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The 2014-2015 Parent Education Series will begin September 2014 through May 2015.  Please see below for past recorded sessions.   Online, On Demand Training Archive

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2013-2014 Presentations and Handouts

Job Placement & Training Strategies (Part II)

Do you worry about what your son or daughter will do after graduating from high school?  The employment service delivery system can be confusing to navigate.  This session will focus on specific strategies and supports for achieving competitive employment in integrated community businesses; the roles of schools and adult services in transition planning and employment; and how parents can impact the employment process for their son or daughter.  Presented by Wendy-Parent Johnson, PhD. CRC, CESP, Executive Director of USD Center for Disabilities.

Handouts for Job Placement & Training Strategies
Recording of Job Placement & Training Strategies Presentation

Often Overlooked…Transition Planning for Health Care
For youth with special health needs, remaining as healthy as possible will support success in all areas of life.  Parents and youth can prepare now for the changing roles that will help youth  understand their health condition, and participate in and direct (to the greatest extent possible) their health care so they remain healthy and ready to learn/work whether they live at home or away.  Presented by South Dakota Parent Connection.

Video Presentation - Often Overlooked Transition Planning for Health Care

Often Overlooked- Transition Planning for Health Care PowerPoint
Transition Readiness- Changing Roles for Youth Handout
Transition Readiness- Changing Roles for Parents Handout

Making the Most of High School Programming (Part I)
Graduating from high school to post secondary education or employment is a goal for all students, including those with disabilities.  How can we prepare all youth, including those with significant support needs, to exit school and be college and/or career ready?  This session will focus on essential elements of the transition process that enhance a student’s high school experiences and activities resulting in meaningful post school outcomes.  Presented by    Wendy Parent-Johnson, Ph.D., CRC, CESP,  Executive Director of Center for Disabilities.

Recording of Making the Most of High School Programming

Making the Most of High School Programming Handout of Presentation

Person Centered Thinking Tools to Help You Plan a
nd Problem Solve (Part II)
Learn what is working and not working with your son/daughter from different perspectives.  Uncover all you know before you plan with 4+1 questions. Learn to create a communication plan by recording verbal/non-verbal communication in a way that helps support your son/daughter as they interact with others. Presented by Brenda Smith, PCT Certified Trainer and Elaine Roberts, SDPC Executive Director.
PCT Tools to Help You Plan and Problem Solve Presentation Recording

Handouts of PCT Tools

Planning and Results with Person Centered  Thinking (Part I)

Person Centered Thinking is a set of skills and tools that help us focus on what really matters  to each person and how to support them in the best possible way to ensure they reach their potential, and become confident and contributing citizens.   Learn and practice Person Centered Thinking skills to use in your family or work,  and discover how Person Centered Thinking is being used across South Dakota.  Presented by Brenda Smith Smith, PCT Certified Trainer and Elaine Roberts, SDPC Executive Director.
Improve Planning and Results with PCT Recording

Presentation Handouts

The Behavior - Communication Connection
The majority of inappropriate behavior in children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities occurs because they are trying to communicate something to us. Individuals who lack an effective way to communicate often exhibit challenging behaviors to communicate wants, needs, and emotions, especially frustration. Behavior Analysts and Speech/Language Pathologists work closely together in order to first determine the reason for the behavior, and second, to teach a skill the person can use instead of exhibiting the behavior. When this process all comes together success is two-fold: Reduction of inappropriate behavior and a new found ability to communicate. This workshop is designed specifically for parents and will provide ample time for questions and discussion.  Presented by Kari Keating M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Therapy Coordinator, Speech Language Pathologist at Children's Care Hospital and School and Darcie Knight, Ed.S. School Psychologist, at Children's Care.
The Behavior Communication Connection Recording
The Behavior- Communication Connections PowerPoint Presentation

Relationships Trump Consequences

While children need to be held accountable for poor choices, the caregiver - child relationship should not be compromised in that process. Let's be "present" for children and, if warranted, issue a consequence when the"storm" has passed. Presented by Sue Williams, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT, Program Director, Children's Home Society of South Dakota.  Presented by Sue Williams, Children's Home Society
Kids and Beyond Consequences Recording
Kids and Beyond Consequences PowerPoint Presentation

Pick Your Battles- Negotiating With Your Teen or Tween
As your children get older, it becomes increasingly more important that they learn take responsibility for their actions. Using Collaborative Problem Solving established by Dr. Ross Green, author of "The Explosive Child" , presenters will teach you how to work with your child to collaboratively solve behavioral problems . You will learn effective discipline techniques - including appropriate consequences, follow-through and the power struggles to avoid.  Presented by Joanna Zimmer-Dingman, MA, Home-based Therapist Renee Bracey, MA, Home based Therapist -- Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
Picking Your Battles Recording
Picking Your Battles- Negotiating With Your Tween PowerPoint Presentation

Positive Parenting

Learn how to change child behavior and attitude for the better by rewarding positive behaviors. Parents will learn specific behavioral change techniques that they can use with their own children ages 2-12. Presented by Larry Ling, CSW-PIP, Clinical Therapist, Lutheran Social Services.
Positive Parenting Recording
Positive Parenting PowerPoint Presentation
Grab Bag and Glass Jar Handouts
Parenting Handout

2012-2013 Presentations and Handouts

Guardianship: One Size Does Not Fit All

If you are the parent or family member of a person with a disability, you may find yourself making decisions on their behalf at some point. This is referred to as substitute decision making and each state sets its own rules regarding what types of substitute decision making are allowed. In South Dakota, there are several types of substitute decision making; guardianship, power of attorney, and conservatorship are examples. In this session Robert J. Kean of South Dakota Advocacy Services will introduce each type and outline the responsibilities associated with them. Time is scheduled for questions and discussion.
Guardianship Handout
Robert Kean's Guardianship: One Size Does Not Fit All Presentation

SSI - Common Questions and Concerns

Many families with children and youth with developmental disabilities or special health care needs may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. 2, 489 children under the age of 18 received SSI benefits in South Dakota in 2011 (US Social Security Administration). SSI benefits are available to children and youth under the age of 18 in low income families who have a physical or mental impairment preventing them from completing functional tasks and has lasted for a period of at least 12 months, or if the child is blind. This session will address common concerns, issues, and problems that arise for SSI beneficiaries, especially for families receiving child benefits and young adult beneficiaries.
SSI Handout

Outsmarting Behavioral Issues - Before, During, and After

If you are the parent of a child with behavioral difficulties, you may often feel at a loss before, during, and/or after these frustrating outbursts. When these occur, parents want tools they can use on the spot. In this session, Vicki Isler, Ed.D, BCBA-D, Clinical Director and Principal and Darcie Knight, Ed.S, School Psychologist, both of Children's Care Hospital and School will discuss not only what to do in the midst of an outburst but, more importantly, how these behaviors can be prevented. They will also talk about the importance of teaching and reinforcing appropriate behavior-- and how to make it all work within the family structure.
Outsmarting Behavioral Issues Powerpoint
Outsmarting Behavioral Issues Recording

Keeping it Together: Skills to Maintain Your Composure when Your Teen Has Lost Theirs

The human brain is not well developed until the early to mid-20s. Adolescence typically brings challenges for caregivers; adding mental health problems to the equation creates even greater difficulties. Helping our children get through these trying years can test our patience. This session will contain information to help you learn positive coping skills. When caregivers use positive coping skills we model behavior that, hopefully, our children will learn and use. Presented by Phyllis Arends, Executive Director, NAMI of South Dakota.
Keeping it Together Powerpoint handout
Brain Basics Handout
Keeping it Together Recording

Cutting Through the Static: Bridging the Communication Gap with Your Teen with Mental Health Challenges

Communication is vital in all aspects of our lives. Living in a family where someone, especially a teen, has a mental health challenge can put extra obstacles in the way of having a message “understood.†This session will contain practical information you can incorporate into your daily life that will help you effectively communicate with this special person in your life.Presented by Phyllis Arends, Executive Director, NAMI of South Dakota.
December 13 Powerpoint Presentation
Recording of Cutting Through the Static Presentation

Transition (Beyond High School) 101: Preparing Before Transition Hits!

If you are the parent of a teen with an IEP, transition refers to the planned activities during high school that will successfully launch your student into adulthood; post-secondary education or training, employment and independent living. Learn from Cindy Kirschman, Transition Liaison with Transition Services Liaison Project, Aberdeen what steps should be taken to ensure your student has a transition plan that will support their post high school success. Parents of children in the transition process, or those who have lived through transition, are invited to share their experiences and tips during this session.
When Should We Begin Planning
Adult Services in SD
What Can I do as a Parent
Powerpoint Presentation
Recording of Transition (Beyond High School) 101: Preparing Before Transition Hits Presentation

Bowel and Bladder Challenges in Children Over Age 4

Many problems children have with bowel and bladder control can be successfully treated with specialty physical therapy and are usually covered by insurance. Children with typical development, as well as those with developmental disabilities, can benefit from treatment. Treatable conditions include bed wetting, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, regression wetting, dysfunctional voiding (including stool hoarders), and constipation. Christine Stephenson, PT, DPT, will describe the causes of many childhood bowel and bladder issues, address ideas for parents to try at home, and discuss when professional help may be needed. Christine has her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Dakota, works as a physical therapist for Children’s Care in Rapid City, and has been trained in the treatment of childhood bowel and bladder issues.
Recording of Bowel and Bladder Challenges in Children Over Age 4

To iPad or Not to iPad

If you are a parent of a child with a special health care need or disability, you may be thinking about investing in an iPad. The variety of apps available can support and aid students in communication, organization, learning and much more. In this session, learn what questions should be answered before you make your decision. The session will be presented by Luke Comeau, M.A., autism specialist at the USD Center for Disabilities. Luke has a master's degree in special education and experience teaching pre-K through year 13 special education and is an alternative augmentative communication programmer.
PowerPoint Presentation
Recording of To iPad or Not to iPad
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2011-2012 Presentations and Handouts

What Schools Should Be Doing About Student Behaviors

Powerpoint Presentation for May 10 Parent Education Session
Video Recording of Rebecca Cain's Presentation

Discipline and Children with Special Needs

Recording of Discipline and Children with Special Needs Presentation
Rapport and Respect Handout - Discipline and Children with Special Needs
Homework, Mealtime, Bedtime Choices Handout - Discipline and Children with Special Needs

Social Skills4Kids

Supporting Handouts for Social Skills 4 Kids:
151 Social Skills
105 Parents Can Help Social
Good Manners
Video recording of Social Skills 4 Kids
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Special Needs Trusts: Financial Planning for Families

Recording of Gabe Nelson's Presentation on Special Needs Trusts with Powerpoint Slides
Powerpoint: Special Needs Trusts by Gabe Nelson
Handout: Letter of Intent Form
Handout: Planning for the Future

"I Shouldn't Have to Tell 'Em That" Helping Teens Develop Responsible Behavior and Problem Solving Skills.

Powerpoint Presentation Handout
View Recording of January 12 Session

"I Shouldn't Have to Tell 'Em That" Helping Kids Develop Responsible Behavior and Problem Solving Skills

Recorded Presentation   (Note: The first 33 minutes of this post does not include sound. However if you move the circle below the slides to 33 minutes you will be able to hear all of Dr. Arnio's presentation and eliminate the chat conversation regarding technical problems. At 33 minutes you will not immediately see the slides, because there was not one displayed but slides should also be visible during the presentation. A complete set of Dr. Arnio's slides is available below.)
Powerpoint Slides

Be a Superhero for Your Child: Strengthening Parents' Role in the IEP Process

Video Presentation
Powerpoint Slides

Supporting Children and Youth with Dual Hearing and Vision Impairments

Recorded Presentation
Powerpoint Slides