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Welcome to the Wyatt Special Education Advocacy Training (WSEAT). The WSEAT consists of 6 training modules. You can view one or all the modules depending on your interests. Each module includes recommended reading and downloadable resources.

  • Module 1 and 2: The Power of Inclusion and Responding to Behavioral Challenges: In these modules you will learn about the importance of inclusion and how schools should respond to behavioral challenges. Recommended for parents and school professionals.
  • Module 3 and 4:   Effective Advocacy: In these modules, you will learn about school advocacy and practical tips and strategies. Recommended for parents.
  • Modules 5 and 6: PWS Specific School Challenges and Solutions:  In these modules you will learn how to address common PWS-specific school issues. Recommended for parents and school professionals.

MODULE 1: THE POWER OF INCLUSION

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This module will focus on inclusion for children, adolescents and adults in the school system.  Jim presents on the importance of inclusion and the many holistic ways to approach this subject.  The module highlights: accommodations, why inclusion matters to everyone, and intentionally organizing and structuring inclusion in a classroom.

Duration: 59 mins

Presented By

Jim Comstock-Galagan Esq. served thirteen years (2001-2014) as the Executive Director\Senior Attorney of the Southern Disability Law Center (SDLC) located in New Orleans, LA, with a second office in Austin, TX.

MODULE 2: RESPONDING TO BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES

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This module will focus on services of IDEA, Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and  Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). Ways to obtain and request an FBA and BIP under IDEA.  Learn: What is a quality FBA? What is a quality BIP? What are you legally entitled to?

Duration: 1 hr 31 mins

Presented By

Jim Comstock-Galagan Esq. served thirteen years (2001-2014) as the Executive Director\Senior Attorney of the Southern Disability Law Center (SDLC) located in New Orleans, LA, with a second office in Austin, TX.

MODULE 3: EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY

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In this module we will focus on effective advocacy for students with PWS. A positive relationship with schools will be key to promote effective advocacy. Staci will provide the important details and tools necessary for having a great IEP.

Duration: 22 mins

Presented By

Staci Zimmerman works for Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Colorado as an Individualized Education Program (IEP) consultant. Staci collaborates with the PWS multi-disciplinary clinic at the Children’s Hospital in Denver supporting families and school districts around the United States with their child’s Individual Educational Plan.

MODULE 4: EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY

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In this module, Evan discusses some challenges that make special education advocacy challenging and crucial to the success of students with disabilities. Also, includes many practical tips and strategies for parent advocates.

Duration: 47 mins

Presented by

Evan has worked with the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA) since 2007 primarily as a Crisis Intervention and Family Support Counselor. Evans works with parents and schools to foster strong collaborative relationships and appropriate educational environments for students with PWS. 

MODULE 5: PWS SPECIFIC SCHOOL CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

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In this module Dr. McTighe discusses how students with PWS relate to the IDEA. Common characteristics to cognition for students with PWS.  Best practices related to writing an IEP for students. How to provide accommodations and modifications for this population of students in the school setting. Also, a problem solving activity will be competed towards the end of the presentation to get you thinking about how to support students with PWS during common activities in the classroom.

Duration: 42 mins

Presented by

Dr. Amy McTighe is the PWS Program Manager and Inpatient Teacher at the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. She graduated from Duquesne University receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education with a focus on elementary education, special education, and language arts.

MODULE 6: PWS SPECIFIC SCHOOL CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

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In this module, Jennifer gives a comprehensive overview of PWS relates school challenges and solutions. Topics include: Functional Behavioral Assesments (FBA), food security, school staffing, effective communication between school professionals and students, transition, supervision, and much more.

Duration: 1 hr 42 mins

Presented By

Jennifer Bolander has been serving as a Special Education Specialist for PWSA (USA) since October of 2015. She is a graduate of John Carroll University and lives in Ohio with her husband Brad and daughters Kate (17), and Sophia (13) who was born with PWS.


The WSEAT is named in memory of David Wyatt who was PWSA (USA)’s first Crisis Intervention and Family Support Counselor.

The Wyatt Special Education Advocacy Training (WSEAT) is generously funded by the PWSA (USA) Willett Fund and a generous grant from the RBC Foundation allowing PWSA (USA) to provide this important training  for free to the PWS Community.

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