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Special Needs Parent Support Group

Greetings Parents, Guardians, Friends!

As many of you are aware, the Parent Support Group was initiated over 17 years ago to provide parents with information on various topics of interest and an opportunity to get together to share successes and problem solve. Over the years, the group had been led by several very dedicated parents whose children have since grown up, graduated and moved on. This year, two parents have volunteered to be Co-Facilitators of the group, Michelle McDonald and Katherine Maciol. We all thank Michelle and Katherine for taking this role! For the past 4 years we have partnered with the Parent Network of the Capital Region to continue to bring high quality workshops to our area. That seems to be working well and we will continue this during the 2018-19 school year (see below). We would also like to invite you to let us know of any topics you would be interested in learning about this year.

Thank you for your support and partnership with us to continue to provide your children with high quality education supports. We look forward to working together again this year!


Bill Coyle and Helen Squillace

2018-19 Workshops


Navigating the Next Phase: College Learning Without an IEPTuesday, November 2710:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.EG Community Library
Navigating the Next Phase: College Learning Without an IEPThursday, December 66:00-8:00 p.m.Averill Park High School Library
College? No Thanks! Not Interested!Tuesday, December 116:00-8:00 p.m.Columbia High School Library
Bullying in School and Special Considerations for Students with DisabilitiesWednesday, January 2310:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.EG Community Library
Understanding Challenging Behaviors: FBAs, BIPs and Behaviors … Oh My!Wednesday, February 136:00-8:00 p.m.Averill Park High School Library
Tardy, Confused and Disorganized: Strategies to Support Learners with Executive Function ChallengesTuesday, March 196:00-8:00 p.m.Columbia High School Library
Anxiety and Depression in School Aged Learners: What Should I know? How Can I Help?Monday, April 112:00-2:00 p.m.Averill Park Middle School Library

Registration is required for all trainings and will close 2 business days prior to the event date.

Occasionally, winter weather creates hazardous driving conditions making it necessary to cancel a training event. When this occurs, every effort will be made to notify registrants of the cancellation a minimum of 2 hours prior to the event start time. Registrants will be notified using the phone number and/or email address provided at registration. Please remember to check your voicemail and/or email for cancellations 2 hours prior to an event’s starting time.

Please contact Sheri Gaylord (518-640-3333 or with questions specifically related to registration or to receive information on PNCR’s services/supports for families with children who have special education needs. For more information, visit