Training List Menu of Workshops


Family Network on Disabilities

Workshop Menu

Please contact us at (800) 825-5736 to learn more about our training or set one up.


What Is The Big I.D.E.A.?

Attend this training to gain a thorough under-standing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and what these federal guidelines mean to your child’s education. If you’re new to Exceptional Student Education, this is the place to begin. This presentation provides an excellent overview of IDEA and the special education process.


Your Guide To An IEP That Works

Developing and implementing an IEP (Individual Education Plan) is the equal responsibility of educators, parents, and other members of the IEP team. This workshop explains the IEP process and the importance of parental participation. Learn helpful tips for writing effective IEP goals and strategies. All presentations listed are of particular interest to parents, self-advocates, care givers, teachers, classroom aides, special education directors, principals, school administrators, therapists, case workers, social workers, community agency staff, and all concerned citizens.


Planning For Life After High School

Transitioning from high school to young adult-hood is an important stage for any teenager, but for a teenager with a disability, this requires strategic planning that includes goal setting, special activities, and interagency collaborations. This training is filled with helpful tips and tools that help you identify your teen’s individual needs, strengths, skills, and interests needed for transition planning. Learn about the transition planning process and how to write a transition IEP that outlines goals that will help to develop your teenager’s vocational and career skills, as well as the ability to live independently.


Positive Beginnings With PBS

Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) is a school-wide intervention system designed to improve your child’s behavior in all school environments. In this presentation, you will learn the step by step process of PBS begin-ning with:

  • Establishing a collaborative team and collecting information.
  • Identifying triggers, responses, and the purpose of your child’s behavior.
  • Designing and implementing behavior support plans.


IEP Academy

The IEP is a critical document and a major part of your child’s education. The IEP can deter-mine what your child is taught, how your child is taught, who teaches the content, and where your child’s education is provided. This four session training provides an in depth look at the IEP document, how it is written, and what it all means to your child’s learning experience. Please join us for this four session training and have all of your IEP questions finally answered!


Transition IEP Academy

Change is a major part of life. There is no greater transition than moving from high school to college, employment, and beyond. When a child reaches age fourteen, the IEP team must identify the transition service needs for these important changes. Please join us in this two session training to learn of the key compo-nents needed to write an effective Transition IEP that helps prepare our children for a suc-cessful transition from high school to the world of adulthood.


Related Services: How Do Special Education Services Relate To Your Child?

Every child is entitled to FAPE, a Free and Appropriate Public Education in the least restrictive environment. Related Services make FAPE possible, and for your child to learn alongside their peers. Related services are designed and implemented through the IEP process to meet the unique learning needs of your child. In this training, you’ll learn what services are available, whether or not your child qualifies, and how to get started! Connecting Across All Differences Time and time again we learn that the old ways of “me against you” conversations do not serve us well. This fun, motivational, and interactive training provides you with practical tools for having a constructive dialogue with your child’s school, agency representatives, and anyone working with your child. Using collaborative communication tools will help to promote partnerships and strong relationships. Join us and learn how to get what you want out of a conversation by asking a new way.


Using Learning Styles to Reach All Learners

Research shows children make higher learning gains when they are taught in meaningful, relevant, and innovative ways. This session will demonstrate how to identify learning styles and provide teaching strategies to reach all learners. Participants will leave with practical examples that will include home and school activities that focus on the Cognitive Domain Levels of Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating from Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy. Please join us and learn how to identify your child’s learning styles and use strategies that will help improve your child’s learning experience.


Differentiated Instruction

In this session, participants will learn about “Differentiated Instruction,” also known as Differentiated Learning. The presenter will demonstrate the impact today’s technology has on teaching, and on developing la child’s literacy skills, language development, reading and writing skills. These low cost or free pro-grams are methods that will provide varying instructional strategies that can be used at home and school. Please join us and learn some fun, practical methods that can be taught to every child with any learning preference at any age.


Effective Parent -Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences provide the perfect opportunity to build and strengthen the relationships between parents and teachers. Communication is an essential component to your child’s academic success. This training provides a great framework for effective parent-teacher conferences and meetings. We will discuss several strategies for building lasting, collaborative relationships between parents, teachers and faculty.


Section 504 – From Referral to Placement: What Everyone Should Know

Every educator and parent of a child enrolled in the public school system should understand the purpose, procedures and requirements of a Section 504 plan. Join us in this training to re-view the referral, evaluation, eligibility, and accommodation processes. In in this training, attendees will learn how to develop and imple-ment the Section 504 plan.


Survival Skills Kit: For Every Conflict, There Is A Solution

Attendees will become familiar with practical strategies and gain skills for resolving conflicts between families and school faculty or agency personnel. This training will focus on helping parents and professionals learn the steps to improve their ability to communicate and consider all options before taking any legal action.


Understanding The Evaluation Process In Special Education

You’ve noticed your child is not keeping up with the rest of the class and you suspect your child may have a learning disability. If you feel your child’s needs aren’t being met in the general education setting, he or she may be eligible to receive special education services. In this presentation, you will learn about the evaluation process in special education. Questions like, “When can I ask for an Evaluation?,” “What is the process?,” and “What are my child’s rights?” and more will be answered. Join us and learn all you need to know about getting the evaluation process started for your child.


Helping with Homework

Is getting homework done more than a chore for your child? You’re not alone – most children avoid doing their homework. If you’ve ever wondered how to help your child do homework without a struggle, this training will show you how! Join us for a great discussion on new and fun tips for helping children with their homework and how to be supportive of their educational efforts.


Standardized Test StudySkills at Home

Standardized test is a required test for Florida public school students in grades 3—10. Standardized tests student skills in reading, writing, math, and science. Parents want to help their children to learn and practice these skills, but how? With everything parents have to do, how can they find more time to practice Standardized test skills at home? Come to this workshop and find out! Do you have to do any of the following: Grocery shopping? Going to the Doctor? Doing Laundry? Watching TV? If you do, you can practice Standardized test skills with your children while at home.


Bullying Prevention

Bullying is a serious issue and has become an epidemic in our school systems. Statistics show that a student is bullied every seven minutes in our schools nationwide. If parents, educators, and members of the community work together, we can have a significant impact on this problem. In this workshop, you’ll learn the signs of bullying, and whether or not your child is a bully or is being bullied. We’ll provide intervention strategies on how to “bully proof” your child. We’ll share best practices of anti-bullying modules and samples of policies and procedures used successfully at other schools.

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