Learning the Language of Advocacy & Behaviors – Parenting Classes

IEPs & 504 Classes

Do you wonder how to start the IEP or 504 process?  Have you been told that your child doesn’t need an assessment or accommodations?  Do you attend IEP or Section 504 meetings and feel confused and overwhelmed by the process?  Do you struggle with educational jargon?  Do you feel that you are constantly asking the school the same questions?  As a parent, guardian or family member of a child with differences, you can find yourself agonizing over how best to support your child/student.  You worry about getting the right information about the specific disability, therapy/intervention, testing and education.  These classes are specifically designed to help you explore ways to become informed participants in your child’s journey through the special education process and assessments.  Learn ways to collaborate to reduce and remove conflicts by advocating using the language of special educators and therapists.

Find more information on our available IEPs & 504 classes and how to register by clicking here.

Thursday Evenings
6:00PM – 8:00PM

April 17- May1 2014

ADVANCED EVENING 5-WEEK COURSE (Intro is NOT a prerequisite) 
Tuesday Evenings
March 11 – April 8, 2014

Thursday Evenings
6:00 -8:00pm
May 8 -June 5, 2014


Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child

“Taking Debra Ann’s Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child class at UCP-OC has been transformative in my relationship with my daughter Chloe. Her recent diagnosis of ADHD put a name to what we were experiencing, but it did not provide answers about how to manage her sometimes difficult behaviors. In Debra Ann’s class, I learned that it is not her will that is lacking; it’s a lagging skill that results in challenging behaviors. I have learned how to identify triggers to these behaviors, as well as when and how to address them – both of which are critical. This class gave me the confidence and tools to address her behaviors while modifying my own as well. I highly recommend the class to anyone that is having challenging issues with their child. It’s an incredibly empowering experience, and I am so grateful!” – Katie Tarantino

A 5-week course for parents, teachers, guardians and caregivers of children, teens and young adults with difficult-to-manage behaviors.  Whether you have a child who “melts down” for inexplicable reasons, a child who “shuts down” and withdraws, a child who lashes out, or a child that you simply don’t understand, learning a new way of communicating with your child – even your adult child – can make an incredible difference.  You’ll help your child with: Meltdowns, communication concerns, thinking about others, flexibility, planning, decision making, and more!

If you have tried traditional behavioral methods without success, you’ll be pleased to know there’s an option.  If you really don’t have a method and are “winging it,” you’ll find what you need here.

If you’ve tried implementing sticker charts and rewards and punishments and tried bribing and pleading and yelling and more; there is an option that cuts through all the parenting “tricks” and brings you into a working, calm relationship with your child.

There’s no “magic” about it; just a new way of thinking and communicating.  This method will work whether or not your child has a disability, and has been successfully implemented by parents, teachers and professionals of children with ADHD, autism, Asperger’s, Down syndrome, bipolar disorder, OCDE, cerebral palsy and more.

To learn more about this class and find out how to register, please click here.

Thursday Evenings
7:00PM – 9:00PM
February 27 – April 32014

ADVANCED EVENING 4-WEEK CLASS (Intro is a prerequisite)
Tuesday Evenings
May 6 – May 27, 2014


Kids Guardian Workshop

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm             

Most parents don’t realize that by not naming guardians that their kids could end up in foster care and a judge would choose who would raise their kids (and it may not be who they would want).  That’s why we present the Kids Guardian Workshop, where parents will discover how to:

  • Make sure their children never spend even one moment in the care of strangers (or anyone they wouldn’t want) if anything happens to the parents.
  • Avoid the expenses and delays of a long, drawn-out court process that would make life difficult for loved ones if the parents were in an accident.
  • Protect their children’s inheritance from creditors, lawsuits, and failed marriages.
  • Make sure their hard-earned money is immediately and privately available to their chosen guardians.

Presenters: Josh & Laura Meier, UCP-OC parents and owners of Meier Law Firm.
Please RSVP to Debra Ann Afarian dafarian@ucp-oc.org  


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