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.

Breaking Down The Barriers - Looking Past Labels

Presented by: Cristal Grogan

May 10, 2021 | Online Zoom Course

This two-hour interactive course is designed to assist therapists working in schools to gain perspective of the needs and concerns parents bring with them as they enter the larger world of education. Many of these parents enroll their children who have experienced a challenging birth history with an atypical developmental trajectory. Understanding the quest, a family of a child with special needs has taken to navigate a complex medical system while continuing to seek solutions for accomplishing daily care routines has empowered these parents. Their child's entry into the less familiar educational system requires a new learning paradigm while simultaneously rekindling prior feelings of helplessness and lack of control the family may have felt earlier. Cristal Grogan, course instructor, will focus on approaches individual therapists and educational programs may employ to enhance understanding, communication, and collaboration with families of children with special needs.

Online Event
May 10, 2021

Group 1:
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Group 2: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Contact Lisa Cuevas to Enroll: lcuevas@thenia.org

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  • Sycamore
  • Rockford
  • St. Charles
  • Sterling

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  • Aurora
  • St. Charles
  • South Beloit
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