Events & Calendar

VFN’s upcoming events include webinars, workshops, Sibshops, and support groups. If you have a suggestion for a future event, please contact Janice Sabett. 


Helping Your Child Learn to Self-Regulate. Monday, September 10 from 12 noon – 1 pm. Register Now. It can be challenging to know how to teach your child to manage their strong emotions. This webinar will provide an overview of a variety of frameworks, tools, scripts, and curricula your child’s school may use or you could use at home to build resilience and teach social skills. This presentation will include an overview of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, the Zones of RegulationⓇ, Second StepⓇ, Social ThinkingⓇ, and bibliotherapy. Presenter: Amy Wheeler-Sutton, M.Ed., member of the Vermont PBiS State Leadership Team, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont 


If you would like to host a workshop, please call Janice Sabett at 1-800-800-4005 x218 or email Janice Sabett

Morristown – Monday, October 15 from 6 – 8 pm: Navigating Special Education and the IEP. Register Now. Parents are equal partners in the development of their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Learn about special education evaluations, what it takes to qualify for an IEP, how to develop a strong IEP, parents rights, and tips for successful school meetings.The Lamoille Family Center will provide childcare upon request. Please contact Jackie Stanton or (802) 888-5229 Ext. 149. If you need an interpreter or any other special accommodations, please  contact Janice Sabett  or 1-800-800-4005, x 218 by September 24.


Sibshops are fun events for the siblings of children with special needs. Take a look at our Sibshop Frequently Asked Questions and Answers or watch this video to learn more. Sibshops meet in the Burlington area. For information, questions, or to RSVP, please contact Jamie Rainville or call (802) 876-5315 or 1-800-800-4005, x 243.

Sibshop Schedule for Children and Youth Ages 6+

Each Sibshop includes an activity, conversation, and sharing a meal. Locations vary depending on the activity. Participants should dress comfortably and be ready for action! $10 donation per session. As always, scholarships are available! Activities are subject to change. 

Complete a Sibshop Registration form and save money! Fax (802-876-6291) or mail to: Vermont Family Network, 600 Blair Park Rd., Suite 240, Williston, VT 05495 Attn: Jamie Rainville

All activities are on Saturday except January 13 which is a Sunday. Below is the 2018-2019 schedule.

September 15 – Get Air Trampoline Park & Parent Sibshop Orientation (Get Air in Williston) February 9 – Love & Cupcakes (Knight Lane)
October 13 – Fall Festival (Knight Lane) March 9 – Rock Climbing (Metrorock in Essex)
November 17 – Puppets in Education (Knight Lane) April 13 – Spring Festival (Knight Lane)
December 8 – Paint & Soda (Knight Lane) May 18 – Family Pizza Party & Outdoor Games (Ethan Allen Homestead Picnic Area Burlington)
January 13 (Sunday) – Ice Skating (Essex Skating Facility) June 22 – Mini-golf  (Family Fun Center in Essex)

Support Groups

Here is a list of some support groups.


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