Building GRIT…For Students Who Tend to Quit Difficult Tasks Due to Frustration and/or Low Confidence by Todd T. Kellogg, LMFT, BCBA
Thursday, April 28, 7:15pm, Darien Library Community Room
Research shows that the brain changes over time when faced with challenges that require effort, making mistakes, and, ultimately, persistence. One fundamental characteristic to successful learning is Grit: stamina, passion, and a determination to continuously plug-away when experiencing difficulty. The problem that plagues many children, though, is that, instead of embracing difficulty, they shun the experience and associate challenging tasks with anxiety and stress. Others might just give up, thereby killing off the learning opportunity. It is possible to help our children learn by increasing their understanding and acceptance of Trial & Error, which is the process of how we learn a vast majority of skills over time. Todd Kellogg, LMFT, BCBA, a licensed marriage and family therapist and a board certified behavior analyst, will offer strategies for addressing these important issues. He has worked in the field of disabilities since 1994 and has established PositiveFamilyBehavior, a private practice with offices in Trumbull and Wilton.
Please RSVP to Darien SEPAC at email@example.com
Colleges with Support Services Panel
Tuesday, May 10th, 7:15 PM, Darien Library Community Room
Learning differences do not need to stand in the way of a student’s pursuit of a college education. Increasingly, students with IEPs and 504 plans are participating in a range of programs that support students as they transition into and throughout college. Whether a student has ADHD, intellectual disabilities, autism, dyslexia, or other disability, post-secondary programs exist to prepare them for meaningful careers and independence.
Paul Ribeiro, Director of Guidance, Darien High School, will moderate a panel that will include the following representatives and colleges. They will share details about available academic, social and living supports.
Daneshea Palmer, Iona College, Director of the College Assistance Program (CAP)
Jacqueline Jewett, Mitchell College, Director of Individualized Services, Director of Thames Academy
Goldie Adele, J.D., Southern Connecticut State University, Director of Disability Resource Center (DRC)
Tim Pearson, Norwalk Community College/College Steps, Program Coordinator
Lauren Merritt, College Steps, Executive Director, with programs serving Norwalk Community College, Westchester Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, American International College, Southern Vermont College, Castletown University, Lyndon State College, Johnson State College
Students and Parents are invited to attend. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Darien SEPAC, DHSPA, Darien Public Schools and Darien Library are sponsoring this evening program.
Monday, June 6, 7:15, Darien Library
Twice Exceptional: Understanding Students with both Disabilities and High Abilities by Susan Baum, Ph.D.
Co-sponsored by Darien Library, Darien Advocates for Education of the Gifted (DAEG) and Darien Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC)