Special Needs Mini-Conference 2016

Join us for our annual Special Needs Mini-Conference which will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 8:00am to 12:00pm at Catawba College, in the Ketner Building. Childcare is provided by The Arc of Rowan at Partners in Learning. This conference is intended for parents and teachers. Register below!

special needs mini conference 2016When? Saturday, May 7, 2016


Location: Catawba College Ketner Building

(Free child care at Partners In Learning, provided by The Arc of Rowan)

Conference for parents and teachers (child care credit will be given)

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration

8:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Great Breakout Sessions

11:15 – 11:30 – Special Needs Fair/Refreshments – Local agencies will provide booths with information about services that are available for individuals, families, professionals, and members of the community.

11:30-12:00 – Keynote  – D.J. Svoboda was diagnosed at the age of 3 with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psychomotor retardation which included speech delays and issues with his fine motor skills. He found it difficult to even hold a pencil. Today, D.J. is a dynamic, motivational public speaker, accomplished artist and author with three books to his credit; My Imagiville, The Mupperezmo and the Rainbow, and The Inspirations of Imagiville.  Growing up, D.J. was teased and bullied. These negative experiences inspired D.J. to create the land of Imagiville; a safe place in his imagination where everyone is treated kindly and accepted just the way they are.

Door prizes, family support, and networking opportunities

Hands On Learning Homemade – Beverly Maurice, Infant Toddler Family Specialist– No need to spend lots of money on toys and activities for your child. Most of what a parent needs to entertain and educate your child will be right here at home. Come learn creative ways to use what you already have.

Finding the Ability in Disability – Ann Gluf, Cardinal Innovations, Consumer Affairs Specialist, IDD Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions– This discussion will focus on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and accessing services through various agencies. Also, enjoy a 30-minute film festival, which focuses on the abilities of those with disabilities.

Special Needs, Special MarriageAaron Ashley, Parent of a child with Special Needs – Can this marriage survive? Juggling the care of a special needs child, work, home, just life in general and oh yeah….the relationship to that person you’re married to. Any marriage can be challenging, but the additional stress of parenting a special needs child can make it particularly difficult. The good news is that marriages with a special needs child are no more likely to end in divorce than others.

Building on Strengths to Overcome Challenges Nancy Popkin -Autism Resource Specialist, Autism Society of North Carolina.  This workshop offers parents and professionals a look at the four core deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder. From there, we will explore how these core deficits may trigger challenging behaviors and how to build on your child’s strengths to overcome those challenges.

Walking in Our Shoes-Parent Panel- Parents of children with various special needs will share their stories and experiences. Participants will be able to ask questions and discuss openly and honestly struggles and success of parenting a child with special needs.

Creating a need to Communicate – Shelby James, a speech pathologist employed by the Cabarrus School System, will talk about early language development and offer suggestions about facilitating language development.  She will also discuss speech delay and the referral process.

Registration for Special Needs Mini Conference

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