About the Author
Janice was a member of the Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee (2003-2006) and is a current Member of the Advisory Board of Everyone Together. Janice is a Reviewer for Young Exceptional Children (YEC), a publication of Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
Currently Ms. Fialka is the Special Projects Trainer for Michigans Early On ® Training and Technical Assistance (Part C of IDEA). In this role, Janice has co-authored and facilitates a four part training titled, Knowing Ourselves and Connecting with Families which uses the principles of reflective practice and relationship-based work when working with families of young children who are challenged by mental illness, cognitive impairments, and/or unstable living conditions.
Ms. Fialka has provided the keynote address at numerous conferences throughout the country. In her talk, The Dance of Partnership: Why Do My Feet Hurt? she addresses the unique dimensions which challenge the partnership between professionals and parents of children with special needs.