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UW ECHO for Families is a learning community for families and caregivers supporting individuals through transition (ages 14-21).  This spring 2019 series will connect families and caregivers with subject matter experts to provide support, information, and tangible skills for transition to post-secondary education or competitive employment.

The UW ECHO for Families is the first ECHO network that provides information directly to families and can be accessed anywhere in the state.


This program operates in partnership with the Wyoming Family Mentorship program
and Wyoming Department of Education to provide ongoing support
to families as they help their children thrive.


Sessions are on Wednesdays, bi-weekly,
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

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If you would like to join a session with one of our regional leaders in
Cheyenne, Cody, Evanston, Laramie, or Rock Springs, please contact Cari Glantz at cglantz@uwyo.edu.


LEARNING TOPICS - SPRING 2019

Session information subject to change, please check back regularly.

*Registration encouraged but not required to attend sessions.*
Registrants will receive session handouts and materials prior to the scheduled meeting time.

January 23

Transition Planning in Wyoming, Part 1

This session will focus on foundational knowledge and skills surrounding IEPs, 504 plans, postsecondary education, regulatory areas, etc. and how to access, navigate, communicate, and advocate for them.

Presenter:
Cheryl Junge, B.S., M.A.
ABLE Coordinator, Natrona County School District #1

February 6

Transition Planning in Wyoming, Part 2

This session will continue the discussion on foundational knowledge and skills surrounding IEPs, 504 plans, postsecondary education, regulatory areas, etc. and how to access, navigate, communicate, and advocate for them.

Presenter:
Cheryl Junge, B.S., M.A.
ABLE Coordinator, Natrona County School District #1

 February 20

Explore Work

This session will provide an overview of the Explore Work tool and skills for parents to use this at home with students. Explore Work is an educational and explorative tool for students to learn career readiness skills in the five core Pre-ETS (Pre-employment Transition Services) competency areas.

Presenter:
Christine Johnson, M.A., C.R.C
Senior Research Associate, The George Washington University - WINTAC

March 6

Self-Advocacy and Transition, Part 1

This session is designed to help parents understand how to support their children in learning how to self-advocate both in school and beyond.

Presenter:
Erin Swilling
Project Director, Parent Information Center

 March 20

Self-Advocacy and Transition, Part 2
Student-Led IEPs

This session is designed to help parents understand how to support their children in learning how to self-advocate both in school and beyond. We will also focus on student-led IEPs.

Presenter:
Erin Swilling
Project Director, Parent Information Center

April 3

Workplace Readiness Skills, Part 1

Find out how families can help kids prepare for the future by learning about and practicing workplace readiness skills like communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem-solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.  These are the skills, traits, habits, and attitudes needed across all occupations to succeed at work.

Presenters:
Beth Wroblewski, Executive Director
Dan Mifflin, Employment Specialist
Employment Resources, Inc.

April 17

Workplace Readiness Skills, Part 2

Join us to find out more about the workplace readiness skills valued by employers across all occupations.   We will take a closer look at some of the skills and share some activities families can do with their teens to practice and improve these skills.  The focus will be on developing communication, cultivating enthusiasm and a positive attitude, and practicing teamwork.

Presenters:
Beth Wroblewski, Executive Director
Dan Mifflin, Employment Specialist
Employment Resources, Inc.

May 1

Workplace Readiness Skills, Part 3

Let’s talk more about workplace readiness skills and how families can help teens practice and learn these traits to be successful at work and as members of their community.  The focus will be on building networking, problem-solving, and professionalism skills.

Presenters:
Beth Wroblewski, Executive Director
Dan Mifflin, Employment Specialist
Employment Resources, Inc.

*Session Registration*

 

LEARNING TOPICS - FALL 2018

October 10

Keys to Better Behavior: Practical Magic, Part 1

In Part 1 of our behavior series, we will cover (1) the reasons that behavior escalates; (2) the things grown-ups do to inadvertently make it worse; (3) a simple way to structure directions so that kids will follow them. This session will lay the groundwork for Parts 2-5.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.
Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

October 24

Keys to Better Behavior: Practical Magic, Part 2

In Part 2 of our behavior series, we will cover (1) what to do when kids don't follow directions; (2) simple guidelines for setting up effective consequences; (3) the importance of positive feedback.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.
Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

November 7

Keys to Better Behavior: Practical Magic, Part 3

In Part 3 of our behavior series, we will cover (1) guidelines for setting up positive feedback (to get more of the behavior we want to see); (2) common pitfalls that can sabotage reinforcement systems; (3) simple tweaks that make positives effective for kids age 2-20.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.
Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

December 5

Keys to Better Behavior: Practical Magic, Part 4

In Part 4 of our behavior series, we will cover (1) troubleshooting for positive and negative consequences; and (2) teaching rules, routines, and expectations in a variety of ways to prevent problem behavior.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.
Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

December 19

Keys to Better Behavior: Practical Magic, Part 5

In Part 5 of our behavior series, we will cover (1) how building relationships can help to prevent problem behavior; (2) easy ways to strengthen relationships even when behavior interferes with family time; and (3) a review of the five key components required to build better behavior.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.
Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant


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