WESTFIELD, NJ – Westfield’s Special Education PTC invites the community to its 22nd annual Awareness Expo on Wednesday, March 18, from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at Edison Intermediate School, 800 Rahway Avenue.

The evening will feature workshops led by therapists, educators and social workers who volunteer their time to speak on a wide variety of topics concerning special education.

Admission to the expo is free. Organizers recommend that attendees preregister (click here) to streamline entrance to the event. Parents, teachers and anyone who works with children with special needs are encouraged to attend.

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The expo is a way for teachers and parents of special needs kids to learn about new ideas and find support.

“People are coming from all over New Jersey,” said Stephanie Karp, marketing chairperson for the expo and the mother of three.

One in 29 boys in New Jersey diagnosed each year with autism and the prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder on the rise, according to Karp.

This year’s discussions include Strategies for School Success — Mastering Study Skills & Habits by Dr. Emily B. Levy; Decoding Processing Disorders — Auditory, Visual and Sensory by Mary Jackson; What About Me? Support for the Siblings of Special Needs Children by Sara Mendez; and Gone Google — Accessibility Tech Tools for Struggling Learners by Randall Palmer.

Also on the slate for the evening is Transitions for Adolescents and Teens, part of which will be dedicated to college planning for students with disabilities.

Returning to the expo is Dr. Robert Zambrano who will discuss Beyond Moodiness: Managing Anxiety & Depression in Kids.

“His presentations have been met with rave reviews, so he’s been a favorite,” Karp said. She added, “We value everyone because they’re all so interesting.”

Representatives from Children’s Specialized Hospital, The Children’s Institute, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, OCD NJ and the Westfield Area YMCA will also be on hand.

For more information about the expo, click here.