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Star Powers: Helping Kids with Special Needs to Bloom Through Reading (2 Free CEs)
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This Region 8 event will include a workshop and conversation with author and children's advocate, Lisa Rose, around how to better understand and support those with disabilities.

12/13/2018
When: Thursday, December 13, 2018
From 7-9pm
Where: West Bloomfield Library
4600 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, 48323
United States
Presenter: Lisa Rose, Writer, Children's Book Author, Teacher, Presenter, and Advocate
Contact: Abby Segal, LMSW
215-280-6144

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This Region 8 event will include a workshop and conversation with author and children's advocate, Lisa Rose, around how to better understand and support those with disabilities.

 

"Inclusion stories are usually told two ways:

  1. The person with the special need discovers how to cope and overcome his/her disability
  2. Or, the people around the person with a special need learns how to accept and better support the person with the special need.

However, kids with special needs don't want to only read books about their challenge. They want to see themselves talking to ghosts, feeding unicorns, and being basketball players, just like their peers. Nor should we only present these two themes to typically developing children. When I created the STAR POWERS series which is about a second grade who wants to be an astronaut and uses a wheelchair. I wanted Star's wheelchair to just be a part of her like a leg or an arm. In stories, writers don't constantly mention that a character has a arm or a leg. It is just a part of the character. I wanted STAR POWERS to be about a girl who loved space and not about a girl who uses a wheelchair.

Also, when I created Star Powers, I knew exactly who to model her after: My daughter!
"

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Educate about the process of writing about about disability.
  2. Educate attendees about the challenges children with disabilities may face and feelings they may struggle with.
  3. Facilitate attendees understanding of what it is like to be the parent of a child with special needs.

Presenters: Lisa Rose, Writer, Children's Book Author, Teacher, Presenter, and Advocate for children with special needs

 

NASW-Michigan is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, Provider Number MICEC-0017. This program is approved for 2.0 social work continuing education clock hours.

 

Please e-mail Abby Segal, LMSW at avivabatia@aol.com to register. This workshop is free for NASW members, $25 for future-members.

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