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 are held in two locations. CPDUs are available for educators.

Family Sign Classes at Westfield Community School in Algonquin, IL are great for families and educators. These classes are an hour and a half long and run for eight weeks in the fall and spring. There are multiple levels of Sign Language Classes at the NIA St. Charles and NIA Rockford Offices. Family Sign Language classes are held once a year and are great for families with children in 1st grade or above. Family classes are an hour long and run for 10 weeks. Sign Language Level 1 and Level 2 Classes are great for educators and students in 6th grade or above. Classes are one and a half hours and run for ten weeks.

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.

Participation In Educational Setting For Children With Medical Ccomplexity: A Multi-Disciplinary Course

Presented by:
Marianne Gellert-Jones MA CCC-SLP
Cindy Dodds PT, PhD, PCS

Friday October 2, 2020 | Online Zoom Course

Course via zoom presenting evidence-based strategies for SLPs, OTs, and PTs to maximize participation in children with medical complexity.

Presenters Marianne Gellert-Jones MA CCC-SLP and Cindy Dodds PT, PhD, PCS are providing course content via the Zoom platform with pre-recorded, self-paced content as well as two live presentations specifically targeting SLPs and PTs/OTs. The course will define children with medical complexity across the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as well as inform movement-based participation across a quality of life model. Participatory strategies and opportunities will be highlighted to enhance gross, fine, and oral abilities of children with medical complexity. Environmental barriers and facilitators will be discussed in the context of participation for children with medical complexity.

Online Event
Fri, October 2, 2020
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

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