Parents who are informed are able to make the best choices for their children.

This blog was created to be a source of information about events in the Western Washington State area for parents and educators of children with special needs and learning challenges.
If you have an event that is not listed here please e-mail us complete information.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Creating Calm Relationship with your Children

Parent to Parent Presents:
Creating Calm Relationship with your Children
2 Saturdays
September 28 &
October 12, 2013
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Arc of King County
233 6th Ave N, Seattle 98109
Saturday Sept 28th 9:00-1:00 Collaborative Beginners
$45, includes materials and
e-mail consultation
Additional family member sharing materials, $30
Saturday Oct 12,  9:00-1:00 Advanced Collaboration
 $45, includes materials and
e-mail consultation
Additional family member sharing materials, $30
BOTH classes for $80, $50 for second family member
Space is limited Register by September  25
 Parenting can be difficult in the best of circumstances, and children who experience melt downs and tantrums, or who withdraw or put on the brakes can provide additional challenges. Even without melt downs, homework refusal and difficulties around meal time and transitions can prove to be daunting parenting challenges. Parents can learn Collaborative Problem Solving skills, new communication methods and more at this upcoming workshop, held two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 28 and Oct.  12, 2013.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Benefits of Music Thearpy

Emily Murer, Neurologic Music Therapist


Monday, Sept 9th @ 6:30pm - Parkland/Spanaway

Thursday, Sept 12th @ 6pm - Downtown Tacoma

For meeting locations/maps, to register for childcare, etc., please visit our Events page.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Parent as Advocates for Dyslexic Children

How Parents Can Join Forces to Become Better Advocates for their Dyslexic Children

Join us for a free online panel conversation with three moms
who have seen it all ...  


For parents seeking help and accommodations for their children with dyslexia, navigating the education system can be a challenging and often isolating experience.  The good news is that thousands of parents are discovering that they are not alone.


In this free webinar, you'll join in engaging conversation with experienced moms Deborah Lynam, Liz Barnes and Kathy Stratton - all parents and co-founders of the fast-growing Decoding Dyslexia movement. As Deborah, Liz and Kathy share their amazing personal stories, you'll gain insights into

  • How to become a persuasive and courageous advocate for your child;
  • The stunning array of misconceptions about dyslexia that pervade
    school systems;
  • Ways to thoroughly educate yourself about your child's rights;
  • Strategies to forge agreements with teachers and administrators;
  • Tips to stay strong for the long haul.

Our speakers will also highlight the power of networking and communication - sharing an inside look at how Decoding Dyslexia is becoming a national force for parental advocacy and systemic change.


To sign up go to:

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Special Ed Law and Advocacy Training

  • Tests & Measurements to measure progress & regression


  • Introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

  • Requirements in No Child Left Behind  

Monday, June 10, 2013

New Kids Gluten Free Support Group

Gig Harbor Gluten Free is launching a new kids group called Gig Harbor Gluten Free 4 Kids.
July 16 th is the formal launch.  It is for kids 5 and up.  They will
meet the same night as the adult group but in a differen room.  The lst night will be super
special with goodie bags and all.  Their meeting will feature talks that
help them deal with their struggles living with food allergies. 

Please RSVP
by email if your child plans to attend (

Gig Harbor Gluten Free Meets the third Tuesday of every month at Harbor Place in Gig Harbor. 

Thanks,Gay McCrayGig Harbor Gluten FreeConnect with us on Facebook   

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bal-A-Vis-X Workshop in Tumwater, WA

Bal-A-Vis-X Workshop
with Bill Hubert
October 11-12
8:30 am - 6 pm
(lunch provided)
Level 1 and 2
Serendipity Academy
4315 Tumwater Valley Drive
Tumwater, WA 98501

Cost $250

Registration deadline Aug. 1, 2013

Contact Emily Walsh for registration:

For more information on Bal-A-Vis-X go to

Monday, May 13, 2013

IGNITE! Summer Enrichment Classes in Gig Harbor, WA

IGNITE! Your Child's Love of Learning!

IGNITE! Summer Enrichment Classes are innovative summer enrichment
programs brought to you by Hands On Learning Solutions in Gig Harbor.
Courses are taught by incredible, certified teachers and content experts who
have a passion for fun and engaging programming.

Classes being offered include:

Math Madness
Grade 4 - 7
Science Magic
Grades 4 - 7

Learning on Purpose
Grades 6 - 8
Study Smart
Grades 9 - 11
For more information or to enroll go to