Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Conference on Positive Behavior Supports

The Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support will hold its 10th Annual Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 28 & 29, at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.  That's only about an hour's drive, and there will be tons of information and opportunities to learn.  The GAPBS Conference is tailored for teachers, administrators, and parents - there is even an entire conference "track" of learning sessions designed especially for parents.  Visit this link for more information or to register:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Resource for Weighted Blankets

weighted blanket can literally be a lifesaving device for entire families where someone is not sleeping or suffering from some form of sensory processing disorderWeighted blankets can help with improving sleep, and can also be used on the couch or in the car as a calming tool and for improving focus. Sharing the Weight is a non-profit that provides weighted blankets to children with disabilities free of charge!  Check out their website here:

Monday, October 30, 2017

T21: Down Syndrome Support

T21 is a group of families who have a child with Down syndrome, who meet to share stories and support each other.  The next group event will be a potluck dinner on Monday, November 13, at 6:00 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church (2191 Mars Hill Road, Watkinsville).  Plan to attend and bring a side dish to share!  RSVP:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Resources for Children and Trauma

Here are some articles with free information and resources to support families and children as they recover from trauma:

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Click the “Resources” tab near the top right to find links to many free resources for families in English and Spanish, including: age-related reactions to a traumatic event; grief resources; tips for military families; children's books related to hurricanes, earthquakes, and the death of a parent; and resources on sibling death, medical trauma/hospital stay, abuse (various types), terrorism, and natural disasters.
Ippen, C. G. & Kronenberg, M. for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
"This story helps young children and their families begin to talk about feelings and worries they may have after a hurricane hits their neighborhood. Trinka and Sam are mice, and when it begins to rain and get windy, [it reminds] them of the hurricane that came before.…There is a guide for parents in the back of the book, offering ways that they can use the story to help their children." Also available in Spanish here: Trinka y Juan en un Día de Mucho Viento y Lluvia (pdf)
National Association of School Psychologists
This article has tips for families, teachers, and schools to help children cope with natural disasters, including issues related to specific types (hurricane, earthquake, tornado, flood, wildfire) and developmental stages (preschool, elementary, adolescent) and to relocation issues.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Destination Dawgs Information Meeting!

Destination Dawgs is the University of Georgia's inclusive post-secondary education program, for students with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 18 and 25 who have the desire to attend UGA!  The 5 semester program is designed to give students the opportunity to acquire skills in self-determination, independent living, and career development. Students attend classes with peer support, and participate fully in campus life!  An information meeting is planned for Wednesday, October 25, at 2:30 pm; there is no cost to attend this meeting, but registration is required, and there is limited seating - so visit this link for details!

To learn more about Destination Dawgs, visit their website at

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

College Prep for Students with Learning Differences

North Oconee High School is hosting a parent information session especially for parents of students with learning differences.  Parents of juniors and seniors who plan to apply to college through the standard admissions process, but want to know how to get the academic supports they need to be successful, should plan to attend!  Gerri Wolfe, from UGA's Regent's Center for Learning Disorders, will give a presentation on the process of acquiring support and accommodations for students with disabilities at the collegiate level.  She will also give guidance on what families can be doing NOW to prepare their student for this transition!  This presentation is open to both high schools. Join us on Thursday, October 12, at 6:00 pm in the NOHS Fine Arts Auditorium!