Special needs advocate to host session

Parents of children with sensory processing disorders will have the opportunity to gain some peace of mind on June 18 when special needs advocate Jennifer Weitz, of JW Advocates, LLC, will explain how they can partner with the school system to best meet their children’s needs.

The free, 90-minute session will address the process by which Individualize Education Plans (IEPs) are granted by schools, and the “related services” that this allows students to receive.

Ms. Weitz is a trained special needs advocate and mother of two children with Fragile X Syndrome and autism, who, for more than a decade, has concentrated on using her skills and experience to help her family and others traverse the tangled web of special needs legislation.

During her presentation, she will explain related services, such as speech, occupational and physical therapy, social skills groups, assisted technology and more. She will also outline Connecticut public school eligibility requirements, and will explain guidelines for provision of these services to students with special needs.

“This session will help parents of children with sensory needs to prepare for the next school year,” said event host Melissa Kahn, owner of Sensory Kids.

“Parents who understand, and can navigate, the process by which public schools make assessments and provide related services, will be better advocates for their children,” she added.

Sensory Kids offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment programs designed to help kids achieve sensory integration.

This private occupational therapy practice is a leader in multi-sensory therapeutic treatments for children.

To attend this free event, RSVP to [email protected]

The presentation will be held on Thursday, June 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Sensory Kids, 406 East Putnam Avenue in Cos Cob.

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