Please check our Calendar of Events as we try to have several workshop sessions to meet the varying schedules of our parents and families.

  • 5 Keys to School Success for Children with Special Health Care Needs
    • School success looks different for children with special health care needs. During this interactive workshop, participants will learn the keys for success with children with special health care needs and discuss the importance of each one.  These keys include Family Engagement, Inclusion, Strength Based Teaching Approach, High Expectations and Student Led Transition Planning.
  • 6 Fundamentals of IDEA
    • Your child’s educational rights are based on IDEA.  Knowledge of IDEA, and what it entails and provides, is important. Participants will learn the six fundamentals of IDEA and discuss the importance of each as well as how to implement it to improve their child’s educational success.
  • ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences: Why Is it Important to Me As A Teacher?  As A Parent?
    • Gain a fundamental understanding of the Adverse Childhood Experiences research and its strengths, weaknesses and implications. Learn how to clearly articulate basic information about the ways ACEs impact brain development and function as an adaptive response to environmental circumstances. Understand what community resilience is, how its development can help reduce ACEs and what is currently being done in South Carolina.
  • Alternatives to Guardianship and Steps to Independence
    • Learn the various options available for individuals with disabilities to be able to continue making their own life choices and how parents can promote and support steps to their youth’s independence. 
  • An Introduction to SC Home and Community Based Waivers
    • This workshop will provide an overview of Medicaid waivers. We will explain what Home and Community Based Waiver are, who they are for, managed by, the services that they may cover, wait lists, and the process for obtaining and keeping a waiver/services.
  • Asthma in Schools:  What and Why do I Need To Know?
    • Overview of the Project Breathe Easy (PBE) program and accommodations in the classroom which will improve the outcome of the child’s academic success. (SC Endeavers accredited) 
  • Beginning the Journey: Transition from Early Intervention Services (IFSP) to Preschool Services (IEP)
    • Participants will be able to have a better understanding of what an IFSP and IEP are, and the differences between them. Also, they will learn about the transition process, regulations and responsibilities of IDEA/Part C Lead agency (Baby Net) and the IDEA/Part B Local Education Agency (LEA). Participants would also learn about the transition from IDEA/Part C early Intervention to Idea Part B preschool services timelines and requirements. (SC Endeavers accredited)
  • Classroom Strategies for Children with Sensory Needs
    • Participants in this workshop will learn strategies that address the educational needs children with sensory concerns. Participants will learn the importance of transitions, the ABC’s of behavior, and how to make sensory friendly activities. The session will also provide an overview of the signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder. (SC Endeavers accredited)
  • The Early Childhood Journey                                                                                           
    • This workshop will dive into the five areas of skill development for children in the early development years: Cognitive Skills, Social Emotional Skills, Speech and Language Skills, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, and Daily Living Activities.  We will define each area specific to the child’s age category and discuss the importance and steps in identifying delays in the classroom setting.  Participants will also learn how to communicate these concerns with parents / caregivers to ensure success in learning.
    • For Professionals
    • Information regarding children age 0-5
  • Education on Asthma Management
    • This will be an informative session on asthma with an opportunity to ask questions! Understanding your child’s asthma and how you can help keep your child in school, active and out of the Doctors office or Emergency room.
  • Engaging Latino Families in their Community
    • This training will provide a summary of information received at a Latino Community Needs Assessment Focus Group in your region. We will discuss areas of need as well as strategies to engage Latino families in their community.
  • Family Connection 101: An Overview of Resources for Children that Have a Disability or Chronic Health Conditions
    • This workshop is an overview and description of resources and services Family Connection of SC provides for children and/or individuals with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs in South Carolina. Families and providers who attend will have a better understanding of the resources available for themselves and/or families they serve.
  • Family Engagement: Best Practices and Strategies for Building Success
    • This interactive workshop will look at family engagement along with the benefits and importance of parent-school partnerships. We will also address challenges that arise with family engagement and discuss strategies to improve these partnerships.
  • How to Use a Strength Based Teaching Approach to Develop Executive Functioning Skills in Students
    • In this workshop, participants will learn the categories of executive functioning skills and how they can use a strength-based teaching approach to improve those skills in students. Through group work, participants will be able to identify at least one new classroom strategy to support students with building executive functioning skills.
  • IEP verses 504 Plan: What’s the difference? (available in English and Spanish)
    • This workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of the differences between IEP and 504 plans. Definition of each plan as well as the process for referral, evaluation requests and implementation of services will be covered.
  • Journey Toolkit: The Power of Organization (available in English and Spanish)
    • Parents will learn how to manage the overwhelming amount of paperwork created by educational and medical services. This organizational tool facilitates communication between parents and professionals to achieve the best possible health and educational outcomes for children with special needs or disabilities.  This is a hands-on workshop and parents are welcome to bring their most recent documents to add to their journey book.  Professionals attending this workshop will be better prepared to assist the families they serve with preparing and organizing the paperwork and extensive information that comes with having a child with special healthcare needs.
  • Home Visitation for the Whole Family: The Benefits of Home Visitation for Children and Families
    • For families that have a child with a developmental delay or disability Home Visitation provides services, resources, and interventions that benefit the whole family. In our session, we will discuss the home visitation needs, barriers, and benefits for families that have a child with a developmental delay or disability. We will also discuss the impact that home visitation has on parent-child interaction, development centered parenting, and family well-being.
    • For Parents and Professionals
    • Information regarding children age 2-5
  • Overview of Medicaid and the TEFRA program (available in English and Spanish)
    • This workshop will provide an overview of Medicaid and TEFRA eligibility
  • Our Seat at the Table – A Parent Leadership Training
    • Our Parent Leadership Training is a 2 hour, interactive, evidence-based curriculum for anyone who is currently serving, or wants to serve, on a decision-making group. This can include parents, students, educators, administrators, and community members.  Participants will:
      • Build an understanding about decision-making groups
      • Learn about the principles that guide shared decision-making and the processes groups use
      • Gain strategies to help you confidently and actively participate in a decision-making group
      • To increase the ability of families to advocate for the needs of children and youth with special health care needs, and to encourage more families to take on leadership roles.
  • PCSing (permanent change of station) with an IEP A Workshop for Military Families
    • Helping our military families organize their EFM’s paperwork so that when they PCS they will be ready to ensure that their child’s educational needs are being met.
  • Positive Solutions for Families Training
    • This evidence-based workshop is designed to help parents and caregivers promote their young child’s social and emotional development and to better understand young children’s challenging behaviors. Parents and caregivers will learn how to use positive approaches to improve their interactions with their child; help children learn appropriate behavior; and to build their child’s confidence and self-esteem. Thereby, preparing children for successful early learning experiences. Each of the six sessions in this workshop presents a new topic. Parents will learn how to react in different situations through role playing, interactive learning strategies, and videos.  Participants who complete all six sessions will receive an incentive gift at the end of the training.
  • Project Breathe Easy- Student Education on Asthma Management
    • This interactive workshop will describe asthma, outline how asthma impacts the lungs, and help students understand how to identify triggers for people with asthma.
  • Resources 101: An Overview of Resources for Children that Have a Disability or Chronic Health Conditions
    • This workshop is an overview and description of resources and services for children and/or individuals with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs in South Carolina. Families and providers who attend will have a better understanding of the resources available for themselves and/or families they serve.
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Parents under IDEA: Part C (BabyNet) and Part B (age 3-21)
    • In this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of IDEA laws and regulations as well as their rights and responsibilities. Participants will learn the process of requesting services. They will leave being able to take and use the information learned to become more effective communicators for their child’s unique needs.
  • Special Education Learning Series
    • This workshop series has 18 individual workshops aligned with IDEA policy. These workshops can be presented as a series or as individual workshops.
      1. Overview of IDEA and the history on how it came to be.
      2. Disabilities: The Basics
      3. Introductions to: IDEA, ESSA, and Section 504
      4. Eligibility and Evaluations under IDEA
      5. Individualized Education Programs (IEP)
      6. Functional Behavior Assessment
      7. Behavioral Intervention Plans
      8. Discipline and IDEA
      9. The Least Restrictive Environment
      10. Assistive Technology and IDEA
      11. Extended School Year (ESY)
      12. Research-Based Interventions
      13. Non-Adversarial Ways to Advocate
      14. Secondary Transition
      15. Advocating for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Families
      16. Ways to Impact Legislative Change
      17. Methodology and IEPs: Research-Based Interventions
      18. Procedural Safeguards
  • Student Led IEPs: Planning for Transition
    • Student self-determination, self-advocacy, and student-centered planning for students with disabilities are best practices that students, parents, and educators must all embrace. The IEP meeting becomes student led when the student becomes the most important person at the meeting. This workshop will offer participants guided practice to better engage their students in their IEP. Resources will prepare participants for immediate application.
  • Support Parent Training
    • This workshop provides four hours of face to face evidence-based training which will give you the skills to be able to support another parent effectively. The goal of the Support Parent Program is to help educate, inspire and empower parents and their children to live rich, fulfilling lives in spite of many challenges.  Why should you become a Support Parent?  Because you have already gone through the journey that another parent is just beginning
  • Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Development
    • Parents and caregivers play an important role in supporting children’s literacy development, especially when children are having difficulty. You can support your child in four key ways – by listening, looking, helping, and encouraging – while you and your child participate in activities together. Taking part in your child’s literacy development can improve your child’s reading ability, comprehension, and language skills. It can also improve your child’s interest in reading, attitude toward reading, and focus. This in person workshop was developed from the National Center on Improving Literacy’s online module on supporting your child’s literacy development at home. This workshop is offered as three different content options based on the ages of the children of the attendees (preschool, elementary or adolescent)
  • Transition to Adult Medical Home
    • This workshop will provide information on transition and why it is important. Participants will be able to discuss barriers and challenges that occur around transitioning to an adult medical home; outline critical steps in preparing for transition; and recognize important strategies to make transition successful.
  • Trauma Informed Care: Understanding the Behavior vs Chasing the Behavior
    • Developed by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, this approach helps child welfare systems, early education and other programs work with parents to build protective factors in their work. The protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. They serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children find resources, supports and coping strategies so that they can parent more effectively under stress. 
  • Understanding the IEP (available in English and Spanish)
    • This workshop will provide a thorough introduction to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) that serves as a road map for education services. Participants will: Understand the steps of the special education process and learn key terms; Gain an understanding of the roles of all members of the IEP team; Understand the contents of the IEP and what they mean; Learn how to become a more knowledgeable and active participant in meetings.

Triple P Seminars

The Triple P series of three seminars for groups of parents focuses on positive ways to promote children’s development. Each seminar is 1 ½ hours long and includes an informational presentation followed by a question and answer session.

  • Positive Parenting for Children with a Disability – Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar 1
    • This workshop is Seminar 1 of the Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar Series. During this workshop, we will introduce positive parenting and the seven key principles or ideas behind this approach to being a parent of a child with a disability.
  • Helping Your Child Reach Their Potential – Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar 2
    • This workshop is Seminar 2 in the Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar Series. It discusses the importance of getting children off to the right start and the role that parents can play in laying the foundations for children’s success at school and beyond.  We will discuss each of the six important steps to being an effective teacher at home so that parents can promote important life skills for their children.
  • Changing Problem Behavior into Positive Behavior – Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar 3
    • This workshop is Seminar 3 of the Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar Series. During this workshop, we will be talking about problem behavior in children: the kinds of problem behaviors you may face and why it is important to do something about them.  We will discuss each of the six important steps to change or manage problem behavior. (CCCC-D accredited)
  • The Power of Positive Parenting – Triple P Level 2 Seminar 1 (available in English and Spanish)
    • This workshop is Seminar 1 of the Triple P Level 2 Seminar Series. It introduces you to the five core principles of positive parenting: creating a safe, engaging environment, having a positive learning environment, using assertive discipline, having reasonable expectations and taking care of yourself as a parent.
  • Raising Confident, Competent Children – Triple P Level 2 Seminar 2 (available in English and Spanish)
    • This workshop is Seminar 2 of the Triple P Level 2 Seminar Series. It introduces you to strategies that help children develop social, interpersonal, and intellectual competence.
  • Raising Resilient Children – Triple P Level 2 Seminar 3 (available in English and Spanish)
    • This workshop is Seminar 3 of the Triple P Level 2 Seminar Series. It introduces you to strategies that help children develop emotional coping strategies for dealing with their feelings and coping with life stresses.