The 21st Annual Awareness Expo is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Edison Intermediate School, 800 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The Awareness Expo, presented by the Westfield PTC Special Education Committee, is a symposium designed for parents and educators to explore issues that concern them most about children. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
For the past 20 years, the Awareness Expo has showcased distinguished speakers ranging from highly acclaimed physicians to educators to attorneys who provide insight into a variety of issues that empower parents to help their children. The goal of the Awareness Expo always has been to educate the community at large about issues that impact our students and their ability to succeed. The Expo includes something for everyone and promises to be a rewarding and educational way to spend an evening learning about issues that impact school-age children.
The panel for this year’s Expo consists of several distinguished speakers who will discuss the many resources available to parents and educators to help students achieve their maximum potential. Attendees can choose any two of ten “break out” type sessions starting promptly at 7:30 pm, covering an assortment of child-related topics. ALL programs have been approved for 1.5 Professional Development Hours. This year’s Expo will include the following topics and speakers of interest:
ADHD AND YOUR TWEEN/TEEN
Michael Osit, EdD , Nicole L. Liebman, MA, EdS, and Michael D. Zito, PhD.
ADVOCATING FOR AUTISM
Friends Like You, Friends Like Me: Talking to Children About Autism
Safety 1st: Safeguarding your Child at Home, in School, & Elsewhere
Adrienne Robertiello, Autism Educator at Children’s Specialized Hospital
UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION IN YOUTH
Allan Blau, EdD, LCSW and Jerry Barone, LCSW
IDENTIFYING & TREATING ANXIETY DISORDER IN SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN
Robert Zambrano, PsyD, Treasurer for OCD NJ
TECHNOLOGY AND CHILDREN: ADAPTING TOWARD INDEPENDENCE
Randy Palmer, Special Education & Computer Specialist, The Children's Institute
NAVIGATING INSURANCE AND HEALTHCARE BUREACRACY
Scott Leshin, President and Founder, SJ Personal Healthcare Advocates
ABA BY THE NUMBERS: HOW TO MEASURE YOUR CHILD’S PROGRESS
Adrienne Fitzer, MA, BCBA
CENTRAL AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER: STRATEGIES IN & OUT OF THE CLASSROOM
Carol Ukstins, Educational Audiologist, MS, CCC-A, FAAA and
Deborah Welling, AuD, CCC/A, FAAA
PRACTICAL READING STRATEGIES
Jody Litwin Paul CCC-SLP, M.A. and Patricia Corcoran, MA (Reading)
DECODING PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION RESULTS
Jacquelyn Doran Cunningham, PhD, NCSP
The Westfield PTC-Special Education Committee also will award the “Make a Difference Award” to Kathi Wildstein, a true professional, who has dedicated her entire career to serving the needs of special needs students. The “Make a Difference” award is given annually to an individual or group of individuals who display exemplary efforts in support of Special Education.