RAMP to host Special Education Youth Conference

RAMP will host a Special Education Youth Conference promoting “Planning for Success” on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Faranda’s, 302 Grove St. in DeKalb.

The conference is for parents, educators, organizations and service providers. It will offer three tracks: Early Childhood, Secondary Childhood and Resources. The options to participate in the conference include exhibitor booth, conference registrant and keynote breakfast. For more information on the workshop topics or to register, visit

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dan Griffith. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in psychological/developmental/educational assessment and intervention with children, parent child relations and parental effectiveness training, research design and implementation, and program evaluation. He has worked with a number of high risk populations including children with sensory/regulatory problems including ADHD, autism and children with learning disabilities.

His keynote will address “Why do children do what they do?”. Every behavior from every child is done for a reason and has functional value for that child. Understanding why children do what they do is the first step toward helping parents develop appropriate plans for promoting positive replacement behaviors. Attendees can learn how to set up both the parent and the child for success.

RAMP advocates for and serves people with disabilities out of four offices located in Boone, DeKalb, Stephenson and Winnebago counties. To learn more about RAMP, visit

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