Parent Group Training Topics

Join us the 2nd Saturday of each month beginning at 1:30pm for a free parent training from local experts around the community and state.

If there is a topic you are interested in, please let us know and we will work hard to make it happen!

​​Date                Speaker                                                 Contact Info                                                              Topic              ____


February 13     Tara Tallaksen & Kristin Millet                                           Autism Resources in SWFL

                      Golisano Children's Hospital of SWFL 

March 12         Leigh-Anna Nowak, MSW                                                     Transitions for your Special Needs Youth


April 9             Brenda Gellinger, BSW                                           Project Lifesaver, Wandering Prevention

                      Lee County Sheriff's Office

May 14            Representative Dane Eagle                                               Conversation with families                      Florida House of Representatives

June 11           Donna DJerf                                                                                Navigating the IEP Process

                      Lee County Public Schools                      

                      Family Liaison for Exceptional

                      Student Education

July 9            Anjali Van Drie, MA, MSW, BCBA                                                   Conversations About Behavior

                     Vice President

                     Family Initiative

August 13       Collene Cancelliere                                                             Medicaid Waiver Overview

                     Agency for Persons with Disabilities

                     Regional Program Supervisor

September 10  Jeanne Dozier & Dr. Chuck Bradley                                                             Lee County ESE Q&A 

                      Lee County School Board Member

                      Exceptional Student Education Director  

October 8       Megan Feeney                                                                  Goodwill's Disability Services

                     Program Manager of Disability
                     Support Services
                     Goodwill Industries of SWFL

November 12  Leslie Deason, MS, RD, LDN                                                        Impact of Diet & Nutrition

                     Collier County Government   

December 10  Martha Uhlar                                                                  Talking about Talking: Speech Q&A

                     Speech Language Pathologist

                     Lee County Schools


January 14     Donna DJerf                                                                                    IEP Process & Advocacy

                   Lee County Public Schools

                   Family Liaison for Exceptional Student Education                   

                   Eliana Tardio                              

                   Parent Education Network


February 11   Lance McKinney                                                                      Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Act, & More

                    Osterhout & McKinney, P.A.

                    Certified Elder Law Attorney

​March 11       Jaime Hoover, MS                                                                  Safety Supports for Your Child

​April 8                Promising Pathways Autism Conference at FGCU-no parent group was held so caregivers could attend the conference

​May 13       Billy Richard                                                                                              LCSO K9 Unit                                                          

June 10     Anjali Van Drie                                            Intro to Understanding Behavior

                Family Initiative

July 15      Back to School Summit                                                                 IEP Education and Advocacy