- ACT EARLY: Early Start Years
- Understanding the Transition to Preschool
- Understanding Transition to Kindergarten
- IEP Basics
- The IEP Form: One Page at a Time
- Understanding IEP Goals
- Positive Behavior Supports and Behavior Intervention Plans
- Understanding Assessments Part 1
- Understanding Assessments Part 2
- Special Education Rights: Procedural Safeguards Part 1
- Special Education Rights Part 2: Remedies
- Effective Parent Advocacy
- Get to know the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network – CAPTAIN
- Cultivating Independence: Student-Led IEPs
- Understanding Conservatorship
- The ITP Form: One Page at a Time
- Transition to Adulthood Resource Guide Tour
- What is Matrix?
- Understanding Tailored Day Services (TDS)
- Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA)
1. ACT EARLY: Early Start Years > TO TOP
Join us in exploring a child’s milestones. Learn about who is involved if your child is not meeting those milestones, how to access early start services through The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), and how early services are started.
2. Understanding the Transition to Preschool > TO TOP
Transitioning from Early Start and the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to special education preschool and your child’s first Individualized Education Program (IEP) can be overwhelming and exciting at the same time. Learn about the Transition to Preschool timeline. Find out what to look for in a preschool, and the differences between an IFSP and an IEP.
3. Understanding Transition to Kindergarten > TO TOP
Kindergarten already! Where does the time go? How can I prepare my little one for “big kid” school? Come learn what to expect, along with helpful tips to ease your child’s (and your) transition to kindergarten.
4. IEP Basics > TO TOP
If you’re new to the world of IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) or if you’ve been around the Special Education block a couple of times, this training will introduce or reinforce basic concepts necessary for understanding your child’s IEP.
5. The IEP Form: One Page at a Time > TO TOP
Take a walk through the IEP (Individualized Education Program) form. The pages of the IEP form are in a specific order and specific information should be found in each section. Knowing what should be on each page of your child’s IEP empowers you to be an effective member of your child’s IEP team.
6. Understanding IEP Goals > TO TOP
Do you know what makes an IEP goal SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-limited)? Do you know how to identify strengths and weaknesses of an IEP goal and the baseline for the goal? Please join us to improve your understanding of the elements of well-written IEP (Individualized Education Program) baselines and goals.
7. Positive Behavior Supports and Behavior Intervention Plans > TO TOP
Does your child have a behavior goal as part of their IEP? Is your child being assessed for a behavior intervention plan (BIP)? Or do they already have a BIP? Did you know that positive behavior support (PBS) theory is the foundation for IEP team generated BIPs? Watch this video to gain a better understanding of what’s at the root of a behavior and how your child’s BIP works to address behavior concerns.
8. Understanding Assessments Part 1 > TO TOP
Wondering how to go about getting an assessment for your child? This training will give you a solid understanding of the special education assessment process, how you can participate in the process, and what to do if you disagree.
9. Understanding Assessments Part 2 > TO TOP
This training will give you a solid understanding of how to read your child’s IEP (Individualized Education Program) assessment. You will learn how to interpret the test scores and how to use this information in the development of goals, accommodations, services, and placement for your child.
10. Special Education Rights: Procedural Safeguards Part 1 > TO TOP
Come take a walk through Procedural Safeguards. We’ll go through the information packet you receive at every IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting one page at a time to help you better understand those rights. This packet contains your and your child’s special education rights and protections. This is Part 1 of a two-part training
11. Special Education Rights Part 2: Remedies > TO TOP
This is Part 2 of the Special Educaton Rights training. It focuses on potential remedies – such as Alternative Dispute Resolution and Due Process – which are available to you if you can’t reach agreement with your district. Understanding your rights empowers you to be an effective member of your child’s IEP team.
12. Effective Parent Advocacy > TO TOP
Parents of children with disabilities often need to advocate to help their children receive the services they need. You’re the expert when it comes to your child! Come learn how to effectively share your knowledge with your IEP (Individualized Education Program) team.
13. Get to know CAPTAIN (California Autism Professional Training and Information Network) > TO TOP
CAPTAIN is a multiagency network developed to support the understanding and use of Evidence Based Practices for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder across the California. (https://www.captain.ca.gov/) Matrix welcomes Ann England, Project Coordinator, SELPA Content Lead-ASD, Marin County SELPA & CAPTAIN.
14. Cultivating Independence: Student-Led IEPs > TO TOP
A successful transition to adult life does not happen by accident. Research indicates that students who are deeply involved in the planning, writing and implementation of their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are more likely to have successful adult life outcomes. This training will provide you with the information you need to get your student started on leading their IEP meetings.
15. Understanding Conservatorship > TO TOP
Matrix welcomes attorney Alexis Lynch for a training on Conservatorship. In order to maintain the legal rights to make important decisions concerning your child’s care, such as place of residence, medical treatment, and educational placement after age 18, you need to be appointed conservator by a judge. This workshop will provide an overview of what conservatorship entails and the steps necessary for being appointed a conservator through the local courts.
16. The ITP Form: One Page at a Time > TO TOP
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) mandates that transition planning and the written ITP (Individual Transition Plan) become part of your child’s IEP once the student turns 16 years old. Transition planning and the written ITP should begin sometime during a student’s 15th year. Understanding how to help build robust ITPs empowers youth (and their parents) to be effective members of their IEP teams.
17. Transition to Adulthood Resource Guide Tour > TO TOP
Matrix Parent Advisors are parents of children with special needs – and a few of us are traveling down the Transition to Adulthood road. Our goal with this tour and Online Resource Guide is to provide families of children and young adults with special needs with a comprehensive resource for Transition to Adulthood. Resources will be added and edited frequently.
18. What is Matrix? > TO TOP
Learn more about Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center in this short video.
19. Understanding Tailored Day Services (TDS) > TO TOP
Matrix welcomes back Michael Pinkerton, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Living Skills Director at Integrated Community Services. Michael will discuss Tailored Day Services (TDS), explain how TDS works, who is eligible, and the ways in which this unique program can help qualifying individuals with disabilities become as independent as they can be. Watch this videos to learn more about an alternative to the traditional day program.
20. Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA) > TO TOP
Have you heard about OCRA? Matrix presents Courtney Mangus, a Clients’ Rights Advocate for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. Courtney believes that the work of OCRA is important to creating an equitable world for people with developmental disabilities. OCRA is a program offered through Disability Rights California.