Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council (SEPPAC)

  • The second virtual meeting for the Mounds View District Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council (SEPPAC) is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020 6:45-8:15 p.m.

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    Presentation by Barb Clark
    The Missing ACE: FASD and In-Utero Trauma

    Professionals are seeing high rates of children who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol, drugs and high levels of in-utero stress which can have a significant impact on the child’s brain development. Although Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are twice as common as autism, this disorder often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Children and adolescents with FASD have invisible brain injuries and typical parenting and teaching strategies are often ineffective. It is vital for anyone parenting or teaching children to understand the reasons behind the learning and behavioral challenges and to have an in-depth understanding of the strategies which are more effective with children and adolescents with these neuro-behavioral differences. While many of the strategies are general and are appropriate to use with all students who may share some of the learning needs of students with an FASD, they should be especially helpful to use with students who have been diagnosed with an FASD.

    Barb Clark is a parent who has made a ton of mistakes and has lived to tell. She is now passionate about sharing her mistakes with other parents and professionals to make their journey smoother than hers was. Through humor and real life experiences, she shares information about how trauma impacts children’s brains, and how to move away from consequence based parenting and instead use strategies that promote relationship and attachment building. She has a particular passion for educating others on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, trauma informed parenting strategies and parent support networks which she does through her position at the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) as well as through her work as an FASD Consultant.


    The Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council (SEPPAC) is a group of parents and staff whose purpose is to share information and advise the district on behalf of students receiving special education.  The Council welcomes members who represent all schools and programs in the Mounds View School District.


    Meetings will take place virtually via zoom until further notice.

    Mounds View Public School District Center
    4570 Victoria Street N, Shoreview
    6:45 - 8:15 p.m.

    SEPPAC generally meets 3 times per year.  In addition, there are meetings on specific topics available for parents and staff. All meetings are 6:45-8:15 and are held at the Mounds View Public Schools District Center (4580 Victoria Street N, Shoreview)

SEPPAC Meetings