2020–21 School Year Workshop Series for Parents and Educators

We are pleased to present workshops via Zoom for parents to learn more about important topics affecting their children of any age with special needs.

Send an e-mail to Chatham School Assistant Principal Allison Clemens (aclemens@eclcofnj.org) or Ho-Ho-Kus School Social Worker Cynthia Chaanine (cchaanine@eclcofnj.org) to receive a Zoom link for all workshops.



Topic: How to be a Good Communication Partner: When Your Child Uses a Communication Device

Description: A good communication partner is just as important as the right communication device. Learn how to model vocabulary and create opportunities to communicate. Walk away with a variety of techniques and ideas that will guide you to become an awesome communication partner.
Presenter: Melissa Donovan, Garden State AAC Specialists
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m.


Workshop: Puberty and Caring for the Body

Description: It is important for parents to communicate with youth to help prepare them for the changes that accompany puberty and to share strategies for caring for their body. In this session, attendees will gain basic information about the transformations that accompany puberty, and discuss ways to communicate about puberty and caring for one’s body with their youth.
Presenter: Melissa Keyes DiGioia, Finding Your Individuality (FYI)
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Time: 7:30–9:00 p.m.


Topic: Exploring Options for Students with Special Needs: What is the Right Placement?

Description: It is important for parents to understand their options and rights when it comes to the best placement for their child with special needs. This panel of ECLC experts will provide tools, tips and strategies about how to advocate for your child to ensure they are succeeding, whether in a public school or a private out-of-district program.
Presenters: 

  • Chatham school Principal Jason Killian
  • Ho-Ho-Kus school Principal Vicki Lindorff
  • SKIL Coordinator Stacie Webber
  • Social Worker Cynthia Chaanine

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Time: 7 PM
RSVP to receive the Zoom link: aduarte@eclcofnj.org