Gain the benefits of Parent Network of WNY workshops from the comfort of your home or office.
We offer a wide variety of topics regarding Behavior, Transition, Special Education and OPWDD Services. Parent Network of WNY frequently updates our selection of courses! All courses are free of charge and once completed, a certificate of completion is available for download.
Take a moment to see our variety of courses below!
If you have any questions, please contact us at 716-332-4170.
Early Childhood & School Age Courses
NEW! Speak Up! Skills for Effective Advocacy & How to Prepare for Meetings (Archived Webinar) – This workshop is for parents, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities who participate in various meetings with professionals throughout a school year. The class will provide you with tips on how to be prepared and organized when school resumes in the fall. You will learn how to be a powerful advocate (someone who speaks up).
NEW! Sensory Processing Disorder (Archived Webinar) – This workshop explores the different sensory processing disorders and offers parents and caregivers activities,
tips and suggestions to help their child manage his/her sensory needs.
NEW! The Sensational Sensory Diet (Video) – What is a Sensory Diet?
A sensory diet consists of various activities that target specific sensory systems within your child. The goal of a sensory diet is to help regulate a child’s sensory systems so they can attend to and focus on their daily activities. They can be implemented at home or at school to help your child function. A sensory diet is individualized to each child based on their needs and preferences. A child’s sensory diet contains a handful of activities that your child can select in order to regulate themselves.
ADHD Strategies for Success & IEP Development (Archived Webinar) –Learn the signs and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ ADHD). This class discusses the characteristics of ADD/ ADHD, and the tips and tools to help identify strategies that can be included in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Learning Disabilities Celebrating the Whole Child (Video) – A workshop for families on meeting the emotional needs of children with learning disabilities.
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Plan (Archived Webinar) – Are you part of the planning team for your child? Learn how your child’s education program is just for them. Become confident as a partner creating your child’s IEP.
504 vs IEP: What is the Difference? (Archived Webinar) – In this workshop participants will learn about the parts of an IEP, receive tips and tools to become more involved in the planning process.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview (Video) – Learn about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and ways to promote success at home, school and in the community.
Transition to Kindergarten for Special Education (Archived Webinar) – Going to Kindergarten is an exciting time for every child and family. In this workshop we will discuss the differences between preschool special education and school age special education.
What is Sensory Processing Disorder (Archived Webinar) –In this workshop you will learn what Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is, examples of behaviors associated with SPD, strategies for working with your child at home and how to work with your schools.
How to Handle Negative Behavior in the Home & Community (Archived Webinar) – The course will teach you how to manage conflict and offer suggestions for establishing consequences before the behavior turns into something even more difficult to handle.
Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) (Archived Webinar) – Behavior! Are you and your child stuck doing the same thing again and again without a positive change? Learn about the school’s responsibility to find out the cause.
Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) (Archived Webinar) – Behavior! Now you know the cause of a challenging behavior… What’s next? Find out the process for creating a Behavior Intervention Plan.
NEW! Finding the Best Graduation Option for Students with Disabilities (Archived Webinar) – This workshop explores graduation options and outlines the updates to New York State regulations. Learn about the different kinds of diplomas, and what you as a parent or caregiver can do to help your young adult graduate.
Preparing for Life After High School (Archived Webinar) – Big changes, big adventures, big opportunities ahead!!! Learn strategies to make sure you are prepared and ready for the next stage of your young adult’s life, ADULTHOOD!
Live, Learn, Work & Play (Archived Webinar) – These four parts of our lives make our days go round. Young adults often need help finding a way to fill their days. Learn how to make sure they have the correct services and supports to reach their goals.
The Continuum of Employment Options(Archived Webinar) –We want competitive jobs, a living wage, and to work in the community. Learn more about funding and employment services from The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Our presenter Anne Spisiak is the executive director of Cantalician Center and has been working with people with disabilities since 1986.
Supported Decision Making as an Alternative to Guardianship (Archived Webinar) – You will learn about supported decision-making and an exciting project sponsored by DDPC, SDMNY that is facilitating supported decision-making in a number of sites around New York.
OPWDD (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities) Courses
NEW! Binder Training: Organizing All Your Stuff (Archived Webinar) – Where did you put that paper? It’s here somewhere!!! Participants will learn which papers or documents to keep, organizing tips and understand how having the right paper at your fingertips can lead to a successful education plan.
Using Self-Directed Services (Video) – In this online video workshop individuals families and caregivers will learn what OPWDD funded self-directed services are and how they work.
What is a Life Plan? (Archived Webinar) – A Life Plan is a plan of care for implementing decisions made during a person-centered planning process that becomes the active plan of care document. This presentation will explain the life plan’s importance, the process and influences considered when creating it, how it affects you and your family, and when it will happen. Understanding Health Home services, keeping your Life Plan current to accurately reflect services available, and its impacts are discussed.
Developmental Disability Services (Video) – Specific disorders that may occur anytime from before a baby’s birth, up until the age of 22. A developmental disability condition may cause a child to develop more slowly all along, or to have physical difficulties and limitations, or have trouble learning and growing like other children in general. In this course we discuss the services available and the eligibility process.
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