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2014 Together We Can Learn Conference

Families Together, Inc.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CST)

2014 Together We Can Learn Conference

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You Can’t Fight The Frontal Lobe! What ALL Adult Brains Should Know About All Children Brains

Jo Mascorro is an independent consultant who provides motivational training throughout the nation in areas specific to behavior intervention practices, effective communication, parenting skills and programming for students with significant disabilities. Ms. Mascorro has more than 25 years experience in the field of education and has spoken at the  regional and national level.

Do you feel like you’ve tried EVERYTHING and NOTHING seems to work? Frustrated? This presentation will provide specific techniques to assist you when responding to challenging behavior while keeping in MIND how the child brain learns. Information discussed will emphasize teaching ownership and accountability of behavior, specific intervention practices, and teaching replacement behaviors.

 Working Together to Stop Behaviors

Linda R Wilkerson, MSEd, is the Coordinator for the Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports project and coaches teams that work at the tertiary level of behavior management across the state.  Linda received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas and served as a consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education’s Neurologic Disabilities Support Project for 10 years.

Linda will update participants on what’s happening around behavior in Kansas schools as well as share stories and strategies that have been successful.  She will discuss the need for families and schools to work together to identify and program for behavior weaknesses that create problems for children at school.  How to create behavior momentum in children that enhances the school curriculum and what to expect if things go wrong will also be presented.

Breakout Session Topics Include:

Emergency Safety Interventions (ESI): What You Should Know

Darla Nelson-Metzger and Lesli Girard, Families Together, Inc., will present an overview of the Emergency Safety Intervention (formally Seclusion and Restraint) regulations for Kansas. The regulations went into effect April 2013. An overview of functional behavioral assessments, behavior intervention plans, and prevention strategies will be covered in this session as well.

Legal Issues in Special Education

Mark Ward, legal consultant with the Kansas State Department of Education since 1998, will provide an overview of schools’ obligations regarding the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), educating children with disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), and providing procedural safeguards for parents.

Early Intervention

Doug Bowman, Coordinator for the Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services, will provide an overview of parent rights along with strategies for effective parent-professional partnerships. Michelle Garris’s two year old son Liam was diagnosed at birth with Down Syndrome and congenital heart defects, acid reflux requiring a gastrointestinal feeding tube, and autism. Tammy Schoepner’sfour year old son, Mark, recently exited Infant-Toddler services. Michelle and Tammy will share their journeys through early intervention services and what they learned along the way.

Bullying: Serious Problem, Serious Consequences

Tami Schwint-Allen, Families Together, will provide an overview of Kansas’ statute on bullying.  According to the regulations, schools must have a bullying prevention policy and provide training for students and staff.  During this presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of the definition of  bullying in Kansas and strategies to prevent bullying.

Technology Promotes Access

Sean J. Smith, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, and father, will focus on technology-based solutions (low, mid, and high tech) as well as ways family members can further enhance their involvement in the identification, implementation, and evaluation of technology tools to assist their son or daughter with a disability. Discover how technology can reduce a student’s reliance on parents, siblings, friends and teachers, helping foster not only access to the general education curriculum but also improving self-esteem.

Thinking Guardianship?

Scott Adams is a financial planner and one of the founders of the Special Needs Planning Center. He is also a parent of six children, three of whom have special needs. Scott will provide an overview of what happens prior to when a child turns 18 and a parent must decide whether or not to seek guardianship. He will also discuss the alternatives to guardianship.

Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid and SSI

Scott Adams will talk with family members about the necessary planning for their children throughout all stages of life. He will explain the importance of special needs trusts to Social Security and Medicaid, ensuring quality of life for children who have disabilities.  

The Journey from Self Discovery to Self Advocacy

Ian Kuenzi, Self-Advocate and Member Connections Representative for Sunflower State Health, will share his personal experiences navigating through school and employment as a person with a disability.  Throughout his story, Ian will discuss strategies and tips to help empower individuals with disabilities. 

 A limited number of parent scholarships are available through Families Together, Inc. Parents should call (316) 945-7747 or 1-888-815-6364 to request a scholarship. Scholarships cover registration, lunch and conference materials.

All conference plans and expenses are based on pre-registration. If you must cancel, we regret we cannot offer refunds or release purchase orders. However, you can transfer your registration to a friend or colleague.

Have questions about 2014 Together We Can Learn Conference? Contact Families Together, Inc.

When & Where

Holiday Inn
549 South Rock Road
Wichita, KS

Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CST)

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Families Together, Inc.

Families Together, Inc. is a statewide organization that assists parents and their sons and daughters with disabilities.  Our missions is to encourage, educate, and empower families to be effective advocates for their own children.
Families Together, Inc. is dedicated to a society that includes and values all people.  We offer families the security of belonging to a support network of other parents that face similar goals, challenges and needs.


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