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Partners Resource Network (PRN) is a non-profit agency that operates the statewide network of federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI's). The PACT Project  is one of the four federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) operated by PRN. We serve Texas parents of children and youth with disabilities ages 0-26 living in Education Service Center (ESC) Regions 7810, and 11.

PACT Project Webinars & IEP Clinics 

 
Grab your calendar and make plans to attend one or more events below. You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear from our engaging and knowledgeable Regional Coordinators. Click on each page to view for additional information and the clicks for the opportunity to register.

PACT Webinars


Working at the Root-level of Conflict
Tuesday October 5th
12:15 pm CT

Register at HERE
                 Social Skills 24/7
              Tuesday, October 19th
               12:15 pm CT

                Register HERE
Holiday Youth Events
Friendsgiving Celebration
November 18, 2021
5:30 - 6:30 pm
REGISTER HERE
                  Holiday Hangout
                   December 9, 2021
                   5:30 - 6:30 pm
                  REGISTER HERE
So, what is a clinic anyway?  
Have you ever wanted to make sure your child's paperwork matched what you expected it to be? Do you have questions about related services or concerns about goals?  Have you ever just wanted to know more about what all those papers mean and how the school uses them?

Is your child age 14 and you are starting to hear the word Transition. What is Transition? What questions do I ask? How do I talk to my school or my child about their future plans? 

Do all the questions need to be about an IEP? Absolutely not!  We can talk about 504, Disability resources, Behavior resources, and finding community services.  

All these things can be discussed during the time set aside and listed on our calendars/event pages as IEP clinics.

 Regional Coordinators host these IEP clinics all throughout the year, multiple times a month.  We schedule appointments 1 on1 to go through your information and answer questions.    We are not just here for you when you have a problem, we are here for you everyday!

Contact your Regional Coordinator to get a schedule of clinics and set up time to check in on your child's paperwork.

 
Region 7 – Dee Lower, Region7prn@gmail.com
Region 8 – Patricia Reedy, Region8prn@gmail.com
Region 10 – Jim Wright, Region10prn@gmail.com
Region11 – Christy Balraj, Region11prn@gmail.com
Region 11- Pamela Householder, Region11aprn@gmail.com

ARD Meeting Essentials for Parents

The world of special education can be overwhelming for families. As a parent/guardian, you are a very important member of this committee. It is important to understand the essentials of an admissions, review, dismissal (ARD) committee meeting. Learn more about the ARD process in this video shared by Texas Education Agency.

The Olympics were a major event this last summer.  One of the biggest stories was regarding gymnast, Simone Biles withdrawing herself from competition.  Click HERE to read about the article: "Take a Cue from Simone: Prioritizing Your Mental Health is Important."

Click HERE  for the best photos from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

HALLOWEEN TIPS, ACTIVITIES AND CRAFTS
Halloween tips for children with special needs    -  Click HERE 

What is the meaning of the blue Halloween pumpkin  -  Click HERE

Free Halloween no print activities for Speech Therapy  -  Click HERE

Fun Halloween crafts that are sensory friendly -  Click HERE 
 
One of the biggest concern as a parent is what is the next step for our children after Graduation. Click HERE to learn more about Transition and for other Transition Resources. For ideas on building a life for your child's adulthood, click HERE.


The Language of Play!

Parents often ask, “What are the best toys for helping my child with language development?”  Going into the toy section of most stores can be overwhelming.  These days, many toys have bright lights and sounds that grab our attention, buttons to activate, and the promise of unlimited engagement.  While many toys have valuable qualities, the best toys for encouraging language learning tend to be those that are simple and allow for engagement with other people. 

 

Think about what language and communication really involve.  Language and communication require a shared experience where the speaker and listener are each responding to each other. It is much more than simply saying a word or phrase and getting a response.  When we communicate, we use body language, eye contact, inflection, and emotion in addition to our words.  As the listener, we take in the words and non-verbal cues from the speaker as well as the context cues in the environment.  Communication and language involve give-and-take much like a dance with a partner.  

 

When we think about toys that are going to grow language, we want to think about activities where we can be highly engaged with a child.  Think about the activities that you most enjoy with your child.  When do you have the best connection?  The most laughter?  The best eye contact?  Building on experiences that are engaging to both you and your child will help give you ideas about the types of toys and activities that can help to develop language.  To give you some ideas, here are some toys that therapists at Monkey Mouths often use while helping children grow language.

 
  • Wind-up toys are great for asking for “help” and commenting on the action that happens.

  • Balls can be used to practice turn taking (throwing back and forth) and following directions (throw it to a person or location).

  • Play Doh is great for describing or naming actions (push, roll, squish, poke, etc.) and using descriptive words (big, small, squishy, colors, skinny, bumpy, etc.).

  • Farm animals are fun to use in pretend play and help to teach action words (eat, drink, sleep, run), descriptive words (big, small, spotted, etc.), and following directions.

  • Surprise eggs are fun to fill and open.  Take plastic Easter eggs and fill them with small objects.  Have fun opening them and talking about the surprise inside.  

  • Books have unlimited potential for teaching language.  For very young children or younger language learners, look for repetitive books and books with flaps to help with engagement.  Remember that the best books are those that your child enjoys engaging in with you.  It is fine to stray from the text to make comments and explore pictures together.  As your child gains language skill, he or she will improve the ability to listen and attend to the story with you.  

Most of all, in picking toys for your child, remember to have fun!  Let your child guide you by observing his or her interests, and then offer what you think might be engaging.  Allow yourself to be a bit of a kid again and play!  Your child will enjoy the engagement with you, and you will be rewarded by taking part in his or her language development.  

For more information about Speech Language Therapy or to schedule an evaluation at Monkey Mouths Pediatric Therapy, please call 817.479.7019. 

For more information about AAC or to schedule an evaluation, please visit our website here or call our number below.
 
     817-479-7019
www.monkeymouths.com
 

PBS Corporation offers online parent training resources!
  • Teampbs.com
  • Select Training
  • Scroll down to find the Parent Training courses.
Parent Training #001: An introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis for Parents
Parent Training #002: Understanding Behavior - A Parent's Guide to the ABC's
Parent Training #003: Improving Family Routines through Positive Behavior Support


Click HERE for Teampbs.com
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The contents of this publication were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M200043. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
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