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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Department of Social Services

The Department of Social Services complete online listing of South Dakota’s registered and licensed child care providers.

LifeScape- Special Education School

LifeScape's specialty school includes residential and day students through age 21. Each classroom at LifeScape is staffed by certified special education teachers and teaching assistants.

South Dakota Parent Connection

The mission of South Dakota Parent Connection is to connect families caring for children/youth (ages birth to 26) with the full range of disabilities or special health care needs to information, training and resources in an environment of support, hope and respect.

On the South Dakota Parent Connection website, you will find many resources to support your child and their transition into and participation in public school education.

Resources include:

  • What Parents Should Know… About Special Education in South Dakota
  • What Parents Should Know… About Behavioral Issues at School
  • What Parents Should Know… About Evaluation and Re-evaluation
  • What Parents Should Know… About Supporting Students Through 504 and Health Plans
  • Resources for Education/School

South Dakota Parent Connection- Navigator Program

The Navigator Program, a partnership between the South Dakota Department of Education, Special Education Programs and South Dakota Parent Connection, provides individualized guidance to parents of children and youth with disabilities or special health care needs and school professionals at no cost.

Navigators remain objective and neutral as they help both parents and school personnel to:

  • Locate and utilize information and resources
  • Improve family-school communication
  • Build (or re-build) partnership
  • Reach or make progress towards agreement

Peer Navigator Consultants are located around the state and have expertise in issues related to special education, disability, special health care needs, communication and conflict resolution.

Working with a navigator is an informal, time-limited problem-solving process and does not limit a parent's right to use formal processes such as the help of an advocate, filing a complaint, request a facilitator or mediator assigned by the state or filing for a due process hearing.

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