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 Individualized Education Program (IEP) team.
Community Safety And Interactions with Law Enforcement
Speakers: Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department’s Autism/IDD Outreach unit
Growing Up with A Sibling on The Autism Spectrum
Speakers: Cornelia and Walter Suskind, whose family was featured in the book and documentary Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism
Handouts: SibStrong Information
Roadmap to Dating And Relationships on The Spectrum: For Autistic Teens, Young Adults, And Their Parents
Speakers: Jonathan Rhoads, LCSW-C; JMR Counseling
Handouts: Meeting People
Speakers: Rene Averitt-Sanzone, Executive Director of Parents’ Place of Maryland (PPMD)
Consultants: Brian Gruber, Esq., Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C.
Hayley Jacobson, Weinfeld Education Group
Ali Lackey, Weinfeld Education Group
Mariela Pijem, PPMD
Katherine Thomas, Esq., Family Legal Advocacy Group, LLC
Presentation Slides: PPMD Presentation
What Comes Next? Preparing Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum for the Path of Life
Speakers: Dr. David Black, Ph.D., Center for Assessment and Treatment
Preparing for Kindergarten
Speakers: Lisa Grant, MCPS Special Education Program Specialist
Jennifer Strouble, Preschool Special Education Instructional Specialist, MCPS
Presentation Slides: Transition to Kindergarten
Speakers: Rich Weinfeld, Executive Director, Weinfeld Education Group
Consultants: Suzanne Keith Blattner, M.S. Ed., ITS-PALSS
Michael Gerton, Esq.
Amy Mounce, M.A., M.Ed.
Anjali Prakash, Esq.
Understanding Children on the Autism Spectrum: An Afternoon for Friends and Family to Learn about Autism
Speakers: Eve Megargel, author of Learning to Kiss
Monica Adler Werner, Director of the Model Asperger Program, The Ivymount School
Book Club Discussion of Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them
Speakers: Sarah Wayland, Ph.D., Guiding Exceptional Parents
Holly F., xMinds Secretary
2015-2016 Program Year
Verbal Behavior Programs for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Speakers: Cynthia Onder, MA., CCC-SLP/BCBA
Financial Planning for Autism Families
Speakers: Eric Jorgensen, CFP
Using the STAR Curriculum to Talk about Sex with your Adolescents on the Spectrum
Speakers: Dr. Cara Pugliese, Ph.D.
Dr. Yael Granader, Ph.D.
Opportunities at Montgomery College for Students Across the Autism Spectrum
Speakers: Sue Haddad, Montgomery College Chair of Disability Support Services
Shalawn Childs, Montgomery College Assistant Professor of Student Development
Meet Glen Finland, Author of Next Stop: An Autistic Son Grows Up
Speakers: Glen Finland, MFA
Handouts: Glenn's Resources
Discover How Your Child Learns: Neuropsychological Evaluations
Speakers: Dr. Rebecca Resnik, PsyD
Get Organized! Get Involved!
Speakers: Alison Hoffman (Parent, Carderock Springs ES)
Amy Marella-Carpenter (Parent, xMinds and Sligo Creek ES)
Monica Martinez (Parent, xMinds and Sligo Creek ES)
Bryan Osborn (Parent, Flora Singer ES)
Kara Tymon (Coordinator, Learning Center, Flora Singer ES)
Public Safety for Autistic Children and Youth
Speaker: Scott Campbell, Board Member, Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC)
Math Strategies for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Speaker: Jean Hickey, M.Ed.