12th Annual Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum
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.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020; 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Reading Comprehension Strategies
This session will review specific characteristics and challenges common to autistic students, identify how those challenges affect the development and demonstration of reading comprehension skills, and explore a variety of strategies that can be used to facilitate reading comprehension with students at home.
Target audience: those supporting early readers or students struggling with comprehension issues.
Organizational Strategies for Elementary School
This session will present commonly used organizational strategies for elementary school students with executive function challenges. Parents will learn what types of accommodations may benefit their student.
Target audience: those supporting an elementary student with executive function challenges.
Applying for Funding and Resources Outside MCPS
Autistic students may be eligible for funding and a variety of services from county and state programs like Social Security Income, Respite Services and Low Intensity Support Services (LISS). Come find out more about how to apply and what opportunities are available to those who qualify.
Target audience: those supporting students of any age who want to learn more about receiving funding or services from outside sources.
Elementary Home School Model: A Day in the Life
The Home School Model refers to the MCPS approach of providing special education services within general education classes at neighborhood elementary schools instead of educating the special education students separately. Hear about real life examples of what the MCPS Home School Model looks like for several representative special education students. Follow their daily schedule and see the supports they receive. Come and find out what special education resources and services are available in neighborhood elementary schools.
Target audience: those supporting a students currently in the Home School Model, or who are considering placing their student in the Home School Model.
Introduction to PEERS® Social Skills Curriculum
Learn about the PEERS® curriculum for improving social skills, and find out how some MCPS teams are implementing its principles in their programs. Explore the basic concepts of this intervention as well as how to request that specific strategies be incorporated into your student’s IEP.
Target audience: those supporting middle or high school students struggling to form relationships with peers.
Introduction to "Unstuck and On Target," a Program for Improving Executive Functioning
Unstuck and On Target is an intervention to promote flexibility and goal-directed behavior in children with ASD. Some MCPS teams are implementing its principles in their programs. Parents will learn the vocabulary used in this intervention as well as ideas about how to request that specific strategies from this approach be incorporated into their child's IEP.
Target audience: those supporting students ages 8-11 who get "stuck" or are find it challenging to work toward a realistic goal in school.