Pathways to Parent Support & Training

PPST is a group specially designed for parents and caregivers of children with speech and language delays/disorders. The first group of its kind in Carroll County, PPST offers parent training and support to the community through the nonprofit SPEECH PATHways Foundation. Each meeting includes a meet & greet, a guest lecture on various topics, and valuable Q&A time. Trained professionals and other parents/caregivers are on hand for support and guidance.

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Who can attend PPST?

Anyone can attend! PPST is open to the community. You do not have to have a child receiving therapy from SPEECH PATHways to attend. However, we ask that you RSVP to reserve a seat.

When does PPST Meet?

PPST has been discontinued until further notice. Please join our email lsit if you are interested in this type of family resource.

Where does PPST Meet?

PPST gathers at the Non-Profit Center in Westminster, located at 255 Clifton Boulevard (just past the Panera/Old Navy/Marshalls shopping center). Get directions from MapQuest.

PPST Monthly Topics

August 16, 2010: "Advocacy Tips and Resources"
Consultant Robin L. Farinholt joins us to impart practical information and strategies that parents and caregivers may use to advocate for their child as well as resources for finding reliable information about special education law and advocacy skills.
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Rescheduled for Fall: "Manage Stress for Lifetime Health"
No one has a completely stress-free life, but some seem to have a better handle on management. Join us as Jennifer Mayer guides us toward reducing stress for optimal health. We'll discuss what stress is, how it affects your health, and some positive ways to manage it, taking a look at goal setting and the role that healthy relationships play in managing stress. Jennifer Mayer has worked for Priority Partners MCO for the last 3½ years and teaches for the Community Health Advocate Program. She holds a Bachelors degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Health Science at Towson University.
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April 17, 2009: "Understanding Special Needs Trusts"
Parents of a disabled child must consider who will handle that child’s financial needs when they are no longer around. Leaving an outright inheritance may interrupt the child's much-needed government benefits. You can leave money for your son or daughter, without interfering with their public benefits, with a Special Needs Trust. Also called a Supplemental Needs Trust, this legal document enables a person with a physical or mental disability (or chronic or acquired illness) to have an unlimited amount of assets held in Trust for his or her benefit.  Local attorney D. Kathleen Rus will enlighten us about these Special Needs Trusts — the different types, their purposes, how they operate and how to fund them.
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January 16, 2009: "Understanding Your Child's Hearing"
Not sure if your child is just ignoring you or truly can't hear you? Concerned about too many ear infections? Heard about auditory processing issues and want more information? Dr. Regina M. Presley and Dr. Nancy E. Hart from Healthy Hearing and Balance will provide an overview of how the ear works and what issues can interfere with normal hearing in children. Effective testing protocols and treatments used to address both temporary and permanent hearing losses will be reviewed. Parents will also have an opportunity to discuss specific concerns.
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October 17, 2008: "Tools and Tips for Creating a Healthy and Happy Exceptional Family"
Ever watched “Nanny 911” or “Super Nanny” on TV and wished for similar professional help? Have you wanted to learn tools and techniques for creating a calmer, happier family life? Now here’s your chance! Alexandra Goerl Rickeman, LCMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, will discuss the impact of special needs on the entire family and offer solutions to the struggles that you experience. Alexandra will help you understand the unique ways a child with special needs can affect your family, your marriage, and your relationships with others. She will also present parenting strategies and other ideas for helping your family become more organized, relaxed, and enjoyable. Join us for this group and return home with more knowledge, skills, and confidence.
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September 19, 2008: "Financial Planning for Special Needs: Strategies for Securing your Child's Future"
Steven A. Aquino, RFC, financial planner with Aquino & Wolpoff Financial Group, visits PPST to discuss strategies for financial planning that will help ensure the future of your special needs child.
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May 9, 2008: "ABA, Huh?" An Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)"
Kirsty MacIver, MS, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst specializing in Autism Intervention with young children, brings us an introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as it applies to children with Autism and their families. Kirsty will present examples of evidence-based practice to help participants appreciate the breath and diversity of programs based on the principle of applied behavior analysis and to help them access additional research and resources.
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April 18, 2008: "Discover MUSIC PATHways! Music Therapy Treatment Strategies "
Join us for a fun, interactive presentation on music therapy with board-certified Music Therapist Melissa Ward, MT-BC! Music therapy addresses social, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physical needs for individuals of all ages and with varying abilities. Skilled in piano, guitar, chorus, voice, and piano pedagogy, Melissa has a strong background in assessment and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental and cognitive delays. We'll learn about treatment strategies that use music as the medium for therapy, current programs, and discover how motivating music can be in our lives.
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March 14, 2008: "Autism – A Parent’s Perspective"
Frank (Francis M.) Seidel, MSE, will be presenting on the topic of Autism from a parent’s perspective, describing his experiences with his daughter’s autism and illustrating techniques that may be useful when seeking to engage a child who has Autism. A full-time teacher at Frederick Community College, Frank has received specialized training at the Autism Treatment Center of America. Professor Seidel will be teaching a Continuing Education class at Frederick Community College starting in March entitled "Parenting a Child with Autism." Join us to gain a personal and informed perspective on parenting!
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February 8, 2008: "Your Child's Special Needs and Your Marriage"
Alexandra Goerl Rickeman, LGMFT, a Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with couples, helps us explore the very important topic of marriage and parenting a child with special needs. We'll learn stress management methods and communication skills and brainstorm ways to improve the romantic health of marriage, within the context of parenting. Join us to gain increased understanding about your family, new skills to use at home, and a specific action plan for your marriage—all of which will improve your child’s well-being!
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January 18, 2008: "Potty Training Exceptional Children"
Rae Ann Brodie Kaylie, M.Ed., is an Early Childhood Special Education Consultant with over 17 years' expertise working with young children, families and professionals as an Intervention Specialist, instructor, and special needs Sunday School teacher. She joins us to discuss strategies for dealing effectively with this most important stage of a child’s life.
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November 9, 2007: "Writing an Effective IEP: A Partnership Between Parents and Educators "
RESCHEDULED from September!
Kelli Nelson, the Director of Public Policy for the Maryland Disabilities Council, will discuss important issues to keep in mind when writing an IEP that will have lasting effects for your child.
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October 19, 2007: "Gluten and Casein Free Diets"
Janet Maranto, trained chef and parent, joins us to share how to read labels and recipes, as well as how to find local and online suppliers of gluten and casein-free products.
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June 1, 2007: "IEP and Advocacy"
Kelli Nelson, the Director of Public Policy for the Maryland Disabilities Council, is returning by popular demand for the 3rd year. This event will include a potluck dinner and starts at 6pm!
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April 20, 2007: "Brain Gym & Yoga for Children"
Debi Betances, trained Brain Gym & Yoga for Kids instructor, will share activities that can improve your child’s ability to focus, process and be successful at home and school.
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March 16, 2007: "Sensory Activities to Enhance Learning"
Julie Parsons, OTR/L (SI Certified) of OT Kidz, LLC at SPEECH PATHways will demonstrate sensory activities to enhance learning. This will be an interactive session!
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February 16, 2007: "Different Doesn't Have to Mean Separate"
A parent-led discussion on raising children with disabilities and the education choices they face.  Barb Feldman, Casey Huether and other parents raising children with differences will share their background and experiences in raising a child/children with disabilities and the educational paths they have chosen for their child/children. The panel of parents will open the floor for discussion and questions.
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January 19, 2007: "Reading Development & the Vital Role the SLP Can Play"
Karie Gardner, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and trained Lindamood-Bell and FastForWord Provider. 
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PPST PODcast: "Gluten- and Casein-Free Diets"
Listen in as moderator Janet Maranto covers the angles of raising a child with dietary interventions...from a recent Parent Support Group.
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