“Chair Yoga continues. All are welcome."

  • When: Every Wednesday through the end of June, 2021(10 -10:30 a.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • Join Us

The Arc and Parent Resource Center: "NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family & Friends with Pat Victorson

  • When: Friday May 7, 2021 (10 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • Family and Friends is a seminar that informs and supports those who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation, and NAMI resources. Pat Victorson, a former librarian and teacher who has “lived experience” with mental health conditions, teaches free courses offered by NAMI, participates in support groups, and leads mental health/suicide prevention awareness seminars. She has served on the boards of a number of associations and non-profits including the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children, NAMI, and the Trauma-Informed Network and the Prevention Coalition of Greater Prince William.
  • Zoom Registration
  • Survey and Certificate will be sent via email after workshop.

The Arc and Parent Resource Center: “Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) & Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits for Children with Disabilities” with David Melton 

  • When: Friday May 14, 2021 (10 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • This presentation will discuss eligibility, the application process, and more for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. David Melton is a Public Affairs Specialist with 44 years’ experience. As a member of a 3-person public information team working in cooperation with 14 offices serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, he is involved in a variety of public affairs activities. Through the establishment and maintenance of networks of working relationships, he consults with a wide variety of media outlets, governmental entities, special interest groups and key employers. He ensures the public is properly informed as to the solvency, direction and purpose of Social Security Administration programs.
  • Zoom Registration
  • Survey and Certificate will be sent via email after workshop.

The Arc and Parent Resource Center: “My Journey: From Learning & Attention Issues To Best-Selling Author” with Ronnie Sidney II, LCSW 

  • When: Friday May 21, 2021 (10 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • This interactive journey is designed to give participants a glimpse into the real-life experience of Ronnie Sidney II, LCSW. In 2015, Mr. Sidney released Amazon bestseller Nelson Beats the Odds, a semiautobiographical comic book about a young man who struggles with the shame of being placed in special education and offers a look into the African-American male experience in special education. He will discuss how race, gender, and ability impact student outcomes. Attendees will be introduced to a box of therapeutic tools, including the Nelson Beats the Odds Comic Creator App that can be used to inspire struggling students to beat the odds. Ronnie Sidney II, LCSW, is a therapist, author, publisher, professional speaker, and business owner from Tappahannock, VA. After working with the northern region REACH program, he is now employed as a Behavioral Health Provider with STG International.
  • Zoom Registration
  • Survey and Certificate will be sent via email after workshop.

“Who Let the ANTS Out? Managing Anxiety and Negative Thoughts” with Sonia Hinds, APRN/PMH-BC, RPT-S

  • When: Friday June 4, 2021 (10 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • Social Anxiety in children is among the most common form of anxiety, a normal reaction to stress. Too much anxiety becomes distress and opens the door to Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs), and ultimately panic attacks and other forms of anxiety disorders. This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of anxiety, demonstrating cognitive therapy and directive play interventions for children and adolescents. In the face of COVID-19, a surge of cases of anxiety is expected, requiring creativity and innovation. Sonia Hinds, APRN/PMH-BC, RPT-S, is an advanced practice Nurse Psycho-Therapist and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She has been providing therapy to children and families for over 30 years in Southern Maryland.
  • Zoom Registration
  • Survey and Certificate will be sent via email after workshop.

TTAC Resource Spotlight

(A resource brief to support virtual professional learning for division partner staff and families)

Presented by Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center George Mason University.

Family Resources for Virtual and Hybrid Special Education.

  • VDOE: COVID-10 Resources for Parents, Families, and Caregivers
    • Virginia Department of Education webpage for families that is continually updated with critical COVID-19 information and resources for families with students with disabilities.
  • MCPER: "Helping Your Kid With..." Videos for Families
    • The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) provides videos to help families use effective practices to teach students at home due to COVID-19. Topics covered include: Early language and literacy, building vocabulary and comprehension, activity transitions, cooperating with difficult tasks, and many more.
  • IRIS Module: Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • This module offers tips for family members to support children learning at home during the COVID-10 pandemic and answers questions such as: "what is my role, how can I support my child socially and emotionally, and how can I found out what my child should be learning?"
  • Formed Families Forward: Webinar Recordings and Accompanying Materials
    • Formed Families Forward, a partner organization with Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS), provides relevant pandemic specific webinars on topics such as: "Learning at Home in a Trauma Sensitive Environment." "Our Shared Space - A Home and Virtual Classroom," "Supporting Positive Behaviors during Learning at Home," "Planning the High School Transition to Post-Secondary Education," and "getting Ready to Help Your Child Learn at Home."
  • Assistive Technology Network, VDOE: Virtual Therapy Webinars
    • Topics include: “Exploring Platform Options for Virtual Therapies, “Coaching Facilitators to Maximize Virtual Therapy Sessions,” “Interactive Activities to Keep Students Engaged During Virtual Therapy Sessions,” and a downloadable Virtual Learning and Accommodations Guide
  • For additional excellent resources visit the VA Family Special Education Connection and TTAC Online.