SCIS Pudong to Host Inaugural SENISH Conference

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SENISH (Special Education Network in Shanghai) is a network of Shanghai-based educators, professionals, and parents dedicated to supporting students with special learning needs. It is a part of SENIA, an Asia-wide network, and was started by international school educators, special education providers, parents, and SENIA board members. School administrators, counselors, learning support staff, and parents are invited to this year’s SENISH Conference, which will be held on November 21, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm on Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) Pudong’s Upper School campus. Please join SENISH and SCIS Pudong for an opportunity to learn more about the latest developments in the fields of education, special needs, and neuroscience.

The preliminary schedule for the day is as follows:

8:30 – 9:00 am

Coffee and snacks

9:00-11:00 am

Workshop: John Medina’s 12 Brain Rules for Surviving and Thriving – Elizabeth Noske, YCIS

11:00 – 11:15 am

Coffee break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Stream 1: Developing Play and Social Skills in Young Children: Strategies for Parents and Educators – Shari Rosen and Maureen Tanoy, Essential Learning Group                                  

Stream 2: Promoting Physical Independence in Children with Special Needs – Marla Balzer, Physical Therapist, Olivia’s Place                                    

12:15 – 1:15 pm

Stream 1: How to Improve your Learning Support Department – Liam O’Shea, SSIS

Stream 2: Communication without Words: How Art Therapy Can Benefit Your Child’s Learning – Zoe Andrews, Essential Learning Group                                  

1:15 – 2:00 pm


2:00 – 3:00 pm

Stream 1: Anxiety in Children –  Veronica McKibben, Child & Family Counselor, Olivia’s Place

Stream 2: Teaching to All – Assisting Classroom Teachers to Understand and Support the Learning of Students with Special Education Needs (Middle Years) – Lucy Burden, SSIS                                    

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Coffee break

3:15 – 4:15 pm

Stream 1:  Innovative Interdisciplinary Treatments – Specialists from Essential Learning Group

Stream 2: Raising a Happy, Successful, and Resilient Child with Special Needs – Dr. Andrew Adler, Clinical Psychologist, Olivia’s Place                                            

4:15 – 4:30 pm        Closing remarks


To register for the conference, please complete the registration form

If you have any questions, please contact Maja Kelly, SCIS Pudong Upper School Counselor.