The Prentice School is proud to offer FREE educational workshops designed for parents, professionals and community members. The purpose of these workshops is to provide parents of a child with learning differences or adults who work with children with learning differences with a forum to discuss issues critical to the students’ academic success, social growth and emotional development.

We believe in providing parents, guardians and caregivers the support they deserve. In addition to our workshops, we are offering a 4-week Support Group for those in need of a common place to come together for mutual understanding and shared strategies.

Please join us for an opportunity to discover different ideas, learn from others, experience new things, and be inspired.

Structured Literacy

Tuesday, September 18, 2018   8:30 – 10:00 AM
Presented by: Micki Simon, B.A., MSTC, Elementary Teacher at Prentice    

Here is your opportunity to learn more about the Structured Literacy approach. By attending this workshop, you will have the opportunity to be a “Prentice student” for a morning. Attendees will use all three learning modalities – auditory (ears), visual (eyes) and kinesthetic (feel) – taught by members of The Prentice School.

Social Learning & Hidden Curriculum

Tuesday, October 9, 2018   3:15 – 4:45 PM
Presented by: Debra Brunner, M.A., CCC-SLP & Juliana Clark, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech & Language Pathologists at Prentice  

The social learning that occurs during childhood is essential for building and maintaining fulfilling relationships, as well as academic achievement in the classroom.
However, many children struggle with recognizing, deciphering, and responding to the “hidden rules” of situations and contexts which then leads to social and academic challenges. Learn about how you can help support a child’s social learning and improve his/her “social radar” at home and in the community.

Understanding Learning Differences

Thursday, October 25, 2018   8:30 AM – 10 AM
Presented by: Dr. Dudley Wiest  

You have identified that a child has a learning difference. Now what? Develop a greater understanding of students with learning differences, their learning styles and behavioral characteristics. Identify successful strategies for supporting their academic and social needs at school or at home. Anyone interested in continuing the conversation around learning differences is invited to participate in the Parent Support Group.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018   8:30 – 10:00 AM
Presented by: Debra Ann Afarian  

Learn about ADD/ADHD, possible co-occurring conditions and how parents can help support and manage their child’s learning for them to succeed in school.


Parent Support Groups

Thursday, January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019 (4 week session) 8:30 – 10:00 AM
Moderated by: Dr. Dudley Wiest  

You have worked hard to do what’s best for your child. You did your research to find the right learning environment and support for your child. And yet, sometimes it still doesn’t feel like it’s enough. For one morning each week, come to a place where you can voice your concerns, share coping strategies and learn additional ways to best support you and your child on this journey.

Supporting Your Student's Organizational Skills

Friday, January 18, 2019   8:30 – 10:00 AM
Presented by: April Simpson, MA, OTR/L, SWC, Occupational Therapist at Prentice   

Organization is one of the building blocks that can support a child with learning differences. This workshop offers time-tested strategies to help students stay organized, manage time more effectively, focus their energy and get things done.

Navigating IEPs

Wednesday, February 20, 2019   8:30 – 10:00 AM
Presented by: Law Offices of Augustin Egelse, LLP  

Get the facts on Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Whether your child has been identified with a learning difference or you feel that your child may need an evaluation, gain the information you will need to be an advocate for your child’s education.

High School and Other Transitions

Tuesday, March 12, 2019   8:30 – 10:00 AM
Presented by: Steve Barnes, S.S.P., BSc, M.S.Ed, Director of Support Services at Prentice    

Do you have questions about transitioning from middle school to high school or just making the transition from Prentice to a new school? Perhaps your child is excited, but uncertain about what to expect? Are you aware of all of the services available for LD students at the local schools? Get the answers to your questions and learn more about the transition process — from application to final decision.


+  “Great info.  I could do a 2 day seminar on these subjects.”
+  “Amazing presentation.  Very informative.  Thank YOU for the information”
+  “Very knowledgable and personable.  I would like to see more presentations by April Simpson.”
+ “Very informative.  Well presented.”
+ “Thank you for providing parent workshops for us.  It’s helpful to learn about topics from top professionals who have great insights into our kids.”