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Culture! Culture! Culture!

Two weeks ago, I climbed aboard an airplane with a Board Member from Pathfinder Services of North Dakota and headed to New Mexico for the 2017 Region 5 Technical Assistance Annual Meeting.

The meeting was very informative and covered everything from how to effectively set up your website and newsletter, to responsibilities of the Board of Directors for Pathfinder Services of North Dakota. I found this to be one of the best conferences that I have ever attended. The representatives from PEAK Parent Center were very professional and inviting to all in attendance.

I really enjoyed the first day of the conference because as a group we were bussed to Acoma Pueblo, NM, where we were allowed to tour a historic Pueblo city. This was an amazing time and really allowed all of us that attended to put things in perspective and to gain a better understanding of cultural diversity.

The board member that attended (Derek Diede) really seemed to enjoy himself and stated that the training was very informative. I really appreciated the information that was given to those that attended the meeting, and I am excited to implement some of the strategies I learned to continue moving Pathfinder Services of North Dakota in a positive direction.

Tim Starks
Executive Director

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Mattergrams to North Dakota Moms

At Pathfinder Services of North Dakota, we believe that everyone matters and that we all contribute to this world. Pathfinder recently partnered with Choose2Matter in an attempt to let mothers know that they matter to the state of North Dakota. On May 12th, Pathfinder Services sent out Mattergrams to over 1200 mothers in North Dakota just to let them know that they matter in our state. We hope that these Mattergrams made it to each and every one of the mothers on our list, because we wanted you to know that you all Matter to Pathfinder Services and to North Dakota!
Tim Starks
Executive Director
News from the Department of Education
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Brand New Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Website

OSEP has released the brand new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website! New and improved features include
  • A clean, modern, and intuitive design;
  • Search capabilities improved from previous iterations of the site, including the ability to search among OSEP policy documents, letters, and memos, in addition to the IDEA statute and regulations;
  • Expanded content targeted toward our key stakeholder groups, and
  • Enhanced accessibility features, including language assistance supports.
Visit the site:

June 2017
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Library Spotlight
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Creative Play Activities for Children With Disabilities
by Lisa Rappaport Morris & Linda Schulz

Practical ideas that parents will enjoy trying with their children who have disabilities. The 250 activities and games will help infants through eight-year-olds with all types of disabilities grow through play.

North Dakota Happenings
Summer Programs Offer Fun, Therapy for Special Needs Kids 

Trinity Health's Pediatric Occupational and Speech Therapy departments will offer group therapy opportunities this summer for children with special needs. 

Three group options will focus on learning, self-regulation, and social skills, with highly qualified occupational and speech therapists working with group participants on individual goals within a peer setting.

News from North Dakota State Agencies
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Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher Program Applications

Families of children with autism spectrum disorder ages 3 to 17 can apply for autism voucher program services for the upcoming state fiscal year that starts July 1. The annual enrollment opportunity is open to both new and participating families through the North Dakota Department of Human Services. 

Vouchers help pay for respite care for family caregivers, assistive technology such as specialized sensory or safety equipment, training, and other approved support services that enhance the quality of life of qualifying children and help meet the unique needs of their families. 

To apply, families need to complete the application found online at:

Getting Them Off  to a Good Start
Early Childhood Education From Birth to Age 7
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Tantrums, Tears, and Tempers: Behavior Is Communication

What's really going on when your child throws a tantrum or has an extreme behavior that can't be easily calmed? This PACER publication discusses behavior as a form of communication, identifies different factors that can influence a child's behavior, and provides positive strategies for responding to challenging behavior. 

Raising Elementary Students
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

This fact sheet from CPIR on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) covers several areas, including:
  • What is AD/HD?
  • How common is AD/HD?
  • What are the signs?
  • How do you know if a child has AD/HD?
  • What about treatment?
  • What about school? 
The document also offers tips for parents and teachers, as well as links to additional resources.

Life With Teens
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Ten Tips That May Help Your Child's Transition To Adulthood

The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be a challenge. Depending on your child's disability, you may need to consider everything from postsecondary education and employment to housing and finances. This 2012 information sheet from PACER Center provides tips to help you and your son or daughter plan for the future and build a successful transition.

Military Family Spotlight
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Military Families and Special Needs Trusts

Military members can now designate that survivor benefit annuities be placed in supplemental or special needs trusts. For years, military service members faced a serious quandary when planning for the future of their children with disabilities. Their ability to use special needs trusts, an effective tool for providing additional financial support for individuals with disabilities without jeopardizing their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid benefits after a parent's death, was severely limited. 

Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Training When Where Cost Link
Special Education and Challenging Behaviors Now Online Free More Info
ESSA and the Assessment of Students with Disabilities Now Online Free More Info
Emerging Technologies (for people with disabilities) - PACER Webinar
July 6
6:30 pm
Free More Info
Free Early Development Screenings from Anne Carlsen Center
July 7
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
TNT Fitness
2800 Main Ave
Fargo, ND
Free More Info

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