Helping Hands

The ETCSD Special Education Parent Newsletter, March 2017

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Sensory Club now open in Pewaukee!

We hope that spring is upon us, but parents looking for some indoor activities will be excited to learn about the new Sensory Club which is now open in Pewaukee!

The Sensory Club facility opened its doors March 1 and is located at W238-N1690 Rockwood Drive in the City of Pewaukee. While sensory gyms have been created before, they generally focus on small children. This facility is unique because individuals of all ages may utilize the 3,300-square-foot building however they deem necessary.

The new gym includes equipment such as platform swings, acrobat swings and climbing walls as well as a roller slide and a lot of natural light. In addition, the club offers a multi-sensory environment where stimuli can be intensified or reduced depending on an individual's need.

While there is a ball pit, one of the coolest features of the gym is said to be the cleaner for the ball pit. People can throw a ball at the target where it gets sucked up through a clear tube and to get cleaned and spit back out into the ball pit so it remains constantly clean!

The Sensory Club operates similar to other gym memberships where individuals can customize their experience. Once you join, monthly membership gives you a key fob and access to the gym when you need it.

For more information, please visit this recent article in the Waukesha Freeman or contact the Sensory Club directly at 262.269.5200

Parents United: ADHD Interventions for Home and School

Wednesday, March 8th, 9am-12:30pm

2810 Golf Road

Pewaukee, WI

Some of you may have seen Dr. Patric Mattek presenting recently in East Troy. Please consider joining him again for a more in depth and extended training at this FREE event, hosted by Parents United. If you weren't able to make it to our event in East Troy, this is a great opportunity to see a presenter with much helpful information. Please join us and bring your friends!

Topics to be addressed:

-Homework hassles

-Chore completion


-Behavior management

-Following directions


-Boosting Confidence

Please register by emailing Linda Schopen at

Our Kids are NOT Broken

Tuesday, March 21st, 8:30-11:45am

Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay

Join us as we gain insights from Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S., Ed., a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

The theme, tying together his clinic practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. His goal: translate the best of research and practice into practical approaches.

He wants to give parents, professionals and communities ideas that they can use to prepare children and teens to thrive.

RSVP required for this FREE event. Please RSVP at:

ARCH Camp Pow Wow Open House

Friday, March 31st, 6pm

Arch Camp, Menomoee Falls, Wisconsin

Looking for something for your child to this summer? Be sure to check out the ARCH Camp Pow Wow open house! ARCH Camp serves children and adults with disabilities. Registration for 2017 summer is due March 31, 2017. Families are welcome to attend an open house on March 5 or March 19.

Variety's Chatter Matters! Communication Camp 2017

Variety's Chatter Matters! Communication Camp is designed to help non-verbal children with physical disabilities become better communicators. Camp runs from June 22-25, 2017 at Wesley Woods, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

Please contact Taimi Parey at 262-777-2090 or for more information or registration application. Application deadline is March 15, 2017.

Gateway High School CNC Boot Camp

Do you want to...

-do something different?

-make money while in school?

-make parts that go into cars, telecommunication equipment, military vehicles, medical devices, motorcycles and more?

-graduate early and earn college credit while in high school?

-prepare for a high demand career before graduation?

-take advantage of $4000 worth of training at no cost to you or your parents?

If yes, then you should consider attending Gateway's High School CNC Boot Camp.

Next session begins July, 2017.

Please contact the Job Center Representative, Aubrey Hanna at 262-741-5269 or for more information and to see if this program is right for you.

Helping Children Cope with Anxiety

Tuesday, April 4th, 6-8pm

300 McCanna Parkway

Burlington, WI

While it is normal for all children to experience occasional anxiety, some children experience situations where it can be so overwhelming that it affects their daily routine, school performance, peer relationships and family relationships.

This presentation will assist parents and caregivers in gaining a deeper understanding of their child's experience with anxiety so they can help with anxiety management and coping.

Pre-registration is required for this event. Please pre-register by contacting Lori Radtke at 262-763-0180 ext. 2224 or

Trainings for Families and Providers

What’s After High School? is a broad overview of the transition to adult life for youth with disabilities and special health care needs and includes the following topics: envisioning a youth’s future in the community; the role of schools; long-term supports; transitioning to adult health care; legal options; advocacy; and the fundamentals of self-determination. This training will be available in Appleton, Nov. 29, 5:30 - 8:00pm with SOAR Fox Cities.

Learn More: To find out more and register go to the Family Voices of Wisconsin website at or contact

Cost: All training sessions are free to participants and a light meal and resource binder will be provided. Stipends for childcare and travel expenses are available.

Contact Us!

Questions or Concerns? Please contact Kate Harder or your child's case manager with any questions or concerns that you have regarding the above information or with specific concerns regarding your child.

Special thanks to Matt Katzenberger for the use of his photo on the background of this newsletter.