Special Services Parent Newsletter

November 2020

Storybook Pumpkin Projects

Students in the Life Skills Classes of Ms. Sara Rayburne and Ms. Ashley Hernandez had fun creating pumpkins patterned after their favorite storybooks.

Reunión para Padres de Educación Especial

Lunes, 9 de noviembre 4:30 a 5:30 pm

Aquí tiene la oportunidad de conversar en español con otros padres: ¿Qué ha funcionado mejor para su familia? ¿Le gustaría escuchar y compartir algunos consejos sobre cómo enfrentar un desafío que esté ocurriendo? Esta reunión es un foro informal para apoyarse y animarse unos a otros. Venga a compartir su sabiduría, obtenga consejos útiles y simplemente disfrute un poco de tiempo con otros adultos en estos tiempos desafiantes. Regístrese aquí para asegurarse de recibir la invitación de zoom.

Parent Morning Meet-Up

Tuesday, November 17th online at 9:00 am

Here's an opportunity to chat with other parents - share your wisdom, gain helpful tips, and just enjoy a little time with other adults in these challenging times. Register here so you'll be sure to get the zoom invitation.


Tuesday, November 10th online 6:30-7:45 pm

Do you have a typically developing child, age 8-14, who would like to get to know other kids who have a brother or sister with a disability? SIBSHOP is just for them! Playing games, talking, and having fun with others who 'get it' - who understand the good...and not so good...things about having a sibling with special needs. This Sibshop is virtual.

Cookies or Ice Cream?

We have complimentary gift cards from Great American Cookies & Marble Slab Creamery. Email donna.heim@crowley.k12.tx.us and tell us what you found helpful in this month's newsletter, and we'll send you a gift card. It's that easy!

Challenges & Benefits of Having a Sibling with Special Needs

As parents, we often struggle to meet the needs of each of our children. Read this article to discover how brothers and sisters who grow up with a disabled sibling often develop many valuable life skills.

Adapted Physical Education

What is Adapted PE?

IDEA and state law require that physical education be made available to all students for development of motor skills, fitness, and skills in games and sports. If a student's disability impedes participation in general physical education, Adapted Physical Education instruction is specified in an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Its purpose is to provide a physical education program in which the activities and teaching procedures are adapted to the specific strengths and limitations of students who cannot participate in the general physical education program or who need accommodations and modifications for safe and successful participation in a general physical education program.

What Do Adapted PE Teachers Do?

· Assist in administering screening tests.

· Plan learning activities for students receiving services.

· Secure needed material and equipment for the general physical education teacher.

· Modify existing curricula, materials and equipment to fit the skill level of each individual student.

What are the Different Types of Adapted Physical Education Services?

Monitor: Professionals design services to ensure that appropriate programming and/or equipment is in place so that general physical educator are well informed of safe and successful instructions. (Partners in P.E.)

Consultation- The Adapted Physical Education teacher provides resources and materials for the students to use in class as additional supports for learning.

Direct Service: The Adapted Physical Education teacher provides direct individualize service to work on generalization of skills.


Lunch & Learn with Texas Hands & Voices

Free webinar events for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and the professionals who serve them.

Monday, November 2 at 12:00 pm

Learn what families need to know about Language Acquisition for Kids 0-8 years old.

Tuesday, December 1 at 12:00 pm

Statewide Outreach Center Programming - The Gift of Resources

Register here for one or both webinars.

Healing after Grief, Loss, and Trauma

Tuesday, November 3rd online 12:00-1:30 pm

The IDD Council's Caregiver Education & Networking Series welcomes Dr. Ashley Wellman, who will share the importance and methods of providing honesty, transparency, and a safe space for you son or daughter experiencing grief, loss, or trauma. You can help your child rewrite their grief, loss, or trauma story. Dr. Wellman also shares some tips for advocating for you child who may be struggling with these events at school.

Upon completion of the presentation, the IDD Council invites you to remain online to network with other families and agencies that provide services to individuals with IDD. Register here.

Noon - 1 p.m. - presentation

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Network with other families and caregivers. Ask questions and get to know each other

SPEAK - Abrogada habla sobre la tutela

miercoles, 4 de noviembre, online 6:30 pm

Únase a nosotros mientras la abogada Elizabeth Rivera habla sobre la tutela. Se requiere una cuenta de Zoom. Todos los participantes deben registrarse en SPEAK at https://www.classy.org/event/speak/e221564.

Lunch & Learn: Let's Talk about Resiliency

Tuesday, November 10th, online 12:00 -1:00 PM
Join the discussion on resiliency and learn how to foster resiliency in your children so that they can bounce back from difficult times. This is a free workshop offered by Partners Resource Network. Click here to register.

Planning for Families with Special Needs

Thursday, November 12th at 12:00 pm via Zoom

ABLE accounts, special needs trusts, and more.

RSVP to smouzakis@experiencecle.com to receive the Zoom link to this free webinar.

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A Look Ahead Conference

Saturday, Nov. 14th online 10:00-1:00

The A Look Ahead Conference Series brings together expert speakers for training focused on improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, the people who support them, and the community at large. Join this mini-conference online for a day packed with important and encouraging information, resources and solutions to help you look ahead and plan a meaningful life for your child. Conference participants will leave with information and resources they can use now and in the future.

Breakout Sessions Explore:

  • Best Practices
  • Possibilities
  • The importance of Early Planning
  • Real life experiences of Individuals with Disabilities and their Families

Planning for the Future - Changes in the ABLE Act

November 18th at 6:30 PM on Zoom

SPEAK (Sessions Promoting Education, Advocacy and Knowledge) is a monthly educational program for parents. Life is challenging when you have a loved one with special needs; whether it is the crazy schedules, the cost of medical care, or just the challenge of being an advocate for your loved one. Because of the complexity, deciphering what benefits are available, and what you qualify for, is a real challenge. Come learn about some of the pitfalls to avoid, and some of the planning strategies and techniques that can help leverage your resources to provide for the needs of your family. Presented by Mark Stratton of TSG Financial Strategies. Register here.