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Individualized Education Program IEP The Blueprint  - Building an Individualized Education Program_ Part 2 - Pathfinder Webinar Series
Building an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Part 2: Individualized Education Program (IEP): The Blueprint

Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CST

Building an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a two part webinar series for parents and professionals who are participating in the IEP planning process.  This webinar series will provide the basic tools to build an IEP that will ensure that an individual with a disability will have an appropriate educational program to accommodate their unique needs.

Part 2 will provide an overview of the purposes of the IEP planning process, including a description of the main components of a comprehensive IEP.

To register for this webinar, visit:
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Early Childhood
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Selecting Toys for Young Children with Disabilities

Play is what children do, and it is how they grow and learn. The importance of play in a young child's life cannot be over-stated; it is their primary occupation, impacting all areas of development. All children regardless of ability need a variety of opportunities to playfully interact. Since toys are the child's tools for play, finding toys with features that make them usable by all/most children is a critical part of this effort. Toys with these features are defined as "universally designed".

Families and service providers should look for toys that include features that make them universally appealing, usable and fun, that are challenging, yet appropriate for the child's abilities. Any toy should be safe and durable. This document from the Center on Technology and Disability offers tips and things to look for as you select toys for a child:

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Don't We Already Do Inclusion?
by Paula Kluth

The activities, examples, and illustrations are designed to help participants refine their vision and their skills when it comes to inclusion.
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Follow the link below to get support or to refer a parent to the program.

 Elementary Students
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Five Tips to Keep Kids Learning During the Holidays

Holiday and winter breaks are just weeks away, and while students and teachers will get a well-deserved break from the classroom, it doesn't mean children need to stop learning. Here are a few tips from to keep children's minds sharp and challenged during their break, and it might just prevent cabin fever. 

  Youth & Young Adults
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How to Help a Special Needs Teen Fly Solo

The holiday season often requires travel, and in some situations the parent cannot make the trip with their child. Here is one parent's tips on how he prepped his special needs child, and his airline, for the big trip.

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How to Reinvent Holiday Traditions for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Family traditions can add a lot of joy and meaning to the holidays. But some of the activities you've always looked forward to may not work for your child with learning and attention issues. This article offers some ideas to help make the experience something your child looks forward to year after year. 

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The Family Gathering: A Survival Guide

We know from the songs and movies that holidays are supposed to be an exciting, meaningful time for families to reunite and celebrate the things we cherish. But sometimes holiday gatherings are less magical and more, well, stressful. The vacation from school and work means a break from routine, something kids and parents alike depend on. Many families travel, facing traffic and long airplane rides, to attend one or more family get-togethers with rarely seen relatives who expect kisses and catching up. How can anxious or easily frustrated children hope to survive all that? Child Mind Institute has compiled a list of seasonal tips to help all kids - and parents - enjoy the party.

Read the list:

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15 Stress-Reducing Holiday Tips for Families with Special Needs

The holiday season can be a difficult time due to changes to routine, school programs, and more. Here are some coping mechanisms to help your family survive the holiday season as unscathed as possible.

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5 Strategies for Choosing Gifts for Your Child With Learning and Attention Issues

Gift-giving with kids is a balancing act. You want it to be fun but meaningful, festive but not chaotic. Certain learning and attention issues can create extra challenges for some kids. But these five strategies can help you make choosing and giving gifts a more joyous experience for everyone.

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  Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Sensory Friendly Holiday Celebration (FVND) - Bismarck
Dec 8
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
New Song Church
3200 N 11th St
Bismarck, ND
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Sensory Friendly Holiday Celebration (FVND) - Williston
Dec 9
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Chatter Pediatric Therapy
221 University Ave, Suite 203
Williston, ND
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Becoming an Active Partner in Your Child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) (PACER Webinar)
Dec 10
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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Building an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Part 2: Individualized Education Program (IEP): The Blueprint (Pathfinder Services of ND Webinar)
Dec 13
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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Sensory Friendly Holiday Celebration (FVND) - Fargo
Dec 13
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Beyond Boundaries Therapy
3001 11th Street South
Fargo, ND
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Sensory Friendly Holiday Celebration (FVND) - Grand Forks
Dec 15
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Arc Upper Valley
2500 Demers Ave
Grand Forks, ND
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All listed times are in Central Time.
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