Parent/Guardian Training

DCIU Secondary Transition Fair, April 9, 2024, 5:30PM-7:30PM

Join us for an engaging open house event to support post-secondary transition planning for adolescents and young adults receiving special education services in Delaware County. Agencies and community organizations will be present to share information and resources about post-secondary education, independent living, and employment. This event will be an excellent opportunity for families and individuals to connect with service providers to ensure a successful transition to adulthood.

Who Should Attend: Parents, families, or guardians of students with disabilities in Delaware County
No Cost

For questions please contact Laurie Newsome at

Supporting Early Literacy at Home, Monday, April 8, 2024, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Via Zoom

Presenter: Jenn Shaw, Teaching and Learning Specialist

Taking part in literacy activities at home can develop your child's reading ability, comprehension, and language skills. This workshop will provide parents with fun and practical ideas to engage their child in early literacy activities such as rhyming, joint storytelling, and multisensory play. The targeted audience for this session is parents of 4–8-year-olds.

Please register for this training by Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.
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Zoom link will be sent the day before the training.


Strategies to Support Social Skills in Middle and High School Students, Tuesday, March 12, 2024 6:00-8:00 p.m. Via Zoom
Presenter: Bria Hoey, Professional Development Specialist

Parents are fundamental contributors to the development of their child’s social/emotional growth. There are many challenges that parents face when supporting their adolescent child with social skill development. This parent workshop will provide parents with practical strategies for teaching their child new skills as well as ways to generalize those skills to new settings. The targeted audience of this session is for parents of secondary age children (middle and high school) with concerns about their child’s social skills. ** The content of this workshop is geared toward parents.

Please register for this session by Friday, March 8, 2024
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Zoom link will be emailed by Monday, March 11, 2024

Powerful Strategies to Help Children Develop Independent Executive Function Skills, February 15, 2024 6:00 - 8:00 pm via Zoom

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Develop a solid understanding of what the executive function skills are and how they impact a student’s academic and personal performance. Learn easy-to-implement strategies to promote the development of executive function skills in everyday activities.
About the Presenter: Kristen Jacobsen, M.S., CCC/SLP has 25+ years of experience in the treatment of executive dysfunction. She co-developed the award-winning, globally recognized 360 Thinking Executive Function Program with Sara Ward.

Autism, ID & Other Disabilities What You Need to Know After Age 18, Wednesday, January 10th 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Hosted by: School District of Haverford Township Presenter: Michele A. Leahy, MS, CPWIC

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Strategies to Keep Our Children Safe Online, Tuesday, January 16, 2024 6:00-8:00 p.m. Via Zoom

Presenter: Rebecca Kelly, Teaching and Learning Specialist

In the age of the internet and digital technology, it is crucial to ensure the safety of children while they navigate the online world. This comprehensive training will equip participants with effective strategies to protect kids from online threats and provide a secure digital environment for them to explore, learn, and interact safely. By the end of this training, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to create a safer online environment for children. Implementing these strategies will help children develop essential digital skills, stay protected from online threats, and navigate the digital landscape responsibly and confidently.

Please register for this session by Friday, January 12, 2024 at:


Financial Planning Tools for Family Members with Special Needs, Thursday, November 9, 2023, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Via Zoom

Presenter: Jeff Slavich, Financial Professional and Robert Radich, Special Needs Advocacy Services

Jeff and Bob will introduce and make families aware of basic issues that surround planning for family members with special needs. Tools will be introduced that can help families with this part of family financial planning. There will be an opportunity for families to ask questions built into the presentation.

Please register for this session by Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at:
A Zoom Link will be sent on 11/8/23

Setting Behavior Expectations at Home, Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Via Zoom

Presenter: Shannon Graham, Professional Development Specialist
Parents will understand how to set clear expectations for their children. Techniques to teach and reinforce expectations will be shared. Strategies for responding to behaviors if expectation is not met will be provided.

Please register for this session by Tuesday, November 6, 2023 at:
Zoom link will be emailed by 11/5/23.

Strategies to Support Executive Functioning Skills, Thursday September 28, 2023, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Via Zoom

Presenter: Marisa Giannini, Professional Development Specialist
This workshop will explore the critical skills children need to plan, to start a task, to organize time, to remember instructions and to manage more than one task at a time. Executive functioning skills touch all parts of our lives, including activities at home and at school. This training aims to help participants better understand why executive functioning skills are important and provide strategies to help facilitate those skills at home.

** The content of this workshop is geared toward parents. There will be no Act 48 or continuing education credit offered if a professional chooses to attend this workshop.

Please register for this session by Tuesday September 26, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. by clicking the linkRegister for Strategies to Support Executive Functioning Skills