The College of Education, Leadership and Counseling will host the 2013 Education for Everyone discussion and program on Wednesday, April 10. Of interest to anyone connected with youth, mental health issues and those devoted to the education of children and adolescents, the event will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center, St. Paul campus.

Free and open to the public, the Education for Everyone series aims to share information and raise awareness of students with different challenges so that everyone can better support these individuals in schools and communities. This event may satisfy the Early Warning Signs of Mental Health Continuing Education Credits required for re-licensure (check with your district licensure committee).

Dr. Shelley Neilsen Gatti, assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Gifted Education in the College of Applied Professional Studies, and Dr. Tim Balke, director of MA and certificate programs, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, will present on “Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness.”

The event also will include a mental health musical performed by Fidgety Fairy Tales, the retelling of popular fairy tales with a twist. Each story contains positive messages and portrayals of children with mental health disorders as well as some of the common symptoms of each disorder.

Featured this year: Fidgety Fairy Tales’ Greatest Hits:

  • “Little Red Riding Hood” (AD/HD) – Little Hood gets distracted on her way to granny’s house, but her ability to pay attention to multiple things at once helps her defeat the wolf.
  • “The Prince and The Pea” (autism) – Prince Frank doesn’t act like other princes. When the queen decides to test him, his hypersensitivity helps him feel a teeny, tiny pea under 20 mattresses.
  • “Boyd, Who Cried Wolf” (Tourette syndrome) – Shepherd Boyd can’t help shouting “Wolf!” The townspeople want to fire him because he keeps disturbing their sleep, but then they come up with a creative solution that makes everyone happy (except the wolf).

Register online. For more information visit the Education for Everyone Web page or view the event flyer.