Workshops & Continuing Education

The NIA offers a wide array of training opportunities for educators, support personnel and families for our member districts and out of region districts.

Sign Language Workshops

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Sign Language classes are taught by certified interpreters and educators and are held in three locations. CPDUs are available for educators.

Family Sign Classes at Westfield Community School in Algonquin, IL are great for families and educators. Our 60-90 minute classes vary in each location ranging from 8 weeks to 10 weeks.

There are multiple levels of Sign Language Classes at the NIA St. Charles and NIA Rockford Offices. Family Sign Language classes are held twice a year and are great for families with children in 1st grade or above. Sign Language Level 1 and Level 2 Classes are great for educators and students in 6th grade or above.

Therapy Workshops

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The NIA Therapy Department offers a wide variety of continuing education workshops hosting nationally internationally recognized speakers from around the country. Course topics are determined by the NIA Therapy Department staff and therapists in NIA-member districts. The courses offered are typically one or two days and frequently incorporate hands-on or lab instruction to facilitate in-depth learning and synthesis of the material presented. Registration cost for course attendance is reduced for therapists in member districts within the NIA region.

Self-Regulation from Inside Out

Presented by: Sheila Frick and Tracy Bjorling

October 29th, 2021 Batavia Fine Arts Centre

Participants will learn treatment techniques designed to increase interoceptive awareness, maximize primary movement patterns, enhance “kid power” through organized movement and determine an optimal range of arousal and affect. This course provides an outline for therapists to use clinical reasoning to create an effective arousal regulation activity regimen from assessment and identification of functional goals to individualized intervention planning. Participants will learn therapeutic guidelines and a variety of sound, movement, and other sensory-based strategies used across environments including at home and individualized sessions. These strategies are appropriate for the birth-to-three population with a variety of diagnoses.

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Find us in Northwestern Illinois

4 Office Locations

  • Sycamore
  • Rockford
  • St. Charles
  • Sterling

5 Hearing Clinic Locations

  • Aurora
  • St. Charles
  • South Beloit
  • Rockford
  • Sterling