Free Fall Series

Building BLOCS is hosting monthly classes this fall. Our therapists will be presenting on a variety of topics including the ARD process, potty training, peer play, self care and insurance. All of the classes will be held in our gym at 6pm and they are free and open to families as well as others in the community!

August 9       IEPs and The ARD Process

Special Education and the ARD process can seem overwhelming.   In this presentation, we will break down the ARD process and take you through the basics of what you need to know.  We will discuss how to request an assessment, your rights and roles as parents,  and the meaning behind all the acronyms you will hear, e.g., IEP, FERPA, ARD, LRE…. Know what to expect before the school year starts.

September 13     Potty Training Basics

Potty training can be stressful and frustrating for children and parents, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ll go over how to determine if your child is ready for potty training, setting up a schedule, and using reinforcement to set your family up for success.

October 9              Play with Siblings

Play is an important role for the development of language skills and social interactions.  There is no better or more important play partner than your child’s siblings.  This presentation will discuss strategies to incorporate the interests of all siblings and allow for stronger bonds to develop.

November 8         The Importance of Self-Care

Self care is one of the most overlooked and undervalued aspects of wellness, yet it is one of the most vital. Parents often neglect themselves, but parents of special needs children significantly more so. In this presentation, listeners will learn the role stress and anxiety plays in their body, how it can negatively impact many areas of functioning, and how to combat it and prioritize their own care.

December 13       The Ins and Outs of ABA Insurance

The world of insurance policies and benefits is confusing. We will help clarify some of that confusion for you. We’ll discuss what to expect from your policy–deductible, co-pay/co-insurance, out of pocket maximum; how to verify your benefits; what to expect from your insurance provider in a typical autism program; and the initial therapy process–what’s required in a referral and for authorization of assessment and treatment.