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Outstanding learning opportunity for general education teachers, administrators and parents interested in understanding more about mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults.

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Registration Fee: $25.00
Lunch will be provided.

Registration is limited. Administrator and teacher CEU’s will be available.

Date | Time

Thursday, August 7, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, 
Minneapolis, MN

Clock Hours

The 6 clock hours offered are designed to meet the requirement for Minnesota teachers renewing their teaching license in understanding the key warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents. Local re-licensure committees, however, have final approval.

2014 National Speakers

Dr. Susan Jenkins

Director of the Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist recognized nationally for her work with youth and families. Her keynote “Working in the Dark” will explore how to nurture development in children despite uncertainty about diagnosis or long term outcomes.

Jo Mascorro

Author of an audio CD series, “Don’t Look Now, Your Behavior is Showing!” is an outstanding national speaker with 34 years of experience in education. She provides training in behavior intervention, communication strategies, and programming for students with disabilities.

Larry Wexler

Division Director for the Research to Practice Division of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), will discuss seclusion and restraint, suspension, and disproportionality.

Workshops Include:

  • Understanding the Enormity of Depression and How to Develop Skills Needed for Healing in Children and Young Adults,

    Dr. Read Sulik, child and adolescent psychiatrist and pediatrician

  • Anxiety from the Inside Out,

    Dr. Read Sulik, child and adolescent psychiatrist and pediatrician

  • Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood,

    Lise Fox, Ph.D, Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, the University of South Florida Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and principal investigator of the OSEP-funded Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children

  • School Discipline and Juvenile Justice for Students with Disabilities,

    Amy Goetz and Andrea Jepsen, School Law Center

  • What Do We Mean When We Talk About Aspergers?,

    Dr. Susan Jenkins, Bluestem Center

  • Transition to Employment: Two Sides of the Same Coin,

    Shauna McDonald, PACER Center, and Jayne Spain, Minnesota Department of Education

  • Meeting the Needs of Students who Demonstrate Challenging Behaviors that Interfere with Teaching and Learning,

    Jo Mascorro

  • Student Success for $100 or Less: Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology, Part II,

    Simon Technology Center

Goal of the Symposium

The symposium is designed to enhance awareness and identify strategies for responding to mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults from the perspective of teachers and parents.

The symposium will provide high quality professional and parent development for Minnesota educators and parents regarding:

  • children's mental health and learning disabilities
  • effective treatment planning
  • proactive, positive teaching strategies and interventions

Past Symposium Resources

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