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Free Kindergarten Transition Workshops for Parents of Special Needs Children

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The Kindergarten transition process is undeniably daunting for families of special needs children—and New York City’s massive bureaucracy doesn’t make it any easier.

A few years ago, our founding partner, Regina Skyer, published a handbook for parents (How to Survive Turning 5). And every year, we hold free legal education workshops so that as many parents as possible can learn how to navigate the so-called “Turning Five” process in New York City.

This year we are offering two free events in October (one in Brooklyn, one in Manhattan). These workshops are designed for parents of preschoolers and interested special education professionals. We will go over independent evaluations, school applications, public program options, IEP meetings, hearings and appeal procedures, and more. We will also answer as many individual questions from attendees as time allows.

Thursday, October 25th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Avenue
Please RSVP via the registration page on the Music Therapy Parent Talks page on the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music website. Limited spots are available.
(This workshop is part two in a two-part series of workshops offered about the Turning Five process. Part one is a presentation by educational advocate Sarah Birnbaum on October 11th.)

Monday, October 29th, 6 PM – 8 PM
The Child Study Center at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, One Park Avenue, 7th Floor
Please RSVP via this Eventbrite link. Limited spots are available.

JCC/Lifestart Special Needs School Fair: Sep 27th


The JCC Manhattan and NYL Lifestart’s annual Special Needs School Fair will be held on September 27th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the JCC Manhattan’s building (334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street). This is an important event for parents whose children are approaching transitional moments into elementary school, middle school, or high school—or simply if the current school placement is no longer appropriate. Representatives from special needs private schools serving the New York City community will be there to provide information and answer your questions.

There is no cost to attend for parents. Families can register here.

Skyer Law's first Turning 5 Workshop of 2018 is May 24th

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
58 Seventh Avenue (Brooklyn)
Thursday, May 24th

For NYC parents of preschool-aged children who have special education needs, transitioning to kindergarten can be overwhelming. The experienced team of attorneys at Skyer Law have guided thousands of clients through the so-called “Turning 5” process. Our founding partner, Regina Skyer, literally wrote the book on How to Survive Turning 5.

This workshop will explain your legal rights, placement options, and share strategies on how to successfully position yourselves for an appropriate kindergarten placement.

This event is sponsored by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. It is a free event open to the public. Please register via the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music website.

Note: We have updated last week's blog post, "What is Pendency?" for clarity following feedback from readers.

Turning 5 Workshop in Queens Tuesday, Nov. 7th by Special Ed Advocate Sarah Birnbaum

Following our two turning five talks this fall, several parents have asked if there will be any more opportunities to attend kindergarten transition workshops this year.

We will announce Skyer Law's spring workshop opportunities in the months to come, but, in the meantime, special education advocate Sarah Birnbaum is holding her final event of the year in Queens on Tuesday, cosponsored by Touro College and Queens Special Kids.

Sarah Birnbaum is at the top of her field. She is knowledgeable, passionate, and skilled at helping special needs parents understand this complicated process. It's well worth attending one of her events.

Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Touro College Graduate School of Education
71-02 113th Street, Forest Hills (main floor)


Register Now for “How to Survive an Impartial Hearing" on December 1st


We are less than a month away from Skyer Law's How to Survive an Impartial Hearing conference—and there is still time to register. If you are a special education parent, clinician, therapist, teacher, school administrator, or any other person who might be called to testify at a due process impartial hearing, then this free half-day conference is for you. 

At some point in a special education student’s schooling years a family may face an impartial hearing. For the parents, as well as the educators, clinicians, therapists, and the school administrators who care about that child’s educational progress (and may be called to testify), this is often stressful news—and that’s understandable. There is a lot is on the line.

On December 1st, a distinguished group of special education lawyers from the Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates will demystify the impartial hearing process by staging a mock hearing of a tuition reimbursement case. We will also take time to discuss some of the critical laws and procedures and answer as many audience questions as time allows.

Coffee/juice and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required as space is limited.

When: Friday, December 1st, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Where: The Forchelli Center, Brooklyn Law School, 205 State Street, Brooklyn, NY
Questions? Email