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 2019

February 16th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm “Expanding the Mealtime Horizon: Tips for Decreasing Challenging Behavior and Increasing Variety into Your Learner’s Diet”. Located at University of Houston-Clear Lake, Bayou Building, Room 1510 (Garden Room), 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058. CEUs are available for educators. Register here.

February 16th, 11:00 am, Special Needs Screening "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part"Family-friendly movies 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 available at the Studio Movie Grill Box Office (City Centre, Pearland, & Copperfield Locations). Don't forget - Chefs for Children Program helps Family to Family Network - Order one of the chef-inspired menu items marked with the SMG Chefs for Children badge & SMG will donate 5% of the proceeds to Family to Family. 

February 16th, 10:00 - 11:30 am “IEP - Present Levels to Measurable Annual Goals Webinar”. Join the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities to learn quality Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) components along with measurable standards-based goals and objectives. Shemica Allen will discuss why the PLAAFP is the cornerstone for creating a high-quality IEP. If you need accommodations or have questions, email zoom-gcpd@gov.texas.gov or call 512-563-5740. Register here.

February 17th - 20th, “ReelAbilities Film Festival”. Located at Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24, 3839 Weslayan St, Houston, TX 77027. The 2019 festival will screen 13 films that foster dialogue between audience, the filmmaker, parents, professionals, or persons with disabilities, and to explore the subjects depicted in the films. Admission to all film and arts events is FREE! Advance registration required. All films at Edwards are audio described and captioned.

February 18th, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm “CU @ College Living Experience”. Located at College Living Experience, 11801 Stonehollow Dr # 100, Austin, TX 78758. College Living Experience (CLE) provides transition supports to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and other varying exceptionalities. Learn about the program, tour the center, see where the students live, and ask your inquiries. Prospective families please RSVP by calling (800) 486-5058. For more information, email khintz@experiencecle.com.

February 19th, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM “Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain”. Located at Region 4 ESC - MCC 100ABCDEF, MCC 111 (Kitchen), MCC 108 (Booth), 7145 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092. Have you ever wondered why some students cannot understand or recall important content after a 24-hour period? Experience 20 instructional strategies (based on brain research) that maximize memory and minimize forgetting. This session includes lunch and a copy of "Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites" (3rd ed.). Registration fee: $150/person. Register here.

February 20th, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM, “Formative Assessment In A Brain-compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?”. Located at Region 4 ESC - MCC 100ABCDEF, MCC 111 (Kitchen), MCC 108 (Booth), 7145 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092. If you wait until you have planned your lesson to decide how you will assess it, you have actually waited too late! Leave this session with over 50 products and performances which enable us to know if students are learning and methods (i.e. checklists and rubrics) for assessing them. This session includes lunch and a copy of "Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom.”. Registration fee: $150/person. Register here.

February 20th, 7:30 pm, “Intelligent Lives Screening”. Located at Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra, 2707 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy, Reserve tickets by FEBRUARY 7, 2019 https://gathr.us/s/25160

February 20th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm “OCD Relapse Prevention Webinar”. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic condition which requires continuous maintenance after effective treatment. Relapse prevention is crucial to sustaining progress and preventing slips. Although slips are a reality, developing a plan to regularly engage in exposure with response prevention will equip individuals for life-long management of symptoms. Renowned OCD expert, Dr. Thröstur Björgvinsson explains relapse prevention, maintaining goals, strategies to overcome relapse, and caregivers support after treatment. Registration is free but is required to access the webinar. When registering, you will have the opportunity to submit comments or questions. They want to encourage you to submit questions in the comments or questions section. The speakers will address the submitted question as well as live ones.

February 21st, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, “Good Grief! How Did I Get to Holland?”. Located at Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, 77450, Parking entrance #3, Conference Room A Kathy Morris will discuss the grief process, tools & supports to help parents navigate the journey of having a child with disability.

February 21st, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm “Power Lunch Series”. Located at West Gray Multi-Service Center 1475 W. Gray St., Houston, TX, 77019. This presentation will highlight essential information that job seekers must have when starting a job search. What are your rights under the ADA? What are reasonable accommodations and how should you request them? What does the law say about accommodations and an employer's duty to provide them? How and when do you disclose a disability that may be invisible? What is an employer allowed to ask and what can't they? These and many more topics will be explored by Sashi Nisankarao of the Southwest ADA Center. Lunch will be provided. Register here.

February 21st, 6:30 - 9:30 pm “ReelMusic”. Located at White Oak Music Hall, 2915 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009. An all-inclusive night of jazz, rock, and more, where a house band comprised of some of Houston's top professional musicians join artists living with disabilities on stage. Ernie Manouse, Houston Public Media PBS television host, will emcee the evening. Admission to all film and arts events is FREE! Advance registration required.

February 21st, 7:00 - 8:30 pm “Guy Gathering – Dad Support Group”. Located at P.F. Chang’s, 2120 Lone Star Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Meet other dads/Caregivers on the same journey as YOU. Facilitator, Billy Lynch, shared, “He’s been “that” dad; in denial, the why’s, the if’s, the unknown’s and now sees joy, hope and enlightenment.” This is an evening of camaraderie, friendship and fellowship. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be the support and servant to others.

February 21st, 6:30 - 8:30 pm “Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship Information Session”. Located at Meeting Room 2A, 2nd Floor, George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond TX 77469. Brazos Bend Guardianship Services is hosting a Guardianship Information Session. For reservations, contact BBGS at 281-232-7701.

February 22nd, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM “Step-by-Step Planning for ALL Learners with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with Dr. Patti Ralabate”. Located at Region 4 ESC - MCC 101, 7145 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional framework that helps educators to meet the learning needs of all their students. This workshop focuses on integrating the UDL principles into best practice through a 6-step UDL lesson planning process that works for all curriculum areas, all ages, and all learning environments. Registration fee: $35/person. Register here.

February 22nd - 23rd, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm “Visual Phonics: See the Sound”. Located at Region 4 ESC - MCC 205, 7145 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092. Acquire a basic understanding of how the visual phonics system of sound-gesture-symbol relations is used with students with auditory discrimination as well as reading and writing skills challenges. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants. Registration fee: $70/person. Register here.

February 22nd, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm “Self-Defense Against Aggressive Behavior”. Located at UHCL’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058. Come learn free self-defense Strategies with our team! Seats are available on a first-come basis. Contact them now for immediate participation in this research project, please email them at behaviorclinic@uhcl.edu.

February 23rd, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm “Rare Disease Day”. Located at The Health Museum of Houston, 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004. Rare Disease Day is an international observation to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives. Locally, this event is a joint effort by Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine featuring 35 Rare Disease Organizations and seminars by local physicians. Seminars will be offered in both English and Spanish. Admission for this event is free but registration is required. For more information, contact them at (832) 822-4280 or geneticevenings@bcm.edu.

February 23rd, 9:00 am - 11:00 am “Communication is Key: Teaching Appropriate Ways to Functionally Communicate Wants & Needs”. Located at Texana Center Main Campus, the HR Auditorium in Bldg G, 4910 Airport Avenue Bldg G Rosenberg, TX 77471. Attendees will learn what Functional Communication Training (FCT) means and how it can be used to teach alternative appropriate behaviors. Light Refreshments provided. Childcare will be provided to those who RSVP and request this service. To reserve YOUR spot at these FREE TRAININGS, please email your RSVP to antoinette.gilliam@texanacenter.com. For more information, please contact Ellen Catoe Rhoads at ellen.rhoads@texanacenter.com or 281-239-1497.

February 23rd, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm “Teen Huddle Family Event”. Located at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Parents and caregivers are provided 3-hours of FREE organized games to enjoy with other families and Teen Huddle member. Enjoy playing games and making unforgettable memories! For Teen Huddle members and the whole family including parent, children on the spectrum and siblings of children on the autism spectrum. Register here.

February 25th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “Building a Positive ARD Experience (#14922)”. Located at LSC-Montgomery - The University Center (TUC), 3rd Floor, 3232 College Park Dr., Conroe, TX 77384. Intrinsic motivation of the child’s learning, working toward win:win on all the quandaries. Designed for families, professionals, and caregivers of learning differences. Open to all members of Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL). $20/learner for processing costs, payable to ADDA-SR. For more information, email gayle.Fisher@usa.net.

February 26th, 9:30 am - 10:30 am “Connect”. Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street Conroe, 77301, TX. Join Parent Resources Center to connect together with open minds to nuture, network, and empower each other for an hour. Connect and share your stories, thoughts, resources, concerns, and tips with other parents, caregivers, and guardians of a student with a disability in a confidential environment. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. For more information, contact Judie Hunter at jhunter@conroeisd.net or at (936) 709-8209.

February 26th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm “Parent Training Toolkit: Task Analysis”. Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street Conroe, 77301, TX. Come to the Parent Resource Center to learn and explore assorted types of visual supports that can assist with behaviors, communication skills, and increased independence in the home and community. Make materials and bring home for immediate use. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. For more information, call (936) 709-8209.

February 26th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm “ADDA-SR Support Group: Parenting Kids with ADHD without Letting It Pull Us Apart”. Located at Room 107 (Parents) or Room 207 (Teens), Sugar Land Baptist Church, 16755 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Angela Pfeiffer, a psychologist, will share some of her personal observations of the struggles and successes parents experience, as well as some of the latest research in the field of parenting kids with ADHD. Sign up here. For more information, contact them at ftbendaddasr@gmail.com or 281-690-1177.