It was a great pleasure to attend the START Project & SPAN of NJ’s Essex County Roundtable last night. This very informative and useful exchange of ideas for SEPAC Organizations was led by
SPAN/START Leader Myriam Alizo.
Ms. Alizo is a fiercely dedicated Advocate for Special Education in New Jersey and throughout the nation. Her presentation was very inspiring and informative, as always. If you have yet to hear Ms. Alizo speak, please be sure to attend one of her presentations soon. You will be very glad that you did.
Thanks also to Ms. Michele Tyler of SPAN/START,
who spoke about the issue of Disproportion-ality facing some school districts.
Another highlight for me was having the opportunity to meet the very helpful and dedicated members of various Special Ed Parents groups throughout Essex County, including wonderful folks from NEWARK, SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, WEST ORANGE, LIVINGSTON as well as the Special Ed Supervisor from ROSELAND and the Coordinator of Special Services/LDTC from ESSEX FELLS.
It was a great night and one filled with ideas for improving our Bloomfield SEPAC!
Stress – Fear – Anxiety – School Avoidance – Depression
“I Don’t Want To Go To School”
If any of these words have become part of your child’s vocabulary please join:
Dr. Ellen Platt for some help!
There will be 2 Sessions – based on Age/Grade. All Parents of All Students are welcome.
Bloomfield Special Services Department & Bloomfield SEPAC Present:
For Parents of Middle School/High School
Wednesday March 1st 7-9 PM – Students at
The Bloomfield Board of Education Administration Building – 2nd Floor, Conference Room
For Parents of PreK/Elementary Students
Wednesday March 15th, 7-9 PM at Fairview Elementary School.
Dr. Ellen Platt will be joining us both evenings to talk about these concerns for all age groups. Bring your concerns, bring your questions and let’s talk! The agenda isn’t pre-planned, but will take the course the parents need!
Dr. Ellen M. Platt is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist practicing in Cedar Grove, NJ. Dr. Platt consults with many school districts in addition to her private practice. She also provides workshops focusing on Child and Adolescent problems from a clinical perspective as they relate to everyday life stresses.
This informational video is published by the NJ Department of Education. It may contain wording that you as a Parent may not feel is the most appropriate choice at times? It is a training video that School Bus Drivers and Aides have been mandated by Law to view. We at Bloomfield SEPAC, present it without any endorsement, but so you are aware of the regulation and what is being shown to those worker who interact with our children.
The article below by Maria Szalavitz, from The Scientific American, (published March 1, 2016) proposes that autism is different for girls; both in symptoms and how it affects a girl:
Autism in Girls
- One in 68 children in the U.S. is affected by autism—but new research suggests that current diagnostic methods overlook girls, meaning even more kids may be on the spectrum.
- Behavioral and preliminary neuroimaging findings suggest autism manifests differently in girls. Notably, females with autism may be closer to typically developing males in their social abilities than typical girls or boys with autism.
- Girls with autism may be harder to diagnose for several reasons, including criteria developed specifically around males and overlapping diagnoses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or anorexia.”
- Press here for the full article.