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Day for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing- Saturday, February 1
9 AM - 12 PM:  The 4 E's of Raising a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child
Families will learn about different concepts (Expose, Educate, Embrace, and Elevate) and how they tie into families and their deaf & hard of hearing children's lives. During the workshop, topics around language and how it is a factor for self identity and development will be expanded on by including evidence-based Clerc Center resources. Presenter: Stacy Abrams 
Location: USD Center for Disabilities, 1400 W. 22nd Street, Sioux Falls
(Childcare offered during this time) 
12 PM - 1 PM: Lunch on Own
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM:  Let's Play
Time to hang out and visit with one another at Rainbow Play Systems
Location: Rainbow Midwest, 2801 S. Carolyn Ave, Sioux Falls
In This Issue
SD Parent Connection offices will be closed on  
Monday, February 17th.
  Lunch & Learn Session- Tuesday, Feb 11 from 12pm CT/11am MT     
Changes & Updates to Family Support 360 and Strengthening Families Programs
Join this session to learn about the Family Support 360 Program and Strengthening Families Program (formerly known as Statewide Family Support) from Director Darryl Millner and Waiver Administration Jaze Sollars, SD Dept of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Ways to Join
Sioux Falls SDPC Office (presenter in-person) 3701 West 49th Street, Suite 102
Rapid City SDPC Office (hosted site) 2310 North Maple Ave

Live Online- Join live online via computer or your cell phone.

Recorded Online- View current and past recorded sessions online anytime by visiting www.sdparent.org under Online Training.

Registration encouraged, but not required
Training Series for Those Caring For or Working with Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing- Tuesday, February 18 (Session 3)
Services and Supports:  How To Navigate Systems 
Learn about the resources that are in place to support families. 
Presenters: Multiple providers.
6:30-8:30pm CT / 5:30-7:30pm MT   
Attend live online (link sent after registration) or attend in-person
Rapid City- SDPC Office, 2310 N Maple Ave
Sioux Falls- SDPC Office, 3701 W 49th St, Ste 102
Aberdeen- K.O. Lee Public Library, Community Room 110, 215 4th Ave SE
Register at www.surveymonkey.com/r/H5285DB
Contact Teresa Nold with questions/comments:  tnold@sdparent.org or 800-640-4553.
Presented by SD Parent Connection and SD EHDI Collaborative.  
South Dakota Research Survey
Children's Well-Being: The Child's Perspective

There is a new research project through the University of South Dakota exploring children's perceptions of their own well-being. Children will be interviewed while engaged in fun activities in small groups, or individually. Occupational therapists will modify the interview process to meet your child's needs, which may include 1-3 visits of 1 hour or less, at a location of your preference.
For children ages 8-13 years with developmental, behavioral or emotional needs.
If interested, please contact Barb Brockevelt at 605-658-6358 or email at Barb.Brockevelt@usd.edu.
Autism Family Support Group- Sioux Falls
Meetings held February 11, March 10, April 14, and May 12 from 6:30-8pm at  USD Health Sciences Center, 1400 W. 22nd Street, Room 126.   
A welcoming environment for parents/caregivers of children & adults with ASD to meet, share experiences, ask questions, and receive support. While you attend, your child/teen/adult can participate in a fun activity. Siblings welcome!  For child/youth attendance, check in from 6-6:30 PM.
Pre-registation required!  
Contact Letty for more information: (605) 357-1418 or letty.thelen@usd.edu   
New Autism Guidance For Pediatricians

New year, New Guidance for pediatricians... while this clinical report was released in 2019 in Pediatrics, it is NEW and serves as the first AAP update in a decade for pediatricians as to screening, diagnosis and treatment guidelines for Autism. While this report is intended to guide pediatricians, it is equally as important to guide families in what to expect, what to seek and how to better partner with providers for our kiddos!
Pediatricians Get New Guidance on Autism (Overview of report from Disability Scoop 
Free Webinar Series:  Planning a Good Life Using The Charting The LifeCourse Framework

All sessions 12 PM- 1 PM CT/ 11 AM-12 PM MT

Session #2- Wednesday, March 18
Safety & Security - Staying safe and secure - emergencies, well-being, guardianship options, legal rights and issues.

Session #3- Wednesday, May 27
Daily Life & Employment- What a person does as part of everyday life- including school, work, routines, communication, and life skills

Session #4 Wednesday, July 22: Citizenship & Advocacy
Session #5 Wednesday, Sept. 23: Community Living
Session #6 Wednesday, Nov. 18: Social & Spirituality
Session #7 Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021: Healthy Living

For Information:  kimberly.percival@state.sd.us or 605-773-3438
Sibshop- Saturday, March 21
10 AM - 1 PM
LifeScape- 2501 West 26th Stree t, Sioux Falls      
For questions and/ or to register your child/ren
Register online     /  605-361-3171 /  sdpc@sdparent.org  
More Activities Posted On Our Events Calendar

Click Here For Transition Services Liaison Project Statewide Training Opportunities
Jan 30-Feb 1
 10a-4pm Jan 30. 9am-4pm Jan 31. Topics include ACTS School Board training, parent training, special education, OLPA classroom mgmt, gifted/talented. Registration $150. Contact Chris at 605-441-2738 or   cgbordeaux@hotmail.com  for further information. Presentation proposals invited.
Feb 1
9am-4pm with an hour break for lunch on your own.  Register at: sdsfec.org/earlyliteracy
Rapid City
Feb 5
Feb 5
Feb 8

Trauma Informed Practices
Training ideal for people who work directly with children and youth everyday; teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, administrators, secretaries, and  
childcare providers.
Feb 11
2:30-1:45pm MT/1:30am-2:45pm CT.  Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3877910844391487747
Feb 21
Project SEARCH Applications Due February 21, 2020
Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities.  Students who want to work have the chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The goal of the Project SEARCH program is competitive employment for each intern. Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH affords students the opportunity to put employability skills into practice. For five days a week, students report to the host business and learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills while participating in targeted internships.  They receive support with accommodations, adaptations, and on-the-job coaching. Students who have completed all academic requirements for graduation from high school may apply for enrollment in Project SEARCH. Participants must be 18 to 21 years old. Contact the program coordinator directly for an application.
Project Search Sites Information 
 Rapid City, Sioux Falls
Feb 26
Annual Disability Awareness Day at the Capitol
March 17 & 18
South Dakota Special Education Conference
"It's A Game Changer"
Sioux Falls
April 7
Opportunity Career Expo
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Augustana University Elem Center
Flyer for more information
Sioux Falls
April 23-25
SD Early Childhood Education Conference
"Developing Brains Matter"
Sioux Falls
May 27-28
2020 SD Education Conference
"Strengthening Foundations & Connections"
June 11-12
Lighting The Way Autism Conference
Sioux Falls

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