Parent Seminars

For all LD/ADD High School Students and Families:

Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) offers many services including: 

  • Tutoring (one-on-one setting)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Educational Coaching for upper-Level High School and College Students
  • ACT/SAT Prep
  • Study Skills Classes
  • Classes for Parents as Educational Coaches
  • Crisis Intervention (for parents)
  • Speech/Language Evaluations, Cognitive/Educational Evaluations

Check out their website at:

There's still time to join us for the next parent support group in the 2054-2016 series. 
Call 314-966-3088 to register; space is limited, so sign up today! There's no cost to attend. 
All sessions are held from 6:30-8:00 p.m at LDA's Ballwin office. 

Other Community Events…

St. Louis LDA is offering a series of FREE Parent & Educator Workshops! 

These sessions will be held on Monday evenings on the specified dates at LDA's office located at 13537 Barrett Parkway Dr, Ste 110, Ballwin, MO 63021. 

Seating is limited, so call today (314-966-3088) to reserve your spot! 

September 21:  Is your 11th or 12th grader READY to Attend College?  

Presenters:  Pam Kortum & Sheryl Silvey

October 19:  College Bound Workshop for Parents & Educators

Presenters:  Pam Kortum & Sheryl Silvey


Special School District offers FREE workshops for parents. All workshops are held at SSD Central Office: 12110 Clayton Rd in Town & Country. Their building is located on Clayton Rd. just east of Ballas. If a workshop is located at a different location, I have noted the new setting. Unless otherwise noted, you may register by calling 314-989-7807 or 314-989-8552 (TTY), or register online at The first time you register online, you will need to call before going online in order to set up an account.


College Preparation for Students with Disabilities

Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30-9 p.m.

Presenters: Amy Bird, Mary Wagner, Sherryl Devine, St. Louis Community College Access Office

SSD Central Office, Room 61

For parents, students, high school counselors and SSD teachers. Workshop addresses college and other post-secondary options primarily for students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder or other mild disabilities. Information will be presented about the planning and research process, services available, ACT/SAT testing accommodations and more.


Helping Children Develop Friendships & Social Skills

Friday, Oct. 2, 9-11:30 a.m.

Presenters: Michelle Levi Perez and Alicia Wilson

SSD Central Office, Room 61

This workshop will offer strategies for parents to help children develop friendships, school strategies for building friendships through programs such as Circle of Friends and peer support groups and strategies that help children with language and learning differences, including autism, develop social skills


Bullying Prevention – What Parents Can Do

Monday, Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m.

Presenter: MPACT staff

SSD Central Office, Room 61

This training contains an overview of the dynamics of bullying, including what bullying is, what the types of bullying are, who is bullied, and why children are bullied. Other topics include steps to intervene in bullying behavior, how to encourage students who witness bullying to take action, the role of the school, and laws and policies. Note that October is National Bullying Prevention Month


Executive Functioning – Understanding Your Child’s Difficulties with Organization, Time, Memory and Initiating Tasks

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Presenter: Karen Nahnsen

SSD Central Office, Room 60

Parents will receive tools for understanding executive functioning and helping their children build some of these skills at home.


Autism-Asperger-PDD Resource Fair

Thursday, Oct. 22, 4:00-7 p.m.

SSD Central Office, Room 60-61

All In One Room! Come find out what you need to know and network with other parents. Representatives from SSD include early childhood behavior facilitators, effective practice specialists for autism, assistive technology, augmentative communication, PBIS facilitators, ABA program and Family & Community Resource Center. Additional representatives include Department of Mental Health St. Louis Regional Office Autism Project, MPACT, Recreation Council, Missouri Family to Family Resource Center, other agencies, support groups and resources.


Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD) – Two Part Workshop

Tuesdays, Nov. 10 & 17, 6:30-9 p.m.

Presenters: John Bruno, Colleen Card, Melissa Duke, Moira Seyle

SSD Central Office, Room 60

Identify and understand the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders and learn effective, practical strategies that will support your child in being more successful at home and school. The second session will focus more on strategies, with time for discussion and questions and may break out into sessions based on your child’s invention needs.


Supporting Your Child with Emotional Disabilities at Home and School

Thursday, November 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Presenter: Ann Stackle, NAMI

Hazelwood School District Central Office Multipurpose Room, 15955 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, MO 63031

Learn how to communicate more effectively with your child’s therapist or psychiatrist. Learn effective communication with school when negative behaviors, withdrawal or anxiety are escalating and how to plan supports. Learn strategies that decrease anxiety at home and school (what to do when you can’t get your child to go to school, etc.) Understand community supports for children with emotional disabilities and mental illness.


Behavior 101: Understanding Behavior and What to Do to Support Your Child’s Positive Behavior Development

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Presenter: Ryan Guffey

SSD Central Office, Room 61

Does your child have meltdowns over having to stop a preferred activity? Are meals, chores, bedtime or getting ready for school difficult times at your house? Learn some strategies to make your home more peaceful. Learn new ways to think about and understand your child’s behavior at home and school.


Positive Behavior Interventions

Monday, Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m.

Presenter: MPACT staff

SSD Central Office, Room 61

Participants will be taught to think about problem behavior as a form of communication and will learn the importance of a functional behavioral assessment, how to reinforce positive behavior and how to develop a positive behavior support plan.