The Northwestern Illinois Association

(815) 895.9227

Sycamore, IL

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.

Sensory AND Behavior: A Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Challenging Behaviors

by Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR

October 3 & 4, 2019 at Elgin Community College

In this innovative course, Gwen will guide you through the neurological features and neurochemicals involved in sensory modulation, emotions, and behaviors, and introduce you to a whole-brain approach to addressing difficult behaviors (such as self-injurious behaviors, aggression, meltdowns, toilet-training, lack of focus, and masturbation) from a wholistic perspective. This in-depth, two-day course will leave you with handy forms, easily accessible intervention tools, a make & take project, and the knowledge you need to differentiate behavioral issues from sensory ones. You will learn to use a combination of best-practice, evidence based approaches including sensory diets, cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, reward systems, visual schedules, and a variety of brain based strategies to meet the needs of your most difficult students.

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

Find us in Northwestern Illinois

4 Office Locations

  • Sycamore
  • Rockford
  • St. Charles
  • Sterling

5 Hearing Clinic Locations

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