PITTSBURG — Parents, families and friends of children with disabilities, autism and behavioral issues will have an opportunity to learn “teacher-tested” ways to support their loved ones at a workshop set for Thursday.
The workshop is called “Tips from the Teachers: Supporting Students at School and in the Home.”

It will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Memorial Auditorium and is a free event.

The event will be lead by Ph.D Dr. Paula Kluth, who wears many hats — she’s a consultant, author, advocate and independent scholar who works with teachers and families of students with disabilities.

According to a release, Kluth’s goal is to “create more responsive and engaging school experiences for all learners.”
“We are excited to have the opportunity to host someone of this caliber,” SEK Interlocal #637 Director Dan Duling said in the release. “This is a great way for families and educators to connect and learn more about how to help kids.”
The workshop is part of Technical Assistance System Network Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports, which is funded through Part B funds administered by the Kansas State Department of Education's Early Childhood, Special Education and Title Services.

The parents or caretakers can learn “teacher-tested” tips, which can assist families at home with communicating with their child. These are called communication supports which use video, visuals and “fascinations-inspired” strategies, SEK Interlocal Board Certified Behavioral Analyst Kim Meyer said.

“I personally have see big gains with having both parents and teachers work together,” she said.

Meyer said the workshop is a way educators can help support children and their families more.

On Friday there will be a second workshop for educators only, called “The Problem with Behavior Problems: Supporting Students with Autism & Other Disabilities,” which explores ways to think about “behavior problems” in schools.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.