Helping families is at the heart of SDPC's work. Key to keeping that heart beating is an experienced staff, most often parents of children with special needs themselves, who provide caring and knowledgeable assistance to families from the very first contact, often at the time of diagnosis.
SDPC is unique in that it serves children with all disabilities and special needs, including emotional/behavioral, learning, physical, and mental health needs. No other organization in South Dakota offers such a broad range of service to families. SDPC also works in coalition with a variety of organizations to coordinate and broaden the scope of assistance available to families.
Ideas for the Holidays for Children with Special Needs
Holiday Help for Families of Children with Special Needs
Sensory Smarts for the Holidays - www.sensorysmarts.com/holidays.html
Ten Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress - www.newsforparents.org/expert_ten_tips_reducing_holiday_stress.html
Handling the Holidays with a Child on the Autism Spectrum
New Interpretation of Family and Medical Leave Act Includes Time Off for Parents of Adult Children with Disabilities
Parents can take leave from work to care for their adult children with disabilities who are unable to care for themselves because of a mental or physical disability. This is the result of a new interpretation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by the U.S. Department of Labor. This clarifies that FMLA-protected leave for a parent is not dependent on the age of the adult child or the date of onset of their disability. It also broadens the definition of ‘disability’ to reflect the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). Learn more about the FMLA and read the interpretation.
For articles and helpful tools on a variety of issues,
visit our Resource Library page.
For information on Disabilities and Disorders Resources for Families,
visit our Helpful Links - Disabilities and Disorders page.
For information on Sibshops and other supports for siblings,
visit our Siblings page.
For information on statewide trainings and events,
visit our Calendar of Events.
For information on support groups for parents or youth,
visit our Parents Support Groups and Youth Support Groups pages.
For information on upcoming learning opportunities, parenting classes and more,
visit our Parenting page.