"You've developed the strength of a draft horse while holding onto the delicacy of a daffodil ... you are the mother, advocate and protector of a child with a disability." -Lori Borgman

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Crisis Management Resources

Effective Behavior Management Tip Sheet

Verbal De-escalation Training

Autism Resource Fair

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Southwest Pediatrics and Autism Speaks join forces to educate and guide families parenting a child with autism.

On Saturday, March 7, Southwest Pediatrics, a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin primary care clinic, in partnership with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, will moderate three, 40-minute panels presenting information and resources to parents raising a child with Autism. Various vendors and resources will also be available through the event.

9:30 a.m. – Autism 101: An introduction to autism, including diagnosis information and helpful tips
10:30 a.m. – Resources: Organizations dedicated to the support of children with autism and their families
11:30 – Ask Me Anything: Open Q&A forum with experienced parents of children with autism

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: New Berlin Public Library, Community Room, 15105 Library Lane, New Berlin, WI 53151

Gigi’s Playhouse Grand Opening

Where: 8685 N. Port Washington Road Fox Point, WI 53217
(Located just inside the River Point Village Shopping Center.)

When: When: Saturday, March21, 2015 from 2-4pm

GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 30 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge. Programs are created by professional therapists and teachers who generously donate their time and expertise. All programs are based on best practices for learning styles specific to Down syndrome, and customized to ensure individual success. GiGi’s Playhouse serves infants through adults. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

iCan Bike

Where: Columbia St. Mary’s Center / Home of the Milwaukee Curling Club
W67 N890 Washington Avenue Cedarburg, WI 53012

When: June 22 June 26, 2015
*orientation for parents on Sunday, June 21st 4:30 p.m. 

Registration Fee: $250.00

We are pleased to offer this bike program to people with disabilities and look forward to helping your family member learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.
Requirements for Participation (Rider must meet all of below criteria):
  •   Minimum of 8 years of age
  •   Have a disability
  •   Able to walk without assistive device
  •   Willing and able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet
    Able to sidestep to both sides
    Able to attend camp all 5 days Maximum weight 220 lbs.
       Minimum inseam of 20” (measure from floor while rider is wearing sneakers) 

    Link to application: https://files.ctctcdn.com/46a89c3b001/56c96b55-5cbe-4ad2-82b0-55ff72d2276f.pdf

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ozaukee Family Services

Parent Education and Support
(Formerly part of the NAPS collaboration)
Spring 2015 Classes
Call Ozaukee Family Services with questions or to register for classes

Let’s Play to Learn 2’s and 3’s (note new age range)
Monday, March 9th: Let’s Make Some Music                        10:00-11:00 am
Tuesday, April 28th: Cooking with Kids                        10:00-11:00 am              

Learn ways to stimulate your 2 and 3 year olds’ creativity through these parent/child hands on workshops. Leaders: Parents As Teachers Educators, Ozaukee Family Services

Raising your Spirited Child
Wednesdays, March 25th and April 1st           6:30 – 8:00 pm

For parents of children who are more intense, persistent, resistant to change or generally spirited than most. Learn positive ways to work with your child’s spirit and temperament.      $10 fee for Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook.  Facilitator: Kathy Bergmann, Parent Educator, Ozaukee Family Services.

Love and Logic
Tuesdays, April 7-May 12             6:30-8:00 pm

A six week overview of the accredited Love and Logic parenting method. Facilitator: Sara McManus, Parent Educator, Ozaukee Family Services.

Potty Time

For parents of children who are approaching potty training with their child,
Facilitator: Dr. Hagerman, Pediatrician

Childcare provided for parents-only classes. Must sign up for childcare 72 hours in advance. 
$10 fee for certificate of attendance for professionals.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Information from the Department of Public Instruction

Open Enrollment Window Now Open
Wisconsin’s public school open enrollment application period runs from Feb. 2 to
April 30 for the 2015
-16 school year, allowing parents an opportunity to send their
children to any public school district in the state. Additional information is
available on the Department of Public Instruction newsroom website: http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/news-release/dpinr2015_03.pdf
 or the Open Enrollment website http://oe.dpi.wi.gov/.

Our School Funding System, and Why Change is Needed
Link to video from the office of Tony Evers, Wisconsin DPI State Superintendent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WphM3RqsBPo

Addressing the Behavioral Needs of Students with Disabilities
Information Update Bulletin 07.01, has been revised and posted on our website at:http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_bul07-01. Questions 6 (What are some of the common functions of behavior?) and 7 (When is FBA used?) have been revised.

Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition 2015 My Feelings Matter Youth Poster Contest
The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition is pleased to present the 2015My Feelings Matter youth poster contest, in com- memoration of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness week in May. The Coalition is a Madison-based group of parents and professionals dedicated to promoting children’s mental health year-round. They encourage youth from Pre-K through high school to express themselves through their art on the theme of My Feelings Matter, as a way to support the development of children’s social emotional health and to generate age-appropriate conversations about the importance of mental health. Please vis-
it https://wisconsinknowschildrensmentalhealthmatters.wordpress.com/
 for contest details and restrictions. Deadline for poster submission is March 20, 2015.

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2015 Adaptive Sports Expo

Save The Date – July 25, 2015 Nathan Hale High School
An event offering exciting opportunities for all abilities to experience various sports and recreational activities
Link to flyer: http://www1.mcw.edu/FileLibrary/Groups/PhysicalMedicineRehabilitation/Adaptive-sports-expo/Expo2015Savethedate-July25.pdf