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We support individuals with disabilities, their families and the people with whom they interact to enhance community participation and quality of life.

Parent Resources

Establishing Routines at Home

For many children, being able to predict what their day will bring is essential. Parents and children can work together to decide the type of schedule that works best. Below is a helpful infographic and some sample schedules.

Using Social Media Responsibly

For many adolescents, social media is an important way to interact with others. However, adolescents may need assistance in staying safe, positive and responsible while using social media. Below is an infographic that provides information for parents to use when having discussions with their children about social media.

Networking and Support Groups

Autism Parent & Caregiver Support Group

We assist parents and caregivers of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder by hosting a monthly support group. Meetings allow parents to share experiences, discuss issues surrounding autism, offer advice and build a network of support. Parents and caregivers of individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum are welcome to join us. Childcare and a structured FUN activity for teens and adults on the spectrum is offered during each meeting. Siblings are welcome. You are required to register your child(ren) for care one week prior to the meeting date. There are a limited number of childcare spots due to the availability of childcare volunteers. Register early. Additional information will be provided after registration.

Join Sioux Falls Facebook Group

Letty Thelen

USD Center for Disabilities
1400 W. 22nd St.
Room 126
Sioux Falls, S.D. 57105

Aberdeen Area Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group

Join us for an in-person and online support group for the Aberdeen area. he in-person support group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join Aberdeen Facebook Group

Aberdeen Area Family Support Group for Parents of Children With Visual Impairments

This group for Aberdeen families meets quarterly.

Amy Scepaniak

Autism Society of the Black Hills

The Black Hills chapter of the Autism Society of America enables families to access support groups, information and resources. 


Visit ASBH Website

Brain Injury Alliance of South Dakota Support Group

Aberdeen: This group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Rehabilitation Center at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, fourth floor. For more information, contact Ron Hoops at 605-395-6655.

Brookings: The Brookings Area Brain Injury Support Group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. at the Brookings Hospital. For more information, contact Doris Schumacher at 605-697-6678 or

Rapid City: The Brain Injury Support Group of the Black Hills meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center. This group is open to individuals with a brain injury, their families/caregivers and professionals. For more information, contact Justine Ashokar, Ph.D., at 605-343-7297 or

Sioux Falls: The Sioux Falls Area Brain Injury Support Group meets on the second Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Center for Active Generations. For more information, contact Karen Brokenleg at 605-339-0137, Deb Lichty at 605-322-5066 or Mary Tommeraasen at 605-367-5260.

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) South Dakota

NAMI hosts connection support groups for adults living with mental illness and NAMI family support groups across the state.


View NAMI Support Group Information

Parkinson's Support Group - Mitchell

This support group meets the third Monday of the month from 2-3 p.m. in the Avera Queen of Peace Conference Room No. 1.

Pat Sudbeck

Pathways - Sioux Falls

Pathways is a group of parents, family members, supports providers and others who believe individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity to plan a life that is challenging, balanced and based on the individual’s values, gifts and passion.

Join the Pathways Facebook Group

Pierre Autism Spectrum Support Group

Helen Beckwith - 605-567-3394
Gail Eichstadt - 605-224-1508
Cheryl Ulmen - 605-222-1940.

Rapid City Family Support Group - Free to Be Me

A group for parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder who want to reach out to others and create a faith-based support system.

LeAnn Vogel

Rapid City Ups of Downs Family Support Group

This organization offers information and support for parents, self-advocates, friends and families of people with Down Syndrome. For more information, contact Angie at 605-341-5859 or visit the group's website.

Join Ups of Downs Facebook Group

Sioux Falls Area Epilepsy Support Group

Join an online Facebook support group for parents of children with seizure disorders and individuals with seizure disorders.

Heather Johnson

Join Sioux Falls Area Epilepsy Facebook Group

Sioux Falls Area Family Support Group for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Indira Dillon

Julie Van Dover

Sioux Falls New Directions Down Syndrome Association

This group provides information about Down Syndrome, directions to resources, networking opportunities and offers a family financial assistance program.


Learn More About New Directions

Sioux Falls Sibshops

These workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 13 who are siblings of children with special needs.


Siouxland Autism Support Group

The Siouxland Autism Support Group in Sioux City, Iowa partners with the Northwest Area Education Agency to provide training and resources to tri-state families and educators of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Jan Turbes

Learn More About Siouxland Autism Support Group

Parent Trainings

Lunch and Learn Education Series

South Dakota Parent Connection hosts hour-long lunch and learn sessions in person at the SD Parent Connection Office (3701 W. 49th Street, Suite 102 in Sioux Falls) or live online. For audio, call in to 1-888-858-6021, followed by code 439-559-7079.

Join an Online Lunch and Learn Session

Online Webinars

South Dakota Parent Connection offers several online training webinars for families and professionals who work with them. Topics include:

  • Behavior interventions/strategies
  • Education/school issues
  • Legal/life planning
  • Parenting

View Online Webinars

Statewide Resources

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