Read our monthly calendar to stay informed about special needs events, classes, parent training opportunities and support group meetings taking place in Houston and surrounding communities.
These listings are emailed to Mikey's Place by various organizations in the Greater Houston area which we are happy to share with you.  These organizations and Mikey's Place do not necessarily endorse the following listings; they are provided to you for informational purposes only. 


February/March 2018

February 20 - 21 Lone Star ABA Conference, Richmond, http://lsaba.org/events/carbone.

February 20th - 21st, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm "Current Topics in Teaching Language to Children with Autism with Vince Carbone". Located at Parkway Fellowship, 27043 Fm 1093 Rd, Richmond, TX 77406. B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior has inspired important research and clinical applications for teaching language to children with autism. The purpose of this presentation is to describe some current topics in the behavior analytic approach to teaching verbal behavior and how this information can be used to improve the instruction of children with autism. Registration Cost: Both Days Professional: $175, Both Days Student: $75, 1 Day Professional: $100, 1 Day Student: $50. Parents are welcome to attend this conference but do need to understand that the information will be presented on a professional level. If you are a parent (or another individual not working in the field of behavior analysis) and believe you have enough knowledge of behavior analysis to benefit, you are invited to register at the student rate. Register at http://lsaba.org/events/carbone . Please note that this event is hosted by the Lone Star Association for Behavior Analysis (LSABA). Email abanetworking@gmail.com or use their Contact Form if you have any questions.

February 21st, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm "iDevices and Supports for Executive Functioning". Located at Region 4 ESC - MCC 105 (AT Lab), 7145 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092. Many students struggle with organizational skills, which can lead to difficulties in school and in other aspects of life. Learn device features and apps for scheduling, doing homework, setting reminders, note-taking, voice recognition, text-to-speech, and more to help students to become more organized and successful. Register: $35.

February 21 - 23 Texas Transition Conference, Houston, http://ttc.tamu.edu/registration 

February 22nd, "Sibling Support". Located at The Westview School, 1830 Kersten Dr, Houston, 77043. Discussions will be relevant to parents and caregivers of children of all ages with autism spectrum disorder. There is no cost to attend. If you have any questions, please email aharris@westviewschool.org.

February 22nd, 6:00 - 8:00 pm "'Yes, WORK is the Goal': Understanding SSA Benefits and Work Incentives". Located at 5200 Mitchelldale, Suite D4, Houston, 77092. Key items to be presented: Why work is important, how does work affect SSI and SSDI, Medicare vs Medicaid, work incentives for SSI and SSDI, eligibility for SSI and SSDI, and the new Texas ABLE Program. $10 entry fee (scholarships available if needed). Please RSVP to Rosa Rocha at rosarocha08@sbcglobal.net

February 22nd, 9:00 am "Harvey Victims and Agencies Meet". Located at Northside Missionary Baptist Church, 6915 Curry Rd, Houston TX 77093. They will be serving breakfast and introducing the nonprofits that attend.

February 24th, 9:00am - 12:00pm, "5th Hand in Hand Expo". Located at Tomball ISD Staff Development Center, 1302 Keefer Suite B, Tomball, TX 77375. This is a come and go event for families of students in special education to obtain community information for their children. If you are interested in attending, please submit your registration for this event by Friday, January 19th. Please note there is NO cost to reserve a table..

February 24th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm "Family and Friends 4 Hour Seminar". Located at Aspire Hospital Corporation, 2006 South Loop 336 West, Suite 500, Conroe TX 77304. This is a FREE 4-hour seminar for family and friends that have loved ones living with the signs and/or symptoms of a mental health condition. Please call 713-970-4435 or email at register@namigreaterhouston.org to sign up for one of the seminars today. The sessions are no cost to you but registration is required to prepare materials and provide refreshments. In addition to the presentation, we will a participants manual and crisis folder with local resources for each registrant.

February 24th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am "Help Your Child Get a Better Night's Sleep". Located at 4910 Airport Avenue Bldg G Rosenberg, TX 77471. Discuss the prevalence of sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorder as well as methods for identifying and understanding common sleep problems. To reserve your spot at these FREE TRAININGS, please email your RSVP to jessica.ferguson@texanacenter.com by February 22nd before the scheduled trainings. In order for the trainings to occur we need a minimum of two attendees. Therefore, please bring a friend if possible. If the number of RSVP is less than two, then the training will be rescheduled. Child care will be provided to those who RSVP and request this service during the training. TEA Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits available free for teachers!

February 24th, "NAMI Family & Friends". Located in Conroe, TX. NAMI Family and Friends is a new free 4-hour seminar for family and friends that have loved ones dealing with a mental health condition. Please register here, call 713-970-4435 or email them at register@namigreaterhouston.org to sign up for one of the seminars today. The sessions are no cost to you but registration is required to prepare materials and provide refreshments. In addition to the presentation, they will a participants manual and crisis folder with local resources for each registrant. For more information, call Angelina Hudson at 713-970-4489.

February 24th, 11:00 am "Studio Movie Grill Special Needs Screenings: Early Man". Free for children with disabilities and their siblings, with adult tickets available for the before-noon price. Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered. Children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie. Tickets are available at the Studio Movie Grill Box Office. City Center, Copperfield or Pearland locations. 

February 25th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm "Day at the Park". Located at McAllister Park, 13102 Jones-Maltsberger Rd San Antonio, Texas 78247. A Texas Hands & Voices, Guide By Your Side event for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, the community, and professionals who support them. Come and make new friends, enjoy an afternoon at the park, and share stories with us. RSVP with Linda at llartigue@gbys.txhv.org or 210-838-1756. Please make sure to RSVP so that she can send you a link to the exact area we will meet. ASL Language Facilitators will be present.

February 26th, 10:30 - 11:30 am "Region 4 Focus Group".
February 26th, 12:30 - 1:30 pm "Region 4 Focus Group".
February 26th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm "Region 4 Focus Group".
February 26th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm "Region 4 Focus Group".
February 26th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm "Region 4 Focus Group".
Located at Region 4 Education Service Center, 7145 West Tidwell Road, Houston, TX 77092. During the 2016-2017 school year, the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) performed a series of onsite monitoring visits to review Texas' compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The final report was provided to TEA on January 10, 2018. The findings from that report require TEA to develop a plan to address four corrective actions. An integral part of the plan development process will be the gathering of input from stakeholders and other interested Texans. TEA will be conducting a series of focus group meetings targeting district leaders, parents of students with disabilities, teachers and service providers, and students within Region 4. These meetings will be held prior to the final plan being submitted to OSEP on April 18, 2018. Interested parents are invited to attend the focus group meeting in their area. Each meeting will include up to 25 participants and registration is required. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tea-parent-focus-groups-registration-42989139674

February 27th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm "Teen Panel" Located at 16755 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land TX 77479. Fort Bend ADDA-SR is giving a new twist to their typical meeting! This will be a Teen Led Panel moderated by clinical psychologist, Lindsay Asawa. Teens will share ideas and strategies that have benefited them. All ages are welcome to this meeting! This will be helpful encouragement for teens, children, and very insightful for parents. Sign up here.

February 27th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm "2018 Share the Knowledge Brown Bag Lunch & Learn for Special Needs Parents & Therapists". They will cover Quantum Reflex Integration (QRI) & Its Role in Integrating Primitive Reflexes, Which Support & Promote Development, Including Detoxing. Please email gayle.Fisher@usa.net for directions & map link.

February 28th, 9:00 - 10:00 am "Updates on the Care of Children with Down Syndrome Webinar". The Genetic Seminar Series will offer 7 webinars on a variety of topics impacting pediatric patients. The webinar in this series will cover Down Syndrome and new approaches to evaluating a child with developmental disabilities. In addition, Laura Buckner, M.Ed., LPC and MOM will discuss the important impacts of person-centered planning practices. Click here to register for the webinar.

February 28th, 12:00 pm "Creating Learners". Located at the CHC, 725 E Villa Maria Rd #3900, Bryan, TX 77802. Do you have children with learning difficulties? Or exceptional gifts? Do you want to see them reach their full potential? Lunch and learn. To RSVP and for location details, go here.