Miriam provides expert training to professionals and parents. The Miriam Empowers Through Education series brings local and national experts to St. Louis so that people who touch the lives of children with learning challenges can better understand their needs. Seminars are held four evenings during each school year from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Mary Ann Lee Gymnasium at Miriam School, 501 Bacon Avenue in Webster Groves, Missouri 63119. One daytime session is held annually on the Friday before President’s Day and is geared toward educators.
The cost for each evening session is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Needs based scholarships are available for families who earn $80,000 or less in income. The cost for the full-day daytime session is $99 in advance and $120 at the door (if room is available). Lunch is on your own. That seminar runs from 8:00am to 4:00pm. 6.5 CEU’s are available for the full-day session. Please bring a photo ID with you for CEU verification.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for all seminars attended.
2018-2019 Miriam Empowers Series
October 11, 2018 6:00-7:30pm | AutPlay in the Classroom and Therapy Settings
Presenter: Lauren Scheidegger, LPC, CPT, and Autplay therapist
The language of children is play…have you ever wondered how to use play to really hear what your students or clients are saying? Lauren Schiedegger, registered play therapist and AutPlay therapist will explain the nature of play to communicate with both the typically developing student as well as a student who has autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, and developmental disabilities. You will leave this program with tools to incorporate in your classroom or therapy setting.
November 28, 2018 6:00-7:30pm | Offsetting Challenges in Executive Functioning
Presenter: Kit Weis, M.Ed., MC, ACC
Kit Weis, Equus coach, former special education teacher and ADA coordinator, and Webster University college professor will guide you through relevant examples and practical suggestions for helping children and young adults who face challenges in executive functioning. Take away tips to help manage organization, working memory, initiation, and other higher executive functioning deficits at home and school.
January 28, 2019 6:00-7:30pm | Nonchemical Treatment for ADHD Presenter: Dr. Sharo Shafaie
Parents often want an alternative to medication to treat their child’s ADHD. Neurotherapy can be an option. Based upon 30 years of research, this intervention teaches participants to re-circuit their brain and gives them control to alleviate symptoms. Dr. Shafaie is a professor of child development at Southeast Missouri State University. He holds a doctoral degree in psychology. Learn about the research that supports this non-chemical based treatment for people with ADHD.
February 15, 2019 8:00am-4:00pm, 7:30am registration | Restorative Practices: Building a Culture of Community Presenter: Dr. Terry Harris
Close your eyes and envision the perfect school. Where teachers spend most of their time in the classroom teaching instead of managing behaviors. Children yearn to learn and use that knowledge to progress and be successful. Students, teachers and administrators work together to make their school a welcoming place where everyone feels like they belong. Where students are not suspended or expelled for making mistakes. This is not a fantasy place. This vision describes many schools throughout the United State who have embraced the empirically-based restorative approach to how they interact with students.
Join Dr. Terry Harris, co-organizer of the St. Louis Restorative Practices Academy for Educators, for a full-day workshop to explore how your relationship with students can foster learning, growing, and a healthy school climate for students and adults. You will learn how to develop social and emotional character in your students. Each participant will be able to implement restorative practices and restorative discipline within their school to improve student social engagement and meaningful accountability instead of punishment.
Terry holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from Maryville University. He is currently the Executive Director of Student Services for the Rockwood School District. As an adjunct professor, he teaches courses on equity, diversity, and effective programming for students.
March 4, 2019 6:00-7:30pm | The Effects of Trauma-Understanding Dysregulation Presenter: Peppy Howard-Willms, M.Ed., BCBA, Certified Trauma Trainer
In order to heal a child who has experienced trauma, you must first understand how trauma affects the child’s brain, body and psyche. That knowledge will give you tools to help the child. Peppy Howard-Willms is an adjunct college professor, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a Certified Trauma Trainer from the Child Trauma Academy. She will help you really understand how trauma changes a child and will provide many take away strategies that you can use at school and home.