Click here to join “Outside of the Box”, a live virtual program happening at 11am.

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“Outside of the Box” Children: Educational Planning for the Whole Brain 

If your child has a disability or a diagnosis that makes them eligible for special education (special accommodations or individualized instruction), the diagnoses and eligibility categories can be confusing! Join us for a session on putting labels into perspective. How can we use these diagnoses as a baseline for conversation, rather than as a predictor of needed instructional services? And how can you advocate for your child in school as a whole person? Take-aways will include ideas about mindset and tactics that track with the law.

Caroline Nelson is an attorney and counselor at Law PLLC, a unique law firm serving diverse young people with disabilities. She helps clients navigate special education/504 systems and disputes, futures planning, and divorce through advocacy, mediation, negotiation, person-centered strategic planning, parent coaching, entity consulting, and speaking and training engagements. Ms. Nelson, Managing Attorney at the firm, represents families and offers consulting/training services to schools, districts, and regional Education Service Centers. She is a TEA-registered IEP Facilitator and an experienced speaker and private mediator.

Whether your child has been diagnosed with special needs or has particular challenges yet to be identified; whether they are spirited, struggle with reading or writing, or have sensory issues; whether they have learning, emotional, or behavioral differences, or fall into the quirky kid category, we’ll explore the means to help you help your child here in the Westlake area with monthly guest speakers and parent discussions. This series is targeted toward parents of children throughout Eanes ISD, whether in public, private, or home schooling, and is open to everyone.

Some past presentations are available on the Westbank Library YouTube Channel.

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Please read these ground rules ahead of the conversation:

  • Please keep your camera on for the discussion and provide your name.
  • Mute if there is background noise.
  • Respect the privacy of others by not reporting what you hear in this conversation with any specificity or attribution.
  • Be respectful and listen when others are speaking.
  • Allow everyone’s voice to be heard that wants to be heard.