Upcoming Webinar: Developing an Effective IEP

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IEPTeenBy Jennifer Bechard Johnson, Education Manager

We are pleased to announce the next webinar of our Support and Education Webinar Series, Developing an Effective IEP. Join us live from the convenience of your home or office on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm EDT. Presenters, T. Andrew Zabel, PhD, ABPP, Kara Casey Kremer, and Amanda Garzon, MIA, will provide attendees with a general overview of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process as it applies to youth with histories of hydrocephalus. Attendees will learn how hydrocephalus can impact learning and how to put the proper supports in place to help a child succeed in school, particularly in relation to creating an IEP. This presentation will also include tools for writing effective IEPs, and strategies will be given to help parents of students with hydrocephalus interact with IEP-planning terms in an effective manner to get necessary services and accommodations.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (EDT)


Developing an Effective IEP

Suggested Audience

This webinar is ideal for parents and caretakers of school aged children, teens, and educators who want to learn more about the IEP process as it relates to individuals with hydrocephalus.


T. Andrew Zabel, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Andrew Zabel is a pediatric neuropsychologist and research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is the clinical director of the Department of Neuropsychology and an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is on the core faculty in psychology for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Leadership Education Excellence in Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program and the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (MRDDRC).

Dr. Zabel received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Drexel University of Philadelphia, PA in 2000, and completed his internship training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Zabel also completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Zabel is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. He joined the Hopkins/KKI faculty in 2002. He is active in the mentoring programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and participates in the neuropsychological training of externs, pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral residents. Dr. Zabel is the clinical director of the Department of Neuropsychology, and is active in the development of clinical services and provision of neuropsychological assessments at KKI.

Kara Casey Kremer

Kara Casey Kremer has been an elementary teacher for 13 years, both in Massachusetts and California, and has been working with children in a variety of settings over the past 20 years. She is currently a 4th grade teacher and works closely with special educators in an integrated classroom supporting both regular education learners and children with IEP’s in all subject areas. She has a particular interest in supporting the needs of individual students by providing a multi-sensory approach to learning and direct instruction in developing metacognitive skills. Kara lives and teaches in Hingham, MA, and is the mother of two boys.

Amanda Garzon, MIA

As the Director of Communications and Marketing, Amanda is responsible for the development, management, administration and implementation of all aspects of communications and marketing for the Hydrocephalus Association (HA).

As a mother of a daughter with hydrocephalus, Amanda joins her passion for the cause with her responsibility of raising awareness of the challenges of hydrocephalus and greater support for the work of HA.

Prior to joining HA in August 2012, Amanda served as the Director of Operations for iConstituent, a software firm specializing in communications and database solutions for elected officials, particularly Members of Congress. iConstituent purchased InterAmerica Technologies where, over her 10-year tenure with InterAmerica, Amanda launched a Business Process Management consulting division and was the Client Services manager for Federal government and corporate clients, among other responsibilities. Amanda started her professional career in the international non-profit field where over a 5 year period she worked on economic and political development projects in El Salvador, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe.

Amanda holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In her spare time Amanda enjoys being a mom of two wonderful daughters, yoga, evenings with good friends and food, and leading her younger daughter’s Girl Scout troop.


We are pleased to offer educational webinars to help you stay informed and current on the latest news surrounding hydrocephalus. Our webinars are free to the public.


More Information

For more information on our Support and Education Webinar Series please click here.


Please contact the Hydrocephalus Association by telephone (888) 598-3789 or via e-mail at Jennifer@hydroassoc.com.


This Webinar Series is made possible through the generosity of our industry partners The Batterman Foundation, Medtronic, Aesculap and Sophysa who we thank for supporting this important program!


The Batterman Foundation





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