Welcome to the online trainings/videos page for the Oklahoma Parents Center (OPC). We realize that you are not always available to attend our live trainings and webinars, so we have created a page where you can access online trainings/videos that you can watch at your convenience!

Some of these will be provided by the OPC, but others may be from our trusted partner organizations. You will be asked to fill out a brief registration to access the videos. Please be assured that your information will never be shared!

Crucial Conversations:  Tools for Talking When Stakes are High!

Whenever you’re not getting the results you want, it’s likely that an important conversation either hasn’t happened or hasn’t been handled well.  Let Crucial Conversations teach you some new skills!

(live training)

What is the Crucial Conversations Training?

A course that teaches skills for creating open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics.  By learning to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

Who Needs Crucial Conversations Training?

You!  That’s who.  Well, actually everyone should attend one, but this training will be for parents of children with disabilities, advocates working with these families, and self-advocates!

How Much Does It Cost To Register?

Nothing!  You heard me correct.  The training is being provided by the Special Education Resolution Center (SERC) and the Oklahoma Parents Center (OPC) at no charge to participants.

How Do I Register?


5 Part Series
9 am to 11 am each day
Registration Required 

  1. Tuesday, November 29, 2022
  2. Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  3. Thursday, December 1, 2022
  4. Tuesday, December 6, 2022
  5. Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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Behavior Management Strategies for Families

(on-demand video available 24/7)

Children do not come with an instruction manual,
and even if they did, who would have the time to read it?! 

As parents, we often feel as if we are stumbling through our day wondering if we are making the right decisions.  It seems as if everyone has an opinion about your child’s challenging behavior but no one has an answer.

In this video, you will learn a few tips, techniques, and strategies to prevent and address common challenging behaviors as well as increase your confidence in your parenting skills.  It isn’t the complete answer, but it will provide some quick and easy strategies for everyday use that actually work!  Are you ready for a change?

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:  Dr. Mary Ann Shepherd specializes in working with children with Autism and Pediatric Developmental Disabilities utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.  Dr. Shepherd completed an internship at The May Institute School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, as well as, the School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders. Following her internship at The May Institute, Dr. Shepherd completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship through the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Pediatric Developmental Disabilities Clinic in Baltimore, Maryland.

In addition to the doctoral training in school psychology, Dr. Shepherd is a Licensed Health Service Provider in the State of Oklahoma, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.  Currently, Dr. Shepherd provides consultation and training to school districts and families in Oklahoma regarding the development and implementation of function-based interventions utilizing ABA principles to reduce behavioral disruptions in the classroom and increase skill deficits.

Format:  On-demand video (must register to gain access)
Length:  46 minutes
Target audience:  Parents
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SWIPE 5-minute Parent Trainings

The Oklahoma State Department of Education – State Personnel Development Team (OSDE-SPDG) team is working to create high-quality, quick, and easily digestible information for families on topics like literacy, mathematics, behavior, OTISS, and instructional activities.

Check back often to see what else has been added, and feel free to share these short training slides with families you serve.

Phonemic Awareness






An Oklahoma mom shares her story of navigating the “Distance Learning” model with her children

(on-demand video available 24/7)

Melanie Berry, a wife, mother of four, and full-time employee. Melanie had to accept the responsibility of assisting her children with learning disabilities through their school district’s “distance learning model”. There have been good days and some bad days too. Listen to her story as you may find it relatable and receive some good advice.

Format: On-demand video (must register to gain access)
Length: 14 minutes
Target audience: Parents
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Increasing Student Involvement in IEP & Transition Planning

This presentation discussed how to get your student more involved in their IEP and transition planning process and how self-advocacy will impact students’ future outcomes. Students gain critical skills they will use in employment and further education settings all through adult life. 
Handout (pdf)

Format:  On-demand video (must register to gain access)
49 minutes
Target audience:
Parents, Professionals
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All About SERC

(on-demand video available 24/7)

Learn how the Special Education Resolution Center (SERC) can help your school district resolve conflicts!  In this webinar, SERC Program Manager Jo Anne Blades explains the purpose and role of SERC, more about the programs it provides as well as how to access those programs.

Format:  On-demand video (must register to gain access)
Length:  28 minutes
Target audience:  School Districts, Parents, Professionals
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The Best Me I Can Be

(on-demand video available 24/7)

The Best Me I Can Be is a film that highlights the efforts of DC students, parents, and schools to increase the involvement of youth with disabilities in their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and prepare them to take a more active role in planning for their futures.

This film shows how involving students in the IEP process increases student engagement, empowers students to achieve their goals, and prepares youth to successfully transition to adulthood.  This is a project of the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the District of Columbia’s state education agency.

Format:  On-demand video (must register to gain access)
Length:  43 minutes
Target audience: Youth, Parents
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Transitioning to College with a Disability

(on-demand video available 24/7)

College can be a challenging undertaking. This video features two students with learning disabilities. It explains how accommodations can be different in college compared to what students have in high school. It describes how one discloses a disability at the college level including the importance of knowing what the disability is, how it impacts the student, and what accommodations have worked well in the past. Additionally it stresses the importance of long term planning, online searching, and on campus visits.

Format:  On-demand (must register to gain access)
Length:  5 minutes
Target audience: Youth, Parents
How to Register:

Deep Reading and the Digital Culture

What is happening to the reading brain as it unavoidably changes to adapt to digital mediums in this age of technology? 

The pros and cons of different mediums (particularly print vs screen) will be described by Dr. Maryanne Wolf, with their implications for the preservation of deep reading processes. Throughout the years, as we have become increasingly dependent upon digital media, she has studied, reflected, written, and spoken widely and passionately throughout the world on the implications of the possible atrophy of these important human processes for the individual reader and for democracy as a whole. While giving us food for thought, Dr. Wolf will inspire us, provide some helpful suggestions, and leave us with hope, even during this time of high technology. 

Format:  On-demand (must register to gain access)
2 hours
Target audience:
Parents, Professionals
How to Register:

Oklahoma Partners

The Oklahoma Parents Center (OPC) recognizes the multiple partners in many of the communities across the state. These partners are able to help Oklahomans with

Tools and Resources

  The Independent Futures that Work! project is a joint effort of the Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma,

OK State Advisory Committee

The Independent Futures that Work! project is a joint effort of the Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and