Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs


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At South Dakota Parent Connection, our vision is to be the "go-to" resource of choice for families when they need information or assistance in supporting the unique needs of their child and family.

Helping families is at the heart of our 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.

We serve families with children with all disabilities and special needs, whether emotional/behavioral, learning, physical, or mental health. No other organization in South Dakota offers such a broad range of service to families. We also works in partnership with a variety of organizations to coordinate and broaden the scope of assistance available to families.


Stop the Summer Slide...

NEW VIDEO - Stop the Learning Slide. https://www.additudemag.com/summer-slide-reading-back-to-school/

FREE DOWNLOAD - Secrets to a Smarter Summer. https://www.additudemag.com/download/adhd-summer-learning-activities/?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=school_may_2018&utm_content=053018

How to Avoid Summer Learning Loss.  The lazy days of summer — with no routines or structured learning — can put your child at an academic disadvantage. Here, ADDitude readers tell us how they maintain a reliable schedule, a calm house, and an engaged child during the summer months. https://www.additudemag.com/slideshows/how-to-avoid-summer-learning-loss-ideas-for-parents/?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=school_may_2018&utm_content=053018

11 Summer Brain Builders.  https://www.additudemag.com/slideshows/stop-summer-learning-loss-home-school-ideas/?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=school_may_2018&utm_content=053018

School's Out!  Which means it's the perfect time to start preparing for next year. Steps to take now and over the summer to ensure a great 2018-19 academic year.  https://www.additudemag.com/summer-school-for-parents/?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=school_may_2018&utm_content=053018

It's Not Too Early to Get Ready for Summer!  Article by Joan Celebi, Ed.M., CLC
How To Find Great Sitters    Article by Joan Celebi, Ed.M., CLC 

Tips to Help Families Navigate the Summer Season  Article by South Dakota Parent Connection


Resources for Families

For articles and helpful tools across a variety of issues,
visit our
Virtual and Video Library.

For links to credible resources on specific disabilities and disorders,
visit 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 Events Calendar.

For information on support groups for parents or youth,
visit our Support Groups and Youth Support Groups pages.

For information on upcoming learning opportunities, parenting classes and more, visit our Parent/Grandparents page.

For links to more than 200 agencies and resources visit the Family Resource Guide in English and Spanish


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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.