Training Descriptions

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The goal of About Special Kids’ training department is to inform and educate parents and professionals and to serve as a system of support and reference. We strive to provide each parent and professional with a positive training experience that will give them the tools necessary to navigate through systems and advocate for their child.

Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Processes
($40 - Family Member / $75 - Professionals)

Overview:
This all-day workshop provides basic information about special education laws and regulations for Indiana children ages 3-21. In addition, this training will provide information on how to prepare for a case conference and write an IEP. This training is a great learning opportunity for family members and professionals who advocate for children with a disability or serious chronic illness.
 
Contact: Cindy Robinson, asktraining@aboutspecialkids.org
Public Health Insurance: What You Don't Know Can Cost You
($40 - Family Member / $75 - Professionals)

Overview:
This training provides parents and professionals with information about public health insurance programs that can be accessed by families caring for children with special needs. It includes information on Medicaid, Medicaid Disability, Medicaid Waivers, Children's Special Healthcare Services, Hoosier Healthwise and SSI (Supplemental Security Income).
 
Contact: Cindy Robinson, asktraining@aboutspecialkids.org
My Child Has Special Needs: Now What?
($0 - Family Member / $25 - Professionals)

Overview:
Finding out that your child has special needs can be overwhelming. Some common reactions can be "What do I do now? Where do I start?" This training provides families with a brief overview of how to find support for your child and family, find information and services, find ways to pay for services, and will help you start thinking about the future. This training is geared to help parents map out the next steps for their child and family.

This training is Sponsored for family members of children with special needs.  
 
Contact: Cindy Robinson, asktraining@aboutspecialkids.org
Mi hijo tiene necesidades especiales: ¿Qué debo hacer?
($0 - Family Member / $0 - Professionals)

Overview:
Descubrir que su hijo tiene necesidades especiales puede ser agobiante. Algunas reacciones comunes pueden ser "¿Qué hago ahora?, ¿Dónde comienzo?" Esta formación proporciona a las familias una idea general simplificada de lo que pueden hacer para:
  • encontrar apoyo para su hijo y la familia,
  • encontrar apoyo para su hijo y la familia,
  • encontrar los recursos financieros para pagar los servicios, y
  • le ayudará a comenzar a pensar sobre el futuro
 
Esta formación está orientada a ayudar a los padres a planificar los próximos pasos para sus hijos y la familia.  
 
Contact: Patty Reed, familynetw@aboutspecialkids.org
My Child is Transitioning to Adulthood: What Now?
($0 - Family Member / $25 - Professionals)

Overview:
Transition planning offers youth with disabilities a path to connect their daily high school activities to their goals for independent life after completing high school.  This training will discuss options and how to start making plans now to set up a positive future.  Some areas covered will be:
  • Transition IEPs
  • Options for after High School:Employment, Secondary Education, Day Centers, etc.
  • How to stay involved in the Community:Volunteering, Recreation, etc.
  • Independent Living / Support Living
  • Financial Planning
  • Other Community and State Resources

Contact: Cindy Robinson, asktraining@aboutspecialkids.org
It's Not WHAT You Say...But HOW You Say It (Effective Communication Workshop)
($10 - Family Member / $10 - Professionals)

Overview:
Communication is a key factor when working with individuals and organizations. This training is geared to help you build positive working relationships with schools, medical professionals, and groups or committees through improved communication skills. Topics such as partnerships, negotiation, and listening will be addressed.
 
Contact: Cindy Robinson, asktraining@aboutspecialkids.org
A Life with Stress, Balance and a Plan
($10 - Family Member / $25 - Professionals)

Overview:
Parents of children with special needs live with added emotional, medical, social and financial challenges. These extenuating circumstances can often lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, marital and family problems and health issues. This training will focus on identifying types of stressors, identify coping mechanisms and providing ways to incorporate them into everyday life, and the importance of good communication.

This training is limited to family members of children with special needs.
 
Contact: Cindy Robinson, asktraining@aboutspecialkids.org
ASK & Learn
($0 - Family Member / $0 - Professionals)

Overview:
The family-specific ASK & Learn sessions are an opportunity for parents or caregivers of children with special needs to ask questions and learn about resources, programs, and services that may benefit their child, with the added benefit of a small group, community-based setting and face-to-face interaction with highly trained and experienced ASK Parent Liaisons.

These sessions are primarily geared to families that have called and spoken with a parent liaison at least once within the past year; however, ASK is happy to serve any family raising a child with special needs that may have an interest in attending (if space allows – registration is required for all sessions). Please note that any family that is entirely new to ASK will need to provide additional information per our required documentation protocols.

At an ASK & Learn session, parents or caregivers can expect to:
  • hear and receive information on various topical resources that are of interest to many families raising children with special needs;
  • have the opportunity to have some of their specific questions addressed
  • learn from the questions that other parents ask, as they are answered and discussed; and
  • come away feeling empowered with more information, resources and ideas that can be used to help their child reach his/her potential.

Space is Limited and Registration is Required.

Registration is required as each session is intentionally limited in size to allow for individualized attention, facilitation of discussion and resource sharing.

Please note that children CANNOT be accommodated due to session formatting and space.

 
Contact: Cindy Robinson, familynetw@aboutspecialkids.org
What Every Parent Wants You to Know- Group Rate for Professionals
($0 - Family Member / $70 - Professionals)

Overview:
This one hour session is geared towards an audience of teachers, professionals and child care providers. The premise of the class is to allow attendees a unique opportunity to gain insight into the daily lives, routines, and history of a family raising a child with special needs. The goal of the course is to allow participants to understand the parent and child perspective and to use this insight to address accommodations the child will need to be successful.
 
Contact: Cindy Robinson, asktraining@aboutspecialkids.org