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The Early Intervention Process in North Dakota - Pathfinder Webinar Series
The Early Intervention Process in North Dakota

The Early Intervention Process in North Dakota is a series of webinars developed by Pathfinder Services of ND.  Whether you are a parent of a child with a disability or a professional in the area of early intervention or early education, the webinar series is laid out to give you a better understanding of all that's involved between the ages of 0 - 3 years. These webinars are now available to view at any time from our website. 

Webinars include:

Early Intervention - 7 Acronyms & 9 Key Terms
Are you starting your journey through early intervention? Parents and Professionals can gain a better understanding of the terms and acronyms used in early intervention. This webinar will help lay out the terms and acronyms most commonly used while also offering a description of each. 

Early Intervention Process in North Dakota 
Are you aware that there are 8 steps in the early intervention process? Do you know what should happen before a meeting or what the timelines are for services? In this webinar, we will go over the importance of each step that is involved in the early intervention process. 

Early Intervention - Screenings, Evaluations, Assessments and Individualized Family Service Plan 
This webinar will identify and discuss the importance of the process that is followed to evaluate and assess children. We will then learn about the Individualized Family Service Plan, the team members involved, and how each one has an important role to setting up the plan for the family.  

Early Intervention - Transition Process, Lead Agency Notification to LEA and SEA, Transition Plan and Procedural Safeguards 
Transition is a huge milestone and can be scary for the family involved. This webinar will go more in depth regarding topics to help families as well as professionals better understand the process. This webinar will examine the following: What is Transition? Who needs to know that a child will be transitioning? How to choose a transition plan and who is included in the team.
Early Intervention Process Pocket Guide Now Available

To compliment the Early Intervention Process in North Dakota webinar series, Pathfinder Services of ND has developed the Early Intervention Process Pocket Guide.

This Pocket Guide is designed to be a handy reference with quick tips, terms, and other important information on the topic. It can easily fit into your pocket, folder, or purse. To receive a copy of this Pocket Guide, contact us at 701-837-7500 or

In This Issue
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 Resource Focus
The Individualized Education Program _IEP_
The Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Pathfinder Services of ND

This one sheet handout discusses the Individualized Education Program (IEP).

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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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Living with Spina Bifida: Toddlers and Preschoolers

Life with a toddler or preschooler is both fun and challenging. These young children experience huge mental, social, and emotional changes. They have a lot of energy and enthusiasm for exploring and learning about their world and becoming independent. Developing independence can be especially challenging for children with spina bifida. 

For Spina Bifida Awareness Month, here are many ways that parents and other caregivers can help toddlers and preschoolers with spina bifida become more active and independent. 

 Elementary Students
Girl in a field of pumpkins
Halloween Challenges for Kids With Sensory Processing Issues and How to Help

Halloween can be tough for kids with sensory processing issues. From uncomfortable costumes to sudden noises and spooky music, triggers may be hiding in unexpected places! But with a little planning and creativity, you can sidestep Halloween's potential problems and make it a fun experience for your child. Here are some common Halloween challenges-and how to help.

  Youth & Young Adults
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October is Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, individuals from across the nation - and around the world - unite in a campaign to keep all youth safe from bullying. Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. Here are a few selected resources on the topic:  

Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities  
This site from Pacer covers several topics, including: 'Top 10 facts that parents, educators and students should know', 'Rights and Policies', 'Self Advocacy', and more. 

Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs  
This page comes from, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Special Needs Kids And Bullying  
This page from the Stomp Out Bullying addresses steps parents can take if their child is bullied, including legal protections under Section 504 and IDEA.

Children by a school bus
SLD & Eligibility Under IDEA: Resources to Improve Practice & Policy

Identifying students who have SLD and are eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can be a complicated process. On this website, you'll find resources and information to help you navigate that process and improve policies and practices-whether for your own child or for those you serve.

  Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

National Dyslexia Awareness Month
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Down Syndrome Awareness Month
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National Protect Your Hearing Month
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National Bullying Prevention Month
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Spina Bifida Awareness Month
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ADHD Awareness Month
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month
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Party with the Pumpkins - Minot (NDSD/ND Hands & Voices)
Oct 5
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Berry Acres Pumpkin
4605 County Road 15 W
Minot, ND
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Party with the Pumpkins - Grand Forks (NDSD/ND Hands & Voices)
Oct 5
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Patch on the Point
20753 440th Ave SW
East Grand Forks, ND
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Party with the Pumpkins - Fargo (NDSD/ND Hands & Voices)
Oct 13
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Lil' Bitz Pumpkin Patch
7414 40th Ave N
Fargo, ND
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Understanding Dyslexia (Haley's Hope Presentation)
Oct 15
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
925 10th Ave East, Suite 2
West Fargo, ND
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Painting with YESS
Oct 21
6:15 pm to 8:30 pm
3111 E Broadway Ave
Bismarck, ND
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Apple's New Accessibility Features (PACER Webinar)
Oct 30
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
FreeMore Info

All listed times are in Central Time.
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