Summer Splash! Advocacy Series

This opportunity is also available in Spanish, learn more on our Spanish Summer Institute Webpage (Feria de Verano

School’s out for summer, and it is the best time to sharpen your advocacy skills! The PEAL Center Summer Institute is excited to offer the following virtual trainings to enhance your toolbox and make a splash in the upcoming school year. All one-hour trainings are from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EST) and you can attend all three or the one that fits your needs and schedule.

Does My Child Need an Early Intervention Evaluation? Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Let’s Talk About Transitioning from Preschool to Kindergarten Wednesday, July 19, 2023

IEP Essentials Thursday, July 27, 2023

Learn more about these trainings and the view recordings below:

Tuesday, July 11: Does My Child Need an Early Intervention Evaluation? 

A conversational look at early intervention services, and a review of resources and strategies to make sure our children are getting the support they need early. The objectives of this training are:

  • Describe the purpose of Early Interventions services​
  • Identify ways to identify your child’s expected developmental milestones​
  • Discuss the importance of early identification of early delays or disabilities​
  • Describe actions to take if you suspect a developmental delay or disability

View the recording at the bottom of this page

Wednesday, July 19: Let’s Talk About Transition to Kindergarten

We will explore the differences between Preschool and School-aged IEP services, and outline strategies to make sure your child’s transition from preschool to kindergarten is a smooth one. Participants in this training will be able to:

  • Identify differences between eligibility for special education in Early Intervention and School-Age programs​
  • Understand options for developing an IEP as your child transitions from Early Intervention to School-Age​ Services
  • Describe the importance of informed decision making in determining educational placement while maximizing your child’s participation and inclusion with typically-developing peers

View the recording at the bottom of this page

Thursday, July 27: IEP Essentials

Learn the basics about what the federal law created to make sure that all children and youth have access to a free and appropriate education with their typically-developing peers. Discover the essential elements of the IEP process, the IEP Team, and the development and components of the IEP document itself. The objectives of this training are:

  • Describe the IDEA and the educational rights the law mandates for all children 
  • Describe the IEP process, team, and document 

  • Discuss ways that families can provide meaningful input throughout the IEP process 

  • Ask questions related to the IEP process after the presentation content is done

Does My Child Need an Early Intervention Evaluation?