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...for Families & Caregivers of Children, K-Grade 4 with Special Learning Needs

As a parent or caregiver, you have a key role in your child’s education – one of bridging home with school to give your child the best chance at success. But, it can be di cult to know how best to approach your child’s teacher, principal and other involved sta . You may have questions such as: “How will my child’s teacher keep me informed about how my child is doing on a regular basis? How will my child’s progress be measured? How can I support at home what my child is learning in school?”

The SERC Library, together with educators and family advocates from SERC’s IDEA and Families as Partners initiatives, is pleased to offer this FREE series for parents and caregivers of children, K-Grade 4 with special learning needs. Attend one, two or all three! Space is limited.

**All sessions take place in the Reading Room at the SERC Library, Middletown from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Snack available and children, ages 4-10, welcome!**

Register Now at: https://reading_room_wednesdays.eventbrite.com

Build Bridges: Working with School Staff to Inform IEP Programming for Your Child

  • Date: March 22, 2017
  • Presented by: Barbara Slone, Consultant, SERC
Come explore practical strategies that can help you develop a solid and meaningful connection with your child’s teacher and school. Gather information on how best to work with school staff to inform IEP goals planning for your child that can be supported naturally at home and in the community.

Become Knowledgeable: Understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and IEP Process

  • Date: April 5, 2017
  • Presented by: Missy Wrigley, Consultant, SERC
Come learn why the role of parent is so important to developing an IEP that is responsive to your child’s needs. Expand your insight regarding the structure of the IEP document and the IEP process itself.

Intensify Focus: Connecting the Role of Advocacy to Your Child’s Success in Meeting IEP Goals

  • Date: April 19, 2017
  • Presented by: Stephen Proffitt, Consultant, SERC
Come discover ways to more effectively collaborate with school staff to ensure your child’s talents and preferences guide instruction and assessment. Learn strategies for how to clarify your own goals for your child and then how best to communicate them to your child’s teacher and other school staff.

For more information, please contact Lauren Johns, SERC, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (860) 632-1485, ext. 256.

Evenings at the SERC Library

Did you know that specially trained dogs come to the SERC Library to hear a good book? The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program allows beginning readers and other children in Grades 1-4 the opportunity to read aloud to the dogs in a relaxed, nonjudgmental environment. This can nurture the children’s skills and con dence in reading and let everybody have some fun!

Want to learn more about assistive technology and how it can help your student or your child? Wish you could test some AT devices before choosing them? Feeling lost with the array of apps?

The State Education Resource Center (SERC) can assist you. Families and educators are welcome to visit the SERC Library’s Assistive Technology Corner, where they can see the display of low-, mid- and high-tech AT devices, try them out, and learn about the latest research and trends in the field of assistive technology.

In addition to demonstrating the use of the devices, SERC staff can provide information on how to create low-tech AT using everyday materials as well as the importance of AT in accessing, participating in, and progressing in the general education curriculum. Educators can also reserve the space to conduct AT assessments and use the available AT devices for trials.

For more information and to make appointments for demonstrations of AT, please contact the SERC Library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 860-632-1485 x4.

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