SPEAKER SERIES
2017-2018

All events are free and open to the public. 

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Literacy Evaluations and the Dyslexic Student

 

Presenter: Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed.

 
Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed., A/AOGPE, the founder of the Literacy Learning & Assessment Center of Connecticut, in Norwalk and Ridgefield, will discuss the essential components of literacy — including phonemic awareness, word identification, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. She will review the importance of each and the ways in which each can be effectively assessed, with a particular focus on students with dyslexia.

Sheryl provides training and consultative services to local families and school districts, as well as direct literacy remediation for students with a wide array of disabilities. She earned her Associate level Certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators in 2010 and is currently working toward the next level of certification with the Academy. Sheryl has a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in literacy, from Post University, a Masters in Decision Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Cognitive Science and Psychology from Wesleyan University. A frequent presenter on topics relating to literacy interventions and assessments, Sheryl was a long-time Board member for the CT Down Syndrome Congress and currently serves as President of the Dyslexia Society of CT and is a contributing writer and editor for SmartKids with Learning Disabilities, in Westport.

6:00 p.m. Sandwiches & Refreshments

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Presentation

SoNo Branch Norwalk Public Library
10 Washington Street, Norwalk
Community Room

Registration:
Please register by email.

Questions/Comments: info@spednetwilton.org

Co-Sponsors:
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities and
SoNo Branch Norwalk Public Library:
Community Conversations
 



 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
“Why Is My Child Struggling in School? How Can I Help?”

 

Presenter: Attorney Robin Keller

 
We, as parents and caregivers, want our children to be able to achieve progress academically, socially, and emotionally in school. Sometimes, however, our children have more trouble than other kids. Reading, writing, doing math, organizing themselves and their work, planning ahead, understanding directions, sitting still or staying focused in class, and making friends may be overly difficult for them. How we respond to our children’s struggles — and what we do to advocate for them — can make a world of difference.

Whether your child is a student in regular education classes or identified as a child in need of special education services, join us as Attorney Robin Keller explains what you can do to help when you think — or know — that your child needs extra support. Maybe you have already tried speaking with their teachers or principal and have not been satisfied. Maybe you need next steps…

A question and answer session will follow Attorney Keller’s presentation.

The law practice of Attorney Robin P. Keller, based in Norwalk, is focused on education law, with a particular emphasis on special education, representing the parents/guardians of children with special needs in a wide range of placement and programming proceedings, including eligibility determinations, Planning and Placement Team and IEP meetings, manifestation determination meetings, mediations, and due process hearings. A significant portion of her law practice is dedicated to assisting parents/guardians of Connecticut’s under-represented children in Lower Fairfield County through her private law practice and her affiliation with the Child & Family Guidance Center, in Bridgeport, the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County, the Center for Children’s Advocacy, and the Adoption Assistance Program.

6:00 p.m. Sandwiches & Refreshments

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Presentation

SoNo Branch Norwalk Public Library
10 Washington Street, Norwalk
Community Room

Registration:
Please register by email.

Questions/Comments: info@spednetwilton.org

Co-Sponsor:
SoNo Branch Norwalk Public Library:
Community Conversations
 



 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Your Kids’ Secrets about Drugs and Alcohol

 

Presenters: Maggie Young and
Dennis Bludnicki

 
Vaping? Pharming? Bowling?

It can be difficult to speak with your kids about drugs and alcohol. Addiction, however, is a wide-ranging topic with dangerous, long-lasting consequences, especially for teens and pre-teens with anxiety and depression, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, OCD, executive function disorder and other regulatory issues.

Maggie Young and Dennis Bludnicki, staff from Liberation Programs, Inc., will discuss addiction in teens, including: how to talk to your kids about addiction; how stress and anxiety can impact your teen’s substance use/abuse and what you can do about it; and warning signs of substance abuse and how to catch them early.

Liberation Programs provides a variety of services to help youth, adults and families stay free of the disease of addiction in order to restore their lives. The agency has sites in Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Stamford and Bridgeport, which serve 1,200 people daily. Services include residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, as well as preventative education and community outreach.

Dennis Bludnicki has been with Liberation Programs, Inc. for more than 12 years. Dennis initially worked as a drug counselor at Greenwich Youth Options for seven years prior to serving as a counselor at Liberation’s Outpatient Clinic in Stamford. There he provided individual, group and family counseling to adults dealing with alcohol and other drug addictions. Currently, Dennis has returned to working with youth and their families in the Greenwich community and surrounding area, providing prevention education and drug and alcohol counseling.

Maggie Young has been with Liberation Programs, Inc. for 22 years. She worked as a case manager, counselor, and team leader for 10 years before serving as the Director of the agency’s male (Liberation House) and female (Families in Recovery) inpatient treatment programs for another ten years. Since 2014 she has been the Director of the Youth and Family Resource Program in Greenwich.

6:00 p.m. Sandwiches & Refreshments

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Presentation

SoNo Branch Norwalk Public Library
10 Washington Street, Norwalk
Community Room

Registration:
Please register by email.

Questions/Comments: info@spednetwilton.org

Co-Sponsor:
SoNo Branch Norwalk Public Library:
Community Conversations
 



 

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