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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.


Symposium Presentation Handouts and Resources

TopicSpeaker Resources (pdf)
Opening Keynote:  Restraint, Seclusion and Exclusion: The Grandma Test Larry Wexler, Ph.D., Director of the Research to Practice Division of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Washington D.C Wexler-Restraint-Seclusion-Exclusion
What Do We Mean When We Talk about Asperger's? Dr. Susan Jenkins, Director of the Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development, Minn.

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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, Minn.

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Anxiety from the Inside Out Dr. Read Sulik, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Pediatrician, Minn.

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What it Takes: Effectively Supporting Young Children with the Most Challenging Behaviors Lise Fox, Ph.D., Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, the University of South Florida Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Fox-Effectively-Supporting-Young-Children-with-the-Most-Challenging-Behaviors
Navigating School Discipline and Juvenile Justice Issues for Children with Disabilities Amy Goetz and Andrea Jepsen, Attorneys at School Law Center, Minn. Goetz-Navigating-School-Discipline
Transition to Employment: Two Sides of the Same Coin Jayne Spain, Secondary Transition Specialist at the MN Department of Education and Shauna McDonald, Director of Community Resource Development, PACER Center, Minn.

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Student Success for $100 or Less: Free and Low-cost Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities PACER's Simon Technology Center Panel, Minn.:  Rachel Magario, Assistive Technology Specialist, Kasey Miklik, Assistive Technology Specialist, and John Newman, Assistive Technology Specialist STC-Student-Success-Handout
Working with Parents, Teachers, and Others: A Team Approach to Meeting the Needs of Students with Challenging Behaviors that Interfere with Teaching and Learning Jo Mascorro, education consultant specializing in areas of behavior intervention, communication strategies, parents and programming for students with disabilities, Texas Mascorro-Meeting-the-Needs-Breakout
Make Stigma Disappear! PACER's Youth Advisory Board on Mental Health, Minn. Make the Stigma Disappear - Video
National Bullying Prevention Center News and Events Julie Hertzog, National Bullying Prevention Center Director and Jody Manning, Parent Training and Information Center Coordinator, PACER Center, Minn.

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Keynote: Don't Look Now, YOUR Behavior is Showing! What ALL Adult Brains Should Know About ALL Children's Brains Jo Mascorro, education consultant specializing in areas of behavior intervention, communication strategies, parents and programming for students with disabilities, Texas Mascorro-PACER-Keynote
Closing Keynote: Working in the Dark Dr. Susan Jenkins, Director of the Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development, Minn.

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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.

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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