The Association of Parents and Staff (APS) is an organization of parents who have children with special needs in any of NSSED's 18 member school districts, and the staff who serve them. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of our children with disabilities through advocacy, partnership and support. Together with our staff partners, we hope to heighten awareness and understanding of learning differences, provide ongoing training and education, and offer support and connections to all.
Presented by: Dr. Patrick McGrath, Clinical Director School Anxiety and School Refusal Programs, AMITA Health Alexian Bros Behavioral Health Hospital
This presentation will review specific interventions designed to assist children in managing their anxiety, as well as promote increased motivation, healthy goals setting and active school engagement for the child. Factors that contribute to avoidant behaviors, as well as ways to early identify maladaptive copy responses will be explored. Attendees leaving the presentation will have learned how to develop parenting strategies to assist their children with healthy coping responses and engage them in effective communication and language that promotes self-advocacy and independence.
Patrick McGrath, PhD is the Assistant Vice President of Residential Services at AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute. He is the Executive Director of the Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Center and the Clinical Director for the Center for Anxiety and OCD and the School Anxiety and School Refusal Program at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED HERE! Register by: Friday, February 23, 2018