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Afternoon Workshop Session
2:00pm - 3:30pm

(B1) Navigating the Maze of Special Needs Financial Planning: What Families Need to Know.

(B2) Writing An IEP: Questions & Answers

(B3) Mind The Gap: Employment Support for Stu-dents Exiting SFUSD

(B4) Co-Parenting in a Complex Family

(B5) CAC - Parent Leaders Discuss Success Strategies

(B6) I Can Tell You My Heart: A Communication Journey to Adulthood

(B7) Helping with Homework

(B8) An Introduction to OAH and Due Process Hearings

(B9) Effective Collaboration between Families & Special Education Services

(B10) What I Wish my Parents, Teachers and I Had Known

(B11) One in Five: Reading Remediation at the Public Library

(B12) Mindfulness & Mind-Body Techniques for Kids & their Families

(B13) Sensory Processing Differences: How to recognize, accommodate and appreciate them.

(B14) Creating a Special Needs Trust to Ensure Quality of Life for the next 70 Years

(B1) Navigating the Maze of Special Needs Financial Planning: What Families Need to Know.

Ken Prodger, Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Special Needs Consultant
This workshop will give you a clear understanding of what the special needs planning process is, and how planning now for your child’s financial and legal needs will bring you peace of mind and a sense of empowerment. Ken provides holistic financial advice regarding special needs trusts, life care planning, letters of intent, and obtaining and preserving need-based government benefits. All attendees will leave with practical steps that they can implement immediately to begin planning their child’s future.

(B2) Writing An IEP: Questions & Answers

Joe Feldman, Founder and Executive Director, Commu-nity Alliance for Special Education (CASE )
This session will provide parents and professionals the opportunity ask one of the leading Bay Area advocates questions about the IEP process and individual situations they are facing in getting appropriate special education services for their children or the children they serve. Eli-gibility, Independent Assessment, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), psychological counseling, behavioral support services, accommodations, IEP enforcement.

(B3) Mind The Gap: Employment Support for Stu-dents Exiting SFUSD

Rachel Moore, TPP Specialist, Transition Partnership Program/SFUSD and Marilyn Ridgway, Senior Vocation-al Rehabilitation Counselor—SVRC, QRP, Department of Rehabilitation
The Transition Partnership Program is a cooperative pro-gram between SFUSD and the Department of Rehabilita-tion. TPP supports students in their final year before exit-ing the district. TPP supports students with career explo-ration, resume help, employment skills, internships and employment.

(B4) Co-Parenting in a Complex Family

Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC, DCC, Director, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, TheraThrive
The focus of this workshop is to explore co-parenting communication. Particular challenges that may arise when co-parenting a high needs child will also be dis-cussed. This workshop will be interactive, and there will be time allowed for Question/Answer at the end of the presentation.

(B5) CAC - Parent Leaders Discuss Success Strategies

Current and Past Leaders of the CAC
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I could sound like she sounds in my IEP meetings’? We have all been there! We all stared as overwhelmed yet determined par-ents, wanting the best for our kids. What is the path to ef-fective advocacy? The current CAC leadership team and past Chairs share their journeys to leadership and offer their advice for successful collaboration at all levels of the district – and beyond.

(B6) I Can Tell You My Heart: A Communication Journey to Adulthood

Karen Baca, AT Specialist, Support for Families and Cris-tian Rosas, Self-advocate
Does your child have difficulty communicating? Would you like to find ways to help them be understood? Cristian Rosas has used augmentative and alternative communica-tion (AAC) his entire life as he is unable to speak verbally. He will share his story, both the successes and challenges, of learning to communicate as a child and how this im-pacts his life now as an adult. Parents and professionals will hear how they can learn about and borrow augmenta-tive and alternative communication devices from SFCD's Assistive Technology Lab.

(B7) Helping with Homework

Joseph Trum, Founder, Common Sense Special Education
Homework can be a frustrating experience for both chil-dren and parents. This workshop gives simple, effective answers to common questions surrounding homework: How can I motivate my child to get homework done? Why does my child do poorly on tests? How do I modify home-work assignments for kids with Special Needs? How can I get the teacher to help?

(B8) An Introduction to OAH and Due Process Hearings

Joy Redmon, Presiding Administrative Law Judge, Office of Administrative Hearings
This session is an introduction to the Office of Administra-tive Hearings. It provides an overview of the special edu-cation mediation and due process hearing procedures. It gives self-represented parties the information they need to represent themselves. It is not designed to answer ques-tions about specific cases or situations.

(B9) Effective Collaboration between Families & Special Education Services

Laura Savage, Ombudsman, SFUSD
Do you find it difficult to partner with your student's teachers? Miscommunication is at the root of many disa-greements between families and school site staff. This workshop aims to assist families in improving their com-munication with district staff when they advocate on be-half of their student, in an IEP meeting or any other set-ting. We'll explore ways to change our thinking and com-munication approach for the benefit of students.

(B10) What I Wish my Parents, Teachers and I Had Known

Camilla Bixler and Gregory Yates, Co-Chairs, AAS-CEND
Adults on the autism spectrum will offer insights into growing up on the spectrum, including tips for more ef-fective interaction and support at home and at school.

(B11) One in Five: Reading Remediation at the Public Library

Laura Lay, Learning Differences Librarian, San Francis-co Public Library
Come learn how San Francisco Public Library has creat-ed a volunteer-driven program that applies structured, phonics-based methods to help struggling readers—and why these focused techniques are so important. Dyslexia affects 20 percent of the population and only about 34% of our elementary students are reading at grade level. With the FOG Readers tutoring program, San Francisco Public Library has developed a successful, measurable and duplicatable model to address this overlooked need. This overlooked and underserved population needs spe-cific, structured interventions to develop their reading skills and see progress.

(B12) Mindfulness & Mind-Body Techniques for Kids & their Families

David Becker, MD, MPH, Pediatric Integrative Medicine Physician, UCSF Osher Center
Mindfulness has become a hot topic lately, working its way into school curricula and popular language. In this workshop, we will talk about what mindfulness is and isn't. We will also cover other mind-body strategies such as guided imagery, biofeedback and clinical hypno-sis. And we will talk about how to help kids develop self-regulation skills (and how to lead by example).

(B13) Sensory Processing Differences: How to recognize, accommodate and appreciate them.

Clarissa Kripke MD, Director, Developmental Primary Care, UCSF; Melissa Crisp-Cooper, Writer, Disability Advocate
People with disabilities often have atypical sensory pro-cessing. This can lead to special gifts as well as misunder-standings, discomfort or anxiety, and medical complica-tions. This talk will help participants understand, accom-modate, and appreciate difference in sensory processing to improve function, health and quality of life.

(B14) Creating a Special Needs Trust to Ensure Quality of Life for the next 70 Years

Stephen Dale, Attorney, The Dale Law Firm, PC
Imagine that you have a child named Kathy that is 17 years old, has a disability that is likely to require some lev-el of assistance, and a normal life span. If you were to pass away in when Kathy is 17 years old, she is expected to live for another 70 years. Stephen W. Dale will discuss how to create a special needs trust that that can do more than keep a person with a disability eligible for needs based benefits and prevent abuse and neglect. Stephen will also share with attendees how to create a plan that will adjust to the challenges that Kathy could face based on his experiences over the past 25 years.