Bloomfield Dept. of Special Services Presents “Strategies for Managing Challenging Behavior” – Oct. 20, 2014

Strategies for managing challenging behaviors


Dr. Sudha Ramaswamy

This is the first in a series by Dr. Ramaswamy. Join us for strategies on how to manage behaviors at home such as homework, bedtime, following rules, doing chores. Bring your questions and concerns for this interactive session.

Monday Oct 20th

7:30 – 9:00 PM

Bloomfield High School

Media Center

155 Broad Street

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FREE SPAN – Parent & Professional Workshop – “Create Agreement”: for IEPs etc. 10-22-14 – Union NJ 10 AM – 12 PM

SPAN (Statewide Parent Advocate Network of NJ is conducting a free workshop to help parents and education professionals minimize conflicts in IEP Meetings etc. The workshop is FREE but REGISTRATION is required.

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

10 AM – 12 PM

Family Link REIC
2333 Morris Avenue
Suite A204
Union, NJ 07083

Special thanks to Ms. Carla Añez-Espinosa for this information. – Helpful Information for Parents of Kids with Learning Issues


Do you deal with some tough learning issues with your child like Dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Math, Reading or Writing issues? If that’s the case you will be glad to spend some time at UNDERSTOOD.ORG.  (Available in English and Spanish.)

It is a super-duper place for information on this issues. What we particularly like about it is, you not only can get some useful tips, but also some possible SOLUTIONS that may help you and your child get through another homework battle. Er, I  mean homework time. 🙂

Note: This helpful information provided by the seemingly indefatigable, ever on-the-alert to help, Bloomfield SEPAC-ER, Ms. Carla Añez-Espinosa.



FREE ADMISSION!   Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, from 6-9 PM Rain Date, Oct 25th)

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, sponsored by Essex County, will have a huge display of Jack O’Lanterns hand carved/painted by local high school students. There will also be entertainment for kids and light refreshments.  Entertainment varies each year. Last year’s event was great fun with music and a big outdoor screen and haystack seating for  showing Halloween Kids shows, like Scooby Doo, etc. Nothing too scary for the little ones, face painting, a bounce house. etc. Admission is free and so is the entertainment. There were also hot dogs and sodas available for purchase.

You can Vote for The Best Pumpkins from the High Schools on Display. Last year, we know a bunch of folks thought BLOOMFIELD’s WERE BEST!  We hope more BENGAL PRIDE is on display this year.

Special Note: Parking is very busy on this night, You can park on the Garden side of Upper Mountain Avenue, but plan to arrive early, as the road fills up quickly! For hale and hearty walkers, you can also park up behind the Gardens on Highland Avenue and walk down into the Gardens.

Listen to “Knowing Me, Knowing Autism.” – by Robyn Steward. Inspiration and information we can use!

logo_sepac   Many parents of Special Needs children look ahead and we try to wonder, what will life be like for my child when he or she grows up?  Robyn Steward is remarkable young woman who happens to be on the Autism Spectrum with Asperger’s and she has become an artist, a speaker, training, consultant and mentor for people with Special Needs, as well as to their parents. You can listen to her describing her journey in life in an audio broadcast by pressing here.

It is a very moving, positively optimistic and informative piece and it lasts just shy of a half hour (and you can pause it if need be). Please let us know what you think of it. You can send comments in a section at the bottom of this post.

Whether you are working or have extra some time off this long weekend, enjoy yourself and stay well.