Resources from our Social Workers

Brianna Nelson

(952) 423-7619

Summer 2017

Upcoming Community Workshops for Parents

Target Audience: Parents, general educators, special educators, support staff/ related service providers, persons providing direct care for students with autism and other disabilities.

NAMI Family Support Group-FREE

Parent Coordinators can help families in Dakota County understand and navigate the children's mental health system by providing one-on-one parent-to-parent support. A Parent Coordinator can meet with parents in person to identify services and supports in the community. We will encourage and guide parents to build a strong support network for themselves. We are available to coordinate, attend meetings and partner with providers and educators. Our goal is to ensure that families have the support and tools they deserve to enable their child to be as successful as possible.

Contact NAMI Minnesota at (651) 645-2948 ext. 133 or to connect to a Parent Coordinator for support, help and hope.

Community Activities and Resources

The Sheridan Story

Through a partnership between our school, the community, and an organization called The Sheridan Story, you have the opportunity to sign your child up to receive a free bag of non-perishable food each Friday. Please contact Meg Bell at (952) 423-7619 to enroll your child in this program for free!

Summer Programming for Students

Mad Hatter Wellness is offering yoga and wellness classes for students age 7-12 in June and July. For more information, contact Katie Thune at (651) 216-2155 or email

Social Skills Groups and Camps for Kids age 5-12

The Therapy Place

Instructors: Dianna Michels, an occupational therapy assistant, teacher and the (recently retired) autism consultant for the Minnetonka Schools, will again be leading our groups. The Therapy Place has been fortunate to have Dianna’s expertise in leading our groups for the past 15 years. Corinne Haack, occupational therapist with The Therapy Place, will be leading the camps. To register or for more information please call 952-885-0418/ Registration deadline: May 8th for groups starting in May and June 9th for groups starting in June.

The Depression Support Coalition

2017 Spring Speaker Series

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Make plans to attend the presentation of "Autism Spectrum Disorders", part five of the Depression Support Coalition's Spring Speaker Series. The event features Lindsay Narayan, LMFT, BCBA, and Mallory Andreasson, LPCC.

The presentation is on Tuesday, June 13th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Richard's Catholic Church in Richfield. Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information please contact Jolaine Liupakka, Director of Pastoral Care, at (612) 869-2426,

Safe Supervision of Children

One of the most important ways to keep children safe is for children to be supervised by an adult or other responsible caregiver. Child Protection will assign a social worker to look into the safety of a child if the rules below are not followed for children:

  • Under the age of 8 are never left alone for any period of time
  • Age 8 through 10 may be left alone for less than three hours
  • Age 11 through 13 may be left alone for less than twelve hours
  • Age 14 and 15 may be left alone for less than 24 hours
  • Age 16 and 17 may be left alone for longer if there is a plan in place about how to respond to an emergency

At what age can children babysit other children?

Children under age eleven should not provide child care to other children. For children age eleven and older who are providing child care, the same limits apply to them based on their age as described above. For example, a twelve-year-old who is babysitting still cannot be left alone more than twelve hours.

Other factors impact when children can be left alone.

Age matters, but your child may need to be older depending on abilities, activities, and environment. Child Protection may assign a social worker if a child still seems unsafe alone based on these factors:

  • A child’s age, mental ability, and maturity level
  • Accessibility of the parent, guardian, or designated caretaker to a child
  • by phone and/or in person
  • The presence of intellectual deficits, psychological issues, mental
  • health concerns, and/or physical problems like illness or disabilities
  • Behavioral history of a child, including suicidal thoughts or actions, fire
  • setting, delinquency, vandalism, or assault
  • A child’s age if using the kitchen stove, an iron, or other appliance
  • Fire safety including a well-understood escape plan created by the
  • parent / guardian, a fire drill rehearsed with a child, a working fire/
  • smoke detector in the home
  • Any unusual hazards in the home that reasonably cause extra risk
  • If the child feels confident and safe when left alone

Questions? Call Children and Family Intake: 952.891.7459

Source: Minnesota Child Maltreatment Intake, Screening and Response Path Guidelines DHS-5144 12/15 and Minnesota Statutes 626.556, Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors