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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NIA Therapy department is hosting a Virtual Autism Series throughout the 22-23 school year for PTs, OTs, SLPs, and Educators. The series kick-off is October 12, 2022, and concludes on April 19th, 2023. We are offering two registration options for the 17.5 hours of continuing education from five expert virtual speakers.

  1. Register with our Administrator All-Access Pass and provide PD for your entire team with recorded content.
  2. Register as an Individual to watch live on the Attendee Hub and receive up to 17.5 CEs.

All attendees will become better prepared to educate and treat autistic students from a neurodivergent-affirming perspective. Use the links below to register or contact pd@thenia.org with any questions on how you or your teams can participate in this opportunity.

Find us in Northwestern Illinois

4 Office Locations

  • Sycamore
  • Rockford
  • St. Charles
  • Sterling

5 Hearing Clinic Locations

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