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Understanding Student Mental Health In Today's Schools
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.
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When The School Calls: Addressing Responses to Behavioral Challenges
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.
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Parent Friendly Explanation of Behavior Assessments & Behavior Plans
Family members & teachers may see a range of behaviors from children. In this session, learn why interfering behaviors occur, when a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is warranted, the goal of an FBA, and the steps involved in creating an effective Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). Presenter: Ryan Groeneweg, EdS. BCBA, Director of Community Education at the Center for Disabilities and Assistance Professor Dept of Pediatrics at USD Sanford School of Medicine
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Understanding the Functional Behavior Assessment
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

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)...What It Is and What It Is Not
Offers strategies and resources regarding ABA.  Presenters: Lacy M. Knutson, M.S., BCBA; Kathleen B. Cook, Ph.D., BCBA-D; Tracy Stephens, Ph.D., BCBA-D.

Bridging the Behavior Intervention Plan From School To Home 
Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) are common place for students who display challenging behavior that impacts learning. The plan may be effective in the educational setting, but what if behaviors in the home environment do not improve?  Learn strategies to apply  BIPs  across  environments.  Presenter: Lacy M. Knutson, M.S., BCBA, Training Associate/Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Center for Disabilities.

Visual Strategies
The presentation will highlight visual strategies that can be used with individuals in early childhood through high school.  Visual strategies such as schedules, choice boards, boundary settings, task completion, behavior supports, power cards and social stories will be covered.  The presentation will include an explanation of the strategies, how to create the strategies and how to implement the strategies.  Presenter: Kim Dobson, Educator.  

AFIRM: Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules
For educators or families, this intervention replaces interfering behaviors with more appropriate and effective communicative behavior. The FCT module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide learning. They also offer additional free online trainings at 

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