Video links now available for the following presentations:

ADHD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders: Best Practices for Evaluation and Medical Management
Dr. Peter McAllister
January 23 at 7:15 PM at Darien Library Community Room

Social Anxiety & Generalized Anxiety Disorder: When Anxiety interferes with performance and relationships
Child Mind Institute expert, Dr. Jerry Bubrick
January 8 at 12 PM, Darien Library Community Room

ADHD & Executive Functioning: Strategies to Identify and Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills 
Mary Murphy, Ph.D.
October 10 at 1:30 PM, Darien Library Community Room

Darien Library Video – ADHD & Executive Functioning


DPS Special Education Budget & Strategic Planning Discussion
Superintendent, Dr. Alan Addley and BOF Chairman, Jon Zagrodzky
November 18 at 7:15, Darien Library Community Room

TV 79 Darien Video – SEPAC Strategic Planning Discussion


The Myth of Normalcy:  Empowering Students with Learning Differences
Jonathan Mooney
September 10 at 7:15, Darien Library Community Room

TV 79 Video – The Myth of Normalcy

 

ADHD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders: Best Practices for Evaluation and Medical Management

Thursday, January 23
7:15 PM, Darien Library Community Room
Hosted by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library
Please RSVP to dariensepac@gmail.com

Dr. Peter McAllister, a board certified neurologist, will address best practices for evaluating and treating ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders in school-age children. He will discuss the pros and cons of available treatment interventions, including medication, and the risks when leaving these conditions untreated.

Peter McAllister, MD is Medical Director of New England Institute for Neurology and Headache, where he treats adults and children and employs a holistic, biopsychosocial approach. Dr. McAllister lectures internationally, has been a principle investigator on numerous clinical trials, and has authored articles in the lay and scientific press. He holds clinical appointments at both Yale University School of Medicine and The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

DPS Special Education Budget & Strategic Planning Discussion with Superintendent, Dr. Alan Addley and BOF Chairman, Jon Zagrodzky

Monday, November 18, 7:15 PM
Darien Library Community Room
Please RSVP: dariensepac@gmail.com 

We will be joined by Jon Zagrodzky, Board of Finance Chairman and Dr. Alan Addley, Superintendent of Schools. Discussion topics to include:

1. District tracking of delivered special education services

  • What is the method (s) used to track delivery of special education services and does this method differ when excess cost reimbursement is expected?
  • How is excess cost tracking impactful in the budget process?
 2. Revision of Budget RCs
  • Is there a plan to revise RC 24 to Support Services from Special Education?
  • Will there be an income/expense analysis for 504 services, general education social/emotional supports, Fitch and ELP, breaking out service expenses? What can be done to increase transparency in documenting where support services are received?

3. Strategic Planning Process

  • Will the Strategic Planning Committee look at data outcomes for students receiving special education services?
  • If so, will there be targeted analysis within disability categories?
  • Will a parent of a child receiving special education services be asked to participate on the Strategic Planning Committee?

4. Gamm Report and BOF 2014 Special Education Audit

  • Are there plans for the BOF and BOE to look back at the Special Education reports from 2013-15 and report on progress from 2015 to present?

5. State of the Town Address

  • Can you share the preparation process for the State of the Town Address from BOF and BOE/District perspectives?

6. Questions and comments from parents

Effective Reading Instruction and How to Get It by Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed., C/AOGPE, CDT

Hosted by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library
RESCHEDULED/New date and time to be announced
Please RSVP to dariensepac@gmail.com

Students who struggle to learn to read require explicit, systematic instruction, targeted toward their specific areas of strength and weakness, using an evidence-based methodology. Sheryl Knapp, founder of The Literacy and Learning Assessment Center of CT, will describe the components of a comprehensive literacy evaluation, and their implications for providing each student with effective interventions. She will comment on specific instructional programs and methodologies, including suggestions regarding what to request.

Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed., C/AOGPE, CDT, is founder of The Literacy and Learning Assessment Center of CT in Norwalk. She currently serves as the President of the Dyslexia Society of Connecticut and was a long-time Board member for the Connecticut Down syndrome Congress. Knapp is also a contributing writer and editor for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities. After completing hundreds of classroom and practicum hours under the supervision of a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners (AOGPE), Knapp earned her Associate level of Certification with the Academy in 2010, and Certified level in 2018. Knapp frequently writes and presents on topics relating to literacy and learning disabilities and has worked extensively with students, families and school districts across Connecticut, as well as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and beyond.

ADHD & Executive Functioning: Strategies to Identify and Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills

Thursday, October 10
1:30 PM, Darien Library Community Room
Hosted by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library
Please RSVP to dariensepac@gmail.com

In this presentation, participants will learn practical strategies to help their children build executive functioning (EF) skills and improve focus, organization and self-regulation. Dr. Murphy will offer resources for mindfulness practice, stress management, biofeedback, as well as explain the psychological assessment process for students with suspected ADHD/executive functioning symptoms.

Mary Murphy, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in counseling, executive functioning/academic coaching, biofeedback, and psychological testing. Dr. Murphy’s clinical practice focuses on helping children and adults with ADHD, concussion, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Her testing practice focuses on educational assessments and 504/IEP planning.