Special Needs Symposium: 2015

A Day of Learning for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals

Location and Directions:
Rartian Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road • Branchburg, NJ 

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Robert Naseef — Keynote Speaker

 


 Schedule 

Session 1 Breakouts: 11:00am - 12:15pm

Cost Effective Behavior Management Strategies that Work  — Speakers: Cynthia Allman, Executive Director and Cassie George,Clinical Director/Newmark School

This seminar is focused on how student mental health issues manifest in a classroom setting and the strategies needed to shape student behavior for life. Participants will walk away with elements needed to improve teacher effectiveness, behavioral strategies that are doable, cost effective and the motivation to implement them!

"Helping My Child Eat!" Challenges and solutions for children with ASD — Speaker: Yichien Su, MS, CCC-SLP and Nancy Calamusa, MA, CCC-SLP

This presentation will identify the underlying conditions and difficulties children with ASD commonly face. We will provide strategies and techniques to assist parents to achieve successful mealtimes.
Yichien is a pediatric feeding/swallowing specialist with over 10+ years experience in treating children with ASD. Nancy is Owner/Director of NJ Pediatric Feeding Associates and is a Pediatric Feeding/Swallowing Specialist.

Playing with a Purpose —  Speakers: Beth Cassidy and Amy Stires

Learn how to help your child develop foundational motor and perceptual skills necessary for success in the classroom, and negotiate recess and PE class.

Beth Cassidy and Amy Stires are Pediatric Occupational Therapists who each have over 25 years of experience.

Parent Forum — Speaker: Jennifer Ellis Walters

Join parents in sharing and discussing important topics to you. You will have a chance to choose which topics you
wish to discuss.

Jennifer Ellis Walters has worked in mental health agencies and school programs providing psychotherapy services. Jennifer also works with clients on the autism spectrum and with special needs to better understand their strengths and limitations. In addition, Jennifer collaborates with the caregivers. She currently works for JFS.

Each Day I Like It Better, ECT Journey & Miraculous Change — Speaker: Amy Lutz

Autism, ECT and the treatment of our most impaired children. Amy will tell the story of her journey with her son, as well as other children and families who have gone through similar treatments.

Amy S. F. Lutz is one of the founders of EASI Foundation: Ending Aggression and Self-Injury in the Developmentally Disabled.

Transition into Adulthood — Speaker: Mark Rapaport

This seminar will assist parents in preparing their children to move into the workforce after completion of school regardless of diploma or certificate track.

Mark Rapaport is the Principal of the Forbush School at Prince George's County, a division of The Sheppard Pratt Health System. He has been a Special Educator for over 15 years.

Psychosocial Functioning of Siblings of Children with Autism — Speaker: Marjorie Slass

This seminar will discuss research on the impact that a child with autism may have on the psychosocial and emotional adjustment of his or her non-disabled siblings. Marjorie will share information from her doctoral dissertation study, which focuses on emotion regulation, self-concept, and quality of life of siblings of children with autism. Practical implications for working with siblings of children with autism and related disorders will be discussed.

Marjorie is a doctoral student at Kean University who will be earning her Psy.D. in Clinical and School Psychology in 2016. Marjorie has an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in Educational Psychology, as well as N.J. State certificates in school psychology and elementary education. She credits her three children for sparking her research interests, being that one of her daughters has autism.

The 3 Step Approach —  Speaker: Alicia Stevenson

This presentation will explain what causes challenging behavior, why punishment and rewards don’t work and
provide a 3 step approach that does work!

Alicia Stevenson is the mother of two daughters, her youngest having mental health, learning, and developmental challenges. She's a nationally-recognized speaker, Mental Health First Aid instructor and NAMI national trainer.


Session 2 Breakouts: 1:30 - 2:45pm

Practical Strategies for Improving Social Skills — Speaker: Dr. Mark Cooperberg

This session is designed to help parents learn practical strategies in developing social emotional skills to implement with their children and adolescents. Attendees will learn how to build essential skills, such as reading non-verbal cues, conversational skills, play skills, developing and maintaining friendships, interpersonal problem- solving and emotion-regulation strategies. Information from empirically-supported interventions will be shared.

Mark Cooperberg, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and practices at Princeton Speech-Language and Learning Center. Dr. Cooperberg has expertise in children and adolescents with mood, behavioral and social disorders.

Adult Services Hope Autism Foundation — Speaker: Danielle Lumby

Finding a solution for adults with autism- Hope Autism Foundation was formed in 2009 by a small group of mothers in Basking Ridge, NJ who were determined to create an adult autism day service program for their teenage children. Learn about the journey that led to the creation of the Hope Autism Solutions program which currently has three program sites in NJ.

The Sensory World: A Supportive Key to a Child’s Development — Speaker: Christine Horvath

We all experience times when our energy level does not match that required for the task at hand. When children experience this, learning a new task or engaging in play with a peer can become quite a challenge. This presentation will review how the central nervous system perceives and interprets sensory stimuli and then explain how sensory system issues may affect behavior and learning. Participants will learn and experience how the processing of sensory stimulation impacts attention, skill performance, social interaction and behavior. The importance of a supportive environment and development of a “sensory diet” will be discussed.

Researched Based Effective Teaching Strategies — Speaker: Ann-Marie Kuba

This workshop will present strategies and techniques that can easily be integrated into any type of learning environment.
Ann-Marie Kuba, M.A. BCBA, has worked in the field of special educations for over 20 years. She has been a teacher, early intervention provider and is currently a behaviorist for a public school in New Jersey.

Using Technology Throughout the Lifespan — Speaker: Mark Mautone 

Technology is a powerful tool that can increase an individual’s ability to learn. This workshop will discuss how and why technology can promote independence. In addition, apps and accessories that best support the learner and enhance learning will be discussed.

Mark Mautone is a lead teacher for the Hoboken Public School ABA/Autism Program. He was selected as the 2015 NJ State Teacher of the Year.

Effective Strategies on Training Professionals on Appropriate Behavioral Interventions — Speaker: Mark Rapaport

This seminar will review basic behavioral principals that are most commonly used incorrectly in the classroom and home setting. Mark will identify the correct process to promote acceptable behaviors that will enhance the ability for students to progress on their IEP goals.

Mark Rapaport is the Principal of the Forbush School at Prince George's County, a division of The Sheppard Pratt Health System. He has been a Special Educator for over 15 years.

The 3 Step Approach — Speaker: Alicia Stevenson

This presentation will explain what causes challenging behavior, why punishment and rewards don’t work and provide a 3 step approach that does work!
Alicia Stevenson is the mother of two daughters, her youngest having mental health, learning, and developmental challenges. She's a nationally-recognized speaker, Mental Health First Aid instructor and NAMI national trainer.


Sponsorship Opportunities | Download Sponsorship Form

Title Sponsor: $10,000

Name will appear on Event Brochure, E-Blasts, in-house TV, social media sites and on signage the day of Symposium. Business website will be linked from JCC website on Symposium webpage and on JCC Preferred Vendors webpage. Sponsorship fee includes complimentary display table, five admissions to Symposium and Full Page ad in Special Needs Resource Guide, which will be distributed at event and posted on the JCC website for one year.

Keynote Sponsor: $7,500

Name will appear on Event Brochure, E-Blasts and on signage day of Symposium. Business website will be linked from JCC website on Symposium webpage and on JCC Preferred Vendors page. Sponsorship fee includes complimentary display table, four admissions to Symposium and Half Page ad in Special Needs Resource Guide, which will be distributed at event and posted on the JCC website for one year.

Lunch Sponsor: $3,500

Name will appear in Event Brochure, JCC website, E-Blasts and on signage day of Symposium. Business website will be linked from JCC website on Symposium webpage and on JCC Preferred Vendors page. Sponsorship fee includes complimentary display table, three admissions to Symposium and Quarter Page ad in Special Needs Resource Guide, which will be distributed at event and posted on JCC website for one year.

Breakfast Sponsor: $2,000

Name will appear in Event Brochure, JCC website, E-Blasts and signage day of Symposium. Business website linked from JCC website. Signage will be displayed day of event. Sponsorship fee includes complimentary display table at Symposium, two admissions and Business Card ad in Special Needs Resource Guide, which will be distributed at event and posted on JCC website for one year.

Event Sponsor: $300

Name will appear on JCC Symposium webpage. Signage will be displayed day of Symposium. Business Card ad in Special Needs Resource Guide, which will be distributed at event and posted on JCC website for one year.

Resource Guide Business Card Ad: $180

The Special Needs Resource Guide will be distributed at event and posted on JCC website for one year and will be available at the JCC. This guide will include businesses and services geared toward individuals and families with Special Needs.

Patron $180:

Family Name will appear in Special Needs Resource Guide which will be distributed at event and posted on JCC website for one year.
Vendor Display Table $100: (10 Opportunities available)

All Donations in Support of the Event are Appreciated.