With the holidays right around the corner, I want to share a few highlights and reminders for the next few weeks.
I hope those of you who were able to attend our Fall Family Festival at Sienna Ranch in October had as much fun as my kids and I did! The glorious California weather was perfect for horseback riding, hiking, archery, pumpkin crafts, tractor rides, farm animal visits and a delicious barbecue lunch topped off with birthday cake! We had our biggest turnout ever and are extremely grateful to Sienna Ranch for working so closely with us to make sure each of our unique kids were well-cared for and to Diablo Foods and the Manning Family for donating the pumpkins and all of the wonderful decorating supplies.
Last month we also had an incredibly impactful parent education presentation from Todd Gary on Fostering Advocacy in Kids with Special Needs. I am STILL repeating the gem he gave us, "It is not the product that matters, but the process." Click here to see the slides of Todd's presentation.
Springhill Elementary and SEED collaborated this month for a week of Diverse Ability Awareness for the entire school! Students were able to experience and learn about motor difficulties, allergies, reading and writing challenges and more. The week concluded with a pizza party movie night where I found humility watching "On the Way to School" - a documentary about how children around the globe get to school and the steep price they pay for education.
At our monthly breakfast we had a wonderful turnout and are incredibly appreciative to Green Leaf Psychology for their presentation on ways parents can take care of their own needs. If you didn't make this one, don't fret - we're at The Parlor in Lafayette every second Friday of the month from 9-10:30 a.m. Feel free to join us when you can!
Did you know that SEED now has a group for parents of high schoolers? We meet the first Thursday of every month at Metro Lafayette. If you are the parent of a high school student with special or diverse learning needs, please stop by! RSVP for next month's gathering here.
Please join us after the Thanksgiving break for Navigating the World of Dyslexia with Julie Holcomb on Wednesday, Nov. 28th from 6-8 p.m. at the Lafayette Library. It feels like I keep hearing the word Dyslexia lately, so if you suspect a Dyslexia diagnosis in your child, are curious about assessment and/or instruction or are wanting to learn more about working with your child's school or private support, this presentation is for you!
Our SEED holiday party is right around the corner, so please join us for an evening of fun on Friday, Dec. 7th from 6-9 p.m. One of our fabulous board members, Cathy Kauder, has generously offered to host us, and Mary Kaye Stephens at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church has moved their respite night to accommodate us. RSVP here and don't forget to sign your kids up for the fantastic respite night too!
And finally, mark your calendars for the first of our Spectacular Special Needs Parties on Saturday, Dec. 8th from 2-4 p.m. at the Lamorinda All-Access Playground in Moraga Commons. I am so thrilled to introduce this new party idea where we will have fun, snacks and entertainment for all with a birthday cake celebration and prizes for our special kiddos that have had a birthday in the past month.
Robyn Dobruck, SEED Co-President