SEPTA Meetings

Members of our board will stay on after the meetings for an open forum and to address questions submitted before the meeting. Any questions can be sent to our email address: [email protected].

Upcoming 2022 - 2023 Meeting Dates:

MeetingWednesday, October 12 at 7:30 pm in Room 150 of Wantagh High School.

Join us for our first meeting of this school year. We will have a meet and greet with teachers and administrators and parents.
We will raffle off signed copies of "Forever Boy" by Kate Swenson who will be a speaker at a special virtual meeting on October 24.
Please note that our meetings will take place this year in Room 150 in the High School. 

See Facebook event at https://fb.me/e/3LIqS4qkS

 

Special MeetingMonday, October 24 at 7:30 pm Special Virtual Meeting with Guest Speaker Kate Swenson (Via Zoom)
Kate Swenson’s world changed forever when her toddler son, Cooper, was diagnosed with severe, nonverbal autism. Cooper is now eleven, with three younger siblings, and Kate shares their day-to-day lives with the community of close to a million that she’s built across her blog, Finding Cooper’s Voice, Instagram, and Facebook page. She shares her family’s full story in Forever Boy: A Mother's Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy (Park Row Books/HarperCollins; Hardcover; April 5, 2022), from the years-long path to getting a diagnosis for Cooper, to the close bond her children now share. This book will speak to all audiences – it’s not only an honest, inspiring journey relatable to any family with autism in their lives, it’s also an eye-opening look for those who don’t.
See Facebook event at https://fb.me/e/2bUxt6CB4

 

JAN 11 2023, WED 7:30 pm SEPTA Meeting @HS Rm 150

 

MAR 15 2023, WED 7:30 pm SEPTA Meeting @HS Rm 150

 

APR 26 2023, WED 7pm 6-12/SEPTA/PTA Council/Boosters/Bandwagon/WDPAA

 

JUN 14 2023, WED 7:30 pm Friend of SEPTA Meeting @HS Rm 150


2021-2022 Meeting Dates:

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June, 21, 2022: Friend of SEPTA Meeting at 7:30 pm in Wantagh Middle School Library

 

The Friend of Wantagh SEPTA Award Honorees: Heather Naughton & Heather Jones - Teachers: Wantagh High School (nominated by Mrs. Catherine Braun) Megan Musachio - Teacher: Wantagh High School (nominated by Mrs. Carolyn Rochel) Sarah Danzinger - Teacher: Wantagh Elementary (nominated by Mrs. Jill Janson Meinck) Emily Bogart - School Psychologist: Forest Lake Elementary (nominated by Mrs. Katie Matthies) Tammy Torres - Teacher Aide and Bus Matron: Forest Lake (nominated by Mrs. Belinda Rodriguez) Danielle Schiavetta - Teacher: Forest Lake (nominated by Marybeth Reynolds)

The Friend of SEPTA - Certificates of Appreciation Honorees:
Robert Humphreys - Head Custodian: Mandalay (nominated by Laura Megargel)
Greg Orio Yanes - Bus Driver: Mandalay (nominated by Laura Magargel)
Michelle Houlder - Bus Matron: Mandalay (nominated by Laura Megargel)
Alvin Cohen - Bus Driver: Mandalay (nominated by Laura Megargel)
Jared Bursky - Physical Education Teacher: Mandalay (nominated by Maria Maleganos)
Kara Desson - Teacher: Wantagh Middle School (nominated by Iris Klein)
"Officer Mike" - Security Guard: Mandalay (In Memoriam, nominated by Robert Humphreys)
NYS PTA SEPTA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award Honoree:
Gina Federico (nominated by Frank Muzio)

 March 16 meetingMarch 16, 2022: Dodie Daniels - LI Regional Coordinator, Parent to Parent of NYS (OPWDD Services)

Our presenter shared information from the meeting and Parent to Parent NYS:

1. The quick guide to OPWDD eligibility- one page "cheat sheet" 2. Transmittal form - this is the application 3. Transmittal form in Spanish (OPWDD site has other languages avail as well)
4. Eligibility important facts

5. Eligibility important facts in Spanish

6. Lists of clinics & practitioners for specialty reports - should you need it 

7. OPWDD list of eligibility assessment resources

8. List of CCOs - Care Coordination Organizations that cover Long Island

9. Flyer for upcoming Front Door information sessions - once you get eligibility you will be told to sign up for one, you can register & attend one now it will be noted  that you attended  

10. Website page link for LIFSSAC https://www.lifssac.com/grant-program-list - LongIsland Family Support Services Advisory Council-attached is page 1 of grantbook with page link for grantbook

11. Another helpful doc from OPWDD - eligibility determination checklist

12. Non-Medicaid Service Coordinators list

13. The link to OPWDD Front Door access to services page on website - some helpful information: https://opwdd.ny.gov/get-started/front-door

14. Upcoming Webinar (information below)

Information about the presenter: 

Dodie Daniels, Long Island Regional Coordinator, Parent to Parent of NYS

415 Oser Avenue | Hauppauge, NY 11788 | 631-434-6196 | Google voice number (816)708-1722 | [email protected] | 631-434-6196 Ext. 13 | www.ptopnys.org | http://parenttoparentnys.org/Dodie Daniels is a Regional Coordinator in our Long Island office. Dodie is always willing to speak to parents and enjoys offering help and support. For over 5 years Dodie volunteered as a support parent. Prior to her current role Dodie worked for Popearth a non-profit organization which provides holistic programs for individuals with disabilities.

As a support parent and in her current position she uses her experience as the mom of a teenaged son and a daughter with Autism to provide support, guidance and information to parents. Being able to help other parents has been a passion of Dodie’s for years. Helping other parents get the support they need, find the information and resources to engage their children in the community and find programs their children can participate in and enjoy, has always been important to Dodie. Dodie is an active member of the town of Brookhaven Disability Task Force & of her school district SEPTA. Dodie has a Master’s Degree in Education specializing in family and community service from Ashford University.

Meeting 2-2-22

February 2, 2022: Thank you to Tony Walker for presenting on Nassau County PAL Special Needs Unit and to Marissa Murale for presenting on Sensory Beans, a local childrens gym with great programs including Sibshops. 
Nassau County PAL Special Needs Unit Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NCPALSNU Website: http://www.specialneedspal.siplay.com/ For their Family Gameshow Night Fundraiser: http://www.specialneedspal.sportssignup.com/site/ClientSite/article/3646508

Sensory Beans Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SensoryBeansIncorporated Website: https://www.sensorybeans.org/ To learn more about their programs including Sibshops, Explore and More, and Self-Empowerment, go to their site: https://www.sensorybeans.org/events-1
To re-watch the SEPTA Meeting with Sensory Beans on February 2, 2022 07:30 PM Eastern Time, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/-q0ve-mLIF5h-r6x-YPMC-pnaaJwtJOjtdgTwKePlb6dccnz0Iy4k1gck23sxWG0.iEhlRKpEjCO-X9dT (Passcode: 6Jf3cXV!)

Oct 20 Meeting

October 20, 2021: Join us for our first Wantagh SEPTA meeting of this school year on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm in the Wantagh Middle School library. You can meet our new Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services, Stephen Moran. We will also be giving away IEP binders. This meeting will be in person. We hope to see you there!
Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/4Ax3lC1e0

 


2020 - 2021 Meeting Dates: 

Friend of SEPTA Awards

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm: Friends of SEPTA Virtual Meeting: 

The Friend of Wantagh SEPTA Appreciation Awards were presented to:
Jennifer Barrett - Teacher Aide: Wantagh High School (nominated by Mr. Daniel Beatty and Mrs. Elizabeth Beatty)
Diane Garey - Resource Room Teacher: Wantagh Middle School (nominated by Mrs. Amy Smith)
Catherine Kennedy - Occupational Therapist: Wantagh Elementary (nominated by Mrs. Helena McDermott)
Laura Megargel - Teacher: Forest Lake (nominated by Mrs. Bridget Diano, Mrs. Marybeth Reynolds and Mrs. Sabrina Lydon)
Christine Moran - Physical Education Teacher: Forest Lake (nominated by Mrs. Marybeth Reynolds)
Frank Muzio - Director of Guidance: District (nominated by Jeanne Love)
Lori Piumelli - Resource Room Teacher: Wantagh Middle School (nominated by Mrs. Amy Smith)
Ronnie Rom - Teacher Aide: Forest Lake (nominated by Mrs. Marybeth Reynolds)
Steve Simonis - Security Guard: Wantagh High School (nominated by WHS PPS)
Amy Smith - Speech Therapist: Wantagh Middle School (nominated by Mrs. Kerri Marullo)
Christine Torrellas - Teacher: Forest Lake (nominated by Mrs. Belinda Rodriguez)
Victor Torres - Jiu-Jitsu Instructor: community member (nominated by Mrs. Debbie DeRupo)

 To view the meeting again go to:

Meeting Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/8ivKho7nqJsZ0EWXn2mM-ZbtxwHSVf8wjJf25nI9kg5XhZD7I1VKSWRN5WK9_AZL.dbGCo-Q8rCzGPM8y

Access Passcode: cKC#5&Jx


 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021: 6-12/SEPTA/PTA Council/Boosters/Bandwagon/WDPAA Meeting

Virtual Meeting on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm: Title: Autism Has No Look: Putting A Spotlight On The Spectrum with speaker Kerry Magro

Kerry Magro Meeting

We are so grateful to Kerry Magro for speaking at our SEPTA meeting last evening on "Autism Has No Look: Putting A Spotlight On The Spectrum". He gave us personal and meaningful insights about living with autism. He defines what autism is for himself and helps others learn their strengths and abilities.  
Here's the link to receive the slides from the presentation: http://bit.ly/kerryslidenotes
And here are links to help, follow and learn more from Kerry Magro:
Make a one-time donation to nonprofit: https://kfmmakingadifference.org/donate/
Support nonprofit for a cup of coffee a month: https://www.patreon.com/ASpecialCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KerrysAutismJourney/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kerrymagro
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kerrymagro/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/kerrysautismjourney
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerrymagro/

 

January 14, 2021 Virtual Meeting at 7:30 pm Eastern Standard Time
Topic: Understanding ADHD: A View from the Inside

ADHD Presentation

Hello, We are grateful to Robert Tudisco for his insightful, candid and valuable presentation on “Understanding ADHD: A View from the Inside.” He explained first-hand the ADHD experience and gave us some great resources to share. 

Books:

(These books can be found for sale on many websites and in libraries)

“Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder" by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. and John J. Ratey M.D.  

ADHD 2.0

Jenn Barrett, a staff member of the Wantagh School District also shared a follow up book: "ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction--from Childhood through Adulthood" by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. and John J. Ratey M.D.

ADHD Coaching Resources:

The Edge Foundation: https://edgefoundation.org/

Cindy Goldrich, PTS Coaching: https://ptscoaching.com/ 
NOTE: She is presenting at the CHADD of Nassau County Meeting on Monday, January 18, 2021: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-latest-news-for-you-from-Nassau-CHADD.html?soid=1119080303210&aid=-1fGRpMxjDY&fbclid=IwAR2ymPLfidKg2Kmz52fyDBzbJI_NeNSKnvsIOPNpFrP6ajRTz1Md1kgliqc

Iris Kline, psychologist in Wantagh High School, shared an ADHD coaching resource: https://www.worksmartcoaching.com/

One of our previous presenters, Samantha Feinman, is from another ADHD Coaching company called New Frontiers: https://nfil.net/

CHADD resources for ADHD:

CHADD:  https://chadd.org/

CHADD of Nassau County: https://www.chadd.net/chapter/105

CHADD of Suffolk County: https://www.chadd.net/chapter/160

YouTube Channels & Videos:

Robert Tudisco's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB0P5RCozZyBuNVzinQYc3w 

How To ADHDHow To ADHD YouTube Channel with Jessica McCabe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-nPM1_kSZf91ZGkcgy_95Q
Jessica McCabe also has an excellent Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/jessica_mccabe_this_is_what_it_s_really_like_to_live_with_adhd_jan_2017/transcript?language=en 

Disability Friendly Colleges:

There was discussion about colleges that are disability friendly and have good office of disability services. They included:

Landmark College: https://www.landmark.edu/

Lynn University: https://www.lynn.edu/

Mitchell College: https://mitchell.edu/access/

University of South Carolina: https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/student_disability_resource_center/

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Tips for Responding to Child's AnxietyTuesday, October 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm: 

Responding to Your Child’s Anxiety

Presented by Kristie Schwarz, MA CN Guidance and Counseling Services

Responding to Your Child’s Anxiety provides an overview of child/adolescent anxiety: different types of anxiety, an understanding of the prevalence and method of treatment.  This presentation is then tailored towards how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted child anxiety and ways parents can help their children.

Here is an attachment with tips for responding to your child's anxiety.

 

 

 

  


 

Previous 2019 -2020 Meeting Dates:
March Meeting: March 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library:

LiteracyNassau Topic: Kim Nau from Literacy Nassau spoke about dyslexia and programs available at Literacy Nassau. Go to their website for more information: https://www.literacynassau.org/ We hope you found it informative and insightful. Kim Nau has sent some resources that we are sharing with you.
1. Here is the link to the video about Dyslexia that she had discussed: What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley

2. We've attached some documents she sent to us that she thought we would find helpful.
Dyslexia Basics Fact Sheet | IDA Fact Sheet for Effective Instruction

3. Here is a link to the book that she recommended: Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, MD: Overcoming Dyslexia - Yale Dyslexia and you can purchase it on Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Overcoming-Dyslexia-Complete-Science-Based-Problems-ebook/dp/B000S1LEMY

January Meeting: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library

TOPIC: Sensory Processing Disorder: Sensational Development will explain more about Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD (originally called Sensory Integration Dysfunction) is a neurological disorder in which the sensory information that the inpidual perceives results in abnormal responses. To learn more about Sensational Development, go to their website: http://www.sensationaldevelopment.com/

October Meeting: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library.
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TOPIC: Increasing Social Skills with Your Children: Ellis O'Connell, Clinical Supervisor at Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts presented on learning how to help your child develop an understanding of social cues to increase positive social interaction.

We were so pleased with the enlightening presentation last evening discussing "Increasing Social Skills for our children" with Ellis O'Connell. (Below is the listing of resources she gave out for your reference.) And we were truly grateful for all who were able to join us.

Social Skill Resources from Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts, PLLC: 631-479-2900 | mg-aba.com

Sports:
Be the Best Sport, Port Washington, NY: 516-453-0990 | bethebestsport.org
East Meadow Baseball/Softball Association: 516-794-8965 | httphttp://eastmeadowbaseballsoftball.com/
KISS (Kids in Special Services), Plainview, NY: 516-822-3535 | http://kidsinspecialsituations.org/about/

After School Programs and Classes:
Adler Center for Special Needs, Mid-Island Y JCC, Plainview, NY: https://www.miyjcc.org/adler-center-for-special-needs
Family Center for Autism, Garden City, NY (social skills group and more): http://familycenterforautism.org/
Pop Earth, Dix Hills & Wextbury, NY (yoga, dance fitness, holistic health): https://www.popearth.org/
Theresa Academy of Performing Arts (TAPA) Long Beach, NY: https://theresafoundation.org/
Specialty MineCraft Website for Children with Autism: https://www.autcraft.com/

Teaching Resources for Parents:
Guide to teaching social skills for parents: https://mission-cognition-share.com/…/A-Parents-Guide-Teach…
www.missioncognition.com/mc-share
Nationalautismresources.com (social skills games)

Remember we have babysitters for our meetings. Our wonderful babysitters created a brochure with a form for parents to fill out with information about their child. This way the babysitters will get to know the child and be able to relate to him/her and help him/her to enjoy their time while you attend the meeting. And we hope that it will help increase their social skills. The brochure is pictured here and note the form section about the child.

Babysit Back  Babysitinside

FoSmeeting Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Wantagh Middle School Library:

(Friends of SEPTA Awards Meeting) Please join us for the best meeting of the year while honoring members of our community who have gone above and beyond for our students with a Friend of SEPTA award. It is such a special and heart-warming night where we highlight people who make a difference in the lives of our children.

Our Honorees were:

PPS Department nominated Superintendent John McNamara

Robyn and Luca Valentino nominated Nancy Perrone, Forest Lake Elementary Resource Room Teacher

Marybeth Reynolds nominated Miss Denise Weinberg, Forest Lake Elementary Fourth Grade Teacher

Marybeth Reynolds nominated Mrs. Terri Ann Fuimefreddo, Forest Lake Elementary Teacher's Aide 1:1 in Mrs. Torrella's class

Debbie and Richie DeRupo nominated Ms. Corrie Harris, Wantagh Middle School 7th Grade Integrated Co-Teaching Services

Liz and Dan Beatty nominated Mr. Brian Ward, Wantagh Middle School Guidance Counselor

Melissa Lanciotti nominated Courtney Prestianni, Wantagh High School Guidance Counselor

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (6-12, Bandwagon, Booster, SEPTA joint budget presentation meeting in HS)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019: Samantha Feinman from New Frontiers in Learning presenting on Post High School Transitions

ProcedSafe Wednesday, February 13, 2019: Join us in the Wantagh Middle School library. Our PPS Director Jeanne Love will give us a clear explanation of our parental rights in the procedural safeguards along with specific examples of where these safeguards are needed and might be used.

IEPorganizer Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Dodie Daniels, Long Island Regional Coordinator, Parent to Parent of NYS will present an Education Records Organizer workshop, where she will bring binders and help families organize their paperwork in order to be more effective members of their child's CSE. PPS Director Jeanne Love will also be available for questions on CPSE and IEP meetings and will give her insights as well.

Jo Futerman Mindfulness Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library: Mindfulness Over ADHD Matters

Jo Futerman will discuss ADHD and mindfulness and lead us in meditation. She is a member of Nassau County CHADD and runs their meetings and support groups. She is an invaluable resource. Go to her website for more information: http://www.jmfcoaching.com/

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Topic: Kerry Mullen from Safe 4 Kids will present on food allergies. She educates schools and community groups on the importance of awareness of food allergies and how to manage them. She discusses how to create food allergy friendly environments for children to keep them safe and healthy. She also give powerful testimony on the seriousness of food allergies. Go to the website for more information and resources: http://www.safe4kids.net/


Past 2018 Meetings:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library
Topic: Graduation requirements explained by Jeanne Love and Frank Muzio. (So many things have changed regarding the requirements needed to graduate and what degree or certificate can be achieved. This meeting will help explain and clarify the requirements.)
Wednesday, June 7, 2018: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library
Topic: Friend of SEPTA Awards Meeting where SEPTA recognizes those inpiduals who positively impact our children's education experience.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018: Combined District PTA Group meeting
Topic: Budget Meeting

2016-2017 Meetings:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library
Topic: "How to Talk to Your Child About Their Disability' presentation.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library
Topic: Meet & Greet our special education personnel and we are hoping to get a special presentation from the OT's and PT's to explain more of what services the children get at school.


anxiousgirlMonday - November 7th @ 7:30 pm: "Anxiety in Childhood" was discussed by Dr. Deena Abbe, PhD. She presented information addressing anxiety and depression in children and how it manifests in children. She was an insightful speaker who answered many questions and gave some suggestions for books along with CDs, websites and apps to help children cope with stress and anxiety. Several are listed below, as well as on our Resources page.

Websites to find Books, CDs and other resources on mindfulness for children and ways to relieve stress and anxiety:

MindfulSchools

Mindful Schools: http://www.mindfulschools.org/

Lori Lite's Stress Free Kids: https://stressfreekids.com/

Wake Up Schools: http://wakeupschools.org/
from http://www.thichnhathanhfoundation.org/

GoZen Mindfulness Cards: http://www.gozen.com/product/mindfulnesscards/

Teaching Emotional Language books from: http://www.weareteachers.com

Websites to find Apps and Videos:

StopBreathThink

Smiling Mind: https://smilingmind.com.au/

Buddhify2: http://buddhify.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/buddhify-2-Media-Release-Jan-6-2014.pdf

Yoga for Kids Video and info: http://bentonlearning.org/

Yoga for Kids App: http://www.kidsyogaverse.com/

Stop, Breathe and Think: http://www.stopbreathethink.org/

To find more information on Dr. Abbe, go to her website. Anxiety is something that effects so many children in general education as well as special education.

Parent2Parent Wednesday - January 11th @ 7:30 pm: Thanks to Alissa Morris of Parent to Parent. She covered the topic of "Understanding OPWDD Supports and Services' from OPWDD. To learn more about NYS Parent to Parent, go to their website. PPS Director Jeanne Love will discuss graduation requirements at a future meeting. And special thanks to Heidi Felix from NEFCU who gave a great amount of info for parents about the services NEFCU provides or families, students and PTA members.

Wednesday - March 22nd @ 7:30 pm:Jonathan Cooper, LCSW presented "All in the Family" talking about the challenges families face when their children have difficulty with social skills. Jonathan Cooper LCSW has been in practice for over 30 years as a therapist, administrator, consultant, and trainer in the field of social work, therapy and education. To learn more about his practice and social skills groups, go to his website.