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WestviewEDU is an education series for parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder. These sessions are open to the community - you do not have to be a Westview parent to attend! So bring your friends and help spread the word.

Morning sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. and are presented in Largent Hall at The Westview School - 1830 Kersten Drive, Houston, TX 77043. For more information, send an email to aharris@westviewschool.org.

 

 

 

2019-2020 Schedule:

 
Sept. 19 at 9:30 am – Executive Functioning: Training the Brain to Improve Memory, Flexibility, and Impulse Control

Executive functioning is a group of skills that allows us to manage thoughts, actions, and emotions in order to get things done. Dr. Natalie Montfort will offer practical ways to help your child improve memory, flexibility, impulse control and more.

 

Oct. 17 – When It’s More Than “Picky Eating” – Sensory Food Aversions and Mealtime Trouble Shooting

Dr. Ken Montfort will show parents what it’s like for those who have food aversions due to sensory sensitivities and offer ways to expand your child’s palate. He will also discuss reinforcing manners and avoiding those embarrassing “I don’t like that!” moments.

 

Nov. 14 at 6:30 pm – When is a Child Ready for Mainstreaming?

Parents face many challenges when deciding whether to move their children from a “special needs” environment to a “mainstream” setting in a public or private school. This presentation will help you to better understand when your child is ready, and how to prepare and be successful in the mainstream classroom. (Evening Location TBA)

 

Dec. 12 at 9:30 am – I am SO STRESSED OUT! Managing Parental Stress and Anxiety

Literature shows that parents of special needs children experience much higher levels of stress, anxiety, and even depression than parents of “typically-developing” children… but we didn’t need to tell you that! Ms. Mimi Le will give you strategies to help cope with these feelings and keep yourself healthy and happy.

 

Jan. 23 at 9:30 am – What? That’s an App?

As parents, we are often “way behind” in the world of online activity. Children with autism spectrum disorder are at an elevated risk of dangerous online activity, whether intended or not. In this session, we will discuss “stranger danger,” online safety, and how to keep yourself informed of the rapidly-changing world of children’s online behavior.

 

Feb. 20 at 6:30 pm – Managing Meltdowns, Tantrums and Effective Discipline

We have all been there. You’re in the grocery store and your child starts to lose control. You get “those” looks from other shoppers… now what? Mr. Michael McKee will help you understand the difference between tantrums and meltdowns and give you practical at-home strategies to implement with your children. (Evening Location TBA)

 

March 12 at 9:30 am – Behavior Troubleshooting

This presentation will follow our “Managing Meltdowns and Tantrums” session with specific questions from parents about behavior issues and troubleshooting. A panel of experts, including our Student and Staff Support Specialists, will help you with even the toughest behavior questions!

 

April 30 at 9:30 am – Goodbye, Westview! Uh, Now What!?

A Veteran Parents Panel will be in attendance to talk about where their children went after Westview, where they are now, and offer advice on parenting children with autism spectrum disorder.