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Improving education for autistic students in Montgomery County, MD
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cost: Free to xMinds Members and educators; $15 per non-member
Speaker: Jean Hickey, M.Ed, Educational Therapist
Join educational therapist Jean Hickey for an engaging and practical workshop designed for parents of elementary or middle school students who are on the certificate track in MCPS.
Jean will identify key concepts in the ALO curriculum that have important practical applications, then provide you with ideas, techniques and materials for you to make those concepts relevant and meaningful to your child. By exploring with your child the real-world applications of concepts taught in the classroom, you will help your child move closer to mastering important life skills while also deepening your child’s understanding and interest in classroom academics.
Speaker Bio: Jean Hickey is a highly skilled special educator and has worked as an educational therapist for over 25 years. Before that, Jean was a classroom teacher in Prince George’s County, a director of a special education non-governmental organization in Botswana and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. Jean has experience teaching students with a variety of complex learning needs, including learning disabilities, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fragile X, Down Syndrome and many rare genetic disorders. Jean’s extensive background, ongoing training, and experience has provided her with the skills to support academic skill development using a variety of evidence-based interventions. Jean earned her bachelor’s degree in severe special needs from Boston College and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park. One of Jean’s passions is to support parents and she does this through her open-door policy in all of her individual sessions and by talking to parents at conferences, workshops and xMinds events.
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