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    Parent workshops are provided free to parents in St. Louis County. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are held on the lower level at SSD Central Administrative Office, 12110 Clayton Road, Town & Country (just east of Ballas Road, next to Neuwoehner School). Childcare is not provided.


    Register by calling 314-989-7807 or 711 (Deaf/HOH), or register online at www.solutionwhere.com/ww/ssd (call the registration number for assistance with setting up an account). When you are on the SSD professional development site (Solutionware), view the calendar of courses that includes workshops on technology, literacy and more. Please be sure to register for workshops as they are sometimes canceled due to low enrollment or weather conditions — we need to be able to contact you!

    If you need more information, or if you have special needs and require an alternative format as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, call Debra Fiasco Administrator, Parent Education, 314-989-8108 or 711 (Deaf/HOH).

    Download file "Parent Connection Newsletter Fall 2016.pdf"

    September Workshops and Flyers

    Kathie Snow Author of Disability is Natural Friday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
    SSD Learning Center 11969 Westline Industrial Drive St. Louis, Mo. 63146
    Kathie Snow is a nationally recognized presenter and author who has been providing a powerful message on inclusion since 2001, when she wrote the first edition of the book “Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities.” All families, teachers, administrators and community members are welcome to attend one of these two free sessions.
    Dyslexia in the Classroom: Characteristics and Accommodations Monday, Sept. 19, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Kim Stuckey, Director-Dyslexia Specialist, Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    This workshop will provide a brief overview of the latest science, symptoms then detail the most effective, low-cost accommodations to address student achievement in the classroom and at home.
    Early Childhood Parent Training: ATTACHMENT & ATTUNEMENT- Quick & Easy Activities for Families. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Presenters: SSD Early Childhood Social Workers
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    Participants will learn about easy and fun activities that are designed to strengthen the relationship with your child, increase their problem solving abilities, & help your child feel even more valued/loved. This will be an informative & interactive training that can benefit all families. (Note this workshop requires a minimum number of participants please call 314 989-8108 1 week in advance to ensure this workshop has met registration requirements.)
    Supports for Your Family from the St. Louis Regional Office for Developmental Disabilities Monday, Sept. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Kadesh Burnett St. Louis Regional Office
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    If your child has a qualifying developmental disability (such as intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, multiple disabilities, epilepsy, certain learning disabilities) learn how your support coordinator can make sure you have access to resources such as respite care, summer programs, and state, county and not-for-profit funding for essential services for your child. The support coordinator can help you plan for your child’s future and provide support for your child’s IEP meeting if needed.
    Understanding Section 504 Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Presenter: MPACT staff
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    The term “Section 504” refers to a specific part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by any program or activity that receives federal funding. This includes all public schools and any private schools that receive federal funds. Learn about the legal background of Section 504, the evaluation process, 504 plans and services and the procedural safeguards in place to protect individuals with disabilities.
    College Preparation for Students with Disabilities Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30-9 p.m.
    Presenters: Amy Bird and Mary Wagner, St. Louis Community College Access Office
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    This workshop will benefit parents, students, high school counselors and SSD teachers. Workshop addresses college and other post-secondary options for students who are planning on continuing their education. Information will be presented about the planning and research process, services available, ACT/SAT testing accommodations and more.
    Helping Children Develop Friendships & Social Skills Thursday, Sept. 29, 9-11:30 a.m.
    Presenters: Michelle Levi Perez and Alicia Wilson
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    This workshop will offer strategies for parents to help children develop friendships, school strategies for building friendships and strategies that help children with language and learning differences, including autism, develop social skills.




    October Workshops and Flyers

    Making Writing Easier for Kids Who Hate to Write Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenters: Carla Vasser, Cheryl Perry and Judy Hyatt
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    This session will offer parents various resources and ideas for assisting their children who are reluctant writers. This engaging workshop will address supporting children with organizational difficulties, skill deficits and/or a lack of motivation when it comes to writing. Parents will leave with tools they can use at home to support their child with writing. (*Note – this workshop will not be addressing handwriting.)
    Signs for Families and Friends – 6 sessions Wednesday, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26. Nov. 2, 9. 6-7:30 p.m.
    Presenters: Greg Petersen, Mickey Schuchardt
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    Participants will demonstrate sign language vocabulary, sign sentence structure, conceptual accuracy, facial expressions, and body language. Focus is on families.Children 10 and older are welcome if accompanied/supervised by an adult.
    Early Childhood Parent Training: ANXIETY: Understanding & Supporting your Pre-School Child Thursday, Oct. 6, 11a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Presenters: Early Childhood Social Workers
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    Participants will recognize how young children express anxiety and learn ways to help all students build coping skills. Training will also discuss common transitions for young children, including going to kindergarten, moving and divorce/separation. (Note this workshop requires a minimum number of participants please call 314 989-8108 one week in advance to ensure this workshop has met registration requirements.)
    Early Childhood Parent Training: Positive Parenting in Early Childhood Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenters: Mel Fitzgerald, Julie Harter, and Colleen Hoeflinger
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    Would you like to learn to incorporate positive parenting strategies into your home?
    Please join us for this unique training where we’ll come together to share ideas, and learn what materials and techniques work for early childhood. (Note this workshop requires a minimum number of participants please call 314 989-8108 one week in advance to ensure this workshop has met registration requirements.)
    Supported Decision Making: An Alternative to Guardianship Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenters: Sharon Spurlock, Director of Family Support, St. Louis Arc, and SSD Parent Education and Diversity Awareness Administrators
    St. Louis ARC
    1177 North Warson Rd. St. Louis, Mo. 63132
    When an individual with a disability becomes 18, they are legally an adult. This workshop is designed to help families understand the options they have to assist their loved one in making good decisions without removing their rights through guardianship. We will learn how to assess the decision making skills your family members have and the supporters they already use to assist them making decisions. Legally binding tools that can be created with the person and their family without seeking guardianship will be shared and discussed.
    Executive Functioning Part II Going Deeper for Elementary Students Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Karen Nahnsen
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    After knowing the basics of Executive Functioning skills, participants will take a closer look at strategies for elementary-age children and spend time problem solving through group discussion. Parents will receive information on strategies to implement at home to teach skills and/or to modify environments to support student success.
    Solving the Employment Puzzle Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenters: MPACT Staff and Amy Siekerman, LMSW
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    This workshop will include presenters from Vocational Rehabilitation and MPACT. Content centers on employment for youth with disabilities by presenting two distinct strands: self-determination and “do-it-yourself” strategies for parents and concrete information about employment and how to access adult services for teens/young adults.
    Access for Success! Making Inclusion Work! Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30-9 p.m.
    Presenters: Pat VanDeRiet, Rachel Valenti
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    Learn how quality inclusive education provides better outcomes for most students with disabilities. Create an action plan with steps you can take to help your school plan for more inclusive programming for your child.
    Executive Functioning Part II Going Deeper for Secondary Students (Middle School and High School) Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Karen Nahnsen
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    After knowing the basics of Executive Functioning skills, participants will take a closer look at strategies for students at the middle school/high school level, and time for problem solving through group discussion. Parents will receive information on strategies to implement at home to teach skills and/or to modify environments to support student success.
    Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (YMHFA) Wednesday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    (30 minute lunch break on your own)
    Presenter: Behavioral Health Response
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    This training is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. CEU’s available through Behavioral Health Response.
    SSD Disability Resource Fair Thursday, Oct. 27, 4-7 p.m.
    SSD Central Office, Rooms 60-61
    Come find out what you need to know and network with other parents. Representatives from SSD include early childhood behavior facilitators, effective practice specialists for autism, social/emotional/behavioral and transition, assistive technology, augmentative communication, PBIS facilitators, and Family & Community Resource Center. Additional representatives include Department of Mental Health-St. Louis Regional Office, MPACT, Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis, and other agencies that provide support and resources for students and families.











    November Workshops and Flyers

    Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Presenter: Nicholas A. Maio, MSP, BCBA, LBA CEO & Behavior Analyst
    Empowered: A Center for Sexuality, LLC
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    In this workshop, a behavior analyst with a background in sexuality education will address a variety of topics, including safety, peer expectations, puberty and boundaries. This workshop will include lecture, discussion and group work. It is geared toward parents, educators, and staff working with students with disabilities.
    Early Childhood Parent Training: Positive Parenting in Early Childhood Thursday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Presenters: Mel Fitzgerald, Julie Harter, and Colleen Hoeflinger
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    Would you like to learn to incorporate positive parenting strategies into your home?
    Please join us for this unique training where we’ll come together to share ideas, and learn what materials and techniques work for early childhood. (Note this workshop requires a minimum number of participants please call 314 989-8108 one week in advance to ensure this workshop has met registration requirements.)
    Understanding the IEP Process Thursday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Presenter: MPACT staff
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    Workshop offers an in-depth look at the evaluation process, qualifying for an IEP, the many components that must be addressed in the IEP document, and how progress will be monitored. Parents will gain a better understanding of their role as an equal participant in the IEP process.
    Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD) – Two Part Series Thursdays, Nov. 10 & 17, 6:30-9 p.m.
    Presenters: SSD Autism Effective Practice Specialists
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    Identify and understand the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders and learn effective, practical strategies that will support your child in being more successful at home and school. The second session will focus more on strategies, with time for discussion and questions and may break out into sessions based on your child’s invention needs.
    Planning for the Future: Benefits and Futures Planning Monday, Nov. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    Presenter: Bhavik R. Patel, Attorney, Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C
    This workshop is designed to provide information to students and their families about the
    planning process for the future in the areas of Special Needs Planning, SSI, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Information about of the laws pertaining to government benefit eligibility the use of special needs trusts and guardianships and conservatorships will be covered.
    Understanding Behavior and What to Do to Support Your Child's Positive Behavior Development (2 Part Series) Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and January 17, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Ryan Guffey
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    Does your child have meltdowns over having to stop a preferred activity? Are meals, chores, bedtime or getting ready for school difficult times at your house? Learn some strategies to make your home more peaceful. Learn new ways to think about and understand your child's behavior at home and school. Second session will be held January 17, 2017.









    December Workshops and Flyers

    Supports for Your Family from the St. Louis Regional Office for Developmental Disabilities Monday, Dec 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Kadesh Burnett St. Louis Regional Office
    SSD Central Office, Room 57
    If your child has a qualifying developmental disability (such as intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, multiple disabilities, epilepsy, certain learning disabilities) learn how your support coordinator can make sure you have access to resources such as respite care, summer programs, and state, county and not-for-profit funding for essential services for your child. The support coordinator can help you plan for your child’s future and provide support for your child’s IEP meeting if needed.
    Bullying Prevention – What Parents Can Do Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m.
    Presenter: MPACT staff
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    This training contains an overview of the dynamics of bullying, including what bullying is, what the types of bullying are, who is bullied, and why children are bullied. Other topics include steps to intervene in bullying behavior, how to encourage students who witness bullying to take action, the role of the school, and laws and policies.