Upcoming Events

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


Restorative Practices in Vermont Schools, March 8 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Register Now. Restorative practices are currently being introduced in schools all over Vermont and the country as an alternative to traditional punishment and as a way to build healthier, stronger learning communities. Restorative practices are​ a set of practices and principles that include: Restorative Circles for community building and conflict resolution; Restorative dialogue for addressing disruptive behavior in an equitable, productive way; Restorative Conferences to respond to harm done in the school, providing opportunity for repair and restoration back into the community. All practices focus on the power of belonging, voice and safety when it comes to changing behaviors and creating a safer, stronger learning community.

Restorative Practices have been shown to improve school climate, decrease bullying, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Restorative practices can increase social capital, class engagement, student respect for teachers and conflict resolution skills. During this webinar, we will examine how restorative practices can be implemented in the classroom to build relationships, heal harm, resolve conflicts, restore the situation for the affected party and create learning opportunities. Presenters: Lindsey Halman – Middle Level Educator – Essex Middle School and Annie O’Shaughnessy, M.Ed. – High School and Post-Secondary Educator, Consultant and Trainer

The Power of Positive Reinforcement: Strategies for Teaching Young Children, March 14 from 12:00 noon – 1 pm. Register Now. Reinforcement is a powerful tool to teach new skills. This webinar will explain the principles of reinforcement, as well as give practical strategies drawn from the science of Applied Behavior Analysis to aid in behavior change. Presenter: Molly H. Bumpas, MEd, CCC/SLP, BCBA holds certifications in both Behavior Analysis and Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked in the field of autism for the past 19 years in a variety of settings, including schools, clinics, and homes. Currently she is the Early Childhood Services Coordinator at SD Associates, a private behavioral consultation company.  


If you would like to host a workshop, please email Janice Sabett

No workshops are scheduled at this time.


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.

September 16 – Hike Mt. Philo February 10 – Valentine’s Party (Baird Gym)
October 14 – Fall Festival (Baird Gym) March 10 – Rock Climbing (Metrorock)
Nov 18 – Puppets in Education (VFN Office) April 14 – Music Festival (Baird Gym)
December 9 – Paint & Soda (One Arts Place) May 19 – Picnic & Outdoor Games (Oakledge)
January 20 – Clowning Around (Baird Gym) June 2 – Bowling Party (Spare Time)

Support Groups

Here is a list of some parent-run support groups.

The 8th Annual Dance Showcase – Embracing Inclusion through Movement

To benefit Vermont Family Network & Puppets in Education

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7:00 pm

Main Street Landing Black Box Theater

60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT

Tickets: $25 in advance, $28 at the door

available at Vermont Family Network, (802) 876-5315 x247

or at the Flynn Theater Box Office and FlynnTix.org

Ticket link: https://www.flynntix.org/see-description/8th-annual-dance-showcase/Details?perfNo=15475&perfCodePrefix=OPD18D

Featuring: Bryce Dance Company of NYC, Di’Ahna Restry & Liam Reddy of Boston, Cult of Yes and Kali Maat from Montreal,  Kala Seraphin from Montreal, “She Awakens” – Eliza Luminara and Elisheva of New England, Nicole Dagesse and Hanna Satterlee, Christina Kelly,  Ana Maria & De Train, Cobra Gymnastics & Dance Center, Shelby Jones,  Celtic Company from Green Mountain Performing Arts, Arunima Dasgupta, Haley Bradstreet & Robin Riley, Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, Toby MacNutt, Champlain College Dance Team, PH Dance & Ers, Dream City Dance, Candace Fugazy & Abby Pepin, Ballet Viridis, HIGHSTEPPERS, Blue Moon Company and The Accaliae.

100% of proceeds will support Vermont Family Network (VFN) & Puppets in Education (PiE). VFN empowers and supports all Vermont families of children with special needs so that all children reach their full potential. PiE teaches children how to keep themselves safe and healthy and to appreciate each others differences. With life-sized puppets, PiE reaches over 10,000 children each year throughout VT, NH & NY with their 22 programs, including: disability awareness; abuse prevention; bullies & school safety; cultural diversity; healthy bodies; children’s mental health; alcohol, tobacco & drug prevention; Blue (keeping Lake Champlain clean and blue) and demystifying autism.  For more information www.PuppetsInEducation.org and www.VermontFamilyNetwork.org.

Thank you to Sponsors: Main Street Landing (Host Sponsor) & City Market (Food Sponsor). 


Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/159989091273420/


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