Veteran's Park community meeting room, at 6:30 pm.  We will review some of the same material that was covered in the fall workshop, as well as some additional information, so all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend (even if you attended in October).  This workshop is particularly helpful to parents of late elementary through high school aged students.  For more information, check out this link: Got Hormones? flyer

Please register by Friday March 27 by emailing amccollum@oconeeschools.org . This is the second in a 3-workshop series for families and caregivers of students with special needs.  Check the workshop calendar to the right to see other upcoming learning opportunities!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

iCan Shine Bike Camp in Conyers

The iCan Shine Bike program is coming to Conyers this summer!  This program is a safe, fun, proven method for teaching individuals with disabilities to ride a two-wheeled bicycle independently.  Riders attend camp for 75 minutes a day for 5 consecutive days.  The camp will be held July 6 - 10 at Rockdale County High School; here's the flyer with contact information:  iCan Bike Camp flyer

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Parent Academy

On Saturday, March 21, Oconee County Schools is offering a Spring Parent Academy for parents of preschool and elementary aged students with special needs.  "Positive Parenting:  Supplies for Your Parenting Toolkit" will be held at Oconee County Primary School (2290 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville), from 9 am to 1 pm.  Join us to learn how to address challenging behavior in a positive way; define your child's learning style and how to communicate more effectively; and tips to maintain healthy relationships between your child with special needs and his or her siblings.  A light lunch will be provided, and child care is available (by registration only!).  Please register no later than March 18!  Contact amccollum@oconeeschools.org or (706) 769-5130 to register (if childcare is needed, let us know the number and ages of children).   Come stock your toolbox, and enjoy a fun and informative Saturday!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle blog is another great site to find information and resources for families of kids with special needs.  The Parenting category has tons of articles and posts covering topics from how to referee a preschool playdate with preschoolers with special needs, to working with the PTO in your child's school to support students with disabilities, to improving communication with your pediatrician.  Visit Friendship Circle Parenting here: http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/category/parenting/

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

End the R-word Day

Today is National Spread the Word to End the Word Day!  This campaign is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and other supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities. The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Make your pledge today!
 
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Planning for life after high school

(The Northeast Georgia Disability Conference & Expo this Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8:30 to 3:30 at UGA will also offer conference sessions and exhibits on this topic!  See previous post!)

The website AbilityPath is a great resource for information on issues related to raising a child with special needs.  This booklet, available for download, may be helpful as you plan for this journey for you & your young adult!  Visit Life After High School to check it out!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Opening New Worlds Conference

The 2015 Opening New Worlds Conference is planned for Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at First Baptist Decatur.  This event is open to people with developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers, and congregations.  There will be classes on topics relating to supporting people with disabilities and their families, including a panel of churches with special needs ministries, and a talent show and artist's market.  Registration is $20 and includes lunch; please RSVP by March 11.  First Baptist Decatur is located at 308 Clairemont Avenue in Decatur; for more information, check out the flyer:  ONW flyer