SEPTA Meetings

Members of our board along with our PPS Director, Jeanne Love, will stay on after the meetings for an open forum, to address questions submitted before the meeting. Any questions can be sent to our email address:

Upcoming 2020 - 2021 Meeting Dates: 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021: 6-12/SEPTA/PTA Council/Boosters/Bandwagon/WDPAA Meeting

Wednesday, June 16, 2021: Friends of SEPTA Meeting: Go to our Scholarships & Awards page to get the Friend of SEPTA Award Nomination form.

Past Meetings:

Virtual Meeting on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm: Title: Autism Has No Look: Putting A Spotlight On The Spectrum with speaker Kerry Magro

Kerry Magro Meeting

We are so grateful to Kerry Magro for speaking at our SEPTA meeting last evening on "Autism Has No Look: Putting A Spotlight On The Spectrum". He gave us personal and meaningful insights about living with autism. He defines what autism is for himself and helps others learn their strengths and abilities.  
Here's the link to receive the slides from the presentation:
And here are links to help, follow and learn more from Kerry Magro:
Make a one-time donation to nonprofit:
Support nonprofit for a cup of coffee a month:


January 14, 2021 Virtual Meeting at 7:30 pm Eastern Standard Time
Topic: Understanding ADHD: A View from the Inside

ADHD Presentation

Hello, We are grateful to Robert Tudisco for his insightful, candid and valuable presentation on “Understanding ADHD: A View from the Inside.” He explained first-hand the ADHD experience and gave us some great resources to share. 

If you were unable to join us, you can view the presentation here:  

Use this Passcode: k!3$P9B0


Driven to Distraction
(These books can be found for sale on many websites and in libraries)

“Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder" by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. and John J. Ratey M.D.  

ADHD 2.0


Jenn Barrett, a staff member of the Wantagh School District also shared a follow up book: "ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction--from Childhood through Adulthood" by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. and John J. Ratey M.D.

ADHD Coaching Resources:

The Edge Foundation:

Cindy Goldrich, PTS Coaching: 
NOTE: She is presenting at the CHADD of Nassau County Meeting on Monday, January 18, 2021:

Iris Kline, psychologist in Wantagh High School, shared an ADHD coaching resource:

One of our previous presenters, Samantha Feinman, is from another ADHD Coaching company called New Frontiers:

CHADD resources for ADHD:


CHADD of Nassau County:

CHADD of Suffolk County:

YouTube Channels & Videos:

Robert Tudisco's YouTube Channel: 

How To ADHDHow To ADHD YouTube Channel with Jessica McCabe:
Jessica McCabe also has an excellent Ted Talk: 

Disability Friendly Colleges:

There was discussion about colleges that are disability friendly and have good office of disability services. They included:

Landmark College:

Lynn University:

Mitchell College:

University of South Carolina:


Please let us know what topics you would like us to cover in the future. Thank you to all who were able to join us. If you were unable to join us, you can view the presentation here:  

Use this Passcode: k!3$P9B0


Tips for Responding to Child's Anxiety

Tuesday, October 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm: 
Responding to Your Child’s Anxiety

Presented by Kristie Schwarz, MA CN Guidance and Counseling Services

Responding to Your Child’s Anxiety provides an overview of child/adolescent anxiety: different types of anxiety, an understanding of the prevalence and method of treatment.  This presentation is then tailored towards how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted child anxiety and ways parents can help their children.

Here is an attachment with tips for responding to your child's anxiety.




Previous 2019 -2020 Meeting Dates:
March Meeting: March 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library:

LiteracyNassau Topic: Kim Nau from Literacy Nassau spoke about dyslexia and programs available at Literacy Nassau. Go to their website for more information: We hope you found it informative and insightful. Kim Nau has sent some resources that we are sharing with you.
1. Here is the link to the video about Dyslexia that she had discussed: What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley

2. We've attached some documents she sent to us that she thought we would find helpful.
Dyslexia Basics Fact Sheet | IDA Fact Sheet for Effective Instruction

3. Here is a link to the book that she recommended: Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, MD: Overcoming Dyslexia - Yale Dyslexia and you can purchase it on at

January Meeting: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library

TOPIC: Sensory Processing Disorder: Sensational Development will explain more about Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD (originally called Sensory Integration Dysfunction) is a neurological disorder in which the sensory information that the inpidual perceives results in abnormal responses. To learn more about Sensational Development, go to their website:

October Meeting: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library.

TOPIC: Increasing Social Skills with Your Children: Ellis O'Connell, Clinical Supervisor at Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts presented on learning how to help your child develop an understanding of social cues to increase positive social interaction.

We were so pleased with the enlightening presentation last evening discussing "Increasing Social Skills for our children" with Ellis O'Connell. (Below is the listing of resources she gave out for your reference.) And we were truly grateful for all who were able to join us.

Social Skill Resources from Marra & Glick Applied Behavior Analysts, PLLC: 631-479-2900 |

Be the Best Sport, Port Washington, NY: 516-453-0990 |
East Meadow Baseball/Softball Association: 516-794-8965 | http
KISS (Kids in Special Services), Plainview, NY: 516-822-3535 |

After School Programs and Classes:
Adler Center for Special Needs, Mid-Island Y JCC, Plainview, NY:
Family Center for Autism, Garden City, NY (social skills group and more):
Pop Earth, Dix Hills & Wextbury, NY (yoga, dance fitness, holistic health):
Theresa Academy of Performing Arts (TAPA) Long Beach, NY:
Specialty MineCraft Website for Children with Autism:

Teaching Resources for Parents:
Guide to teaching social skills for parents:…/A-Parents-Guide-Teach… (social skills games)

Remember we have babysitters for our meetings. Our wonderful babysitters created a brochure with a form for parents to fill out with information about their child. This way the babysitters will get to know the child and be able to relate to him/her and help him/her to enjoy their time while you attend the meeting. And we hope that it will help increase their social skills. The brochure is pictured here and note the form section about the child.

Babysit Back  Babysitinside

FoSmeeting Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Wantagh Middle School Library:

(Friends of SEPTA Awards Meeting) Please join us for the best meeting of the year while honoring members of our community who have gone above and beyond for our students with a Friend of SEPTA award. It is such a special and heart-warming night where we highlight people who make a difference in the lives of our children.

Our Honorees were:

PPS Department nominated Superintendent John McNamara

Robyn and Luca Valentino nominated Nancy Perrone, Forest Lake Elementary Resource Room Teacher

Marybeth Reynolds nominated Miss Denise Weinberg, Forest Lake Elementary Fourth Grade Teacher

Marybeth Reynolds nominated Mrs. Terri Ann Fuimefreddo, Forest Lake Elementary Teacher's Aide 1:1 in Mrs. Torrella's class

Debbie and Richie DeRupo nominated Ms. Corrie Harris, Wantagh Middle School 7th Grade Integrated Co-Teaching Services

Liz and Dan Beatty nominated Mr. Brian Ward, Wantagh Middle School Guidance Counselor

Melissa Lanciotti nominated Courtney Prestianni, Wantagh High School Guidance Counselor

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (6-12, Bandwagon, Booster, SEPTA joint budget presentation meeting in HS)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019: Samantha Feinman from New Frontiers in Learning presenting on Post High School Transitions

ProcedSafe Wednesday, February 13, 2019: Join us in the Wantagh Middle School library. Our PPS Director Jeanne Love will give us a clear explanation of our parental rights in the procedural safeguards along with specific examples of where these safeguards are needed and might be used.

IEPorganizer Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Dodie Daniels, Long Island Regional Coordinator, Parent to Parent of NYS will present an Education Records Organizer workshop, where she will bring binders and help families organize their paperwork in order to be more effective members of their child's CSE. PPS Director Jeanne Love will also be available for questions on CPSE and IEP meetings and will give her insights as well.

Jo Futerman Mindfulness Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library: Mindfulness Over ADHD Matters

Jo Futerman will discuss ADHD and mindfulness and lead us in meditation. She is a member of Nassau County CHADD and runs their meetings and support groups. She is an invaluable resource. Go to her website for more information:

food allergty

Topic: Kerry Mullen from Safe 4 Kids will present on food allergies. She educates schools and community groups on the importance of awareness of food allergies and how to manage them. She discusses how to create food allergy friendly environments for children to keep them safe and healthy. She also give powerful testimony on the seriousness of food allergies. Go to the website for more information and resources:

Past 2018 Meetings:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library
Topic: Graduation requirements explained by Jeanne Love and Frank Muzio. (So many things have changed regarding the requirements needed to graduate and what degree or certificate can be achieved. This meeting will help explain and clarify the requirements.)
Wednesday, June 7, 2018: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library
Topic: Friend of SEPTA Awards Meeting where SEPTA recognizes those inpiduals who positively impact our children's education experience.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018: Combined District PTA Group meeting
Topic: Budget Meeting

2016-2017 Meetings:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library
Topic: "How to Talk to Your Child About Their Disability' presentation.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017: 7:30 pm in Middle School Library
Topic: Meet & Greet our special education personnel and we are hoping to get a special presentation from the OT's and PT's to explain more of what services the children get at school.

anxiousgirlMonday - November 7th @ 7:30 pm: "Anxiety in Childhood" was discussed by Dr. Deena Abbe, PhD. She presented information addressing anxiety and depression in children and how it manifests in children. She was an insightful speaker who answered many questions and gave some suggestions for books along with CDs, websites and apps to help children cope with stress and anxiety. Several are listed below, as well as on our Resources page.

Websites to find Books, CDs and other resources on mindfulness for children and ways to relieve stress and anxiety:


Mindful Schools:

Lori Lite's Stress Free Kids:

Wake Up Schools:

GoZen Mindfulness Cards:

Teaching Emotional Language books from:

Websites to find Apps and Videos:


Smiling Mind:


Yoga for Kids Video and info:

Yoga for Kids App:

Stop, Breathe and Think:

To find more information on Dr. Abbe, go to her website. Anxiety is something that effects so many children in general education as well as special education.

Parent2Parent Wednesday - January 11th @ 7:30 pm: Thanks to Alissa Morris of Parent to Parent. She covered the topic of "Understanding OPWDD Supports and Services' from OPWDD. To learn more about NYS Parent to Parent, go to their website. PPS Director Jeanne Love will discuss graduation requirements at a future meeting. And special thanks to Heidi Felix from NEFCU who gave a great amount of info for parents about the services NEFCU provides or families, students and PTA members.

Wednesday - March 22nd @ 7:30 pm:Jonathan Cooper, LCSW presented "All in the Family" talking about the challenges families face when their children have difficulty with social skills. Jonathan Cooper LCSW has been in practice for over 30 years as a therapist, administrator, consultant, and trainer in the field of social work, therapy and education. To learn more about his practice and social skills groups, go to his website.