Spina Bifida University

It’s National Spina Bifida Awareness Month!  During this special month the *Spina Bifida Association website (www.sbaa.org) is offering FREE online seminars on a variety of topics.  This program is called SBU or Spina Bifida Univerisity.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find out how to participate.

The following seminars on Education and Employment will be available starting TODAY Oct. 4th 2010!

Building Independence: How to Develop Better Attention and Initiation
Margaret Calvery, PhD
This session describes behavioral symptoms associated with poor initiation and explains how poor attention impacts skill building. The presenter offers tips to move from parents initiating appropriate and timely behaviors to the child doing so. Suggestions for environmental modifications and supports to build on adaptive abilities at home and school are offered. Observations from the presenter’s interviews with parents are shared.

College Survival Skills 101
Matt Davis, MSW
This session offers a comprehensive overview of the information students with Spina Bifida need to have to achieve a rewarding college experience. Discussion centers on the importance of building relationships and taking care of personal business as well as preparing for the move to college.

STRIVE for Success
Jessica Schlie, BS
This session discusses the STRIVE for Success Program, a three-phase program for readiness assessment, education, and on-the-job training. STRIVE stands for Success= Skills, Training, and Rehabilitation for Individual and Vocational Success, and the objective of the program is to increase self awareness via exploration of interests and strengths, and teach problem solving skills as well as compensatory strategies to address “weaknesses”. The program is constructed to develop appropriate career and life goals, to increase skills, help with job search, application and interview process and increase chances of maintaining successful, competitive employment.

Non-Verbal Learning Disability and Education Implications
Jannel Phillips, PhD & Kimberly Rotundo, MEd
This session provides an overview of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) and offers tips and practical information. NLD is classified based on assets and deficits; categorized as primary, secondary, and tertiary; and catalogued by its impacts on verbal, academic, and socio-emotional issues. The neuropsychologist’s role in assessment and treatment is discussed as well as proposed treatments. Also reviewed are the educational implications of NLD, students’ rights, educational legislation, and an example of how to gain access to support and services in the complex educational system.

Educational and Vocational Guidance for Individuals with Spina Bifida
(16 and older)

Marcie Mendelsohn & Sharon Ramey, MSW
This session reviews transition program information as it relates to educational and vocational goals in high school and post-secondary education. The programs discussed require referral from healthcare professionals and begin before age 16 with a focus on self-acceptance, identification of strengths and developmental areas, relationships, and hobbies. The session illustrates the differences between the structured high school environment and higher educational environments where self-advocacy and independence are critical.

To sign up just click on the SBU link on the front page of the Spina Bifida Association website (www.sbaa.org) and follow instructions.  This is a great opportunity to hear from some of the nation’s leading experts on spina bifida.  Every monday SBU will release a new set of seminars through out the month of October.

*Please note that the Intermountain Spina Bifida Support Group is in no way connected to the National Spina Bifida Association.

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