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SEAC special needs symposium a success Sherry Haaima

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The Renfrew County Catholic District School Board, with the help of the special education advisory committee (SEAC), hosted a full-day special education symposium April 25 at St. Joseph’s High School in Renfrew. With more than 100 people in attendance, organizers are pleased with the success of the event, which was supported by a Parents Reaching Out grant from the Ministry of Education. The spring symposium was entitled Transitions – The Road to Independence, and featured speakers, vendor and organization booths and afternoon breakout sessions. The original keynote speaker

Amalia Starr had issues with her flight and appeared via Skype. Starr, an author and transition and independent living coach, delivered an address ‘A Mother and Son’s 40-year Journey: Lessons Learned Along the Special Needs Trail.’ Dr. June Pimm, author of The Autism Story, psychology co-ordinator of the autism program for Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and adjunct professor of psychology at Carleton University, stepped in as keynote speaker and spoke to the morning crowd about using a developmental approach with young children on the autism spectrum. “New research evidence about the importance of considering the child’s

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Special education symposium keynote speaker Dr. June Pimm, centre, joins Renfrew County Catholic District School Board administrative assistant Linda Arsenault and superintendent of educational services Mark Searson at the April 25 event at St. Joseph’s High School. developmental level when planning an IEP has resulted in a modified kindergarten program yielding very positive results,” said Pimm, who explained the approach and spoke about how parents and teachers can help their child master the important skills necessary for learning. Pimm was pleased with the audience response. “It was just wonderful,” she said. SEAC member Colleen Whittier said the response from attendees was very positive. Organizers are grateful for the grant that made the event possible and pleased with the

parents about some of things they can do,” said We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Whittier. It was nice to have so many organizations and If you have any questions, please contact Steven Hodson at vendors, including one fea- (613) 646-2282 or (613) 635-1517. turing new assistive device technology, in one place, she added. More information on some of the services available for parents can be found at www.fcsrenfrew. on.ca, www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca, www.mcss. gov.on.ca, www.scsottawa. on.ca, www.children.gov. on.ca, www.cra-arc.gc.ca, www.easterseals.org and www.autismontario.com . 186 Pembroke

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One of the breakout sessions was led by Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County’s developmental services team. Special education advisory committee (SEAC) Kathy O’Connor presents certificates and maple syrup to presenters Kathy Bennett and Dwylla MacPherson.

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