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Positive Behavior Supports and Strategies
Parent Group Event
FREE Community Event
Presented by Wendy Selnes, Brih Design
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 pm
4330 Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Have you ever been puzzled by the recurring behavior of a child or student? Befuddled as to what a child is trying to communicate with his/her behavior? Tried everything that you can think of to positively support your child’s behavior and out of ideas? Then come with your questions to gain wisdom from Wendy Selnes. The evening session will include a behavior strategy discussion covering the most important strategies to support behavior and behavior change in the classroom or at home. The second portion of the evening will focus on specific questions from the audience that Wendy will address possible reasons and potential solutions.
Wendy Selnes is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Child Psychology. Wendy has over 20 years of experience in the field of human services. She is designated as a QMRP and fulfills the qualifications of a Mental Health Professional. She is a Partner and Senior Behavior Analyst with Brih Design, a consulting firm which offers support and services to people who exhibit difficult to manage behaviors.
“People don’t have challenging behaviors, they have functional behaviors that challenge us.” – Brih Design
Reservations are required. Please use form below. Childcare is available. Voluntary donations are appreciated. Questions? Contact Mary at Mary@dsamn.org or (651) 603-0720
Download event flyer by clicking here: Wendy Selnes Event January 2015 (.pdf)
Give to the Max is today!
We just wanted to post a quick reminder that tomorrow is the big day! Give to the Max! We hope that you will consider donating to DSAM tomorrow!
Metro Transit riders: You can ride home for free tomorrow! Read more here: http://blog.givemn.org/2014/11/give-on-the-go-ride-home-for-free/
Make Multiple Donations: We know that you want to make your entire donation just to DSAM tomorrow, but if you would like to support multiple organizations, you can. Read more here: http://blog.givemn.org/2014/10/get-ready-for-give-to-the-max-day-2014/
Golden Tickets: GiveMN is offering the Golden Ticket incentive again. Every hour, a donation is chosen and that charity will receive an additional $2,000. Making a donation every hour increases your chance of winning a Golden Ticket for your charity of choice.
And a big thank you to everyone who has already made a donation to our GiveMN page!
Visit http://bit.ly/giveMNDSAM to make a donation today. Alternatively, you don’t even need to leave this page! Donate using the form below and you can share it on your social media pages!
Enjoy all you can eat pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, coffee and topping bar. Visit with friends and enjoy a lovely morning out.
For years now our self advocates have held a community project at the Walk. What began years ago as a food drive to stock local food shelves has now become a Food Drive, a Sock Drive and this year we have added Fiona’s Hope Totes to our donation ask.
Last year, the self advocates made the decision to donate the food collected at the Step Up Walk to the local Ronald McDonald House. A lot of our families often find themselves staying at the house while their children are hospitalized at local hospitals. Since the food drive was begun 7 years ago, the self advocates have collected well over 750 lbs of food.
The sock drive began a few years ago and donated socks are given to Sebathani Community Center in Minneapolis.
Fiona’s Hope Totes is a new initiative this year. The Hope Tote program was launched early this year by DSAM member Stephanie Palewicz whose daughter Fiona spent much of her 24 months hospitalized. They are tote bag care packages for families that are experiencing an unexpectedly extended hospital stay with their sick child. Since Fiona’s death in early June, Steph has continued to provide Hope Totes to families in need of this small “bit of home” comfort. The totes are filled with 5 to 10 oz shampoo and conditioner, body wash, lotion, nail clippers, nail files, facial cleansing cloths, toothpaste, small hairspray, Kleenex, razors and shaving cream, deck of cards. The complete list can be found on Fiona’s Hope Totes website: www.fionashope.com. No donation is too small; all will be greatly appreciated.
We hope to see you there! Register today by visiting:dsamn.donorpages.com/StepUpWalk2014/
Want an official Step Up walk t-shirt this year?
The deadline for orders is next Tuesday, September 2nd!
You don’t want to miss this event!
If you haven’t done it any of the past 17 years, maybe it’s time you joined us for the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, Sunday September 28th, Midway Park Pavilion, Como Park, St. Paul with registration starting at 10:30 AM. Walk starts at noon; lunch served following the walk.
On September 28th we’ll celebrate the accomplishments of our friends and family members with Down syndrome AND raise awareness of Down syndrome in our community. For the past 17 years that has meant a fun-filled day like no other, but topping our amazing Step Up Walk record is really up to you. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, classmates together for a fun and festivities filled day!
There will be so much for your family and friends to enjoy! Live music from the kindie-rock group The Bazillions, and ensemble from the Center for Irish Music. Plus, clowns, face painting, slides and moon walks, and hamster balls. Returning this year will be the Home Depot tent where kids can make any number of crafts to take home and Twin Cities Music Therapy Services will be hosting a music exploration area. And don’t miss the New Parent Welcome tent hosted by Minnetonka Pediatric Therapy.
Join us for another fantastic day celebrating the lives of people with Down syndrome!
Click here to register and order shirts/lunches!
Thank you to all of our 2014 Step Up Sponsors who have come in to date! Interested in sponsoring the Walk? Please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page or contact Marcy with any questions: (651) 603-0720 or Marcy@dsamn.org.
In Kind Sponsors
Kraus Anderson Construction Company
Associated Speech and Language
John P Ginther Agency
American Bank of the North
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets for this year’s Harley Raffle!
Because of your efforts we sold out of tickets a few days before the drawing, and this year’s winning ticket is… #100!
We have contacted the winner and he is thrilled.
Thanks again for your support of the Down Syndrome Association and good luck to all who participate next year!