Children and Youth
Screening, Early Intervention and Educational Supports

Learn the Signs. Act Early, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (English/Spanish)
If you have a child age 5 or younger, the free Milestone Tracker app, allows you to track your child's development in a fun and easy way offering: Interactive milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos; Tips and activities to help children learn and grow;  Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor or contact free early intervention resources about delays; A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with doctors and other care providers; Reminders for appointments and developmental screenings. Other free resources available to order include children's books, developmental checklists, and fact sheets.

Birth to 3 Connections, SD Department of Education

Birth to Three Connections provides statewide early intervention services, at no cost, for children from birth to age three, who have a disability or a developmental delay. Services may include audiology, assistive technology, family training and counseling, home visits, health services, medical services for evaluation, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological services, social work services, service coordination, special instruction, speech and language, transportation, and vision.

If you are concerned that an infant or toddler has a developmental delay, contact the Birth to 3 Connections program to request a free developmental screening.

Birth to 5, Watch Me Thrive
Find information, tools and resources for failies and professionals that support healthy child development, addresses developmental and behavioral screening for children, and identifies where local help can be found.

Bright Start
Bright Start offers a number of services such as a nurse home visitation program, screenings, immunizations, information and education to parents. This program targets expectant mothers to help them have healthy babies and parents/families to help them nurture the healthy development of children (prenatal to age 5).

Center for Disabilities, University of South Dakota

Sioux Falls
A statewide organization that provides evaluations, consultations, trainings, print/online resources and other services through the Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deaf-Blind, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Services programs. Please contact for information on payment options.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
The Center for Parent Information serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; and programs and services for children with disabilities.

Directory of Schools in South Dakota
Directory includes Public School Districts, Non-Public School Systems, Tribal/BIE Schools, Cooperative / Multidistricts, Special Population Schools, Community Support Providers, State Special Schools, Alternative Programs.

Head Start
Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through education, health, nutrition, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Income guidelines apply.

LEND Developmental Clinic, University of South Dakota
1-800-658-3080 (Voice/TTY)

Sioux Falls
Anyone can access the South Dakota LEND Developmental Clinic interdisciplinary evaluation services for a child ages 6 months to 8 years of age who they think may have a developmental concern. The evaluation is offered as a free service to provide experience for the LEND trainees and to improve the health status of children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.

Office of Educational Services and Supports, SD Department of Education
The Office of Special Education promotes collaboration among parents, educators, students, community and other agencies to ensure that all children (birth through 21 or high school graduation) with disabilities have available to them a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).

If you suspect a child 3 to 5 years of age has a developmental delay contact your local public school district to request a free developmental screening.

South Dakota Public Schools

Scottish Rite, University of South Dakota

Sioux Falls

USD Scottish Rite Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic serves children and adults in need of diagnostic, therapeutic and counseling services for a wide variety of communication disorders. The Speech and Hearing Clinic (children and adults) is located in Vermillion. The Children's Clinic (birth to age 21) is located in Sioux Falls. Please contact for information on payment options.

South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Direct Services /Outreach Services

605-626-2580 (Voice/ TTY)
Services offered at no cost for children (birth through 21 or high school graduation) with vision loss who are SD residents. Services can be requested by parent/guardian, school, or other service or medical provider. SDSBVI offers direct educational services in Aberdeen and other designated locations; an optional residential program for those students better served in such an environment; a resource center for information about vision loss, educational materials, methods and equipment; consultative services to develop appropriate education programs; supplementary services, including summer programming to reinforce educational growth, provide for special skills training and assist students in understanding their vision loss and their own abilities. SDSBVI provides comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluations for blind, visually impaired and deaf/blind students statewide. Outreach Consultants provide support services to parents and school districts. Outreach Transition service is a joint effort of SDSBVI and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired and is available to students aged 14 and older. The transition specialist works with students, parents and local school districts in developing and implementing the Individual Transition Plan. The team identifies the training and experiences students need to prepare for employment and independent living.

South Dakota School for the Deaf Outreach Program, Mobile Hearing Lab/Audiology Services 
Sioux Falls
605-367-5200, ext 100 (Voice/TTY)
All services offered at no cost for children (birth through 21 or high school graduation) with hearing loss who are SD residents. Services can be requested by parent/guardian, school, or other service or medical provides. Services may include assignment of an Outreach Consultant to your child/family; home-based early intervention; school-based interventions; diagnostic audiological evaluations; comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluations; orientation and services related to hearing aid, cochlear implant, FM systems, interpreters, and other technology.

South Dakota Parent Connection


Rapid City


Sioux Falls
SDPC connects families caring for children (birth to 26) with known/suspected disabilities or special health care needs to information, training and resources to meet the needs of their child and family. The Navigator Program, a partnership with the SD Department of Education, Office of Educational Services and Supports, is an informal, time-limited, problem solving process that parents/schools can utilize without charge when disputes arise in special education.

University of South Dakota Counseling and School Psychological Services Center

Comprehensive psychological evaluations can be done to identify educational, developmental, and mental health disorders such as learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, mental retardation/borderline cognitive functioning. Fees are charged on a sliding-scale based on income, counseling services are free.

Recreation and Therapeutic Activities

Adaptive Aquatics Programs
Sioux Falls

Sanford Wellness Center
Sioux Falls

Black Hills Ski for Light
Rapid City
Cross-country and down-hill Ski for Light (SFL) event is held in January. Individuals with visual or mobility impairments invited to participate. All levels of experience from the individual who has never skied to the advanced skier are welcome.

Brookings Area Camp Adventure
A barrier-free day camp experience located in Brookings, South Dakota for individuals with special needs.

Camp Friendship
Black Hills
Black Hills camps for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Registration opens in April.

Dakota Spirit Sparklers
Sioux Falls
Offering a positive experience through cheerleading for child to young adult athletes with special abilities. Spring, fall and winter sessions.

Great Bear Recreational Park
Sioux Falls
Great Bear Adaptive Ski Program (GBASP) provides people with special needs the opportunity to enjoy downhill snow skiing in a safe and fun learning environment.

Joy Ranch
A barrier free camp retreat. Project of Lutheran Outdoors of South Dakota.

Just Jymnastics
Rapid City
Offers traditional gymnastics classes and classes for students with different physical or cognitive abilities or emotional needs.

Miracle League, Sioux Empire Baseball Association
Sioux Falls
Youth Division for players ages 5-18 with special needs. Adult Division is for players ages 18 and older with special needs.  Click "Miracle League" on left menu.

PDR Youth Hunt
PDR Youth Hunt is for physically challenged, including wheelchair enabled youths, ages 12-18, and provides a carefree weekend where friends and memories are made. There is no cost for eligible participants; meals, lodging and a variety of activities are included.

South Dakota Dept of Games, Fish and Park
SDGF&P strives to accommodate the needs of people of all abilities by providing greater accessibility to facilities and programs for persons with disabilities.

South Dakota Parent Connection


Rapid City


Sioux Falls
SD Parent Connection provides information year round on camps and activities for children and youth with special needs, as well as information on how to locate and pay for activities. Click the Helpful Links tab or contact SD Parent Connection for assistance.

Special Olympics South Dakota

Sioux Falls
SD Special Olympics provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


Helping With Horsepower SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding

Joy Ranch, Lutherans Outdoors

Hope Reins

Sioux Falls

SPURS Therapeutic Riding Center

STARS Special Training & Riding Skills

Suncatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy
Rapid City

United States National Parks & Federal Recreation Lands Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to U.S. citizens medically determined to have a permanent disability. Provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies. At many sites the Access Pass provides the pass owner a discount on fees such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours.

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The contents of this website were developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M140021; Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H84MC07994, Family to Family Health Information Center, $96,750 and approximately 5% financed with non-governmental resources. The contents should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by US Department of Education, HRSA, HHS or the Federal Government.