Children & Youth
This section of the Family Resource Guide provides information related to children and youth.
Screening, Early Intervention and Educational Supports
If you have a child age 5 or younger, the free Milestone Tracker app, allows you to track your child’s development in a fun and easy way offering: Interactive milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos; Tips and activities to help children learn and grow; Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor or contact free early intervention resources about delays; A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with doctors and other care providers; Reminders for appointments and developmental screenings. Other free resources available to order include children’s books, developmental checklists, and fact sheets.
Birth to 3 Connections, SD Department of Education
Birth to Three Connections provides statewide early intervention services, at no cost, for children from birth to age three, who have a disability or a developmental delay. Services may include audiology, assistive technology, family training and counseling, home visits, health services, medical services for evaluation, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological services, social work services, service coordination, special instruction, speech and language, transportation, and vision.
If you are concerned that an infant or toddler has a developmental delay, contact the Birth to 3 Connections program to request a free developmental screening.
Birth to 5, Watch Me Thrive
Find information, tools and resources for families and professionals that support healthy child development, addresses developmental and behavioral screening for children, and identifies where local help can be found.
A statewide organization that provides evaluations, consultations, trainings, print/online resources, and other services through the Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deaf-Blind, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Services programs. Please contact for information on payment options.
The Center for Parent Information serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, and programs and services for children with disabilities.
Directory includes Public School Districts, Non-Public School Systems, Tribal/BIE Schools, Cooperative / Multi-districts, Special Population Schools, Community Support Providers, State Special Schools, Alternative Programs.
Anyone can access the South Dakota LEND Developmental Clinic interdisciplinary evaluation services for a child ages 6 months to 8 years of age who they think may have a developmental concern. The evaluation is offered as a free service to provide experience for the LEND trainees and to improve the health status of children with neurodevelopment and related disabilities.
Special Education Programs promotes collaboration among parents, educators, students, community, and other agencies to ensure that all children (birth through 21 or high school graduation) with disabilities have available to them a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
If you suspect a child 3 to 5 years of age has a developmental delay contact your local public school district to request a free developmental screening.
South Dakota Public Schools
USD Scottish Rite Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic serves children and adults in need of diagnostic, therapeutic and counseling services for a wide variety of communication disorders. The Speech and Hearing Clinic (children and adults) is located in Vermillion. The Children’s Clinic (birth to age 21) is located in Sioux Falls. Please contact for information on payment options.
605-626-2580 (Voice/ TTY)
Services offered at no cost for children (birth through 21 or high school graduation) with vision loss who are SD residents. Services can be requested by parent/guardian, school, or other service or medical provider. SDSBVI offers direct educational services in Aberdeen and other designated locations; an optional residential program for those students better served in such an environment; a resource center for information about vision loss, educational materials, methods and equipment; consultative services to develop appropriate education programs; supplementary services, including summer programming to reinforce educational growth, provide for special skills training and assist students in understanding their vision loss and their own abilities. SDSBVI provides comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluations for blind, visually impaired and deaf/blind students statewide. Outreach Consultants provide support services to parents and school districts. Outreach Transition service is a joint effort of SDSBVI and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired and is available to students aged 14 and older. The transition specialist works with students, parents and local school districts in developing and implementing the Individual Transition Plan. The team identifies the training and experiences students need to prepare for employment and independent living.
605-367-5200, ext 100 (Voice/TTY)
All services offered at no cost for children (birth through 21 or high school graduation) with hearing loss who are SD residents. Services can be requested by parent/guardian, school, or other service or medical provides. Services may include assignment of an Outreach Consultant to your child/family; home-based early intervention; school-based interventions; diagnostic audiological evaluations; comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluations; orientation and services related to hearing aid, cochlear implant, FM systems, interpreters, and other technology.
SDPC connects families caring for children (birth to 26) with known/suspected disabilities or special health care needs to information, training, and resources to meet the needs of their child and family. The Navigator Program, a partnership with the SD Department of Education, Office of Educational Services and Supports, is an informal, time-limited, problem-solving process that parents/schools can utilize without charge when disputes arise in special education.
Comprehensive psychological evaluations can be done to identify educational, developmental, and mental health disorders such as learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, mental retardation/borderline cognitive functioning. Fees are charged on a sliding-scale based on income, counseling services are free
Recreation and Therapeutic Activities
SDPC connects families caring for children (birth to 26) with known/suspected disabilities or special health care needs to information, training and resources to meet the needs of their child and family. The Navigator Program, a partnership with the SD Department of Education, Office of Educational Services and Supports, is an informal, time-limited, problem solving process that parents/schools can utilize without charge when disputes arise in special education.
PDR Youth Hunt is for physically challenged, including wheelchair enabled youths, ages 12-18, and provides a carefree weekend where friends and memories are made. There is no cost for eligible participants; meals, lodging and a variety of activities are included.
SD Special Olympics provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Therapeutic Riding Programs
SPURS serves children and adults with a wide range of special needs, such as cerebral palsy, developmental delays, sensory integration disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, visual impairment, mental health issues and behavior challenges.
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to U.S. citizens medically determined to have a permanent disability. Provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies. At many sites the Access Pass provides the pass owner with a discount on fees such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours.