Happy Spring SEED Friends!
We had an amazing beginning of the year. Here are some of the highlights you may have missed or you’ll enjoy seeing recapped:
In January, in partnership with LOPC for respite and space, we had an inspiring moment watching together the acclaimed documentary Swim Team about a Special Olympics Swim Team and some of its star athletes. The discussion following the movie was moderated by Educational Psychologist Carrie Rodrigues and enriched by the presence of representatives from our local Special Olympics Swim Team, the East Bay Sea Serpents, including managers, volunteer coaches and athletes!
IEP Parent Ed Series
In February, at the last event of our IEP Parent Ed Series with Todd Gary, IEP Collaboration, the following points were covered:
- Understanding the dynamics of both negotiation and collaboration
- How to take on a style and approach for effective collaboration and win-win negotiation as part of a special education team, including being assertive by knowing your rights and limits and need-based inquiry.
For details, view the presentation by clicking here.
Click here for the NCLD IDEA Parent Guide, an essential tool to become an empowered partner.
Winter Play Date
Also in February, we filled the Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek with a lot of excitement for our first Winter Play Date, run by the fabulous educational psychologist Jenna Krook.
Learning Disability Simulation Workshop
Earlier this month, we gave a headache and everlasting insight and empathy to the parents and caregivers who attended our 3rd Learning Disability Simulation Workshop. SEED uses the kit developed by IDA Northern California. Click here to read the article the East Bay Times wrote about the same workshop last year. SEED is grateful to Temple Isaiah for providing us with space for this workshop for a second year in a row.
Breakfast Speaker Series: Visual Supports
At SEED’s breakfast earlier this month, Educational Psychologist Carrie Rodrigues was back to present how to use visual supports with our children. Carrie presented a wide array of visual supports for organizing life, for coping and for social skills. You can follow Carrie on Instagram and/or Facebook for more ideas @justkeepswimmingmama.
Don’t Miss SEED’s Annual Fundraiser and Resource Fair
We are planning to end the school year with a bang or two! Do not miss our fabulous super fun Casino Night: James Bond vs. Austin Powers on April 20, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center. Register soon! And don’t forget to also register for the Free Respite Care from 5:45 PM-9:00 PM, provided by LOPC, less than 5 minutes away.
And finally, please Save the Date for a fun Spring Family Day Resource Fair on May 19, Noon-3:00 PM, at the Twin Canyon Girl Scouts Camp in Lafayette! More details to follow in the coming weeks!
Elsa Troy Slovik,