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.
    • For professionals and college students
    • Information regarding children age 3-21
  • 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.
    • For parents
    • Information regarding children age 0-21
  • 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.
    • For parents and professionals
    • Information regarding children age 13-26

 

  • 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.
    • For parents and professionals
    • Information regarding children age 0-26
  • 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)

  • For Professionals
  • Information regarding children age 0-5
  • Engaging Latino Families in their Community (available in English and Spanish)
    • 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.
    • For professionals
    • Information regarding children age 0-26
  • 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.
    • For parents and professionals
    • Information regarding children age 0-26
  • 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.
    • For Professionals
    • Information regarding children age 3-21
  • 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
  • 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.
    • For parents and professionals
    • Information regarding children age 5-21
  • 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.
    • For parents
    • Information regarding children age 0-26
  • Overview of Medicaid and the TEFRA program (available in English and Spanish)
    • This workshop will provide an overview of Medicaid and TEFRA eligibility.
    • For parents and professionals
    • Information regarding children age 0-26
  • 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.
    • For parents
    • Information regarding children age 0-26
  • 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.
      • SESSION 1 – Making a Connection!

Identify the importance of building positive relationships with children. Discuss the “power” of using positive comments and encouragement with children.

    • SESSION 2 – Making It Happen!

Understand how play can be a powerful parenting practice. Learn ways to help children develop friendship skills. Link building relationships, using positive comments/encouragement, and play to children’s behavior.

    • SESSION 3 – Why Do They Do What They Do?

Examine why children do what they do. Practice ways to determine the meaning of behavior. Understand how to make expectations clear for children. Understand effective ways to develop and teach household rules.

    • SESSION 4 – Teach Me What to Do!

Define the concept of emotional vocabulary. Identify feeling words and identify effective ways to teach feeling vocabulary. Demonstrate the use of books to support emotional vocabulary and social-emotional development.

Identify how the turtle technique can be used to cope with feelings of anger and disappointment. Learn how to teach problem-solving skills.

    • SESSION 5 – Part 1 . . . Facing the Challenge

Examine specific strategies that can be used to promote positive adult and child behavior in home and community settings.

    • SESSION 6 – Part 2 . . . Facing the Challenge

Identify that problem behavior has meaning. Identify the meaning of behavior by examining what happens before and after the problem behavior. Identify the three parts of a behavior plan:  prevention, new skills to teach, and new responses.

  • For Parents
  • Information regarding children age 3-5
  • 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.
    • For parents
    • Information regarding children age 3-21
  • 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. Introductions to: IDEA, ESSA, and Section 504
      2. Eligibility and Evaluations under IDEA
      3. Individualized Education Programs (IEP)
      4. Functional Behavior Assessment
      5. Behavioral Intervention Plans
      6. Discipline and IDEA
      7. The Least Restrictive Environment
      8. Assistive Technology and IDEA
      9. Extended School Year (ESY)
      10. Non-Adversarial Ways to Advocate
      11. Secondary Transition
      12. Ways to Impact Legislative Change
      13. Methodology and IEPs: Research-Based Interventions
      14. Procedural Safeguards
  • For parents
  • Information regarding children ages 3-21
  • 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
    • For parents
    • Information regarding children age 0-26
  • 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)
    • For parents and professionals
    • Information regarding children age 0-21
  • The Early Childhood Journey
    • This workshop will dive into the 5 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
  • 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.
    • For Professionals
    • Information regarding children age 12-21

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.
  • For parents
  • Information regarding children age 0-12
  • 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

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.

Showing respect to others

Being considerate

Having good communication and social skills

Having healthy self-esteem

Becoming a good problem solver

Becoming independent

  • 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.

Recognize, understand, and accept feelings

Express feelings appropriately

Develop a positive outlook

Develop effective ways of coping

Deal with negative feelings

Manage stressful life events

  • 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.
    • For parents

Information regarding children age 5-21