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Mental Health and Transition-age Youth: Preparing for the Future

This presentation for workforce development professionals will highlight strategies that can be used to work effectively with transition-age youth (age 14-24) with mental health challenges. Renelle Nelson and Jennifer Thomas, from PACER’s Inspiring Opportunities, Children’s Mental Health and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Project, will discuss how to identify youth transition needs and help youth progress towards their personal employment, post-secondary education, and community living goals.

Working with Culturally or Linguistically Diverse Families in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)

Cultural liaisons and foreign language interpreters will build their capacity in order to enhance communication and families’ understanding at IFSP and IEP meetings for children ages birth to five.

Getting and Keeping the First Job

Competitive employment is the cornerstone of a successful transition to adult living for youth with disabilities. In this workshop, co-presented by Transition Specialists from PACER and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), youth and parents will learn about preparing for and keeping a job.

Assistive Technology that Supports Independent Living for Young Adults with Disabilities

There is a wide range of assistive technology (AT) that can be used to support young adults with disabilities who want to gain independence and live on their own. These include devices to manage medication or practice healthy habits, as well as apps for a smartphone or tablet that help to manage tasks, keep track of money, or find transportation. Join us to learn about the many kinds of AT that can help teens and young adults to develop the skills needed to live more independently.

Assistive Technology: What is it and How to Use it

Students with disabilities can benefit from assistive technology (AT). In this workshop, we’ll cover what AT is, the legal consideration process and some tools that are available for students of all ages.

Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a big step in any child’s life. Parents of young children with disabilities will learn how to plan for the transition and learn strategies to help their child be successful.

Challenging Behaviors & School Success: The Role of Section 504 and Special Education

Every child has the right to an education, but children and youth with challenging behaviors often struggle to be successful in school. This workshop will cover the role of Section 504 and Special Education as well as the importance of using a strengths-based approach when working with the school to address behavior concerns and knowing when to use the Alternative Dispute Resolution process to resolve concerns.

Being an Active Participant in your Child’s Transition Before Age Three

Families will learn how to actively participate in the transition process from Part C Early Intervention Services to Part B Preschool Services or other services in the community.

A Seat at the Table: The Family Voice is Needed

Parents of children ages birth to five who are on IFSPs or IEPs will become prepared to actively participate as informed stakeholders at all levels of decision-making.

Harnessing the Power of Google: Chrome Extensions for Reading, Writing, and Organization

This workshop will help students learn how to maximize the educational power of the many tools available in Google Chrome. We will explore what Google calls their G Suite, focusing on tools that support organizing, reading, and writing. Whether you are using a Chromebook or using Google’s tools on your web browser, join us to learn about the extensions and apps that can increase productivity and learning in high school, college, and beyond.

Challenging Behaviors & Transition Planning Strategies for Success

Parents of teenagers with behavioral health challenges play an important role in transition planning throughout the high school years. This training will cover the role of special education and Section 504 in promoting post-high school success. Parents and others will learn strategies to increase youth participation in the transition planning process and ways to promote individualized planning, goals and services when working with the school.

Becoming an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

This workshop, for parents of children birth to age 3 with developmental delays or disabilities, describes early intervention services, the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), how families can be involved in writing child and family outcomes and become active participants in the IFSP process.

Apps for Health & Wellness

This “Appy Hour” will feature a variety of apps to support health and wellness for all ages, including apps for monitoring mood, tracking physical activity, learning about guided meditation, and more.

Parent Leadership Training on Children's Mental Health

Parents of children and youth who have behavioral health challenges play an important role in their child’s services and supports and can use those experiences to help others. This training will provide information on ways parents can effectively share their story and promote better outcomes for children and youth with behavioral health needs in Minnesota.

Becoming an Active Partner in Your Child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)

This workshop for parents of children ages 3 to 5 will provide an overview of the early childhood special education process and how to take an active lead in the IEP process.

Assistive Technology to Support Children’s Sensory and Behavior Development

This workshop discusses the wide range of assistive technology available to help support children’s sensory and behavior needs. Tools, apps, and resources will be discussed and demonstrated.

Staying Organized at Work: Technology Tools for Task Management and Focus

This workshop, for transition-age youth and adults, addresses the use of technology to support task management and focus. Whether you have ADHD or simply struggle with organization, learn about tools and apps to help you succeed at work.”

Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a big step for any child. Parents of young children with disabilities will learn to plan for this transition and learn strategies to help their child be successful.

Technology for Dyslexia: Navigating High School and Beyond

This workshop addresses reading support, note-taking tools, and writing strategies. The tools introduced may also be helpful for people as they transition to the work environment.

Improving Study Skills with Assistive Technology

Study skills are fundamental for students’ academic achievement. A variety of assistive technology tools and strategies for taking notes, studying, and reviewing will be presented, as well as a brief introduction to tools and streategies for attention and time management.

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