Parent Workshops 2021–22 School Year

All are invited to join our online Parent Workshops, by sending an e-mail to receive the Zoom link:

Upcoming Workshops

Topic: Let’s Talk about Puberty!

Date: Thursday, January 13
Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Speaker: Melissa Keyes DiGioia, Finding Your Individuality (FYI)

Description: We will provide basic information about the transformations that accompany puberty; and discuss ways parents can communicate to their children about puberty and caring for one’s body.

Topic: Behavioral Supports in the Home and Community

Date: Thursday, February 3
Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Matt Kuzdral, Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) Ho-Ho-Kus campus

Description: Join us for a presentation on behavioral supports in the home and community and how parents can assist their child.

Topic: Tips & Tricks for Using an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Device

Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Melissa Donovan, Garden State AAC Specialists

Description: Learn how to use an AAC system in the home; and create an environment that encourages the use of the device.  This session will contain activities to help parents/caregivers feel more comfortable about using their child’s AAC system at home. They will talk about using routines, modeling and other strategies.

Topic: Supporting Healthy Boundary Setting

Date: Tuesday, April 5
Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Melissa Keyes DiGioia, Finding Your Individuality (FYI)

Description: Recognizing the difference between healthy and unhealthy boundaries may require the support of caregivers and parents, particularly for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This session is designed for parents/caregivers to explore the concept of boundary setting with the goal of helping youth recognize healthy boundaries as well as boundary violations (such as nonconsensual touching, personal space invasion, sexual violence and other forms of abuse).

Topic: What Happens After ECLC?

Date: May 2022
Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Mary Griggs, Director, Community Personnel Services, Inc. (CPS)

Description: Learn what happens to your child after graduation from ECLC of New Jersey or any special-needs school or program. This workshop is open to parents with children of all ages. It is never too early to start learning how to navigate the transition process, from the entitlements of childhood to the eligibilities of adult benefits.