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Free Early Developmental Screening

Englewood

Free Early Developmental Screening

13% of children in the United States have a developmental delay and many are not identified by the time they enter kindergarten.* Join the experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital for a FREE, quick developmental screening for children ages 1 to 5 years old. Valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development will be available.

Look To The Future: Transition from School to Adult Life

Paramus

Look To The Future: Transition from School to Adult Life

Transition planning is crucial to increasing successful outcomes for life after high school. This workshop will discuss issues related to transitioning from school to adult life. Activities and discussion to help identify interests and future plans will be included. Strategies for developing appropriate goals as part of the IEP process will be offered. Parents and students will be informed about resources in the community they can connect with to build linkages, and ensure a dignified life as a contributing and participating member of their community.

Autism-Friendly Performance of Charlotte's Webb at Paper Mill Playhouse

Millburn

Autism-Friendly Performance of Charlotte's Webb at Paper Mill Playhouse

Based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte explores true meaning of friendship. Autism-Friendly Performances are designed and intended for families with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities. This program is designed and planned in cooperation with Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.

 

Autism New Jersey Transition Conference

Iselin

Autism New Jersey Transition Conference

Back by popular demand, Autism New Jersey is proud to once again offer a conference tailored specifically to the concerns of families with children from 10 to 25 years of age.


Hillsdale

The Alarming Truth About Marijuana - What everyone needs to know (Hills Valley Coalition)

This workshop demonstrates the need for families, schools, mental health professionals and communities to work together to address the epidemic of teen marijuana use.  Understand how this drug intensifies the symptoms of anxiety, depression, long term health risks and other issues. 

Mental Health Resource Fair starts at 6 PM followed by the Keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin Abet at 7 PM

Presented by The Hills Valley Coalition (HVC).   Register for this event and receive HVC information at http://www.hillsvalleycoalition.org

Autism and Anxiety: Strategies and Interventions

Autism and Anxiety: Strategies and Interventions

Individuals with ASD often suffer from fears, phobias, rumination and ritualistic behaviors. Behavior therapy and behavioral rehearsal have been shown to help individuals reduce the interference of anxiety. During this webinar participants will learn how to identify the essential features of the various anxiety disorders and the essential components of effective treatments among individuals with autism.spectrum disorders.

Mental Health: A Family Affair

Englewood

Mental Health: A Family Affair

Featured Presentation: Remembering T.J. In 2010, 16-year-old T.J. Sefcik, a varsity athlete and honor student, died by suicide. His parents, Wendy and Steve, and his brother Matt, share T.J.’s story of living with depression, a common illness among teens.

Free Abilities Expo

Edison

Free Abilities Expo

Abilities Expo is about bringing necessary products and services together under one roof for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, and healthcare professionals. It's about introducing opportunities that can enrich your life ...especially ones that you never knew were out there. 

A Parent Leadership & Advocacy Conference

East Windsor

A Parent Leadership & Advocacy Conference

A statewide conference for and about meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey's education, health, mental health, family support, human services, and child welfare systems. This conference is about Creating Change by creating strong parents, strong families, excellent schools, and stronger communities. 

Family Promise Hike or Bike!

Ridgewood

Family Promise Hike or Bike!

Join us on Sunday, May 7th as we Hike or Bike to support Family Promise of Bergen County. Choose your route - 3 mile hike or bike OR 15 mile bike. We begin and end at Van Neste Square in Ridgewood. Fun for everyone with food, music, games, prizes, giveaways and more! 

2017 Law & Disability Issues Conference

New Brunswick

2017 Law & Disability Issues Conference

Everyone is invited to attend the Bar Foundation's annual Law & Disability Issues Conference sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Supporting Mental Health Well-Being During The Transition Years

Supporting Mental Health Well-Being During The Transition Years

Transition age youth encounter a number of barriers in getting their mental health needs met as they move from youth-based to adult services, In this workshop, the presenter will describe the best practice psychiatric and psychosocial foundations for mental health well-being and how families can support their relatives in a successful transition to adult behavioral health services. The premise of the presenter is supporting mental health well-being will ensure greater independence and quality of life as youth move into adulthood.

Muffins With Mom

Little Ferry

Muffins With Mom

Join the center in celebrating moms and all they do over a light breakfast with family. Aunt, grandmas, and sisters are invited too. Pre-registration is mandatory. Must sign up in person at the center.

Little League Baseball - Challenger Fun Day

Ridgefield Park

Little League Baseball - Challenger Fun Day

Come enjoy the day and root for your home team. Sponsored by the Bergen County Department of Parks / Department of Human Services, Division on Disability Services.

From Self Contained to General Ed: Planning for Successful Inclusion

From Self Contained to General Ed: Planning for Successful Inclusion

Including students from a self-contained classroom into a general education, classroom requires careful planning and collaboration among all members of the student's educational program. This webinar will address how educators' skills, objectivity, confidence, and knowledge can impact students' success. Concrete, evidence-based strategies will be provided to help participants plan effectively, utilize differentiated instruction, incorporate peer modeling, and maximize their resources to foster successful inclusion.

Strengthening Families 2-Day Facilitator Training

Toms River

Strengthening Families 2-Day Facilitator Training

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized based model parenting program.  SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children, and to improve social competencies and school performance.  Program materials are an extra fee and can be purchased at discount from the program developer.  Completion of the training certifies participant to deliver the 14 week program. 

Family Volunteer Day at MEVO Fresh Roots Educational Farm

Mahwah

Family Volunteer Day at MEVO Fresh Roots Educational Farm

The Bergen Volunteer Center annually hosts Family Volunteer Day in the spring to bring families together for a good cause. Families of all shapes, sizes, and ages will work together to strengthen family relationships and teach kids such values as kindness, empathy and respect for others. Fee to attend includes volunteer experience and lunch.

70th Anniversary Step Up For The Arc Walk

Bogota

70th Anniversary Step Up For The Arc Walk

Step Up For The Arc is an annual statewide initiative of The Arc of New Jersey, with walkathons held locally by every county chapter. It's a fun, healthy and easy way to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Fun activities for everyone, including walk, music, games and food!

The Importance of Proper Estate Planning

The Importance of Proper Estate Planning

In this workshop, parents will learn the importance of estate planning and how a special needs trust is critical to safeguarding their child's benefits. This program also includes how to use insurance and other tools to fund Special Needs Trusts.

WEBINAR: Social Skills Success: Building Skills and Fostering Friendships

WEBINAR: Social Skills Success: Building Skills and Fostering Friendships

Many children and adolescents have deficits in their social skills abilities, causing them significant difficulty navigating the tasks of everyday life across environments (including school, home, and community). Social skills deficits are not diagnosis specific and following best practices involves using intensive and systematic interventions in order to help those affected. This webinar will discuss the importance of skill building and developing friendships, including evidenced based practices for social skills training.

Free Housing Workshop: The Journey to Community Housing with Supports

Elmwood

Free Housing Workshop: The Journey to Community Housing with Supports

The presentation will discuss how to utilize SHA's recently published housing guide, The Journey to Community Housing with Supports, to assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in accessing community housing and supports in New Jersey. The guide will serve as the basis of information to describe a variety of housing models.

Summer Beach Party for Teens and Adults with Special Needs

Fair Lawn

Summer Beach Party for Teens and Adults with Special Needs

(For more information, email [email protected] or Call Morrissa Schiffman at 201-654-5988)
There is a $5.00 cover charge which includes snacks and refreshments.

Emotional and Behavioral Challenges Associated with Learning Disabilities

Emotional and Behavioral Challenges Associated with Learning Disabilities

There are many emotional and behavioral challenges that students experience associated with learning difficulties and disabilities. These may include low self-esteem, social skills deficits, anxiety, depression, peer rejection, substance abuse, health complaints and more. Learning Disabilities may increase or exacerbate existing social-emotional or behavioral issues.