VIRTUAL STATEWIDE SIBSHOP

Saturday, January 9th
10 AM- 11 AM CT / 9 AM -10 AM MT

Sibshops are for brothers and sisters, ages 8 to 13, who have a sibling with special needs or disabilities. Sibshops are a time to do action packed activities, play goofy games, and a time to talk with other siblings who really know what it is like to have a sibling with a disability. 

Registration is limited to the first 15 Sibs. We will open another timeframe if there is enough interest.  
** Deadline to register is Monday, December 28th
UPCOMING LUNCH AND LEARN
Tuesday, January 12th :: 12 PM CT/ 11 AM MT :: REGISTER

TOPIC: Assistive Technology Tips to Help Level the Playing Field

Presented by: Terri Noldner. Terri began her career as a Speech and Language Pathologist in the school setting in 1986 and earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of South Dakota in 1990. Terri completed the Assistive Technology Applications Certification Program through California State University Northridge in 2002. She has worked as an Assistive Technology Coordinator in a school setting and is currently employed by Teachwell Solutions providing consultations, evaluations, training and support. Throughout her career, Terri has continued to receive extensive training and experience in the area of Assistive Technology. She created object and tactile communication solutions and founded companies to share these ideas with others. Terri has presented at various national and regional conferences and numerous district in-services, and she has also taught several graduate level classes on a variety of Assistive Technology related topics.  
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 439-559-7079
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UPCOMING PARENT/PROFESSIONAL TRAINING SERIES

The Statewide Family Engagement Center and SD Parent Connection have partnered to create one-hour trainings to help parents and families understand school-related topics. Each training has accompanying resources.

Understanding Social-Emotional Learning of Young Children
January 5
Social and emotional readiness serves as the foundation for success in many educational settings. Learn more in this session! REGISTER

Understanding Red Flags for Concerns for Your Child
January 12
Learn more about recognizing red flags for concern in a child's behavior and how to support the child in their social-emotional development. REGISTER

Supporting Social-Emotional Development at Home
January 19
This session will present strategies parents can use to help their children develop social and emotional skills. REGISTER

Using Children's Stories to Teach Social Skills
January 26
Learn how to use the stories, themes, and characters in children's stories to teach your own children important social skills. REGISTER
PANDEMIC HELPLINE LAUNCHES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES & CAREGIVERS

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, a new 24-hour support line is working to help individuals with developmental disabilities and those who care for them cope during this tough time. Known as Project Connect, the telehealth line is free and available anytime for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and other members of their support teams across the nation.

Project Connect is available by calling 1-888-847-3209.
VIRTUAL FRIENDSHIP CLUB

A group for kids ages 5-13+ to develop self esteem and practice social skills while making friends. Begins Tuesdays beginning January 5th from 3- 3:30 p.m. & 5- 5:30 p.m.

16 group sessions using art, books and games to practice social skills like greeting each other, making friends and recognizing feelings. Sessions on encrypted Zoom platform during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Contact Robyn Shores Foster at Burroughs Counseling to join at (605) 206-7373 or email robyns@burroughscounseling.com
211 HELPLINE APP NOW AVAILABLE

211 Helpline resources are now available for FREE on the 211 App! During a time when many individuals and families are experiencing challenges, we hope this additional option provides an ease to accessing resources. You can choose your location to find resources available in your area. From health and human service programs, community services, disaster services and government programs, the 211 Helpline app is a one-stop source of information.

Categories listed include food, housing, financial assistance, employment services, healthcare, volunteer/donate and more. Download in the App Store or Google Play.
FRIENDS OF FOOD SECURITY: FEED THE NEED VOLUNTEER INCENTIVE PROGRAM

As we enter the “season of giving,” please consider giving the gift of your time to support the organizations that support many of our neighbors when they need it most. Black Hills area Volunteers will receive a $25 Walmart gift card for every 4 hours that they volunteer with Feeding South Dakota and Meals on Wheels.

To be eligible, volunteers must sign up for the incentive program here, current volunteers of these organizations are eligible for the incentive program by signing up on the Helpline Center’s website, groups who volunteer are eligible but must sign up and be tracked as individuals.

Contact: Audrey Nordine with questions at 605-274-1429 or call 211; email at bhvol@helplinecenter.org
This e-publication was developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M2000666 and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H328M140021, Family to Family Health Information Center, $96,750; and approximately 5% financed with non-governmental resources. The contents should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by US Department of Education, HRSA, HHS or the Federal Government.