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Websites and Resources for Families

4/8/2020


South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center:
A grant project of Black Hills Special Services, this site is full of information for families—activities, events, tips, tricks, and advice. Check out their daily digest and sign up for their newsletter.


South Dakota Parent Connections:
 Parent Connection’s mission is to connect families of children with the full range of disabilities or special health care needs to information, training and resources in an environment of support, hope and respect. They have great resource guides and trainings as well as advocates who can speak 1:1 with families.               

 
Boys Town Daily Dose of Digital Support:A daily email providing advice and resources.  Previous daily doses are available on this site.

Child Mind Institute | Transforming Children's Lives.
The Child Mind Institute: An independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.  Their site is full of articles and resources for educators, families, and parents on a wide variety of learning, behavior, and mental health topics.

 
Resources from Understood.org:
This site is designed for parents and caregivers and is full of great help and resources.  Among them:

Brain Breaks and What You Need to Know: A great explanation for parents of the importance of brain breaks and how they can help with homework. 

Homework Advice and Strategies: Tips for parents to help children tackle homework without a lot of fighting or frustration, broken down by the issue the parent is trying to address.

Supporting Your Kids During Covid-19:  A page of resources to talk to and comfort kids about Covid-19, keep them busy at home, make learning from home more enjoyable and productive, and more. 

Frustration Tracker Tool: A printable PDF to track date and time and activity preceding an eruption of frustration behaviors as well as strategies that led to a calm down.

Frustration Pattern Finder: A printable PDF to help identify patterns in frustration behaviors.

Frustration Outreach and Support: A companion printable PDF to track questions for care providers as you prepare for appointments with specialists

Sensory Diet Activities: This is a list of motions and activities to for children with sensory processing difficulties to acclimate them to sensory stimuli while providing a brain break.