Presentations and Seminars

Presentations and Seminars

DYSLEXIA WHAT IS IT, REALLY

Personal reflections and scientific fact, including research-based and anecdotal information regarding understanding, remediating, accommodating, and compensating for deficits while promoting the unique strengths of the individual with dyslexia. G. Emerson Dickman, J.D.

This workshop is intended for general and special education teachers, school administrators, child study team members, and parents.

THE LINK BETWEEN LEARNING DISABILITIES AND SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

A review of research indicates that different LD profiles vary significantly in the severity of risk for developing behavioral problems.  What is the “link????  What will help?  Where do we go from here? G. Emerson Dickman, J.D.

This workshop is intended for general and special education teachers, school administrators, child study team members, and parents.

AVOIDING CONFLICT, PROMOTING PARTNERSHIP, AND IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN

Overcoming barriers to effective collaboration between parents and professionals by developing strategies to clarify expectations, roles, and responsibilities as well as to earn trust, reduce conflict, and improve student outcomes.  Consensus is the foundation upon which mutual commitment to a child’s success depends. G. Emerson Dickman, J.D.

This workshop is initially intended for school administrators and leaders.

Additional workshops can be provided to general and special education teachers and child study team members.

RTI – THE ROLE OF PARENTS: EMPOWERMENT AS THE CURE FOR A CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE

The Aptitude/Achievement Discrepancy formula has spawned practices that are “disinviting to parents??? and have caused parents to be increasingly disempowered as participants in their child’s education.  RTI, as it is envisioned, is a potential cure for the systemic ills that are responsible for this crisis of confidence. G. Emerson Dickman, J.D.

This workshop is initially intended for school administrators and child study team members. Related workshops can be provided to general education teachers, special education teachers, and parents.

SECTION 504: LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is federal legislation that is designed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Although only one sentence in length, this anti-discrimination law is having an increasingly broad impact on public schools across the country.  Learn about the rights to which an “otherwise qualified individual with a disability??? is entitled. Richard Lehmann, Esq.

This workshop is intended for school administrators, child study team members, and intervention and referral service teams.

COMPLY WITH THE IDEA AND NJAC: DRAFTING THE BACKBONE OF THE IEP

Drafting an IEP that complies with the IDEA is integral to providing a free appropriate public education. Learn how to write the present levels of academic achievement and functional performance, goals and objectives, and modifications/accommodations so that your district is in compliance. Stacey Therese Cherry, Esq.

This workshop is intended for child study team members and special education teachers.

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCAY: THE BASICS

Learn the basics of special education law and how to be an effective advocate. Review the rights afforded to children with special needs, including a “free appropriate public education??? and “least restrictive environment.???  Understand the procedural requirements that both parents and districts must follow including independent evaluations, timelines, unilateral placement notice, and procedural rights. Consider practical solutions and techniques to avoid unnecessary delay and improve chances for success.  Stacey Therese Cherry, Esq.

This workshop is intended for parents.

SPECIAL EDUCATION TODAY: UNDERSTANDING IDEA 2004 AND RECENT LAW CASE

IDEA 2004 and recent case law decisions, including Schaffer, L.E., and Arlington, have impacted the requirements placed on parents and school districts. Review statutory changes affecting discipline, diagnosis of specific learning disability, and preparing the IEP as well as the recent Supreme Court and Third Circuit decisions that impact New Jersey. Stacey Therese Cherry, Esq.

This workshop is intended for child study team members, general and special education administrators, and parents.

SPECIAL NEEDS ESTATE PLANNING AND GUARDIANSHIP

Planning for the future of your child with special needs requires expertise. Wills, Trusts, Social Security, Medicaid…all of these are areas that are interrelated and can affect your child’s economic and emotional wellbeing when you are no longer able to provide. Should you have assets in your child’s name?  This and other questions, such as whether or when a guardian is appropriate, are the subject of this workshop. Bettyanne McGuire, Esq. or G. Emerson Dickman, J.D.

This workshop is intended for parents and guardians of individuals with special needs.