Gig Harbor Parent Group

Parenting is stressful for everyone and parenting a child with special needs is unique and can be isolating. Come to join us for coffee or tea with other parents who get it. This group is about emotional support, laughter, sharing resources and just having a safe place to talk about whatever is on your mind.

Support for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities or special health care or learning needs

 

Vancouver – Start Now! Preparing for High School and Beyond

A session to share information with middle school and high school families about what to expect out of a transition program and how to prepare. 

Why wait?  Let’s Start Now!  

Are you a parent, educator, or student in Clark County?  Are you wondering about life after transition, or how to prepare for your transition program in the future?  This session is for you. Join us for our first session of the school, a presentation from PAVE and panel of local educators.

Jerri Clark, from PAVE, will present on How to Prepare for Life After High School:

Making the move from high school to what happens next can be confusing. For a student with a disability, this transition can be especially disorienting. The good news is that this time is also exciting for a young person ready to stretch and grow and find a pathway into adult life. This presentation provides some of the ways that families can work with the school to prepare a student for further education, vocational training and/or independent living. Focus will be on IEP teamwork and how to use tools such as the High School and Beyond Plan to get organized and prepared for this big leap.

After the presentation, stick around for a panel of educators who will provide insight on what to expect and how to prepare for High school and Beyond.

Tacoma – Special Education Workshop 101: Evaluation, IEP’s., and Parent Rights

This workshop is an opportunity to learn about eh Special Education Evaluation Process and the Individualized Education Program. 

A variety of information will be provided to the participants and a question / answer session.

Topics will include:

  • Evaluation

  • IEP’s 

  • Parent Rights

Vanessa Lewis is a PTI Parent Resource Coordinator with PAVE.

She has been with the organization for over 20 years helping youth and families navigate the Special Education process and system.

Spokane – SMART Goals to Bring to your IEP Team

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

These workshops are designed to help you understand the IEP process, provide information and best practice techniques, clarify your rights and responsibilities and provide ideas for participation at future IEP meetings.

Schedule: 10:00 am – 12:00 training, break for lunch then 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm review and apply new learning

PLEASE BE SURE AND BRING YOUR IEP DOCUMENT.  We will be referencing specific portions of the IEP document to help you understand it completely.

ABOUT YOUR SPEAKERS

Rosslyn Bethmann works with PAVE Parent Training and Information Program (PTI).  PTI strives to provide information and training to assist you in becoming your best advocate for your loved one.  Our goal is to empower you with knowledge and tools to assist with the IEP and educational process.

Joline Messina is a board-certified behavior analyst and licensed behavior analyst.  Founder of Blooming Abilities, Joline provides support to families and schools with loved ones experiencing developmental disabilities and other neurodivergent diagnoses.  Blooming Abilities mission is founded on high quality service while utilizing evidence-based strategies rooted in the science of Applied Behavioral Analysis. Client choice and consent/assent is of paramount importance.

Spokane – Behavior Struggles and How Behavior Plans Can Help

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

These workshops are designed to help you understand the IEP process, provide information and best practice techniques, clarify your rights and responsibilities and provide ideas for participation at future IEP meetings.

Schedule: 10:00 am – 12:00 training, break for lunch then 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm review and apply new learning

PLEASE BE SURE AND BRING YOUR IEP DOCUMENT.  We will be referencing specific portions of the IEP document to help you understand it completely.

ABOUT YOUR SPEAKERS

Rosslyn Bethmann works with PAVE Parent Training and Information Program (PTI).  PTI strives to provide information and training to assist you in becoming your best advocate for your loved one.  Our goal is to empower you with knowledge and tools to assist with the IEP and educational process.

Joline Messina is a board-certified behavior analyst and licensed behavior analyst.  Founder of Blooming Abilities, Joline provides support to families and schools with loved ones experiencing developmental disabilities and other neurodivergent diagnoses.  Blooming Abilities mission is founded on high quality service while utilizing evidence-based strategies rooted in the science of Applied Behavioral Analysis. Client choice and consent/assent is of paramount importance.