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IEP / 504 Plans

Be Informed: Questions To Ask About Your Child's IEP
With the school year in full swing, now is the time to be reviewing and asking questions about your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP). As a valued member of the IEP Team, asking questions helps you be more informed, assured your child is receiving appropriate supports, and better prepared to support your child at home.
Presenter: Carla Miller is the Executive Director of South Dakota Parent Connection.

Options to Resolve Disagreements in Special Education
Sometimes parents and districts are unable to solve special education concerns and issues independently. Please join us to learn more about IEP facilitation, mediation, state complaints, and due process hearings, when and how to request, and benefits of using each dispute resolution alternative. Presented by Wendy Trujillo, SD Department of Education.

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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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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Extended School Year Services
In this session, participants will learn about Extended Year Services or ESY. They will understand what ESY services are, who is eligible and how that is determined. Questions to ask and consider will be presented and examples of situations in which ESY was determined to be needed and when it was determined not to be needed explored. Presented by Carla Miller, Executive Director, South Dakota Parent Connection
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Dare To Dialogue! Asking Questions To Get Past No.
In this session, we will walk through statements, strategies and resources that you, the parent, might use in advocating for your child's right to an appropriate education when faced with a difficult conversation. We will look at common statements parents might hear and how to respond respectfully, factually and in a positive way. Presented by Teresa Nold and Tana Buresch, SD Parent Connection

The Basics of an IEP and Procedural Safeguards
This presentation will walk participants through the basic steps of developing an IEP. Parents and professionals will learn about the rights and responsibilities built into special education laws. Join us and learn the procedural safeguards in special education laws, parents and school responsibilities for implementation, and resources to assist in helping children with disabilities succeed. Presenter: Paula Souhrada, Navigator Coordinator, SDPC.

The Ins and Outs of a 504 Plan - How is a 504 Plan different than an IEP? This presentation will discuss the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act along with the responsibilities of public schools in educating students with disabilities. Join us and learn about the purpose of a 504 Plan and how to develop and implement one. Presenter: Paula Souhrada, SDPC Navigator Coordinator.

What Options Are Available If you Just Can't Agree? Dispute Resolution Options
This informative session will focus on Dispute Resolution Options in South Dakota. If there is a dispute in regards to a student receiving special education services, these options can assist in resolving the situation. The presentation will cover the Navigator Program, Facilitation, Mediation, State Complaint, Due Process Hearing, Civil Court, and OCR Complaint. Join Paula Souhrada, Navigator Program Coordinator with SD Parent Connection and John Hamilton, Legal Affairs Director, with SD Advocacy Services as they walk you through the different options available to families. Presentation Handouts

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