Wondering about the implications of distance learning on special education and FAPE? Register for our webinar on April 16! 

xMindsWire April 2020

Special Education in the Time of Distance Learning 

xMINDS HOLDS ITS FIRST VIRTUAL EVENT - and starts a weekly webinar series!

On April 7, xMinds held its first virtual event, a webinar called “SPED and FAPE in the Time of Distance Learning,” featuring Michael Gerton, Education Attorney at Fierst and Fink in Rockville. Michael answered questions about distance learning and how it relates to FAPE, timelines, IEP meetings, Individual Distance Learning Plans, revisions and agreements, compensatory services, related services and more. It was a great chance for parents to hear from an expert and get their questions answered. You can review the entire recorded event here.

In response to the overwhelming response from parents to our first webinar, we have set up a second event on the same topic scheduled for April 16. This second webinar will feature Education Attorney Kimberly Glassman, from the Law Office of Brian Gruber, a firm that is also a professional member of xMinds. Register early and submit your questions here.  

We’re now looking forward to scheduling a weekly webinar every Thursday from 7pm to 8:30 while schools are closed. We’ll bring in experts to discuss the topics that most concern parents of ASD students in Montgomery County. So look for our weekly email blast to know who’s on the agenda for our next Thursday night webinar!

Supplementing Your Student's Distance Learning 


If you're looking for more ways to keep your student engaged for the duration of Maryland's stay at home order, check out the resources compiled on our site: 

xMINDS: xMinds has resources for both ALO and Diploma-Bound students.Our ALO site has activities, games, videos, and printables that cover academic skills like math and reading, as well as social skills, physical activity, art, music and science. Visit our ALO Students at Home page for more information.

Our Diploma-Bound site
 includes instructional videos, worksheets, and lessons for a variety of academic subjects like math, science, history, and grammar. We've also included resources for SAT, ACT and AP Test preparation. Visit our Diploma Bound Students at Home page for more information. 

You can also find on our site an up-to-date list of communications from MCPS relating to Continuity of Learning and COVID-19.

THE TREATMENT AND LEARNING CENTERS: TTLC is offering online Learning Enrichment Services and Speech-Language, Occupational Therapy and Counseling. They have also compiled a large list of free online resources including reading, math, writing, spelling, science, social studies, foreign languages, art/music/theater, physical activity, libraries/online books, museums/zoos/aquariums, activities and resources, social and emotional, organization, and general resources. And for the month of April, TLC is offering free virtual screenings. Visit ttlc.org for more info.

MOCO MOVEMENT CENTER: MOCO Movement Center is offering virtual, interactive programs including Facebook Live Videos as well as therapeutic supports and private sessions

CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION & LEARNING and ALLIANCE PEDIATRICS: In April, CCL & Alliance Pediatrics are offering two virtual PEERS programs, PEERS Flex and PEERS Extended, to help your tween/teen navigate social distancing without social disconnection. Both groups include a free parent coaching session. Email peers.maryland@gmail.com for details. 

Upcoming xMinds Events

Thursday, April 16; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
SPED in the Time of Distance Learning, Take Two.
See details and register for the webinar here.

Thursday, April 23; 7- 8:30 p.m
Delivering Related Services and Therapies with Online Mediums.

Virtual Community Events & Services

All xMinds, professional member, and other autism-related free community events (including MCPS workshops) are now published in the xMinds calendar.


Kimberly Glassman, Education Attorney, will be presenting on April 16 at 7pm.

Spotlight on Professional Members 

This month, xMinds would like to acknowledge the following renewing professional members

Jamell White, LCSW

6288 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852, (301) 613-1766

Dr. Jamell White is a therapist Dr. Jamell White is a therapist specializing in working with children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.  She has over twenty years of experience providing individual and family therapy, social skills intervention, and care coordination for individuals with disabilities and their families. She is also a PEERS® Certified Provider.

The Treatment and Learning Centers

2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100, Rockville MD 20850, (301) 424-5200

The Treatment and Learning Centers offers Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Testing, Tutoring and Counseling, Early Interventions, Summer Programs, and more. TLC has been meeting the changing needs of the community for 70 years, and have developed new service models to ensure all clients received quality of care while staying safe. Visit them at www.ttlc.org. 

As a benefit to both our families and professional members, xMinds publishes information about our professional member service providers here in the xMindsWire as well as in a Professional Member Services Directory on our website. Inclusion in the directory is voluntary and does not constitute our endorsement.

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