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  • Jennifer O'Leary
    Note from Jen O: Parents of children on Autism spectrum, Non-verbal Learning Disorder and ADHD: The Social Thinking Class at 10:30 may be of interest to you
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      Note from Jen O: Parents of children on Autism spectrum, Non-verbal
      Learning Disorder and ADHD: The Social Thinking Class at 10:30 may be of
      interest to you in particular. Social Thinking is a social skills
      curriculum sometimes used for children with social skills deficits. See
      below for details.


      Acton Public & Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools Invite you to participate
      in our

      Fifth Annual Pupil Services Parent/Guardian Workshop

      Where does my child fit in?

      9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      Friday, April 8, 2011

      Congregation Beth Elohim
      133 Prospect Street, Acton

      Co-sponsored by the Acton-Boxborough Special Education Advisory Council

      Co-Chair: Nancy Sherburne (978) 635-0968 nsherburne@...
      Co-Chair: Bill Guthlein (978) 263-0610 guthw@...
      AB SpEd PAC Website http://www.abspedpac.org


      8:45 AM Sign-In

      9:00 AM

      Welcome

      Liza Huber
      Director of Pupil Services
      Nancy Sherburne & Bill Guthlein
      Co-Chairs AB SpEd PAC


      9:15 AM - 10:15 (Session A)

      Cyber-Bullying: What It Is and What You Can Do to Prevent It
      Onyen Yong, ADA

      This presentation will be of particular interest to parents/guardians of
      older elementary, junior high and high school students.

      Onyen is an Assistant District Attorney and Director of Information
      Technology for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office. The
      internet, cell phones and social networking sites offer powerful and almost
      limitless opportunities to gain knowledge and make contact with others. When
      used appropriately, it is a powerful and positive tool. However, there are
      many pitfalls and risks to young people. Effective prevention and
      intervention strategies for parents will be presented. The capabilities of
      the Middlesex District Attorney's Office Cyber Protection Program, created
      in 2007 by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone will also be outlined.


      9:15 AM - 10:15 AM (Session B)

      Empowering Children to Help Stop Bullying at School
      Carol Wintle, MA, LMHC

      This presentation will be of particular interest to parents/guardians of
      elementary school students.

      Carol has over 38 years of experience as a Bullying Prevention and Conflict
      Resolution Specialist, Child and Family Behavioral Health Clinician and
      Consultant, Teacher, Trainer, and Author. She counsels children (who bully,
      are bullies, and silently watch bullying), and consults with school staff,
      parents/guardians, and community members. Participants will learn what
      causes young children to bully, who gets bullied, helpful interventions, and
      bullying prevention activities.

      Copies of Carol's book Empowering Children to Help Stop Bullying at School
      will be available for purchase.


      10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

      Supporting our Different Learners
      Social Thinking Workshop
      Infusing Social Thinking Skills Across All Settings Through A Language
      Processing Perspective
      Pamela Ely
      Director, Ely Center

      Pamela is the Chief Executive Officer/Owner of the Ely Center. She is a
      consultant/specialist who interfaces with several school systems in the use
      of various diagnostic protocols and treatment techniques for identifying and
      facilitating language processing and social-communication issues for all
      students.

      What is Social Thinking?
      Social thinking is one's ability to be perceptive, take the perspective of
      others, and use language in context (pragmatic language).

      Social Thinking training teaches student to consider the points of view of
      others, including:

      * How their social minds work and why they react and respond the way
      they do
      * The behaviors that make others feel good/bad
      * How these behaviors are affecting their own emotions, responses to
      relationships with others across different social contexts


      Why should you learn about Social Thinking?
      This workshop will train and help parents/guardians with strategies for
      building real communication and social skills with their child. Participants
      will learn the importance of developing self-advocacy strategies from a
      structured approach to compensate for pragmatic language processing
      deficits.



      To register please call or email:

      Julie Towell
      Pupil Services Liaison
      978 264 4700 ext 3267
      jtowell@...
      <mailto:jtowell@...>



      We would like to acknowledge the hospitality afforded us by
      Congregation Beth Elohim

      Please do not bring food into the Temple.
      Thank You
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