Training & Technical Assistance

The Special Needs Inclusion Project (SNIP) provides free training for programs funded by the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF) on inclusion and disability-related topics. We offer 8 workshops per year for citywide programs and can customize training for your sites.   Each workshop description refers to specific SF AFA Core Competencies. These are the San Francisco After School for All Core Competencies for line staff and supervisors which were adopted by the AFA Council in 2010, which can be found here.

Opening Your Doors to Children and Youth with Disabilities: The Steps to Take (Formerly The Art of Inclusion)

All children are welcome in your program, right?  But there are probably kids who struggle to fit in and you wonder how best to include them. Through fun activities and thoughtful reflection, you will:

  • Understand the meaning and value of inclusion
  • learn basic information about the legal requirements for providing reasonable accommodations
  • look at some practical steps to take to enroll and include children/youth with disabilities in your program

Audience:  Agency staff who have not attended introductory inclusion training.

Content: This workshop is related to SF ELC Competencies #1, #10s, #12s, #16, #17, #18

When: TBA

 

The Power of Positive Messages: Helping Children and Youth Develop Positive Behavior

Building positive relationships in your after school programs is one of the most effective strategies you can use to improve everyone’s experience – staff, kids and parents. This workshop will start you in the right direction. First, we’ll look at how to “reframe” behavior and think about the strengths children and youth have, rather than what pops out as what is “wrong.” Then, we’ll explore and practice some easy strategies you can use throughout your program when giving directions, redirecting behavior and just plain talking with kids.

Audience:  OST line staff and staff supervisors

Content: This workshop is related to SF ELC Competencies #6, #7, #8

When: TBA

 

I See What You Are Saying: Using Visual Strategies to Promote Children’s Independence, Participation and Understanding.

Do you use lists to help you stay organized or a calendar to help you remember appointments? These are some examples of visual strategies that help us with our daily routines. Many people are visual learners, yet a great deal of our communication with children is done verbally. This workshop will explore various types and uses of visual strategies to help all children understand daily routines and take part in activities more independently.

Audience:  OST line staff and staff supervisors

Content: This workshop is related to SF ELC Competencies #5, #18

When: TBA

 

Developing Programming for Everyone: Selecting and Adapting Activities for Children with Disabilities

Providing activities that engage all learners is an important part of a high quality after school programs. In this session you will learn: what makes some activities more inclusive than others, how to use a tool to help you select and adapt activities for diverse learners, and specific tips and strategies for working with children with disabilities.

Audience:  OST line staff and staff supervisors

Content: This workshop is related to SF ELC Competencies #4, #5 and #18.

When: February 10, 2017  from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Register Here

     Repeated on May 5, 2017 

Let’s Play: Activities to Strengthening Peer Relationships

Out of school time programs are a fantastic opportunity for all participants to make friends!  In this workshop we will explore ways to support children to develop positive peer relationships in your program.   We will share activities that build social skills and awareness, strengthen peer relationships, and strategies for embedding these activities throughout your day.

 Audience: OST line staff and site supervisors

Content: This workshop is related to SF ELC Competencies #5, #7 and #9.

When: TBA

Custom Designed Workshops

We have a number of trainings available on inclusion and disability-related topics. If you would like to combine workshops or topics from the list, or create a customized  course from the offerings listed, let us know! We can tailor your training to meet the needs of your program. Topics include:

  • Task analysis and modifying activities
  • Using a strength-based approach to support children’s behavior
  • Tips and tools: Visuals supports for children with autism and other disabilities
  • Supporting friendships in after school programs
  • Learning about autism, learning disabilities or ADHD or other specific disabilities

SNIP TRAINING FAQs

What trainings are available?

We have a number of trainings available on inclusion and disability-related topics. All are listed above. If you would like to combine workshops or topics from the list, or custom make a course from the offerings you see there, let us know! We can tailor your training to meet the needs of your program.

How long is each workshop?

SNIP trainers are very flexible. We can provide training for as little as an hour, we can provide several hours of training, or we can conduct all-day workshops. We can also create a training series to take place over weeks or months. We’re willing to work within whatever time frame you have available.

What is the cost?

All trainings are free to San Francisco After School Programs funded by DCYF.

Where are the training’s located?

We can provide the training at our site or yours. Our training room can accommodate approximately 40 people.

What is the audience size?

We are equipped to present to groups of all sizes. Our trainers are happy to work with a small number of staff or a large group. We can conduct large “formal” trainings or attend staff meetings. Because our workshops are interactive, we require at least 10 participants for workshops at your program site.

How do I sign up?

To arrange free training or request further information, contact us at 415.282.7494 ext 105 (Alison Stewart).

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