2017 Special Needs Symposium

A Morning of Learning for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals

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Robert Naseef — Keynote Speaker dr-robert-naseef-photo

Dr. Robert Naseef has practiced for over 20 years as a psychologist. He is a graduate of Temple University, specializing in families of children with disabilities. He is the co-founder of Alternative Choices, an independent psychology practice in Philadelphia.  As the father of an adult son with autism, Dr. Naseef integrates his personal experiences into his professional expertise on autism and special needs. He writes and speaks from an academically informed perspective, as well as his first hand knowledge. Dr. Naseef has used his resources to counsel parents of children with special needs and to host a variety of group therapy sessions for fathers to express themselves and receive support. Dr. Naseef’s first book, Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Disability, has received international recognition. He recently wrote Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together.  He is the co-editor, of Voices from the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People with Autism, and Professionals Share Their Wisdom. 


 Schedule 

  • 8:30am — Registration/Vendors/Continental Breakfast 
  • 9:15am — Welcome, Ellie Willoughby, JCC Special Services Director
  • 9:40am — Keynote Introduction, Adena Feinstein, Chairperson
  • 9:45am — Keynote Speaker, Dr. Robert Naseef
  • 11:00am — Workshops
  • 12:30pm — Vendors

Workshop: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Guy Stuff: What Boys with Social Learning Challenges (ADHD, Asperger's Higher Verbal ASD) Need to Learn about Hygiene, Puberty, and Sexuality

Speaker: Ryan Wexelblatt, LSW, CAS 

Ryan Wexelblatt is the Director of Center for ADHD in Narberth, Pennsylvania and Northfield, New Jersey. A licensed social worker, school social worker and certified autism specialist, Ryan works with children, adolescents and adults. Ryan and his colleague co-facilitate programs for boys who present with social learning challenges. Additionally, Ryan works at the Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia campus.

Special Children, Challenged Parents, Caring Professionals: Building Partnerships

Speaker: Dr. Robert Naseef

Strengthen the parent-professional relationship and work together more effectively. Drawing from personal and professional experience, Dr. Naseef guides professionals and parents in learning strategies to overcome emotional and developmental challenges both special children and parents may encounter.

Untangling the Laws of Special Education

Speaker Jeff Wasserman

The law regarding, and process for obtaining, special education services in public schools confuses parents, teachers and administrators alike. For parents in particular, the process always seems like an uphill battle. In this session, you will learn about the “nuts and bolts” of the process, and will have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for how to better navigate your way through it.

Jeff Wasserman is a former “big firm” commercial litigator, who started his own practice in part to help guide parents through the special education process with a personal and caring touch, and a child-focused agenda.

Effective Behavior Management

Speaker: Cheryl Sunshine

Join in learning positive strategies for behavior management. These strategies will focus on remaining calm and productive in challenging situations.  Cheryl Sunshine is a special educator with 30 years of experience. She has taught a variety of ages and special needs throughout her career. In addition she is the mom of two children on the autism spectrum. She brings the unique perspective of sitting on “both sides of the table”.


Event Sponsors

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Sponsorship Opportunities 

If you are interested in being an event sponsor, please download sponsorship form or contact Debbie Golden, 908-443-9003.

Title Sponsor: $5,000
Name will appear on Event flyer, E-Blasts, in-house TV and on signage. Business website will be linked from JCC Symposium webpage and on JCC Preferred Vendors webpage. Sponsorship fee includes complimentary display table, five admissions to Symposium and Full Page ad in Resource Guide.

Keynote Sponsor: $3,000
Name will appear on Event flyer, E-Blasts and on signage. 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.

Breakfast Sponsor: $1,500
Name will appear on Event flyer, JCC website, E-Blasts and signage. Business website linked from JCC website and on JCC Preferred Vendors webpage. Signage will be displayed day of event. Sponsorship fee includes complimentary display table, two admissions and Business Card ad in Special Needs Resource Guide.

Event Sponsor: $300
Name will appear on business card Symposium webpage and on signage. Ad in Special Needs Resource Guide.

Resource Guide Business Card Ad: $200
Our resource guide is a collection of programs and organizations which provide support for the Special Needs Community.  The Special Needs Resource Guide will be distributed at event, posted on JCC website for one year, and will be available at the JCC.

Vendor Display Table $150
Limited Opportunities Available. (JCC provides the table.)

Resource Guide Ad and Vendor Table: $325 (Save $25)
Our resource guide is a collection of programs and organizations which provide support for the Special Needs Community.  The Special Needs Resource Guide will be distributed at event, posted on JCC website for one year, and will be available at the JCC.

Patron $180 (minimum)
Family Name will appear in Special Needs Resource Guide.

 

All Donations in Support of the Event are Appreciated.