IEP Basics - Ensuring Success for Your Special Needs Child - Ridgefield

About: How can you ensure your special needs child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) includes everything he/she needs to make meaningful progress? Marla Wayne and Jennifer Weitz of JW Advocates, LLC - will guide you through the IEP process and arm you with all of the knowledge you need to be an effective advocate for your special needs child. Please RSVP to save your space at this informative and interactive workshop. If you are new to TACA, you’ll receive the Autism Journey Guide as a take-home resource.
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Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Offices of Roseann Capanna-Hodge, Ed.D., LPC, BCN, LLC
898 Ethan Allen Highway, Ste 6
Ridgefield, CT 06877
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JW Advocate’s founder and President, Jennifer Weitz is a trained, professional special needs advocate who knows how to navigate Connecticut’s special education system. She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. from Brandeis University. She practiced corporate and trial law for several years, perfecting her advocacy and negotiation skills. Ms. Weitz is the mother of two children with Fragile X Syndrome and Autism. She has experienced first-hand the overwhelming feelings of confusion and despair confronting parents when they first learn their child has a disability. Her legal background and negotiating skills have led to success in her own children’s education experiences. For over a decade, Ms. Weitz has concentrated on using her skills and experience to help her family and others traverse the tangled web of special needs legislation.

Ms. Marla Wayne holds both an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Master of Science in Administration from Boston University. She has experience working as an ABA Therapist with children of varying disabilities in multiple environments. Ms. Wayne has two sons, one with complex special needs. She has spent the past fourteen years working to ensure that her son receives an appropriate education as well as state funded in-home supports. She has assisted many people with attaining appropriate education supports as well as DDS, DCF, DSS and Value Option services. She looks forward to helping many others for years to come.

Using Creative Nonfiction to Write About Autism - West Hartford

About: No experience in writing or journaling necessary! Welcome to All!
Have you always wanted to get down your experiences with Autism down on paper but were not sure how? This series will lead you in the right direction; you will learn the art and techniques of essay, long form articles, journalistic/newspaper articles, and memoir writing.
The focus of this creative nonfiction writing series is to talk about how to write down and possibly publish your own unique and deeply personal experiences with autism. We will talk about journaling as a means to document our most difficult and our most joyous moments with our loved ones. RSVP here to save your spot.

At the end of this series participants will have a firm grasp on the techniques of creative nonfiction and how to utilize them within their writing. Participants will gain the confidence to continue or begin work on a memoir-length project should they feel their writing lean in that direction. Participants will have at least one publishable piece of 5-10 pages in which they can submit to a publication of their choice at the close of this course. This series will help new writers gain strength through the use of techniques and creative play within their own writing, Overall, this work will be creative and therapeutic, even if the student chooses not to submit for publication.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Panera
2534 Albany Ave
West Hartford, CT 06117
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Nikki A. Sambitsky earned her MFA in creative writing, specifically focusing on lyric/fragment essay (creative nonfiction) from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA creative writing program. Mrs. Sambitsky holds a BA in journalism from Central Connecticut State University. She is currently working on her collection of lyric/fragment essays, which center on mental illness, her family, and two autistic children. Mrs. Sambitsky enjoys writing essays that explore family, family issues, and autism. Her journalism work and creative nonfiction has appeared in many publications including The Helix, Gravel Magazine, and West Hartford Magazine. She lives with her husband, two children, and way too many animals in a peaceful, rural, area of Connecticut.

Autism and Puberty - Norwalk

About: Puberty is a tough subject no matter what...add in Autism and the challenges make it so much more difficult. This will be an opportunity to get your hard-to-ask questions answered by Lindsey Wells, ND as well as meet other parents who are getting prepared or going through the challenges that autism and puberty can bring. RSVP here to save your spot.
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Panera
650 Main Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851
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Dr. Lindsey Wells is a naturopathic physician at the Center for Integrative Health in Wilton CT. Dr. Wells has focused her practice on pediatric primary care and consultative care for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), PANS/PANDAS, other neurodevelopmental disorders, and various chronic illnesses. She uses therapies including homeopathy, nutrition, nutraceuticals, botanical medicine, counseling, and water therapy. This model of care addresses biochemical, nutritional, and energetic needs of each patient to improve overall health. In addition, Dr. Wells is an adjunct professor at Scared Heart University. She teaches anatomy and physiology to undergraduate nursing students. Also, she writes and contributes to the Journal of Natural Medicine and Natural Awakenings and was recognized as “Young Influencer in Naturopathic Medicine” in 2016.

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