2023 The Spirit of SEL Symposium
Program & Replays
SEL for Students with Special Needs Panel
Join Lynne Roland, Therapeutic Interventionist for Grand Prairie Texas ISD Special Education Department, Stacey Kelsey, Founder and Executive Director of Brainworks Pediatric Group, and Dr. Vikki Hennard, professor of education at Regis University with over 30 years in special education, as they look at how to best integrate SEL into learning environments serving students with special needs. They discuss strategies for integrating special needs-based SEL tools and practices.
In this session, you’ll:
- Gain insights on how to use SEL tools for students with special needs
- Learn strategies for those serving special needs populations to integrate SEL into the school day
- Explore how to create deeper trust and authentic connection in a special needs environment
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Lynne Roland is a licensed professional counselor, trainer, and consultant in Grand Prairie Texas. She currently serves as a Therapeutic Interventionist for Grand Prairie ISD Special Education Department. She has over 25 years of working with troubled youth and their families. She tirelessly works to bring a therapeutic environment to youth in the schools to serve students experiencing severe emotional regulation and behavior disruptions that interfere with their academic success.
Stacy Kelsey, MAT, is the Founder and Executive Director of Brainworks Pediatric Group, The Mind Development Center, and The Center for Exceptional Learning. These centers provide innovative and individualized educational programs for children with disabilities, developmental delays, and developmental trauma, as well as offering professional development and training opportunities for parents, teachers, and therapists in relational and mindful learning education. Stacy created a neurocognitive-developmental program called the Mindful Learning Model, which encompasses relational learning, relationship-building practices, mindful learning engagements, and a relational regulation model. Her innovative programs are being sought after by public school districts as an alternative approach to educating challenging students. She is currently completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Vikki Hennard, PhD
Dr. Vikki Hennard, PhD, is a professor of education at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She received her doctoral degree in educational leadership, with an M.A. and B.A. in special education. In addition, she has worked for over 30 years in education in a variety of roles including special education teacher, professional learning instructor, and trainer. She is also an educational coach in the area of special education, school climate, and student well-being/behavior, and continues to work to enhance educational practices based on research-based principles and practice-based evidence. Her CLEAR model on collaborative problem-solving has been used throughout the United States and the world to bring professionals and families together in a safe, jargon-free environment to positively address the well-being of youth in schools and youth care facilities.