Calendar of Upcoming Events

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May 30
Supporting Self-Determination in Your Children
Sioux Falls
SD Parent Connection 3701 W 49th St. Ste 201
5:30 - 6:30
Come join us for the Parent Education Session, in person or by webinar, to learn more about self-determination skills and why it's important. Some of the topics being discussed are: self-awareness, assertiveness, problem solving and self advocacy skills. Please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GMHH6JW. You can also attend on-line by going to https://sdparent.adobeconnect.com/sdparentconnection/ or call 1-888-858-6021, followed by code 439-559-7079 for audio only.  If you have any questions please contact Teresa at 800-640-4553.
May 22
Mental Health First Aid
Sioux Falls
Helpline Center Training Room
1000 N West Ave Ste 310
8 - 5
MHFA the initial help given to someone who may be developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The aid provided is not a substitute for professional help, but may help in stabilizing the person until appropriate professional or other assistance can be engaged. This 8-hour course teaches people how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation and/or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder. Participants learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help has been shown to be effective. Mental health problems covered include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders. To register visit May22MHFA.eventbrite.com or e-mail/call Taylor@helplinecenter.org / 605-339-4357. Training is free and lunch will be on your own for one hour.
May 22-23
What is ASIST?
Sioux Falls
Helpline Center Training Room 1000 N West Ave Ste 310
8 - 5
ASIST is for anyone who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. This is a 2-day training with limited registration. Attendance is required for both days. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to: discuss suicide with an at-risk person, identify an at-risk person and make a plan to help, demonstrate the use of intervention skills for helping an at-risk person, identify resources available to help a person at risk for suicide, be part of a team improving the community's response to suicide and understand issues such as life promotion and care of yourself as a caregiver. To register visit ASISThlc.eventbrite.com or e-mail/call Taylor@helplinecenter.org / 605-339-4357. Training is free. Lunch will be one hour on your own.
May 30
QPRT: Auestion, Persuade, Refer or Treat
Chamberlain
Native Hope
112 S Main St.
8 - 5
The QPRT suicide risk management inventory was developed to help professionals who assist, evaluate, counsel or treat persons at risk of suicide to better assess and assist those persons at elevated risk for suicidal behaviors. QPRT is a risk detection, risk assessment and risk management tool designed to gather critical, standardized information about a person's status in an intake, screening or interview setting, while also establishing a safety/intervention plan for those determined to at risk of suicide. Training is FREE! Lunch is one hour on your own. To register, visit qprtmay2017.eventbrite.com or call/e-mail 605-339-4357 sheri@helplinecenter.org. CEUs available through NBCC for 7 contact hours - provided through the QPR Institute. Who should attend: social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapist, alcohol and drug counselors, psychologist and psychiatrist.
Jun 1
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Sioux Falls
Helpline Center Training Room
1000 N West Ave Ste 310
8 - 5
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches adults assisting young people with a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or in crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self help care. Au young person you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. You can help them. Anyone can take the course, but it is ideally designed for adults who work with young people, ages 12-18 - teachers, coaches, faith leaders, social workers, and other caring adults. To register visit June2017ymhfa.eventbrite.com or call/e-mail 605-339-4357 Taylor@helplinecenter.org. In order to allow us to offer this course for free, you will be asked to participate in a simple follow-up questionnaire.
Jun 1
Power Mobility Camp
Sioux Falls
LifeScape

Do you wonder if your child would benefit from power mobility? Let our experts assess and develop a power system that is right for your child. Call 605-444-9700 to schedule one-on-one sessions. Insurance may apply to this camp.
Jun 1
Power Reading & Spelling
Sioux Falls
LifeScape
1020 W 18th St
11:30
One-on-one tutoring with a licensed teacher for school-ages children (grades K-4), who are struggling with any aspect of reading or spelling. Call 605-444-9700 to schedule. Scholarships may be available.
Jun 1
Handwriting Camp
Sioux Falls
LifeScape
1020 W 18th St.
11:00
Does your child have messy handwriting? Difficulty forming letters? OUr experienced Occupational Therapists use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to address specific challenges. Call 605.444.9700 to schedule one-on-one sessions. Cost is $200 for five (5) 30-minute sessions. Scholarship funding may be available.
Jun 6
Summer Screen Limits and Learning: Using Worthwhile Apps & Games
Webinar
12 noon
Learn how to harness the power of your child's captivating technology to encourage physical, social, and creative play during the summer months. Register at https://www.additudemag.com/webinar-media-diet-060617/
Jun 6 - Aug 9
Social Skills Group
Sioux Falls
LifeScape
1020 W 18th St.
Tues or Wed 4:30-5:30
Group experiences to build social awareness & interaction skills. Two groups according to age. Insurance may apply for this camp. Call 605-444-9700 for details or to register.
Jun 8
New Explorations
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave.

For adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities living in group home settings. Folks may come to Joy Ranch with a care giver, be that a family member, spouse, or staff person. Take the day off, step back in time, and explore new adventures. Joy Ranch's barrier-free design means everyone is welcome and there are no obstacles to the new explorations awaiting you! Cost - participant $55, Care giver $45. Scholarships available. Register by April 15th to receive an Early Bird Discount. For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Jun 8
Positive and Productive Meetings
Jun 8 Sioux Falls
Jun 9 Mitchell
Jun 12 Pierre
Jun 13 Pierre
Jun 14 Rapid City
9 - 4:30
Positive and Productive Meetings is a simple and powerful process that any team can use to reclaim their meetings. Positive and Productive Meets foster collaboration, promote creativity and make meetings feel better. Leave meetings invigorated and ready to make things happen. This course is suitable fro groups, teams and organizations. Positive and Productive Meetings strategies include: techniques for developing a clear purpose and outcomes for each meeting, practical ways of ensuring that everyone's voice is heard int he meeting, simple ways to increase the quality of thinking in the meeting, different tools for problem solving and covering agenda items, graphic templates to records information from meetings, and working to people's strengths and sharing responsibility for a successful meeting through people taking different roles. The cost is FREE and locations will be shared prior to June 1, 2017. To register, please contact Jule Hand at 605.773.3438 or Julie.Hand@state.sd.us.
Jun 8-9
Midwest Conference on Deaf Education
Sioux Falls
SD School for the Deaf 2001 E 8th St.
8:30 - 4:15
The mission of the Midwest Conference on Deaf Education is to provide professional development opportunities to individuals who work with deaf and hard-of-hearing youth, birth to 21. The collaboration of various stakeholders in the field at this conference will allow for the sharing of expertise and information regarding current best practices in deaf education with one another and with parents. It is our goal that this collaboration will promote the academic outcomes of deaf and hard-of-hearing youth, enabling them to reach their maximum potential and become productive members of the Deaf community and society. Register. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Scholten at 605.275.7538 or laura.scholten@sdsd.sdbor.edu.
Jun 8-9
Lighting The Way Conference
Sioux Falls
Augustana Univ
8:30 - 4:30
A conference for parents, caregivers, educators and anyone who works with individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Registration begins February 1, 2017 and CEUs are available.  You can register on-line at www.augie.edu/lighting-way
Jun 10
Especially 4 You Child Care Respite Night
Sioux Falls

5-11 pm
Quality respite care for children ages Birth - 12 with special needs and their siblings. Please register early as spots will fill up quickly. To sign up or for more information, contact Emily Bartscher at 605.351.8599 or email especially4youchildcare@gmail.com.  You can also visit their website at http://especially4you.wix.com/especially4you
Jun 14
"What Do You Mean?" Language Processing Deficits in Kids with ADHD
Webinar
12 Noon
Children with language deficits may take a long time to respond to a question, feel lost when listening to stories, and use generic language. Learn more about common language-processing challenges and how to develop stronger skills. Register at https://www.additudemag.com/webinar-language-processing-disorder-061417/
Jun 21-23
Camp-Able
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave.

Camp-Able is for youth with disabilities. Are you ABLE to do camp? You bet! Joy Ranch will make sure the camp experience is accommodated to that all kids may have the full camp experience - waterfront, horses, games, campfire, new friends, and faith formation. A one to two counselor to camper ratio means each camper's needs are thoughfully met. Camp is an experience every kid should have, and Joy Ranch is going to make sure it happens? Cost is $300. Scholarships available. Register before April 15 and receive a $50 discount. For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Jun 21-23
Music For All
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave

Music For All is for adults ages 17-25 with disabilities. Certified music and recreational therapists will create a goal-based program using the wide range of activities available at Joy Ranch. Explore with others navigating the transition to adulthood in a safe, supportive and faith-filled environment. No music experience necessary, just a desire to participate and have fun! Cost is $300. Scholarships available. Register before April 15 and receive a $50 discount. For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Jun 21-23
Music For All
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave.

Certified music and recreational therapists will create a goal-based program using the wide range of activities available at Joy Ranch. Explore with others navigating the transition to adulthood in a safe, supportive, and faith-filled environment. Cost is $300. Scholarships available. Register before April 15 to receive an Early Bird Discount. For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Jun 25-30
Camp Bravo - All-Ability Performing Arts Camp
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave. Florence, SD

Camp Bravo is designed for children and young adults of all abilities, ages 9-21. Theatre classes will offer the opportunity to explore movement, music, and performance - all of which can be adapted to meet the needs of each participant. The week will culminate with a Celebration Showcase performance for family and friends. For more information and to apply, please go to http://www.lifescapesd.org/events/all-ability-performing-arts-camp-aapac-at-joy-ranch
Jun 28
Lighten Up: A Healthy Weight-Loss Guide for Adults with ADHD
Webinar
12 noon
Studies show that having ADHD is correlated with a higher risk of obesity and greater weight-loss struggles. In order to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way, it must be done through an ADHD lens. Register at https://www.additudemag.com/webinar-adhd-weight-loss-062817/
Jun 28-30
Vacation Destination
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave.

This opportunity is for adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Folks may come to Joy Ranch with a care giver, be that a family member, spouse, or staff person. come away to Joy Ranch for a multi-day vacation to rest, to play, and to make memories in an old-west setting. Cost is $300 for participant and $120 for staff/family member. Scholarships available. Register by April 15th to receive an Early Bird Discount. For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Jul 9-12
"We Get It" Family Camp
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave.
All Ages
This camp is for families with a parent or child with a disability. You'll step back in time to live an old west adventure as you sing around the campfire, take a buggy ride, and dance at the hoedown while exploring faith in the great outdoors! Have unhurried conversations with other families who "get" what it means to have a family member with a disability. As you look across the campfire flames to the faces of new friends, you'll feel supported and understand in the unique challenges navigated by your family. Cost - $300 Adult, $200 Child, $1000 family max. Scholarships available. Register For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Jul 12-14
Vacation Destination
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave.

This opportunity is for adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Folks may come to Joy Ranch with a care giver, be that a family member, spouse, or staff person. come away to Joy Ranch for a multi-day vacation to rest, to play, and to make memories in an old-west setting. Cost is $300 for participant and $120 for staff/family member. Scholarships available. Register by April 15th to receive an Early Bird Discount.
For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Jul 26-28
Camp-Able
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave.

Camp-Able is for youth with disabilities. Are you ABLE to do camp? You bet! Joy Ranch will make sure the camp experience is accommodated to that all kids may have the full camp experience - waterfront, horses, games, campfire, new friends, and faith formation. A one to two counselor to camper ratio means each camper's needs are thoughfully met. Camp is an experience every kid should have, and Joy Ranch is going to make sure it happens? Cost is $300. Scholarships available. Register before April 15 and receive a $50 discount.
For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Jul 31 - Aug 4
iCan Bike Camp
Bismark, ND

From July 31 to August 4,2017 iCan Shine's iCan Bike program will be in Bismark, ND to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become a lifelong independent rider! iCan Bike uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained staff to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike. Riders attend a 78-minute session for five consecutive days (M-F) where they are assisted and encouraged by two volunteer "spotters." For more information, please check out their borchure.
July 31 - Aug 10
Helping Hands
Sioux Falls
LifeScape
1020 W 18th St.
Mon - Tues
9:00 - 10:30
Constraint-induced movement therapy for children with hemiplegia. Insurance may apply for this camp. Call 605-444-9700 for details or to register.
Aug 2-4
Vacation Destination
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave.

This opportunity is for adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Folks may come to Joy Ranch with a care giver, be that a family member, spouse, or staff person. come away to Joy Ranch for a multi-day vacation to rest, to play, and to make memories in an old-west setting. Cost is $300 for participant and $120 for staff/family member. Scholarships available. Register by April 15th to receive an Early Bird Discount.
For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Aug 2-4
Camp-Pals
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave

This program is designed for youth ages 6-10 years old with disabilities who would like to experience camp with a sibling or friend. Camprs participate in all the fun camp has to offer like swimming, boating, crazy campfires under the stars, games, and crafts with the security of a familiar face. Joy Ranch will make sure activities are accommodated so all kids may have the full camp experiene. So grab your favorite sidekick and head 'em up to Joy Ranch! Cost is $300. Scholarships available. Register before April 15 and receive a $50 discount. For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Aug 6-11
Old West Getaway
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave

For adults who have intellectual and/or physical disabilities who come without a caregiver. Joy Ranch staff will pair with groups of 2-3 participants to ensure your vacation is the perfect "old west getaway". Choose from horseback and buggy rides, fishing, pontoon rides, crafts, campfire, karaoke, street dances and more! Cost is $600. Scholarships available. Register before April 15 and receive an Early Bird Discount. For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Aug 17
New Explorations
Florence
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave.
Optional Overnight to the 18th
For adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities living in group home settings. Folks may come to Joy Ranch with a care giver, be that a family member, spouse, or staff person. Take the day off, step back in time, and explore new adventures. Joy Ranch's barrier-free design means everyone is welcome and there are no obstacles to the new explorations awaiting you! Cost - participant $55, Care giver $45. Overnight: Hotel-style Retreat Rooms $155, Bunkhouse $130 (shared occupancy), Care giver overnight $55. Scholarships available. Register by April 15th to receive an Early Bird Discount.
For more information please contact Jess Larson at jess@losd.org
Sep 22-24
P.D.R disabled Youth Deer Hunt
Clark
300 1st St. W
All Day
Free deer hunt exclusive to disabled youth ages 12-18. An authentic, guided hunting experience for physically-challenged and wheelchair enabled adolescents.  All expenses paid: travel stipend, meals, lodging, shooting supplies, accessible ground blinds and venison processing
Sep 30
Xtra Special Needs Conference for Parent, Caregivers & Professionals
Sioux City
Sunnybrook Community Church 5601 Sunnybrook Dr Sioux City IA
9 - 4
Keynote speakers are Matt McNiff, Ph.D and Brenda McNiff, Ed.D. Brenda and Matt share a life with tow talented and energetic young boys, Jackson and Ben. At the age of 1 year, Ben was diagnosed with classic autism and he opened their world to a new view point by being parents of a child with special needs. Dr. Matt McNiff has worked with thousands of students with behavioral challenges and grades ranging from early childhood to high school and transitional programming. Dr. Brenda McNIff;s research focuses on communication between school districts and families with the IEP process.

Afternoon sessions include information for Iowa and South Dakota waiver services and adult living/working options.  Hosted by Heartland Fragile X Alliance. Register at www.heartlandfragilexalliance.org. Questions? Contact us at heartland@fragilex.org.


For Additional Training Opportunities Visit These Statewide Training Calendars

SD Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities: http://www.sd-ccd.org/home/events

SD Council on Developmental Disabilities: http://dhs.sd.gov/councilondevelopmentaldisabilities.aspx  (Look towards end of page)

Financial Assistance to Attend Conferences
The South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities has funds available to assist people with developmental disabilities and/or their family members to attend in-state conferences, training events, committees, and other similar activities OR to attend out-of-state conferences or training events when there is nothing similar held in South Dakota.  Funds may cover registration fees, lodging, meals, transportation (mileage, air fare, parking fees, taxis, etc.), personal assistance services, child care or respite care expenses.

These funds are provided in an effort to empower people with developmental disabilities and their family members with the opportunities, experiences, resources and information they need to participate meaningfully in the decisions that are being made which affect their lives or the lives of their family members with developmental disabilities.  http://dhs.sd.gov/councilondevelopmentaldisabilities.aspx or call 1-800-265-9684 or (605) 773-6369 for assistance.



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