The Northwestern Illinois Association



The NIA offers a wide array of inservice opportunities for teachers and paraprofessionals in our member districts as well as out-of-region districts. 
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  Deaf and Hard of Hearing Workshops:

Sign Language Classes Level I

Where: Rockford NIA Office
When: Tuesday Evenings (8 week session)
Dates: 10/2; 10/9; 10/16; 10/23; 10/30; 11/06; 11/13; 11/20

Time: 5:30p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Cost: $35 per person; $50 immediate family (living in the same household)
Register by emiling ( or calling Tammy Boyer at 779.423.6910

Please note: Due to the pace and curriculum of the class, an age limit of 14 years old is required for registration. Children under the age of 14 will not be able to register for the class unless an adult attends every class with the child.

* A minimum of 10 registrants is required for the class to be held.

* Regsitration deadline is September 28, 2018. Payment due 10/2/18.

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  Therapy Workshops:

Understanding and Interpreting Children's Behaviors Using the Sensory Profile 2

Winnie Dunn PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29

Description: Understanding and Interpreting Children's Behaviors using the Sensory Profile 2 is a two-day course designed to teach clinicians the key principles of using a standardized measure to explain patterns of sensory processing which may influence a child's ability to participate fully in everyday experiences. Sensory processing is an important factor when interpreting children's behavior. In these two days, we will explore the evidence based concepts of sensory processing and how to use these concepts to identify, derive meaning and make plans for infants, children, families, and educators. We will also examine the sensory processing aspects of contexts and activities as a means for making adaptations to support children's participation. There will be a focus on the population based applications of sensory processing which can be utilized to broaden our influence on policy and societal views of sensory processing enabling us to support all children within their interests and strengths.

Elgin Community College
Business Conference Center (BCC) Bldg. E

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