Partners In Learning Blog Team

Partners In Learning Blog Team
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Monday, May 7, 2012

What an Awesome Special Needs Mini-Conference!

Wow, what an awesome and busy weekend for PIL!

Partners In Learning was set up at the annual Relay for Life at the Rowan county Fairgrounds from Friday afternoon all the way until Saturday morning! Our team, "Partners For A Cure," walked 233 laps in 24 hours! One of our NC Pre-K parents, Nerissa, walked (and danced) 60 laps non-stop!!! Thank you to ALL who helped in any way! We couldn't have done it without you! Much love to Cindy, Laura, Beverly and Megan and many others.

Our very own Cindy Webb and little Miss. E!

Saturday morning we had our annual Special Needs Mini-Conference at Catawba College. 

We had lots of workshop sessions for parents and educators to come to! Some of the sessions included:
-  Beyond the ABCs and 123s: Effective Early Education for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Managing Mealtimes and Picky Eaters
- Sign Language 101
- Managing Stress in a Marriage When You Have a Child with Special Needs
- Sibling Affects
- Understanding the System
- Another Piece to the Puzzle
- Management of Tantrum Problems in All Children

We also had tons of local vendors and information booths. Some of these booths included:
- EC Department for Rowan-Public Schools
- Smart Start Rowan
- Head Start
- Creative Teaching Aids
- Bayada Nursing
- Juice Plus
- Autism Society of NC and Cabarrus county
- Madison Post Jewelry
- Thirty One Gifts
- Scentsy
- Mary Kay
- Grace Farms
- One Step at a Time
- Family Support Network

Susan and Patrick King

And finally, we had an AMAZING keynote session! Susan King and her son, Patrick, spoke to an auditorium full of teary-eyed listeners. Their stories were incredible and gave everyone the inspiration to continue through with any difficult journies that they may be facing!

To read more about the King family, read their Salisbury Post article,

This year was absolutely the best year yet with our mini-conference! Everyone involved did such a fantastic job! Thank you to all of the speakers, vendors, participants, and PIL staff members!

If you missed this year's conference, keep following us for next year's date! We hope to blow this year out of the water during our next mini-conference!

Katherine Zink
Community Inclusion Assistant

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