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What is Parent Advising?

Advising, also referred to as technical assistance, is one of all Parent Training and Information Centers' identified scopes of service. The goal of parent advising is to educate and empower parents by helping them understand their rights and guiding them along a pathway to success. We encourage parents to be problem-solvers and to be a part of the educational support team for their children. 

Our Parent Advisors help families to... 
  • Understand IDEA, 504 and related laws. 
  • Prepare for and participate in their child's IEP meeting in ways that help to meet their child's educational goals. 
  • Understand the dispute resolution and due process system and benefit from early dispute resolution activities. 
  • Understand their child's unique condition and its impact on parenting and education. 
What Parent Advisors do... 
  • We listen, so that parents feel heard and deeply understood. 
  • We do not judge. 
  • We help families to reach out to appropriate partners in the education system and move from a position of talking past each other to a position of deep trust, respect, and team competence. 
  • We offer strategies, solutions and ideas that will benefit the whole team in working together to provide students with Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). 
  • We reassure parents that their underlying concerns for their child's well-being are not only completely legitimate but shared by the rest of the team.  
Talk to a Parent Advisor  

Parent Advising is free to all North Dakota families from Pathfinder Services of ND. To talk to one of our parent advisors, contact us by phone at 701-837-7500 or by email at

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Taste of Summer July Event

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. 

Our July event will take place on Thursday, July 11, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. July is National Hot Dog Month, so to celebrate we will be serving hot dogs, chips, and soda.

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. For more information about our Taste of Summer events, visit our website:

Pathfinder Board of Directors
Interested in Joining Our Board?

Pathfinder Services of ND is looking for new board members. 

If you are a parent and you are interested in applying, please contact Executive Director Jodi Webb at or by phone at 701.837.7500. 

In This Issue
Quick Links
 Resource Focus
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Middle School Transition - For Your Child With Special Needs
Channing Bete

Supportive guide provides parents with an overview of federal laws designed to serve children with disabilities and offers tips on supporting homework success, helping children build social connections, responding to bullying, and much more.
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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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9 Steps for Creating a Smooth Transition to Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a big change for kids. For many, it's their first experience in a structured school setting. If your child has issues with things like sitting still, following directions and holding a pencil, it can be extra stressful. Here are simple steps to make the transition easier. 

 Elementary Students
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Parent Like a Pro: Slowing the Summer Slide

Learning doesn't have to fall by the wayside just because school is out. Use these five parent pro tips to keep your child learning and having fun over the summer months.

  Youth & Young Adults
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Making the Move from Elementary to Middle or Junior High School: Transition Tips for Parents of Students with Disabilities

While attending elementary school, your son or daughter may have learned many of the skills he or she will need in middle school. For example, your child may already know how to make new friends, change classrooms multiple times a day, navigate crowded hallways, and work with different teachers for different subjects. You may be concerned about your child's move from elementary to middle school, but you can help to lay the groundwork for your child's success by following these tips from the Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment. 

Read it here: 

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6 Tips to Having A Sensory Friendly 4th of July

With parades, BBQs and professional grade firework displays, the 4th of July is, for many of us, an anticipated hot weather holiday.  Though the traditions that surround this day of celebration are generally fun for the whole family, they can be overwhelming and nearly intolerable for children with autism or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). If your child has trouble dealing with sensory stimulation, here are some survival tips to help your whole family enjoy the day.  

  Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Taste of Summer - Pathfinder Fundraiser
Jul 11
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Town & Country Center
Trinity Break Room
1015 S Broadway
Minot, ND
VariesMore Info
2019 ND Indian Education Summit
July 11-12Brynhild Haugland Room
ND State Capitol
600 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND
$145More Info
Take Charge of Your Life! Part 5 - Move On To Life (Pathfinder Workshop)
Jul 13
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Harmony Center
212 Central Ave
Minot, ND
FreeMore Info
iCan Bike - East Grand Forks (ACC)
July 15-19VFW Arena
711 3rd St SE
East Grand Forks, MN
$100More Info
2019 Children & Family Services Conference
July 23-25Ramkota Hotel,
800 S 3rd St
Bismarck, ND
VariesMore Info
Pathfinder @ ND State Fair Family Day Festival
July 23
North Dakota State Fair
2005 E Burdick Expy
Minot, ND
Fair AdmissionMore Info

All listed times are in Central Time.
Pathfinder Services of ND 
701-837-7500 | |
Town & Country Center, 1015 S. Broadway, Suite 42
Minot, ND 58701