Happy New Year SEED Friends! May 2018 bring more growth and community to your lives.
I hope you survived and enjoyed a meaningful holiday season.
A big thank you to the Manning Family for hosting a wonderful Holiday Party for SEED. I thoroughly enjoyed kicking back and engaging in meaningful conversations with all of you who came. Another big thank you to Mary Kaye Stephens and her team of volunteers at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church for coordinating a fun respite for our children that night.
We finished our programming last year with a very insightful SEED Parent Forum. While we had many takeaways, here are just some of the highlights of areas we discussed:
- Executive Functioning: How can we prepare and support our special needs children in their transition to middle school?
- Dyslexia: How can we speed up the roll out and implementation of the multi-sensory program and improve diagnosis?
- Recess Inclusion/Bullying Prevention Programs: What programs are at which schools? How to keep up with Buddy/Friendship Bench training year after year?
You can see the SEED presentation by clicking here.
In December, we also inaugurated our new space for our Monthly Breakfast meetings at the Parlor in Lafayette. It is a cozy private space where SEED brings breakfast for all. We hope that this new space will foster even more sharing and bonding as a group. This new space also opens the door to bite-sized learning. Many breakfasts will feature a speaker covering a topic of interest in 30 minutes. Our first speaker will be Melissa Nolan, a child psychologist and advocate and a usual contributor to SEED. Melissa will guide us through how to create a one page write up on our children that summarizes their profile based on their IEP document.
Do not miss our two upcoming evening programs. Our second annual SEED Movie Night is 6:00 PM on January 26 at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church. We will be screening and discussing Swim Team, an acclaimed documentary on how a swim team dedicated to autistic kids is having a big impact on a community. I plan on bringing my neurotypical 4th grader as last year’s movie night had a big impact on him. At 5:30 PM on February 6 in the Stanley Middle School Library, advocate Todd Gary will teach us everything we need to know about IEP Collaboration to finish his outstanding 3-part IEP series.
Elsa Troy Slovik,