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Lunch and Learn Education Sessions

2021-2022 Lunch and Learn Education Sessions

Tuesday, February 8th at 12 pm Cetnral /11am Mountain

Section 504 Plans and Diabetes


Tuesday, March 8th at 12pm Central / 11am Mountain

What is Guardianship?

Join Disability Rights South Dakota Legal Director, Brandy Rhead and SD Parent Connection staff, Lisa Merchen, for discussion on guardianship and guardian alternatives.

Brandy and Lisa will address common timelines, questions, concerns and terms about guardianship and guardianship alternatives for your child with a disability.


Tuesday, April 13th at 12pm Central / 11 am Mountain


Tuesday, May 10th at 12pm Central / 11am Mountain

Summer Learning Opportunities: More details coming....




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An Introduction to Teachwell Solutions Co-op: Teachwell Solutions is a community service organization created by South Dakota public schools. Join our session to learn about Teachwell s 30-year history and hear about the fresh ideas were rolling out to support students in post-pandemic learning environments. Well focus specifically on supporting students with behavior challenges and helping high school students with disabilities prepare for life after high school. This is your time, so we'll be sure to leave plenty of room for you to ask questions, give suggestions and find out more!  Presenters: Joan Frevik, Julie Large, Tyler Anderson and Terri Jensen, Teachwell Solutions

SD Special Education Programs (SEP)- Proposed Targets for the State Performance Plan: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires each state to develop a State Performance Plan (SPP) with targets (goals) at least once every six years. States must report against the targets in its SPP in an Annual Performance Report (APR). Join SEP staff as they share   information and seek feedback on the proposed targets for the SD State Performance Plan.  SD Dept of Education, Special Education Program: State Performance Plan: Stakeholder Input webpage.


NEW Guide - When Behavior is a Concern in the School Setting: Join Disability Rights SD for a discussion and review of their new, collaboratively developed Guide to help address behaviors that occur at school. Presenters: John Hamilton and Sean Hegyi, DRSD


Communication, AAC and the IEP

Children use an array ofmodalities to communicate. Vocalizations, gestures, expressions, and body language all add to spoken language. Children with disabilities may require even more options (or modalities) to communicate and get their message across. Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC) includes all modalities, from non-verbals to communication symbols to high-tech speech-generatingdevices as part of theirunique multi-modalcommunication system.


This session will discuss common IEP concerns that arise when children rely on AAC to communicate,procedural safeguards (parent rights) within special education to ensure students receive a free and appropriate public education, and strategies to include individualized educational services and supports within the IEP that are necessary for authentic and meaningful communication between students, peers, teachers, and others.


Presenters: Dr. Elizabeth Hanson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication Sciences Disorders, University of South Dakota; Theresa Baldry, parent of an accomplished AAC user, Project Coordinator for Transition and Employment Projects Montana Deaf-Blind Projects, Rural Institute For Inclusive Communities, University of Montana; and Lisa Sanderson, Family to Family Health Information Center Project Director, South Dakota Parent Connection.

Communication Resources / ECHO AAC Family Flyer / Presentation Slides


Vocational Rehabilitation (VR):Transition in Action
Vocational Rehabilitation Program offered by the Divisions of Rehabilitation Services and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired work with South Dakota's transition-age students with disabilities to assist them in transitioning from school to work. This session will focus on many of the services provided to those students and the collaborative relationship VR has with local school districts, employers, parents and students to achieve their career goals. Presenters Katie Gran, Transition Specialist, Division of Rehabilitation Services and Ronda Williams, Assistant Director, Service to the Blind Visually Impaired. Presentation Handouts


Assistive Technology Tips to Help Level the Playing Field
This presentation is an overview of Assistive Technology and how to integrate various tools to increase independence in the areas of communication, reading and writing. Several tips on how to utilize/adapt materials toprovide increased accessibility options will be shared. Presented by: Terri Noldner, MA CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Coordinator at Teachwell


Telehealth: Stories from the Field
During this pandemic, telehealth has been more than just convenient its been a necessity.Looking ahead, telehealth will likely remain a viable, even preferred, option for some families when seeking medical care, mental health care, and therapeutic services when those services can effectively be received at a distance. Presenters Dr. Carolyn Kippes, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Sanford Childrens Specialty Clinic; Robyn Shores Foster,CSW-PIP,Burroughs Counseling;Vanessa Anderson-Smith MA CCC-SLP COM Owner/Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Orofacial Myologist; and parent Amber Finnesand share their telehealth experiences, successes, and tips on how families can make the most of telehealth or teletherapy visits.

Preparing For A Successful Telehealth Visit
Whether a video visit with the doctor or a remote therapy session, join us to learn tips and tools that will help your family be successful receiving services at a distance. Presented by Lisa Sanderson, Family to Family Health Information Center Coordinator, CDC's Act Early Ambassador to South Dakota.
Presentation Slides
Preparing for a Successful Telehealth Visit
I Cant Do My Telemedicine Visit Because My Child Wont Participate
I Cant Do My Telemedicine Visit Because I Cant Find A Private or Quiet Place For My Appointment
I Cant Do My Telemedicine Visit Because My Insurance Doesnt Cover Telemedicine

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