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Sometimes parents and districts are unable to solve special education concerns and issues independently.Please join us to learn more about IEP facilitation, mediation, state complaints, and due process hearings, when and how to request, and benefits of using each dispute resolution alternative.  Presented by Wendy Trujillo, SD Department of Education

In this session, parents will learn about why reading at home is important, how to read with your child at home, how reading looks different at each grade level and what to do if reading is a challenge for your child.  Presented by Betsy Drew, SDPC Outreach Specialist

With the school year in full swing, now is the time to be reviewing and asking questions about your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP).  As a valued member of the IEP Team, asking questions helps you be more informed, assured your child is receiving appropriate supports,  and better prepared to support your child at home.
Presenter: Carla Miller is the Executive Director of South Dakota Parent Connection.

Most behavior is a form of communication.  When children (and adults) display problem behaviors they are trying to communicate a need or want.  Only by discovering what the true function of the behavior is, can we help give the student new, more appropriate means to communicate.  Because parents know their child better than anyone else, they are critical in the process for finding the behaviors function.  This session will explain the  Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and the parents role in both the FBA and the Behavior Support Plan writing process.  Presenter: Rebecca Cain, South Dakota Department of Education. March 2019

Graduation Requirements Passed in 2018:  What You Need To Know
New graduation requirements were adopted by the Board of Education Standards in July of 2018.  Gain an overview of these new graduation requirements, when they are required to be implemented and their impact on children with disabilities.
Presented by Linda Turner, Director of Special Education Programs with the South Dakota Department of Education and Andrea Diehm, School Counseling & Work-Based Learning Specialist with the South Dakota Department of Education
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Trauma, violence, chronic stress and anxiety are factors impacting children and adolescents at alarming rates. This session will focus on how mental health disorders can manifest at school and how this affects student's emotions, behaviors, and their ability to learn. Differences between normal child and adolescent behaviors and behaviors that reflect underlying mental health disorders will also be discussed.  Presented by Tova Eggerstedt is a Behavior Specialist with the University of South Dakota, Center for Disabilities.

More and more parents report getting calls to come get their child who has misbehaved at school.  This session will include information on strategies for parents to use when addressing concerns for their child's behavior at school.   Information will be provided about levels of support from how districts handle general behavior of all students to options for individualizing supports for when a student needs more.

In this session, participants will learn about Extended Year Services or ESY.  They will understand what ESY services are, who is eligible and how that is determined.  Questions to ask and consider will be presented and examples of situations in which ESY was determined to be needed and when it was determined not to be needed explored.  Presented by Carla Miller, Executive Director, South Dakota Parent Connection
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Dare To Dialogue!  Asking Questions To Get Past No. 
In this session, we will walk through statements, strategies and resources that you, the parent, might use in advocating for your child's right to an appropriate education when faced with a difficult conversation. We will look at common statements parents might hear and how to respond respectfully, factually and in a positive way. Presented by Teresa Nold and Tana Buresch, SD Parent Connection
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Dare To Dialogue Guide

How to Effectively Prevent and Respond to Bullying Behavior in Schools.  Highlights the characteristics of bullying behavior, as well as ways for schools to respond effectively to bullying behavior.  Includes a discussion of implicit or "hidden" bullying and tips that parents can use to effectively communicate with schools if bullying behavior is occurring. Presented by Kari A. Oyen, ED.S., NCSP, school psychologist.  Presentation Slides 

My Child Is Being Bullied at School!  Children with ADHD, among other students, are often prime targets for school bullies — in class, at lunch, and during recess. They may draw a bully's attention by receiving classroom accommodations, exhibiting weak social skills, or just being "different." Kids who are bullied often come to dread going to school; they also suffer low self-esteem, grades, and academic performance. Michele Borba, Ed.D. provides serious strategies for protecting students from bullies.

Seclusion and Expulsion: Removal From Classroom
Is your child being removed from his or her classroom?  Are you getting asked to come and pick your child up from their school?  Join Paula Souhrada, Navigator Program Coordinator with SD Parent Connection and John Hamilton, Legal Affairs Director, with SD Advocacy Services as they talk about seclusion and expulsion from school, what it means and what your rights are as a parent. Presentation Slides

The Basics of an IEP and Procedural Safeguards  This presentation will walk participants through the basic steps of developing an IEP.   Parents and professionals will learn about  the rights and responsibilities built into special education laws. Join us and learn the procedural safeguards in special education laws, parents and school responsibilities for implementation, and resources to assist in helping children with disabilities succeed.  Presenter: Paula Souhrada, Navigator Coordinator, SDPC. Presentation Slides
Checklist for Evaluation Request Handout
Prior Written Notice Handout

The Ins and Outs of a 504 Plan - How is a 504 Plan different than an IEP?  This presentation will discuss the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act along with the responsibilities of public schools in educating students with disabilities. Join us and learn about the purpose of a 504 Plan and how to develop and implement one.  Presenter: Paula Souhrada, SDPC Navigator Coordinator.  Presentation Slides
IEP/504 Comparison Handout

Understanding an Individual Health Plan (IHP) The Individualized Health Plan is a plan for students who have healthcare needs which require additional supports during the school day.  From preparing for a life-threatening allergy to daily supports for medication or a feeding tube, developing a health plan may be what your child needs.  A student does not need to be on an IEP or a 504 plan to qualify.  Come hear more about the steps needed to implement an IHP- and the different ways health plans may be implemented. Presenter: Teresa Nold, Outreach Specialist, South Dakota Parent Connection.  Presentation Slides

Assistive Technology This session covers a brief overview of assistive technology for children in the K-12 setting.  The role of assistive technology in the IEP will also be discussed.  Presented by Tina Miller, Educator and Computer Coordinator at LifeScape Specialty SchooPresentation Handouts

What Options Are Available If you Just Can't Agree? Dispute Resolution Options This informative session will focus on Dispute Resolution Options in South Dakota. If there is a dispute in regards to a student receiving special education services, these options can assist in resolving the situation. The presentation will cover the Navigator Program, Facilitation, Mediation, State Complaint, Due Process Hearing, Civil Court, and OCR Complaint. Join Paula Souhrada, Navigator Program Coordinator with SD Parent Connection and John Hamilton, Legal Affairs Director, with SD Advocacy Services as they walk you through the different options available to families. 
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The contents of this website were developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M140021; Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H84MC07994, Family to Family Health Information Center, $96,750 and approximately 5% financed with non-governmental resources. The contents should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by US Department of Education, HRSA, HHS or the Federal Government.