Thursday, March 24th from 6-7:30 PM
Northern State University, Gerber Building Room 210 in Aberdeen

Parent Training: Aberdeen Police Department Staff will be leading a talk about "Navigating the Wilderness; Protecting Your Family and Children in the Cyber Environment"

Sibshop: For brothers and sisters (ages 6 to 12) who have a sibling with special needs or disabilities. Sibshops are a time to meet other sibs, take part in fun activities, and share feelings with others who really know what it is like to have a sibling with a disability.

Childcare: Childcare available for children not attending Sibshops and children with disabilities. 

The number of grandparents who are caring for children is significant and growing, in part due to the opioid crisis. In South Dakota, 6,828 grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren.

Although caregivers' lives are enhanced by the experience, providing full-time care to children can decrease caregivers' abilities to address their own health and well-being needs. Finding support is often difficult for grandparents raising grandchildren.

South Dakota Parent Connection is partnering with the Center for Active Generations, Sioux Falls to determine the support needs of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. If you are a grandparent raising a grandchild(ren), please complete this short survey.

ARSD 24:05 (Special Education) The effect of the rules will be to expand the age range for Developmental Delay to age 9, revise criteria and title for Emotional Behavioral Disability, clarify Graduation provisions, remove the use of school psychological examiners, and clarify and update language. The reason for adopting the proposed rules is to provide clarity and improve services to students with developmental delays and emotional behavioral disabilities.
ARSD 24:28 (Educator Certification) The effect of the rules will be to repeal the school psychological examiner endorsement. The reason for adopting the proposed rules is to eliminate an endorsement that SD does not have a preparatory program for and eliminate an endorsement that is not required or give additional authority.
ARSD 24:53 (Educator Preparation) The effect of the rules will be to remove the school psychological examiner from the definitions to align with revisions proposed to ARSD 24:28. The reason for adopting the proposed rules is to ensure definitions align across chapters.

Public Comment Deadline 4.4.22 / Public Hearing 4.7.22 / More Information

From Special Education Advocate Lisa Lightner from A Day In Our Shoes | Don't IEP Alone.

Thursday, March 3
10:30 AM CT/9:30 AM MT

How to set the foundation for a lifetime of success. Live Q&A at the end of the webinar.

Thursday March 3
12:00 PM CT/ 11 AM MT

What's different? What should change? What should I ask for? Live Q&A at the end of the webinar.

Wednesday, March 2
12 PM CT/11 AM MT

When kids with ADHD struggle socially, people often assume they are “missing social cues.” In truth, many kids and adolescents struggle due to lagging social executive function skills.

Tuesday, March 8
12:00 PM CT/ 11 AM MT

Parenting a student with an IEP or 504 Plan sometimes feels like playing a game of “Whack-a-Mole” – resolve one issue, and another one pops up screaming for attention.

Early Literacy Trainings for Providers and Families teaches strategies to support young children’s language and literacy skills to increase their school readiness in home and childcare environments. This unique class is a great opportunity for families and providers to strengthen partnerships supporting the children in their care, but may be taken individually. Participants will learn to apply evidence based strategies in personalized ways. Intended for anyone supporting children 5 or under - unregistered providers, babysitters, and grandparents are all welcome! CUEs available.
A $100 stipend is available for all providers and family members from South Dakota who complete the class, and providers who attend with a family member of a child they support will receive an additional $25. These classes are provided through a partnership between Sandford CHILD Services and the SD Statewide Family Engagement Center.
Sioux Falls, March 5; Virtually, March 22 &29; Pierre, April 2

Thursday, June 9th & Friday, June 10th
*New Location* Memorial Middle School
Sioux Falls

The Lighting the Way Autism Conference is a 2-day conference focused on autism spectrum disorders, featuring discussions, breakout groups, and keynote speakers!
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.