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The Special Education Process in North Dakota - Pathfinder Workshop Series
New Live Workshop Series from Pathfinder Services of ND - The Special Education Process in North Dakota

The Special Education Process in North Dakota is series of workshops developed by Pathfinder Services of ND. Whether you are a parent of children with learning difficulties, or a professional who provides services for these families and their children, these workshops are designed to help you understand how special education is implemented in the state of North Dakota. Pathfinder Services of ND is a statewide organization, so our workshops are available throughout North Dakota. 

Our workshops are a great opportunity for parents, youth and young adults, and professionals to gain in-depth knowledge, get hands-on experience, and learn evidence-based strategies. Our presenters will help you understand a topic and practice what to do under real-world conditions. Our workshops are also a great opportunity to meet and network with families and professionals.  

If you are interested in hosting on our workshops, or want to learn more about the workshop series, follow this link for more information:

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Taste of Summer Kickoff Event - Dine to Donate

Taste of Summer is our summer fundraising event for Pathfinder Services of ND! Proceeds go to support our mission of helping North Dakota children and youth with learning differences and challenges. Buy our Pathfinder Services of ND band and use this band to receive a reduced price at our Taste of Summer events from June to September. 

Taste of Summer begins on May 16 with our kickoff event, Dine to Donate, at Paradiso Mexican Restaurant in Minot. Wear your wristband and 15% of the cost of your meal will go to support Pathfinder Services of ND. 

For more information about Dine to Donate and our other Taste of Summer events, visit our website:

In This Issue
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 Resource Focus
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Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms

This brochure discusses symptoms, causes, and treatments for panic disorder, a type of anxiety disorder associated with sudden and repeated attacks of fear.
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Would you like support through the early intervention process?

Follow the link below to get support or to refer a parent to the program.

Early Childhood
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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders. These fact sheets from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) were created in conjunction with this event. 

Communication Disorders in Infants 

Communication Disorders in Toddlers/Preschoolers 

 Elementary Students
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Elks Camp Grassick

Everyone wants to go to summer camp, including children and adults who have special needs. But where can they go? Elks Camp Grassick! Owned and operated by the Elks of North Dakota, Camp Grassick serves children age 7 to adults with various disabilities and special needs, throughout six different sessions. It is located just south of Dawson, ND. They are now accepting applications for 3 week Therapy Camp and the 2 Week Camp. Please get applications in as soon as possible. If you know anyone who is interested in attending or would benefit from Camp Grassick, please refer them or encourage them to apply.

  Youth & Young Adults
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Your Journey to Self-Determination Series

This accessible, online Series from CADRE provides relatively short introductions to key concepts and skills needed to support students in becoming self-determined and engaging in one's educational planning. Although the courses and lessons are self-directed, they are intended to compliment other activities, discussions, and practice opportunities necessary for students to develop self-determination skills. A Facilitator Guide with supplemental activities and resources has been developed to assist teachers, parents/guardians, and mentors in furthering student learning. 

To access the courses and supplementary resources, visit the site here:

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The Hope of Lessons Learned: Supporting the Inclusion of Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities Into General Education Classrooms

What do we know about the current participation in general education classes for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities? We know that these students are much more likely to be placed outside of general education than any IDEA category of students with disabilities. This article from Impact, a quarterly publication by the University of Minnesota's Institute of Community Integration, discusses lessons learned through working toward inclusivity within the complex system of education.  

This issue of Impact is focused on the topic of inclusion and features many more great articles on the topic in addition to the one highlighted above.

  Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Better Hearing & Speech Month
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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
May 6Everywhere
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A Recipe for Summer: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (PACER Webinar)
May 15
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
FreeMore Info
Dine to Donate - Pathfinder Services of ND's Taste of Summer Kickoff Event
May 16Paradiso Mexican Restaurant
1445 South Broadway
Minot, ND
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Bloom: Supporting Mothers of Children with Special Needs
May 17
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Grand Hotel
1505 N Broadway
Minot, ND
FreeMore Info
Take Charge of Your Life! Part 3 - Get a Job (Pathfinder Workshop)
May 18
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Harmony Center
212 Central Ave
Minot, ND
FreeMore Info

All listed times are in Central Time.
Pathfinder Services of ND 
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Town & Country Center, 1015 S. Broadway, Suite 42
Minot, ND 58701