Code Breakers: Parent Advocates

Code Breakers: Parent Advocates Parents and professionals joining together to prepare homeschool students with special needs to achieve their highest potential

01/22/2018

Our scheduled meeting for this Thursday has been postponed due to sickness and a revamp of plans. We will be in touch about the next opportunity to gain support soon!

So thankful to have Hettie joining us this year!
01/15/2018

So thankful to have Hettie joining us this year!

Another wonderful speaker this year is Hettie Johnson. If you haven't heard her, you're missing out!
Hettie received her B.S. Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University in 1970 and her M.A. from the University of Montevallo in 1972, both in speech-language pathology. She was a trainee at Duke University and at the Birmingham, AL Veteran's Administration Hospital during her graduate training. She scored in the top one percent nationally on the speech-language pathology certification exam. Hettie has been on the faculty of three university speech-language pathology programs as well as in private and public school settings, hospitals, nursing homes and home health care; she has primarily been in private practice since 1980.
She co-founded the Dyslexia Education Group of Central Alabama. You can see Hettie on her YouTube channel, sharing strategies to improve school and life success.

We have such amazing speakers lined up for this year's retreat!Aimee Hutchinson Smith and her husband Aron are second ge...
01/12/2018
Retreat For Homeschool Moms | United States | Refresh

We have such amazing speakers lined up for this year's retreat!
Aimee Hutchinson Smith and her husband Aron are second generation homeschoolers who desire to cultivate a lifestyle of learning in their home. As homeschool mom to four children, Aimee lives in the daily tension between God's call to the hard work of homeschooling and His call to rest as His daughter. As a homeschool community leader, her message to moms is to receive rest by clinging to Jesus and His promise of victory. Aimee is passionate about utilizing academics as a tool for discipleship, encouraging moms to seek rest in our busy days, and seeing our culture transformed through families committed to Jesus.

If you haven't registered yet, hurry!! https://www.refreshhomeschoolretreat.net/

a unique retreat for homeschool moms - not a conference - but a weekend of refreshment and wisdom shared. We've planned treats just for you!

09/28/2017

We are here! Come through the chapel entrance and follow signs for fellowship hall D.

09/28/2017

Hope you’ll join us tonight for a helpful presentation by Susan Ellis and bring your questions on almost any topic related to raising students with special needs. She can answer them or direct you to someone who can! 7 pm, Fellowship hall D, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, off of Acton road and I 459. Message with any questions!

09/21/2017

We are SO excited to have Susan Ellis joining us next Thursday for our first meeting of the year. She is with People First and is an absolute wealth of information and will be able to answer questions regarding legal assistance and when and where to seek that as we parent, like many of you have requested. I am so thankful she's available and know it's going to be a great evening.

We need your help! PLEASE invite others and share this with friends who are parents of children with special needs, so that we can have a good crowd there of people who will benefit from this information.

Join us at 7:00, in Fellowship Hall D, Briarwood Presbyterian off of I-459/Acton Rd next Thursday.

The Church at Shelby Crossings will be hosting Aaron's Staff Respite Care this Saturday. See the sign up below. What is ...
09/19/2017
Calera Respite Care (2017-09-23)

The Church at Shelby Crossings will be hosting Aaron's Staff Respite Care this Saturday. See the sign up below.

What is respite care? Respite Care at Aaron’s Staff means supporting the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of children with disabilities and their families. It is a temporary relief to the primary caregiver from the continuous support and care of a child with a disability or special needs. Respite care is also designed to address the social, recreational, and spiritual needs of the children and their siblings.

Our church partners with Aaron’s Staff, a ministry which provides respite care in a personalized manner with each child’s abilities in mind. While parents enjoy time to themselves, children enjoy fun-filled activities in a safe, nurturing environment.

Register for Calera Respite Care

08/14/2017

We are working on plans for this year's meetings. What are the topics you want to hear more about or speakers you'd like us to invite?

07/23/2017

As we plan support meetings for the new year, what are topics that you would appreciate hearing discussed? Are there certain experts you would like us to invite to share? Do you simply need sharing time with other families who face the same challenges? Give us your feedback please!

04/13/2017
Special Books by Special Kids

Yes!

In order for a person to meet their full potential they must first be believed in. The is equally true for those with a diagnosis.

This video demonstrates the power we all have to change the life of another.

04/08/2017
The Mighty

Love this.

"You will become an army for your child."

03/23/2017
Stirred Up

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

What these children with learning disabilities have to say is really important and something all adults need to hear. I had no idea! - via www.brainhighways.com

03/23/2017
Stirred Up

I love this!

What these children with learning disabilities have to say is really important and something all adults need to hear. I had no idea! - via www.brainhighways.com

Great opportunity this month for families of students with special needs.
03/02/2017

Great opportunity this month for families of students with special needs.

02/21/2017
February 2017 SCCS Support Group and Fellowship | shelbycrossingschristian.com

Due to scheduling issues and sickness, we need to skip this month's meeting. However you are welcome to join our parents tomorrow evening as we have the regular support group meeting for our school. Here are details:

Tomorrow night is our Support Group and Fellowship time. Join us to chat and visit with others to encourage you. We will be at Panera Bread (Patton Creek location in Hoover) at 7 pm. Please RSVP on the event on the SCCS website so I know how big of a table to get. http://shelbycrossingschristian.com/events/february-2017-sccs-support-group-and-fellowship

Join us for a time for homeschooling parents to visit with each other, share concerns, and just fellowship together. We will meet at Panera Bread in Hoover in the Patton Creek Shopping Center at 7:00. Please RSVP so I will know how big of a table is needed. Hope to see you there for some kid-free ti...

Our meeting last night was so encouraging. Blake Huynh, Tonya Travis, and Nikki Watts were our speakers from Project Sea...
01/28/2017

Our meeting last night was so encouraging. Blake Huynh, Tonya Travis, and Nikki Watts were our speakers from Project Search. We gained valuable insight into the options available to high schoolers with special needs in Shelby County. This program is available in many counties across the state and country thankfully and it offers incredible opportunities for our young people. If you couldn't attend but would like to know more, let us know and we can connect you.

01/26/2017
Code Breakers: Parent Advocates

TONIGHT🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Our meeting this week will be full of practical answers to questions many parents of special needs students have regarding their high school and job opportunities. We are thankful for Mr. Blake Huynh with Project SEARCH coming to share with us about the great asset this organization is to the community. We will meet at 7:00 Thursday. Details in previous post.

Here's some bio on him:

Blake is the current teacher for Shelby Baptist Project SEARCH. Blake spent two years as an Exceptional Education Teacher at McAdory Elementary School in McCalla, Alabama. He has worked with the exceptional community of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa for over thirteen years. He has five years’ experience working with The Exceptional Foundation of Homewood, Alabama hosting fundraisers, planning daily activities, and providing social recreation events for children and adults with exceptionalities. Blake also worked under the guidance of Kerry Mataya, for five years with a private consulting business Bridgeway Services formerly known as Autism Asperger Syndrome Consulting Group, providing social skills, life skills, and vocational skills training for children and adults with high functioning Autism.

01/24/2017

Our meeting this week will be full of practical answers to questions many parents of special needs students have regarding their high school and job opportunities. We are thankful for Mr. Blake Huynh with Project SEARCH coming to share with us about the great asset this organization is to the community. We will meet at 7:00 Thursday. Details in previous post.

Here's some bio on him:

Blake is the current teacher for Shelby Baptist Project SEARCH. Blake spent two years as an Exceptional Education Teacher at McAdory Elementary School in McCalla, Alabama. He has worked with the exceptional community of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa for over thirteen years. He has five years’ experience working with The Exceptional Foundation of Homewood, Alabama hosting fundraisers, planning daily activities, and providing social recreation events for children and adults with exceptionalities. Blake also worked under the guidance of Kerry Mataya, for five years with a private consulting business Bridgeway Services formerly known as Autism Asperger Syndrome Consulting Group, providing social skills, life skills, and vocational skills training for children and adults with high functioning Autism.

01/06/2017
Brave Writer

https://www.facebook.com/bravewriter/posts/10154874669711677

Join us on Facebook tomorrow (Friday, January 6th) at 4 PM EST for a LIVE conversation with Rita Cevasco (good friend and colleague, speech and language specialist)!

You can listen in and ask questions about:

+Late readers
+Dysgraphia and Dyslexia
+ADD and ADHD and learning to read and write
+How to improve a child's reading comprehension
+Modifications for copywork and dictation

Plus there will be an awesome GIVEAWAY where you can enter to win a copy of Rita's brand new book plus other goodies!

Also, if you can't join us live, the replay will be here: https://www.facebook.com/bravewriter/videos/

10/27/2016
Code Breakers: Parent Advocates

Turn right off Acton Road into Briarwood. You will pass children's south on left. As you enter Briarwood Church Campus veer/turn left and follow to back. First door on right is F door. Park near this door. Go through 2 sets of double doors and Code Breakers is in Fellowship Hall D the first room on left. See you there😊!!

This Thursday at 7, bring a friend and come be inspired by a mom with decades of parenting her son with special needs, and finding wonderful ways of helping him find success as an adult. She will motivate and encourage, and is so great at answering questions! We'll be in Fellowship Hall D again at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, PCA off of Acton Road. See you soon!

10/27/2016
Code Breakers: Parent Advocates

Almost here!!! Hopefully these directions will help😍. Turn right from Acton Road into Briarwood. You will pass Children's south on left. As you enter Briarwood Church campus veer/turn left and follow around to back the first door on right is the F door entrance. Park near that door. Go through 2 sets of double doors and Code Breakers is in Fellowship Hall D the first room on left. See you there!!!😊

This Thursday at 7, bring a friend and come be inspired by a mom with decades of parenting her son with special needs, and finding wonderful ways of helping him find success as an adult. She will motivate and encourage, and is so great at answering questions! We'll be in Fellowship Hall D again at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, PCA off of Acton Road. See you soon!

10/27/2016
Code Breakers: Parent Advocates

Tonight!!!!!👏🏼🎉👏🏼🎉👏🏼🎉👏🏼🎉

We are so blessed to have Susan Ellis as our guest tomorrow evening. Here's some info on our special speaker for the meeting:

Susan is the State Coordinator for People First of Alabama, a membership organization of youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Susan is also a parent consultant and a transition specialist. She created the supported employment program for The Arc of Shelby County in 1999 and became the Community Living Coordinator for that organization for more than 13 years. She is the parent of five adult children, one of whom has Down syndrome.
Susan is knowledgeable about community resources, disability rights and resources in our state, Social Security issues, Medicaid and Medicare, vocational rehabilitation, as well as home and community supports for adults.
Susan has just completed a handbook on self-advocacy leadership and is the author of The Planning for Transition in Alabama Handbook.

10/27/2016

We are so blessed to have Susan Ellis as our guest tomorrow evening. Here's some info on our special speaker for the meeting:

Susan is the State Coordinator for People First of Alabama, a membership organization of youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Susan is also a parent consultant and a transition specialist. She created the supported employment program for The Arc of Shelby County in 1999 and became the Community Living Coordinator for that organization for more than 13 years. She is the parent of five adult children, one of whom has Down syndrome.
Susan is knowledgeable about community resources, disability rights and resources in our state, Social Security issues, Medicaid and Medicare, vocational rehabilitation, as well as home and community supports for adults.
Susan has just completed a handbook on self-advocacy leadership and is the author of The Planning for Transition in Alabama Handbook.

10/25/2016

The truth is, we are ALL unique and special. In this group, we are focusing on assisting and networking to provide the best opportunities to our kids who have enough uniqueness that life is sometimes really hard.

Almost all of us have one child who may have challenges with moving a bit slower, feeling things a little more deeply, getting distracted more often. Adoption or past trauma play into learning and confidence. Allergies are common and affect daily life. Some are diagnosed with specific learning challenges, or sensory disorders, or have health issues that prevent them from just moving through life as a 'typical' peer.

Let's come together and receive insight and expertise, as well as encourage one another!

10/25/2016

This Thursday at 7, bring a friend and come be inspired by a mom with decades of parenting her son with special needs, and finding wonderful ways of helping him find success as an adult. She will motivate and encourage, and is so great at answering questions! We'll be in Fellowship Hall D again at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, PCA off of Acton Road. See you soon!

10/18/2016

Our next meeting will feature testimonies from wonderful warrior moms with experience and victories in parenting a child with special needs. Come and be encouraged, finding hope as others share their stories! 10/27 at 7:00, Fellowship Hall D at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, PCA.

09/23/2016

Come in the F entrance on the sanctuary side of the building😊. So sorry for any confusion! Come on in! Fellowship D is on the left after you go through two sets of glass doors.

We are looking forward to our guest speakers this Thursday at the first meeting for this school year. Michelle Donovan, ...
09/19/2016

We are looking forward to our guest speakers this Thursday at the first meeting for this school year. Michelle Donovan, Martha Ann Livingston, and Amber Craig are our speakers, and we will have time for a Q/A panel with some parents who have taught dyslexic children in their homes as well. Please join us at 7:00 in Fellowship Hall D at Briarwood Presbyterian Church and invite any friends who may benefit from this meeting and time of encouragement. Thank you!

09/10/2016

At our meeting this month, we are honored to have Michelle McDaniel Donovan coming and willing to share with us. She has a BS in History and Government from Liberty University. Currently, she's working on her Master of Education in Dyslexia Therapy. Upon completion of the program this year, she will be eligible to sit for the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification National Exam leading to eligibility for the Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) credential at the therapy level and membership in the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). Michelle is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), and by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) for Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. Michelle is a Dyslexia Therapy tutor – Reading and Math. She is also a member of International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and International Literacy Association (ILA). We are greatly looking forward to her encouragement and sharing of her experiences!

09/08/2016

Our next meeting is 9/22 at 7 pm. We would love a great turnout of parents who would like to share or hear more info on dyslexia. We have some special speakers who will share from their extensive experience as well. Please invite anyone you know who can benefit from this time! We will meet at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

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