Specialized Educational Recommendations for Children with the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

Making learning fit the needs of the child.

 Recorded Staff Training Webinars

Striving for School Success
Understanding the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

Announcing a series of educational forums, "Striving for School Success" hosted by Donna Cutler-Landsman, designed to train professionals to more effectively assist students with the 22q11.2 deletion.   These webinars will address common issues of students affected by the syndrome and how to program effectively to meet their needs.
​ Virtually all students with this syndrome will require specialized instruction and the vast majority are found eligible for special education services under the IDEA law. School are required to have at least one staff member who is knowledgeable about the syndrome as part of the IEP team. These webinars are designed to provide staff with the tools they need to effectively work with this population of students. Each webinar will include a 30-45 minute presentation followed by a question and answer session.
​ The goal of the series is to provide cost-effective guidance to school staff in an interactive, collaborative format. 
Discussion will include understanding the learning/cognitive research on 22q11, testing and identification of appropriate goals, programming effectively in the classroom, dealing with social emotional needs, working with families, and promoting a smooth transition to work and independence. The vast majority of students with 22q11.2 (over 90%) have very complicated learning profiles that require special education support--often through age 22.  

Elementary and Pre-School: 

22q11.2 is a new syndrome that is often underdiagnosed and misunderstood.  Learn the medical and cognitive challenges associated with the deletion and how therapists and educators can assist in early intervention.  Children with 22q11.2 often have significant speech, OT and physical issues as well as specific cognitive and behavioral impairments that make programming difficult.  This webinar is designed to help educate professionals on how to best meet the needs of these students from birth through elementary school.

​Middle and High School:

Students with 22q11.2 often have significant problems with the typical approach to education and tend to have increasing educational needs as they mature. Although some adults with this syndrome have attended post secondary programs and are gainfully employed, many others need a great deal of assistance with navigating adult life.  This webinar will explore ways school districts can accomodate the unique learning needs of this population with the goal of maximizing potential and independence.

Webinars can be projected and viewed by multiple staff members at one time and were recorded by  Cisco WebEx.  Participants will need an Internet connection with computer sound.