Sunday, April 17, 2011

Info from Idaho Parents Unlimited

Dear Families,
As you may be aware, Idaho Parents Unlimited hosts a monthly support group meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in our main office at 500 South 8th Street - 6:00 pm.
A few times per year we have an open chat session but most of the time we offer one of our training workshops based on issues that we hear are important to parents. 
We would love to gather some feedback from you to find out the topics you would most be interestedi in discussing in the upcoming months.  IPUL has many different trainings and a full list is below.  Please feel free to email me with your ideas and suggestions.  Thanks so much!
Angela Lindig
Program Coordinator
Idaho Parents Unlimited
500 South 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702
IPUL Workshops:

1.      IDEA and Special Education: A Parent's Toolbox - Learn the steps in the Special Education process and the six guiding principles of IDEA.

2.      Success with IEP - Learn how to put this communication vehicle to work for your student and how to write meaningful goals.

3.      No Child Left Behind and Students with Disabilities - This workshop will discuss assessments, adequate yearly progress, and teacher qualifications.

4.      Understanding ADHD - Learn about the three types of ADHD and ideas for parents and teachers to help the student be more successful.

5.      Is Your Child the Target of Bullying? Intervention Strategies for Parents of Children with Disabilities - Gain knowledge and strategies for the four types of bullying behavior.

6.      From IFSP to IEP: Early Childhood Transition - Prepare for transition from an Individualized Family Service Plan to an Individualized Education Plan at age three and learn the differences between the two plans.

7.      Parent and Professional Collaboration: A Cultural Perspective  -  Learn about cultural differences and values and what parents from different cultures want from professionals.

8.      Positive Behavior Interventions - Understand more about children's behaviors, functional behavior assessments, and behavior interventions.

9.      Solving the Employment Puzzle - To prepare youth for transitioning from school to jobs. It includes helpful information to be considered in the IEP as part of transition plan, which should occur by age 16.

10.  Legal Life Planning After 18 - This is an informative workshop for caregivers who have young adults that lack the abilitiy to make informed decisions in one or more life areas.

11.  Literacy is for All -  How to help children gain literacy skiills and what services are available to achieve that.

12.  Early Childhood Rights (Birth to 3) -  An Early Childhood Workshop for Families of Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Delays or Disabilities.

13.  Home Files -  How to set up your child's Home File.

14.  Resources For Parents - This workshop gives parents a list of internet websites that, when contacted, contain numerous and invaluable resources pertaining to many children's issues. Such issues may relate to disabilities, education, day care, health facilities, behavior, etc.
15.  Family to Family  - This workshop explains the Family to Family Health Care Education and  Information Centers and how they can help families of children &                                                                                                                       Iyouth with special health needs.  It also discusses Medicaid services  (Katie Beckett program).  
16.  Skills For Effective Parent Advocacy - Parents will understand what "advocacy" means, learn the skills necessary to be an effective advocate, what additional resources they may need and where to go for more information.

17.  Working For Change:  The Power of a Personal Story Evaluation - Learn what advocacy is and why it is important, why changing systems is important, how to craft an effective personal story tied to an issue and who can be influenced to make systems changes.

18.  Getting and Keeping the First Job - Participants will learn about the importance of employment for all and its particular impact on people with disabilities, the critical role of families in promoting disability self-awareness, engaging youth in career planning,  maintaining high expectations of youth, how to navigate  basic job search activities such as creating a resume, building needed work skills, performing well in job interviews and learn about strategies that help youth with disabilities keep the jobs they get.

19.  The Journey to Adulthood:  What Parents Need to Know(Sexuality) - Parents will learn basic information they can use to help their child with a disability understand the physical, emotional, and social changes of puberty and adolescence, how some disabilities impact puberty, adolescent development and social skills, and will learn one or more strategies they can use at home to explain puberty, or teach a new personal care or social skill to their son or daughter. HH

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