Parent Mentor Certification

Reaching Families with Special Needs.  LifeLine will be presenting a complete series of workshops over the next year that will equip you to advocate for your child.  These training opportunities will help you better understand special education proceedings and other service delivery systems.  Parent Mentor Certification consists of a minimum number of hours of training provided by STEP, LifeLine, and Vanderbilt’s Volunteer Advocacy Project.  Once you have completed the training, you will attend IEPs and one-on-one meetings with parents alongside a trained mentor until you are prepared to mentor another family through the process. Topics to be Covered:  Special Education Basic Rights under IDEA, IEP Development, 504, Transition to Kindergarten, Transition to Adulthood, Inclusion & Least Restrictive Environment, Assessments and Evaluations, Literacy, Standing Up for Your Child Without Stepping On Toes (Conflict Resolution), Disability/Diagnosis Specific Training, Response to Intervention, Extended School Year, Functional Behavior Assessments & Behavior Intervention Plans, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Financial & Estate Planning, Independent Living, Modifications & Accommodations, Medical and Education Record Keeping, Prompt Hierarchy, Developing Visual Schedules, and the Role of Parent Mentors.

Contact Lisa Matheiss at office 423-622-4007

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