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Subject: Parent Training
Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education and other special education contacts

Date: October 22, 2007

MPACT is Missouri's OSEP-funded statewide parent training and information center serving parents of children with all disabilities and working with public and private agencies, parent groups, professional organizations and advocacy groups. MPACT offers a venue of training workshops to assist families in understanding the special education process and parental rights and responsibilities; to develop effective advocacy practices for their children; and receive information on issues such as bullying and positive behavior intervention as well as specific disabilities. Training schedules may be accessed at the web site or by contacting the state office.

Positive Behavior Interventions: Developed and recently updated by PACER, this training has been federally vetted by OSEP. Parents and teachers will learn a different way to think about problem behavior.
More often than not behaviors are a form of communication. With this training you will learn the importance of a Functional Behavioral Assessment, how to reinforce positive behavior as well as how to develop a Positive Behavior Support Plan.

Bullying: This workshop is designed to introduce parents and professionals to a range of intervention strategies for the child who is the target of bullying that can be used by the parent, the parent and child, and the family and school. It is intended as a general guideline, across all disabilities and age groups, for the development of a plan to address the unique needs of the individual child.

Effective Advocacy: The focus of this training is effective communication and the importance of working collaboratively to solve problems. Provides strategies to families to increase communication that includes record keeping, building school family relationships and meeting facilitation.

To schedule trainings at your schools for parents and staff call the state office at 800-743-7634 and ask for Connie. To view all of MPACT's services and resources visit the MPACT web site: www.ptimpact.com. To receive MPACT's enewsletter please send your request to be added to our list serve to astackle@ptimpact.com

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