Friday, September 21, 2012

Bad Parenting?

Why do others see me as a bad parent when my child misbehaves?

I know as a parent we are responsible for teaching our children what is acceptable behavior and correct them when they make a poor choice. I completely agree. I just wish others had understanding for the fact that parents of special needs children have to continually reteach their child  how to behave appropriately. It will take the child longer to implement these correct behaviors and a lot of practice to gain control of their actions.
Being a special needs mother I know what to expect, how to contain the situation, and help my son(s) calm down. I am not a parent who give excuses or allowances just because my children have special needs. We are sure to have our sons own up to their actions/choices and make restitution for it, to the best of their ability. But just because you got hit, scratched, bit, punched, or screamed at doesn't make me a bad parent, nor does it make my son a bad child. It means that something triggered his behavior, and there was nothing I could do to stop it in that moment. Should I have to be the one to apologies for my child every time an incident happens?" I wish I could say, "It's not my fault." but I can't. So, I apologize and hope for the best. Very likely they may say something rude and avoid us in the future, but I can't blame them in their ignorance. If they could only see how far my child has come to improve his behavior they would be more understanding. If I could send one message out to the world on this topic I would say.

Behavior Plan at Camp from Real Look Autism

IEP Workshop with the Utah Parents Center

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Parents as Partners in the IEP Process Workshop
in Davis School District
Davis Professional Development Center 
East Side
70 East 100 North 
(2nd Floor of Kendell Building)
Farmington, UT 84025

Tuesday September 25, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM MDT

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I can't make it
The Utah Parent Center in partnership with Davis School District Special Education invites you to attend the 
'Parents as Partners in the IEP Process' Workshop being held on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Why should you attend this workshop?

Have you ever asked yourself:
  • What are my rights and my responsibilities?  
  • Where can I go for help with my child's IEP?
  • What should be included on my child's IEP?
  • Can I make suggestions to the school about my child's program?
  • What can I do if I think changes need to be considered?
  • Where do I go from here? 
Parents are important members of the IEP team.  They can and want to be effective partners with other members of the team in developing and delivering special education programs for their student with disabilities.  However, they often lack information.  This workshop will help parents understand their role, rights and responsibilities in the IEP process.  They will learn how to effectively prepare for, participate in and follow-up on IEP meetings held on behalf of their student.  Information will be presented by trainers who are parents of children with disabilities.

Registration for this event is appreciated.  Please click the 'Register Now' link to the left to register. 

If you have questions about this training or need an individual consultation about your child's special education program please contact Roz Welch, Utah Parent Center Parent Consultant serving Davis School District at 801.402.5120 or by email 
Thank you and we look forward seeing you at this workshop.
Roz Welch
If you are unable to attend this event you have several options:
  • This workshop will be held again on
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013. 
  • Call Roz Welch at the number listed above for individual assistance. 
  • View the online IEP training available on the Utah Parent Center's website

Social Skills Groups at U of U

Social Skills Groups
For Youth with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
at the
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Clinics
650 Komas Dr. #208, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

YOUTH GROUP:  For children ages 8 to 13, this group meets on Wednesdays each week from September through May.  The group runs from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Activities address a wide range of social skills that group members build through games, hands-on activities and direct instruction.  See the attached schedule for more information on this year’s group activities. Call or email Jubel Morgan, R.N. for more information at             (801) 587-3775       or 

ADOLESCENT GROUPS:  These groups are aimed at adolescents ages 13 to 18 and run from September 20, 2012 until May 30, 2013.  We will have several new features to the group that should make for a terrific year!  We will be starting an adolescentGirls’ Group in addition to our Boys’ Group.  We will also be using an evidence-based curriculum for adolescents that was developed at UCLA (PEERS).  This curriculum involves a Parent Group as well to support the teens’ use of new skills in daily life.  As always, our group sessions alternate weekly between age-appropriate community outings and lessons in our offices using role playing and other hands-on activities.  Weekly meetings last from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.  A schedule of sessions is attached.  To obtain more information or sign up, call Jubel Morgan, R.N. at             (801) 587-3775      .

Autism Day at Discovery Gateway