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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/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 Joann Noll, Administrator, Parent Education, 314-989-8108 or 711 (Deaf/HOH).

    Winter 2014 PARENT CONNECTION NEWSLETTER

    Download file "Parent_Connection_Winter_2014.pdf"

    What's Coming in February - Flyers for these workshops may be downloaded below.
    Brain Gym – 2 sessions Monday, Feb. 3 & 10, 6-8 p.m.. SSD Central Office, Room 61 Brain Gym is a program of physical activities that enhance learning ability. The easy-to-do, patterned movements target brain function to promote optimal learning, communication, stress management and creativity, and can prepare children with the physical skills they need in order to learn to read, write and function effectively in the classroom. Workshop is for parents, teachers and therapists. Resources will be provided.
    Teaching Social Skills -
    Getting Along with Others
    Mon., Feb. 3, 9-11 a.m., SSD Central Office, Room 61 This class will provide strategies to teach children the social skills needed to act positively with others, solve problems, follow directions, and participate in home/school activities. This includes helping children to understand "social smarts". This class is geared toward parents with students in early childhood through middle school.
    Signs for Families and Friends – 6 sessions Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4 and 11, 5:30-7 p.m., Hazelwood Central Office, Multipurpose Room, 15955 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, MO 63031 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.
    Sexuality Education for Children with Disabilities Tues., Feb. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., SSD Central Office This parent workshop will deal with the special sexuality issues for children with disabilities. Included will be information on puberty, preventing sexual abuse, and presenting and reinforcing information for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, language and learning disabilities.
    Understanding the IEP Process Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6-8 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 61 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.
    Orientation for Parents to Special Education & the IEP Process Tuesday, Feb. 11, 9-11 a.m., SSD Central Office, Room 61 This orientation is designed to provide an overview of special education services and how they are provided through SSD. Learn more about how to develop an effective individualized education program (IEP), educational rights, community resources/support, and tour the Family & Community Resource Center.
    Early Childhood Parent Training: Effective Practices for Challenging Behavior – 5-part workshop Tuesdays, Feb. 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4 & 11, `6:30-9 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 60 Four-part workshop provides parents of young children with challenging behavior, autism and PDD the strategies and best practices to develop rules/routines, improve compliance, address sensory issues, self-help skills, play/social skills and develop visual supports to improve communication.
    Transition Planning & the IEP: Through the Doorway to Adult Life Tues., Feb. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,, SSD Central Office, Room 61 Focus is on the steps parents and students need to consider as they plan for the last years of school and the transition to adult life: personal futures planning; IEPs with transitional goals and action plans; resources for planning for post-secondary education, supported employment and living; working with the adult service system; and funding through Regional Center, Vocational Rehabilitation and Social Security.
    What to Do This Summer Recreation Fair Wed., Feb. 19, 6:30- 8 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 60-61 In this “Recreation Fair” parents will be able to visit with providers of summer programs and camps that include all children. Recreation voucher and funding information will be presented from 6:30-6:50 p.m.
    Special Education Mediation & other Disagreement Resolution Processes Monday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m.,SSD Central Office, Room 61 This training is designed to provide an overview of what Mediation is as well as what a mediator does and does not do. It will help parents understand when and how to request mediation, what to expect from mediation, and most importantly how to plan and prepare for an upcoming mediation, as well as to understand other resolution processes included in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
    What You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know: Tips for Special Education
    in the Elementary School Years
    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 61 Special Education can be a maze of acronyms, meetings and data. Come learn tips and strategies for helping to plan a great elementary school year experience for you and your child.

    Download file "Brain Gym.pdf"

    Download file "Teaching Social Skills.pdf"Download file "Signs for Families and Friends.pdf"

    Download file "Sexuality Education for Children with DisabilitiesFeb.pdf"Download file "Understanding the IEP Process.pdf"Download file "Orientation to SSD 2013-2014.pdf"Download file "EC Parent Training Effective Practices Challenging Behavior.pdf"Download file "Transition Planning and the IEP Process.pdf"Download file "What to Do This Summer Resource Fair.pdf"Download file "Special Education MediationFeb.pdf"Download file "What you didn't know you didn't know.pdf"

    What's Coming in March - Flyers for these workshops may be downloaded below.
    How to Write Measurable Goals Monday, Mar. 3, 6-8 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 61 Learn how to write individualized and measurable educational goals for your child and track your
    child’s progress with this easy to understand training for parents.
    Making Decisions About Guardianship Thursday, March 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    If you are considering guardianship as your son or daughter turns 18, this family-centered training will give you an opportunity to learn about Missouri's guardianship options and alternatives and will equip you with tools to help decide what kind of decision making supports and/or protection a person might need, and what alternatives or options might work best for each person's unique needs and situation. Online Option: Participate in the workshop above in person or from home through WebEx. Be sure to register for the online workshop. You will receive a link to the presentations.
    Bullying Prevention – What Parents Can Do Monday, Mar. 10, 6-8 p.m.
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    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.
    Home and School Supports for Children with Emotional Disabilities Tuesday, Mar. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    Learn how cognitive behavior therapy works and how to support and communicate with your child’s therapist; decrease anxiety at home and school; educate family members; communicate with the school when negative behaviors, withdrawal or anxiety are escalating. Understand the options for school supports for children with a diagnosis of emotional disability.
    Helping Children Develop Friendships & Social Skills Wednesday, Mar. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hazelwood Central Office , Multipurpose Room, 15955 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, MO 63031 Workshop will offer strategies for parents to help children develop friendships, school strategies for building friendships through programs such as Circle of Friends and peer support groups and strategies that help children with language and learning differences, including autism, develop social skills.
    Planning for the Future: Dealing with My Greatest Fears – 3-part workshop Monday, Mar. 31, Apr. 7 & 14, 6:30-9 p.m.
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    Series is designed to provide information to students and their families about the transition process and issues that cause anxiety for parents when planning for the post-school years.

    • Session 1: Oct. 23 - SSI, Estate Planning & Guardianship
    Presenters: Bhavik Patel, Attorney & Lynn Carter, Midwest Special Needs Trust
    • Session 2: Oct. 30 - What Happens After Graduation
    Presenters: Representatives of Vocational Rehabilitation, supported employment agencies, sheltered workshops, continuing education
    • Session 3: Nov. 6 - Supports for Recreation,
    Community Participation & Community Living
    Presenters: Representatives of St. Louis
    Regional Office, Recreation Council, postschool enrichment/day programs
    Online Option: Participate in the workshop above in person or from home through WebEx. Be sure to register for the online workshop. You will receive a link to the presentations.

    Download file "How to Write Measurable Goals.pdf"Download file "Making Decisions About Guardianship.pdf"
    Download file "Bullying Prevention - What Parents Can Do.pdf"
    Download file "Home and School Support for Children with emotional disabilities.pdf"
    Download file "Why Inclusion_.pdf"
    Download file "Helping Children Develop Friendships and Social SkillsNoCo.pdf"
    Download file "Planning for the Future-Dealing with My Greatest Fears.pdf"

    What's Coming in April - Flyers for these workshops may be downloaded below.
    Comprehension Strategies for Elementary Readers Tuesday, Apr. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    If your child seems to read words well, but has difficulty with comprehension, this workshop will provide strategies that help children understand new vocabulary, connect new learning to prior knowledge, create images, determine main idea, summarize & more.
    Helping Children Develop Friendships & Social Skills Wednesday, Apr. 2, 6:30-9 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 61 Workshop will offer strategies for parents to help children develop friendships, school strategies for building friendships through programs such as Circle of Friends and peer support groups and strategies that help children with language and learning differences, including autism, develop social skills.
    Special Education Law Monday, Apr. 7, 6-8 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 61 Training provides an overview of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Safe Schools Act.
    Orientation for Parents to Special Education & the IEP Process Tuesday, Apr. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 57 This orientation is designed to provide an overview of special education services and how they are provided through SSD. Learn more about how to develop an effective individualized education program (IEP), educational rights, community resources/support, and tour the Family & Community Resource Center.
    Understanding Autism Wednesday, Apr. 9 & 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 61 Identify and understand the characteristics of Autism 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.
    ECSE Parent Training: Let’s Talk Toilet Training Thursday, Apr. 10, 6:30-9 p.m.
    SSD Central Office, Room 60
    This workshop will offer ECSE families strategies to prepare your children for a positive experience with toilet training. You will gain information on readiness skills, visual supports, behavioral expectations, visual stories, and reinforcement. There will be time for questions.
    Online Option: Participate in the workshop above in person or from home through WebEx. Be sure to register for the online workshop. You will receive a link to the presentations.
    Positive Behavior Interventions Wednesday, Apr. 16, 6-9 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 60 Participants will be taught to think about problem behavior as a form of communication and will learn the importance of a functional behavioral assessment, how to reinforce positive behavior and how to develop a positive behavior support plan.
    SSD Technical High Schools: Is This a Good Fit for Your Son or Daughter Thursday, Apr. 17, 6:30-8 p.m., SSD Central Office, Room 61 You don’t have to wait until high school to begin thinking about this option! If your child benefits from hands-on learning and has inclinations in fields as varied as construction trades, medical sciences, culinary arts, automotive, cosmetology, electronics, information technology, public safety and more, then you will want to hear from staff members at North and South Technical High Schools. Pre-requisite skills for various programs, situational assessments to help determine a student’s real interest and aptitude and admission requirements will be discussed. Most programs offer certification with stringent requirements, and can lead to further post-secondary education and successful careers.
    Online Option: Participate in the workshop above in person or from home through WebEx. Be sure to register for the online workshop. You will receive a link to the presentations.
    Joining Circles – connecting people with disabilities for stronger communities Tuesday, Apr. 22, 6:30- 7:30 p.m.
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    Joining Circles works to connect individuals with disabilities to their community through
    mutual interests, preferences and likes. Our goal is to facilitate those connections
    through discussion and planning, logistical support, and provision of resources
    in partnership with service providers. Developing healthy community relationships supports social integration for individuals with disabilities creating the sense of belonging and full community membership.
    North County Autism-Asperger-PDD Resource Fair Wednesday, Apr. 23, 3:30-6 p.m.
    Ackerman School, 1550 Derhake Road, Florissant, MO 63033
    All In One Room! Come find out what you need to know and network with other parents. Representatives from SSD include early childhood behavior facilitators, transition facilitators, Positive Behavior Intervention & Support, augmentative communication & assistive technology, effective practice specialists for autism, ABA program representatives and Family & Community Resource Center. Also attending, Department of Mental Health-St. Louis Regional Office Autism Project, MPACT Parent Training & Information, EasterSeals/LifeSkills/TouchPoint autism programs, St. Louis Arc family support and autism programs, Recreation Council, Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center, other agencies, support groups and resources.

    Download file "Comprehension Strategies for Elementary Readers.pdf"
    Download file "Helping Children Develop Friendships and Social SkillsApril2.pdf"
    Download file "special education law.pdf"Download file "Orientation to SSD 2013-2014.pdf"
    Download file "Understanding Autism.pdf"Download file "Let's Talk Toilet Training.pdf"
    Download file "SSD Technical High Schools.pdf"Download file "Positive Behavior Interventions.pdf"
    Download file "Joining Circles.pdf"Download file "North County autism fair april 2014.pdf"


    What's Coming in May - Flyers for these workshops may be downloaded below.

    Talking with Your Teen or Young Adult about Developing Healthy Relationships Monday, May 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Jessica Naslund, LMSW, YWCA Education Program Coordinator
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    Developing healthy relationships and discussing sexuality based on your family’s values will be addressed. Families will receive information to assist them in teaching positive social skills, appropriate public/private behavior, appropriate sexual expression and skills to protect their family member against abuse. This workshop will be a combination of lecture and group discussion and is designed for anyone caring for or guiding a teenager or adult with a developmental disability.
    Understanding the IEP Process for Parents of Children with
    Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Wednesday, May 7, 6-8 p.m.
    Presenter: MPACT
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    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.
    Talking with Your Child about Body Safety and Boundaries Monday, May 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Jessica Naslund, LMSW, YWCA Education Program Coordinator
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    Families will receive information to assist them in teaching positive social skills, appropriate public/private behavior, appropriate sexual expression and skills to protect their family member against abuse. The facilitator will also have resources for discussing puberty, dating and other issues that are potentially sexual in nature. This workshop will be a combination of lecture and group discussion and is designed for anyone caring for a young person with a developmental disability.
    Special Education Mediation & other Disagreement Resolution Processes Tuesday, May 20, 6-8 p.m.
    Presenter: MPACT staff
    SSD Central Office, Room 61
    This training is designed to provide an overview of what Mediation is as well as what a mediator does and does not do. It will help parents understand when and how to request mediation, what to expect from mediation, and most importantly how to plan and prepare for an upcoming mediation, as well as to understand other resolution processes included in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

    Download file "Talking to Your Teen or Young Adult about developing healthy relationships.pdf"
    Download file "Understanding IEP Process for Parents of Children with ASD.pdf"Download file "Talking to Your Child About Body Safety and Boundaries.pdf"Download file "Special Education MediationMay.pdf"