Upcoming Events

    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 5268 Nicholson Lane, Kensington, MD 20895
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    Location: MOCO Movement Center, 5268 Nicholson Lane, Kensington, MD 20895

    Cost: Free

    Registration is required and limited to 20 kids

    Join xMinds for an open gym at MOCO Movement Center, one of our professional members. Come learn about MOCO's proprietary method, Applied Functional Therapy, while your kid has a blast.

    By taking evidence-based pediatric therapy out of the clinic and integrating it into real life activities, no child misses out on social engagement while they spend time in therapy. With a synthetic ice rink, climbing walls, agility courses, music studio, and access to so much more - MOCO finds something for every child to connect with.

       
    Kids are welcome!
     This is a social event.

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • Julius West Middle School
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    Location: Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Rd., Rockville, MD 20850

    Cost: Free

    Our annual “Extraordinary Minds in Montgomery County Public Schools” (MCPS) Forum informs parents about public school placements and services for students across the autism spectrum in Montgomery County, Maryland, a county that supports roughly 2,300 autistic students. Our Forum is an important service that helps parents participate meaningfully as members of their child’s Individual Education Program (IEP) team.

    Agenda

    6:00 – 6:25 Registration
    6:30 – 7:00 Welcome and Introduction to Autism Services
    7:05 – 8:00 Breakout Session 1
    8:05 – 9:00 Breakout Session 2

    Session 1 Breakout Topic Descriptions

    Elementary Home School Model

    Parents will learn what special education resources and services are available in all neighborhood elementary schools. In addition, parents will learn how to navigate MCPS resources to get their child’s specific needs met. Some resources to be discussed will include Autism Consult, High Incidence Assistive Technology Consult, and occupational therapy evaluations, among others.

    Presenters: Kelly Jiron, Instructional Specialist · Eric Kuhn, Supervisor, Department of Special Education Services · William McGrath, Instructional Specialist

    Organizational Strategies for Everyone

    This session will present commonly used organizational strategies for students with executive function challenges. Parents will gain an understanding of what types of accommodations may benefit their child.

    Presenters: Melissa Brunson, Supervisor, Department of Special Education Services · Lora Johnson, Special Education Resource Teacher · Claire Lanham, Special Education Teacher

    Introduction to “Zones of Regulation”

    What is the Zones of Regulation framework? How is it used in elementary classrooms to address management of emotions and increase students’ self-control? Parents will gain an understanding of the vocabulary used in classrooms as well as ideas about how to request that specific strategies be incorporated into their child’s IEP. Target audience is parents of elementary school students.

    Presenters: Dr. Meghan Green, Psychologist · Paige Niemeyer, Special Education Teacher

    Montgomery County Police Department Strategies for Keeping Kids on the Spectrum Safe

    Montgomery County Police Department’s Officer Laurie Reyes will discuss a layered approach to preventing autistic children from wandering and eloping and for keeping them safe in the community.  Details about the Police Department’s Project Lifesaver and Community Safety programs will also be provided.

    Presenter: Laurie Reyes, Montgomery County Police Department

    Differences between Diplomas and Certificates

    What are the potential post-secondary outcomes for students pursuing a diploma and for those pursuing alternative learning outcomes? What factors should families consider regarding which learning outcome is appropriate for their student? Target audience is parents of middle and high school students.

    Presenters: Margie Parrott, Instructional Specialist · Domenick Fabii, Transition Special Education Teacher · Claudette Smith, Supervisor, Department of Special Education Services

    Introduction to PEERS® Social Skills Curriculum

    Learn about the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) and how some MCPS teams are implementing its principles in their programs. Parents will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of this intervention as well as how to request that specific strategies be incorporated into their child’s IEP.  Target audience is parents of middle and high school students.

    Presenters: TBD

    Session 2 Breakout Topic Descriptions

    Diploma-track Elementary School Programs

    Non-Home School Model Elementary special education services available to support students with autism who participate in the general education curriculum and are expected to earn a high school diploma: School-Based Learning Centers, Asperger Program, GT/LD, and Social & Emotional Support Services.

    Presenters: Robin Daisey, Special Education Elementary Program Specialist · Melissa Grant, Special Education Teacher · Bryan Hunter, Instructional Specialist

    Organizational Strategies for Everyone

    This session will present commonly used organizational strategies for students with executive function challenges. Parents will gain an understanding of what types of accommodations may benefit their child.

    Presenters: Melissa Brunson, Supervisor, Department of Special Education Services · Lora Johnson, Special Education Resource Teacher · Claire Lanham, Special Education Teacher

    Reading Comprehension Strategies

    Presenters: Dr. Susan Mason, Instructional Specialist · Jackie Loso Hongladarum, Instructional Specialist

    Introduction to “Unstuck and On Target”

    How does the Unstuck and On Target curriculum support students with executive function challenges? How is this curriculum used in particular programs in MCPS? Parents will gain an understanding of the vocabulary used in this intervention as well as ideas about how to request that specific strategies be incorporated into their child’s IEP. Target audience is parents of elementary and middle school students.

    Presenters: Mary Guliano, Special Education Teacher · Kristin Rattan, Teacher

    Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs)

    This session will review information about the definition, components and purposes of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs). You will also learn about the process for requesting an FBA and how BIPs are implemented and incorporated into a student’s IEP.

    Presenters: Sarah Melchior, Psychologist · Emily Stanley, Instructional Specialist

    Transition 101 Curriculum

    Participants will receive an overview of the new Transition 101 online course designed for Grade 9 and 10 students. The course, being piloted in Summer 2019, focuses on developing self-advocacy and employment-readiness skills.

    Presenters: Lauren Corlett, Transition Special Education Teacher · Simone Geness, Supervisor, Transition Services Unit

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Julius West Middle School
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    Please sign up to volunteer at the 11th Annual Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum.  We have a variety of needs -- there's an opportunity for everyone to help.

    Location: Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Rd., Rockville, MD 20850 


Events

Speaker Events

Our monthly speaker events give the Montgomery County community a chance to hear from local experts who specialize in improving the educational experience for students on the autism spectrum.

Workshops

Our workshops offer families of students on the autism spectrum interactive experiences that educate and inform about strategies for succeeding in school and life.

Annual xMinds in MCPS Forum

Our annual "Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum" informs parents about public school placements and services for students across the autism spectrum in Montgomery County. Our Forum is an important service that helps parents participate meaningfully as members of their child's Individual Education Program (IEP) team.


Events Guide

These symbols help provide guidance on the format and style of xMinds events.

Lecture-Style

This is a lecture style event; the audience will primarily be listening to a speaker.

Workshop/Interactive

This event is interactive; there will be active participation from attendees.

Social

This is an informal social gathering intended to foster community and networking.
 
   

Parents

This event is intended
for Parents Only.
   

Children

Children are welcome
at this event.
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