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Pathfinder Parent Center Hosts Parent Involvement Conference

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Raising a child with disabilities can be a difficult task without support from others.

Knowing where to turn for that support is key for parents...so getting them that information was part of the goal of a conference in Minot that wrapped up today.

The Pathfinder Parent Center hosted the Parent Involvement Conference this week.

Perry Olson has more.

Raising a child with disabilities -- be them physical, mental, or both -- can be challenging for parents...but there is help.

(Cathy Haarstad - Pathfinder Parent Center) "Sometimes as parents we aren't so quick to reach out to resources. We just try to do it all on our own."

This conference that wrapped up Saturday sought to connect parents with those resources.

(Cathy Haarstad - Pathfinder Parent Center) "People hopefully go away inspired, energized, and with a lot of great information that they can take back and implement."

There are professionals all across the state ready to help educate children with disabilities. And most kids are in programs to get the most out of every child...but Haarstad says keeping parents involved in everything only leads to better outcomes...

(Cathy Haarstad - Pathfinder Parent Center) "Parents are their child's first teachers. They have been teaching their child and then they enter the school system so it only makes sense to have a partnership in bringing it forward to the next step."

It does take a team because of special needs in some cases...but you still can't remove the parents from the equation...

(Cathy Haarstad - Pathfinder Parent Center) "Parents are a horizontal thread in a system of vertical silos. You do end up navigating multiple systems. The healthcare system, education system, the local community. You are the one constant in that child's life."

In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

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