MAGIC:  Middleton Abilities Group Improving Community

A Networking & Support Group for Parents with Kids with Special Needs

We share resources, learn, develop advocacy strategies and work with educators & community members to benefit our families. All are welcome!

Monthly Meetings & Membership

M.A.G.I.C. meetings take place the third Wednesday of each month. Please join us from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the District Administration Center (DAC), at 7106 South Ave. in Middleton.

Membership in MAGIC is not required to attend meetings. A $10 per person fee helps to support communication and various presentations throughout the year. Details about our membership can be found on the following document- Membership Registration Form.

Please print out the form, complete and mail it with your payment to the address listed on the form.

Forum

Parents insights needed (and appreciated)!

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Peer Sensitivity Training 2 Replies

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An idea for the Sept. 26 meeting with Director of Student Services 2 Replies

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UPCOMING MEETINGS & Topics - 7106 South Ave.

  • June 18, 2014: Regular member meeting - informal discussion
  • Regular member meeting - informal discussion
  • July 16, 2014:
  • August 27, 2014: Annual M.A.G.I.C. Meet 'N Greet at Capital Brewery
Past Presentations Examples:
Oct. 16, 2013: Jerry Nicholson, Director of Teaching and Learning—Student Services, spoke with our group about upcoming initiatives in the district pertaining to special education at all grade levels. He answered questions and engaged in frank and open conversation.

March 19, 2014: Dr. Valerie Frazer from New Horizons Vision Therapy Center, in Waunakee and Dr. Laura Konopacki from Body Wave Wellness Center, in Madison, will be making short presentations about the therapies they offer our children. Come and learn about some the effective treatments they offer which address some sensory needs you may not be aware of. Some of the conditions the practices treat are autism, ADHD/ADD, sensory integration, anxiety, depression, poor reading skills, disorganization and visual processing to name a few. Some of the techniques they employ can improve how children function both at school and at home. During the last 30 minutes, participants will be able to join one of three groups: a Q & A with Dr. Frazer, a Q & A with Dr. Konopacki or an informal group of MAGIC members who would like to discuss what is on their minds.

April 16, 2014: Regular member meeting and 60 min. conversation with Lisa Davidson, Student Services Director at Kromrey Middle School would like feedback from parents regarding professional development suggestions for paraeducators in middle school.

Useful Resources

Conferences, Presentations, Workshops & Seminars

25th Annual Children Come First Conference, Wisconsin Dells, Nov. 10-11, 2014. For more information contact Wisconsin Family Ties at (608) 267-6888 or email at info@wifamilyties.org. This conference may be of interest to parents and professionals working with children with emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders. Speakers to be announced but to see past conference programs, visit www.wifamilyties.org-events.html.

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District offers professional development classes for staff throughout the school year and over each summer. We have been told by Student Services Coordinators at the district that parents may attend these classes for no credit and for free but book/material fees will apply. Registration is required.

Academic Year Courses
Summer Courses

Local Resources

  • Wisconsin First Step offers an information and referral hotline for children and adolescents age birth to age 21 with special needs. Direct referrals are provided to Birth to 3 Programs and Regional Centers for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs across the State of Wisconsin.
  • Care Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WiSPEI) Training Opportunities for Parents or Educators

SUMMER PROGRAMS! Check out this resource for a lot of different programs for kids in K-12 in the area and elsewhere.


WORKSHOPS

Autism 101: presented by the Autism Society of Greater Madison

When their child is first diagnosed, most parents aren’t exactly sure what autism is let alone PDD-NOS, or Aspergers.  It’s hard to explain your child to others if you don’t understand him or her yourself. At this session, learn about ASD, discuss parenting issues and ASGM.  The class will be held at Midvale Community Lutheran Church (Room 131 on main level), 4329 Tokay Blvd in Madison.  Please register via email autismmadison@gmail.com, or call: (608) 213-8519. Visit www.autismmadison.org for more info.

 



 
 
 

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