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Every year, SpEdConnecticut gathers some of the most admired professionals in their fields to speak about special education law and practices. This year our presenters will be speaking via Webinars. Please see the list of our presenters below. If you cannot make the presentation most will be recorded for you to access.

  • September 14th 6-8 PM: Richard P. Zipoli, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSPT “Developmental Speech and Language Disorders”
    • Speech or Language Impairment as an Educational Disability 
    • Three Subtypes of Speech Sound Disorder
    • Stuttering
    • Developmental Language Disorders
    • Issues Related to Eligibility and Advocacy


    September 21st 6-8PM: Diane Wilcutts, Educational Advocate     

    “Navigating IDEA & the PPT Process”

    • Does my child qualify for special education?
    • Is my child entitled to a district-paid independent evaluation?
    • What constitutes a Free and Appropriate Public Education?
    • What do I do if the district says no to what my child needs?


    September 28th 6-8PM: Kate Pearce, Kate Pearce Educational Services

    “Smart Goals and how to close the achievement gap”

      • Getting Organized
    • RTI/AIS/SRBI-what is happening? 
    • Present levels of performance
    • Writing “SMART”Goals

    October 5th 10 am-12pm: Adrienne Smaller, Ph.D.

    “Response to Intervention”

    • What is response to intervention (RTI)?
    • What do the tier levels mean?
    • How is RTI different from Special Education?
    • What are the pros and cons of RTI?


    October 12th 6-8 pm: Ashley Baehr, DT, BS/ECSE and Karen Galvin , PT/MPT

    “Understanding the Birth to Three Process”

    • Eligibility-from referral to evaluation
    • Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) development 
    • What do services look like?
    • What happens when my child turns three?


    October 19th 10 am-12 pm: Bogdan Zamfir 

    SCSU Director Center for Educational & Assistive Technology

    “Assistive Technology”

    • Mandate to consider AT
    • What’s the difference between a consultation and an evaluation?
    • Understanding the low to high tech continuum
    • Tools to address difficulties in reading and written expression


    October 26th 10 am-12 pm: Patricia L. Anderson, Ph.D.

    “Secondary Transition Planning” 

    • What is “transition” vs. Secondary Transition?
    • Developing quality postsecondary & annual goals and objectives
    • Critical transition services to facilitate a smooth transition to adulthood
    • State and Federal Secondary Transition resources 
    • Changes in secondary transition at the local, state and federal levels


    November 9th 6-8 PM: Sheryl Knapp, M.ed., C/OGA, CDT

    Literacy Learning & Assessment Center of Connecticut 

    “Evidence-based Reading Interventions”

    • Key components of effective reading instruction
    • Utilizing assessment data
    • Monitoring progress
    • Special considerations for students with more pervasive disabilities


    November 16th 10-12 PM: Margie Gillis, Ed.D., CALT-President of Literacy How, Inc. and Research Affiliate at Haskins Labs

    “Teeing Young Children Up for School Success: The Role of Language and Pre-Literacy Skills”

    • The relationship between language and reading
    • Early indicators of risk for reading
    • An explanation of the ‘phon’ terms for educators and parents
    • The role that the early childhood educator plays in the child’s success
    • The role that families/caregivers play in the child’s success


    November 23rd 6-8 PM: Randy Ewert, Masters of Statistics, Master’s of Special Education, NBPTS Math


    “Evaluating and Advocating for Effective Math Goals and Objectives”

    • Identifying math aligned with post-secondary goals
    • Identifying math topics aligned with post-secondary goals
    • Comparing objectives with topics to be addressed
    • Evaluating math objectives for validity


    November 30th 10 am-12 pm: John Moltini, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA


    “Challenging Behavior” Autism, ADHD, Emotional Disturbance

    • How we talk about behavior.
    • Behavior as determined and functional.
    • How teaching behavior is challenging.
    • The challenge of challenging behavior?


    December 7th 6-8 pm: John Flanders, Attorney at Law

    “What to do when things go wrong; rights and tools to help resolve conflict”

    • Knowing your rights
    • What to do when things go wrong
    • Tools to resolve conflict 
    • Difference between IDEA and 504 and your rights 


    December 14th 10 am-12pm: Caley Schwartz, Ph.D.


    “Psychological Evaluations: What do the numbers mean?”

    • Why psychological testing
    • Areas of testing
    • Understanding test data
    • The need for observations during testing
    • Importance of recommendation

Additional information

Attendee Type

Professionals, Parents, Non-Profit, Students

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