Parent Perusals

January 18, 2018

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Upcoming ESC-20 FREE Parent Trainings in January 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Parenting in the Digital Age

Our children's access to technology can both empower and endanger them. Come to this training to learn what to look out for as parents in your child's digital interactions. What is reasonable in usage? How do you find out about apps, games and websites? Should children and teens have social media accounts? How should you handle cyberbullying?

You will leave this training with practical advice and tools to assist you in your role as a 21st Century parent!

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19th.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Texas Transition 101

Parents will receive an in-depth look at the transition process and understand how to use the TEA Transition & Employment Guide, as an informative resource tool. This training will cover the importance of the transition process, self-determination, and the importance of your child’s transition plan to help them be successful after public school.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 22nd.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

The 7 Habits of Successful Families

It’s no secret that many families today are in trouble. The 7 Habits of Successful Families training offers a much-needed framework for applying universal, self-evident principles that enable family members to communicate their challenges and overcome them successfully together. In this training, parents will learn to:

· Apply an “Inside-Out Approach” to problem solving and goal creation;

· Resolve differences in marriage and family relationships by creatively cooperating together;

· Establish a better work/life balance;

· Become more effective in raising emotionally healthy and empowered children;

· Employ the skills of Empathic Listening and synergy; and

· Learn to effectively discipline and motivate children.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25th.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Bridging the Math Gap Between School and Home (Kindergarten—Grade 2)

In this training, participants will learn how to help their child by bridging the math concepts taught in school to home life. Hands-on activities will be used to show how math is being learned in the classroom. The math will focus on developing number sense.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29th.

To Register for Parent Trainings:

Call or email Lori Williams at (210) 370-5466 or

Parent Trainings are also offered via webinar!

To participate in the parent trainings via webinar, email to receive the webinar link and electronic handouts the day before the training.

Please note: Webinars are not offered for evening or Saturday trainings.

Pathways to Adulthood

Thursday, Feb. 15th, 9:30am-2:30pm

1314 Hines

San Antonio, TX

Pathways to Adulthood is a FREE one-day seminar that will provide families and professionals with the information and tools needed to plan for a young adult’s life after high school. It is open to families whose children have a disability, chronic illness or other special health care needs, and the professional who work with them.

Topics Include:

*funding sources

*legal issues: guardianship and alternatives, estate planning

*school transition services & maximizing remaining school years

*medical transition

*opportunities for work

*ideas for establishing a positive family-run home

*building networks of support

*emotional obstacles parents face in planning

Participants will learn how to plan NOW for quality of life!

To register, please go to

To learn more about the Texas Parent to Parent Pathways to Adulthood program please contact, Cynda Green at 512-458-8600 or

***Spanish interpretation will be available upon request***

Self-Advocacy: A Valuable Skill for Your Teenager with Learning Disabilities (LD)

If your teen has a learning disability, self-awareness and self-advocacy are keys to her future success. Self-advocacy is understanding your strengths and needs, identifying your personal goals, knowing your legal rights and responsibilities, and communicating these to others. Because your child lives with his learning struggles on a daily basis, he must learn how to maneuver through life's challenges and obstacles to make sure his needs are met.

Read Tips for Developing Self-Advocacy Skills by LD Online.

5 Things Your Grade-Schooler With Dyslexia Can Say to Self-Advocate

Self-advocacy is an important skill for even young kids with dyslexia to develop. But sometimes it’s hard for grade-schoolers to know what to say. Find out how you can help your child by rehearsing common situations she may face in this article published on Reading Rockets.

1: “I need help with directions.”

The situation: The teacher doesn’t say all of the directions out loud, and your child is having a hard time making sense of the written ones.

Your child can go up to the teacher and say: “Can I talk to you about what we should be doing? I need to talk through the directions.”

Your child can later say to you or the IEP team: “I can do the assignments once I understand the directions. It’s hard when they’re all in writing, though.”

2: “It’s part of my learning plan.”

The situation: A substitute teacher doesn’t realize your child listens to audiobooks during reading time. The substitute tells your child to leave the listening station and sit somewhere else to do the reading.

Your child can go up to the substitute and say: “Using audiobooks is part of my learning plan. I have dyslexia and audiobooks makes it easier for me to follow along.”

Your child can talk to the regular teacher later and say: “The substitute didn’t know that I go to the listening station for reading. I’m worried it will happen again. Can you help?”

3: “Can you help me with a problem?”

The situation: A classmate asks your child, “Why do you always leave the room during reading class?”

Your child can say to the teacher after class: “Kids are asking why I leave for reading class. I don’t know what to say to them. Can you help me?”

4: “I don’t want to stand out.”

The situation: Your child is upset that other kids are reading chapter books and she’s reading “baby books.”

Your child can say to the teacher after class: “I don’t want to stand out from my classmates. Can you help me find books I can read that don’t seem so babyish? I like learning about dinosaurs. Are there books about dinosaurs I could read?”

5: “I need help staying on track.”

The situation: Your child can’t find the right place in the text during read-aloud time.

Your child can raise her hand and say: “I’m sorry, I lost my place. Which page and paragraph are we on?”

Your child can say to you or the IEP team: “I need a way to keep my place during read-aloud time. I need help staying on track.”

To download the article as a PDF or view the article in Spanish, click here.

How Learning and Attention Issues Affect Spelling

Read this guide to see how different kinds of learning and attention issues can affect kids’ ability to spell.

A Guide to the Digital Age

Boystown developed this guide to help with concerns such as how much screen time is too much and how to keep kids safe online.

ESC-20's 27th Annual TAPPestry Conference

2018 TAPPestry Conference: Saturday, February 17th

TAPPestry is an annual conference that brings together Parents/Caregivers, Teachers, Administrators, and other Professionals that have or work with children with special needs.

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TAPPestry Registration is OPEN!

Download the flyers below!

Conference information is posted at!

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