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PEATC, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
Assisting families of children with special needs since 1978
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Training and Workshops through PEATC

PEATC offers workshops or training to a variety of different audiences and a variety of different areas. PEATC can also exhibit or send materials for conferences and fairs. Our services are free of charge, and we serve the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Most of our workshops are also available in Spanish.

To request a PEATC Trainer please email this form to partners@peatc.org.

PEATC Trainings and Workshops

Parent Training Information (for families of children with disabilities)

For videos on our workshops, please visit our YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/PEATCVirginia

Understanding Special Education This workshop will help you identify your child’s learning strengths and challenges as well as organize your important information about your child so it will be helpful in educational planning. Come and learn the seven phases of the special education process and identify the specific actions you may take during the special education process. You will become familiar with due process rights and learn ways to work as partners with teacher and other school personnel. This workshop is offered in both English and Spanish

The ABC’s of Behavior As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to look at how behavior influences our lives and understanding how it is addressed in IDEA 2004. You will become familiar with the ABC’s (Antecedent, Behavior & Consequence) of all behavior supports and behavior management. Functional Behavioral Assessments will be covered and you will have an opportunity to practice using a FBA tool to assess behavior. This workshop is offered in both English and Spanish

How to Talk So Schools Will Listen (and Listen So Schools Will Talk) Why are partnerships so difficult? What can be done to improve understanding between parents and professionals as they seek to find mutual agreement on IEP’s and other issues related to education for students with disabilities? This workshop will help participants discover communication techniques, learn how to recognize and prevent barriers to communication and build agreements around difficult problems.

Friendship Building Strategies Participants will explore the diversity and nature of their own friendships and build a vision of possibilities for children to develop positive relationships and friendships with each other. The importance of creating a climate of acceptance, belonging, and community in schools will be stressed by infusing opportunities for creating this climate across all areas of the curriculum and throughout the school day. Lastly, attendees will identify specific strategies that parents, general educators, and special educators can use to facilitate friendships for students.

Positive Behavioral Interventions Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping their children learn behavioral skills. While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment that has not resulted in behavior change. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems their child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. The challenges for parents and educators is together to find new ways of understanding the interactions between a child and his or her environment so that useful interventions can be developed that lead to lasting behavior change. This workshop is offered in both English and Spanish

Early Intervention- Families are Important This workshop covers the early intervention process and the family’s role in developing an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) This workshop is offered in both English and Spanish

Early Intervention- The Home Information Specialist Participants will learn the fundamentals of: becoming a home information specialist and the value of Parent - Professional partnerships. Participants will come away from the workshop understanding how the information families have about their children is critical to developing a plan for the baby and the baby’s family. Families in the midst of chaos, grief, fear, and the unknown will learn how to be their child’s and their family’s best and most effective advocate.

Measurable IEP Goals This workshop brings families and educators together using a common language to build measurable goals to all students. What is a measurable goal? How do you understand and write a measurable goal? These questions and much more will be answered in this workshop.

Is Your Child a Target of Bullying? This free workshop offers intervention strategies for parents of children with disabilities who may be the target of bullying at school. Participants will learn how to: identify types of bullying, develop strategies to prevent bullying, identify responses to bullying, talk to their child about bullying, obtain help from professionals and find out about disability harassment laws. This workshop is offered in both English and Spanish

Transition: Families Pave the Way Your child's adult life. The thought probably keeps you awake some nights. It all seems so complicated. Stop! Take a deep breathe. Come to this session. Leave with five powerful strategies for steering your child's life toward high expectations and happiness. Whether you are new to transition or an experienced veteran, these five practical tactics will clarify the vital leadership role that ONLY parents can bring to meaningful transition planning. Hint: Forget about the magic transition planning age of 14. It is impossible to start too early or too late. Today is the first day of the rest of your child's life.

Families and Social Media Using examples from numerous social media venues, presenters will define social media, review research findings on families’ use of social media, consider the implications of mobile technology, examine cultural preferences regarding traditional and technological outreach efforts, and identify new electronic and print resources for families.

The Journey to Adulthood: Puberty and Sexuality A candid and practical discussion that offers parental strategies for assisting young adults with disabilities to (1) successfully navigate puberty, and (2) meet the emerging expectations of adult life. This research-based curriculum was developed in response to interviews with 1200 families from a variety of cultural perspectives.



100 N Washington Street, Suite 234
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-923-0010 (phone)
800-869-6782 (toll free)

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Content on this site was produced, in part, with grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education, under CFDA # 84.328M, #84.310A, and #84.235F. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Education, any other agency of the U.S. government, or any other source.

PEATC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to building positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Our special focus is children with disabilities. You can reach PEATC by calling 703-923-0010 (Voice/TTY), or sending an e-mail to partners@peatc.org.

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