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. It also introduces recent changes in federal law that will impact Indiana's state regulations. 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 full day 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). ASK is pleased to be able to offer this training throughout the state of Indiana.
 
Contact: Cindy Robinson, asktraining@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
My Child Has Special Needs: Now What?
($0 - Family Member / $0 - 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.
 
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
($0 - Family Member / $0 - 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.
 
Contact: Cindy Robinson, asktraining@aboutspecialkids.org