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PIC has published the following brochures, available in Spanish or English. If you need a brochure on a subject not listed please contact PIC. NOTE: You may need Adobe Reader to view these files. You may obtain Adobe Reader free from

Cover of Baby Steps brochureBaby Steps: A Guide for Parents to Infant-Toddler Programs – (birth to under age 3) through Part C of IDEA

Our newest publication, Baby Steps: A Guide for Parents to Infant-Toddler Programs – (birth to under age 3) through Part C of IDEA, is a great guide for parents to the Infant-Toddler Programs through IDEA. As a parent, you want what is best for your child. If you have concerns about your child's growth and development, you need to look for help to decide if your child would benefit from early intervention services provided in Wyoming. This booklet will provide you with information about eligibility, services, importance of getting help early, choices, and other things you'll need to know.

Packaging Wisdom:
A Family Centered Care Coordination Notebook

Young boy with Down Syndrome holding up his paintingThe newly updated 3rd Edition of Packaging Wisdom: A Family Care Coordination Notebook is now a digital, fillable, saveable, and printable notebook! This notebook is a great resource for families to help organize information regarding your child's chronic health needs. Packaging Wisdom will help make it easier to keep track of health care changes, contacts, and share information with your child's care team, child care, school, and family members.

Download the complete Packaging Wisdom: A Family Centered Care Coordination Notebook, or any of the following sections:

Keys Handbook

Keys Booklet CoverA free handbook, Keys to Confident & Effective Parent Participation in the Special Ed Process, published by PIC to help parents become confident and effective participants in the special education process.

Families who have children with disabilities are first of all families -- they face the same stresses that other families face -- plus the additional ones related to their child's disability. In order to be their child's best advocate, families need information.They need to know about their child's rights -- and about their own rights and responsibilities -- under special education law, and they need problem-solving skills and support.This booklet is an overview of the information families need to be strong advocates for their children.

Transition Preschool to Kindergarten

Read our Transition Preschool to Kindergarten guide to parents of babies and toddlers with special needs through the steps of infant-toddler programs.

Why Call PIC?

Why Call PIC - This brochure explains the role of the Parent Information Center in helping you as a parent of a child with a disability.

Disability Brochures

PIC Fact Sheets are a series of brochures on strategies and tips on typical parenting issues that affect our families.

  1. Asperger Syndrome - Characteristics & Coping Strategies Topics include: What is Asperger Syndrome? Common Characteristics of Asperger Syndrome, How is Asperger Syndrome Diagnosed? and Helpful Strategies for Parents and Teachers.
  2. Attention Disorders - Characteristics & Coping Strategies for Families The brochure explains ADD/ADHD, their primary and secondary characteristics; strategies for dealing with the characteristics of ADD/ADHD, what to do if you think your child has ADD/ADHD and other available resources.
  3. Attachment Disorder - This brochure describes the characteristics of attachment disorder in children of different ages and provides information on ways parents can help.
  4. Autism - Characteristics and Coping Strategies Information includes: What is Autism? Common Characteristics of Autism; What Causes Autism and How is it Diagnosed? Effective Strategies for Optimal Learning for an Autistic Child.
  5. Brain Injury - The brochure provides information on causes and characteristics of brain injury, how it is diagnosed and helpful strategies for parents and teachers.
  6. Down Syndrome - Characteristics and Coping Strategies Families learn what Down Syndrome is and it's features and characteristics, strategies for parents, and further resources.
  7. Dyslexia - Dyslexia is a learning difference characterized by problems in expressive or receptive, oral or written language. Topics include common signs, evaluation information and tips on what parents can do to help.
  8. Educational Surrogate Parents - An Educational Surrogate Parent is an individual who has been appointed to represent the educational interests of a child with disabilities, when the parent is unable or unwilling to do so.
  9. Extended School Year - This brochure explains extended school year services as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  10. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) - Characteristics & Coping Strategies for Families Families learn what FAS is and its characteristics. Also included are strategies for working with children who have FAS; strategies for managing unpredictable behaviors; teaching strategies for optimal learning and what to do if you think your child has FAS.
  11. Learning Disabilities - Tips and Coping Strategies for Parents You will get information on what a learning disability is; common characteristics of learning disabilities; how to find "Further Examination;" what to do if your child does not qualify for special education; how you can help your child at home and in social situations.
  12. Natural Environments - The Places Where Young Children Learn Best This brochure explains Part C of 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act concerning the clause "services are to provided in natural environments."
  13. Planning for a Successful Life - Transition Tips for Parents Topics include: Age of Majority, Guardianship, Sex Education, Selective Service, Transportation, Graduation, Adult Services, and Funding.
  14. Estate Planning Looking to the future for estate planning is one of the most critical and important issues families of children or adult with disabilities face. Topics in this brochure include Letter of Intent and Special Needs Trust.
  15. Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with ADA Amendment Act of 2008 conforming language. This brochure describes the purpose of Section 504; how to identify a qualified disability and physical or mental impairments; and what Section 504 means for a child with a disability. It also offers information about what to do if you think your child is being discriminated against under 504.
  16. Seizure Disorder & Epilepsy - Characteristics and Coping Strategies for Families The information includes what a seizure is, characteristics of seizures, handling seizures, learning problems for children with seizures, treatment options and other considerations.
  17. Sensory Disorder- All of the information children receive from their environment comes through the sensory systems. If one or more of the sensory systems do not function properly, the child cannot interact successfully with the surrounding environment or other people. This brochure helps to explain the interactions between the sensory systems and what families can do to help their children.
  18. Shaken Baby Syndrome - Topics include: What is shaken baby syndrome, symptoms, causes, and diagnosis.
  19. Solving Problems at School - Steps for Parents of Children in Special Education Information to help identify the problem; identify solutions; what to do if you still have concerns ; know your rights and follow the steps to get solutions and what happens next.
  20. Tourette Syndrome - Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by tics (involuntary movements or vocalizations.) This brochure has information about recognizing the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and what parents can do to help.
  21. You are Not Alone on the Emotional Roller Coaster- When you Learn that Your Child has a Disability or Special Health Need Information includes feelings that most parents feel the moment their life changes and some things that help them cope.
  22. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) This brochure provides information on written education plan(s) developed by a team of professionals and the child’s parents, after the child has been evaluated and found to be eligible for special education supports and services.
  23. Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) As a problem- solving model for preventing inappropriate behavior through teaching and reinforcing (rewarding) appropriate behavior, PBIS can be used for to help all children with behavior challenges. This brochure helps define the model and offers strategies for families.
  24. Emotional Disabilities - Relating to the child with an Emotional Disibility This brochure provides information on emotional disabilities and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
  25. Initial Evaluations - For services and supports under special education. This brochure describes the process in which a parent, school district, or public agency may initiate a request for a full and individual evaluation.
  26. Filing a Complaint - Making an Informed Decision about Your Due Process Rights. Filing a state complaint can be a difficult decision, this brochure will assist you in understanding all your options as you attempt to find a resolution with your child's school district.
  27. Universal Design The Higher Education Act of 2008 defines Universal Design for Learning as "a scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practices." This brochure describes the principles of Universal Design
  28. Prior Written Notice -- Why it is Important for You and Your Child Prior Written Notice is just what its name suggests — notice that school teams are required to provide to parents in writing before (prior to) taking or refusing to take certain actions that impact a child's educational program. This brochure addresses what and when of Prior Written Notice.

Literacy DVD

Literacy DVD coverReading and writing are skills we use in every part of our life. Together these skills form literacy and are the building blocks of your child’s future. Literacy begins long before a child starts school. Join Julie Yager and Carolyn Lampman Brubaker as they explore dozens of entertaining activities to help develop early literacy skills and build a love of reading and writing.

View the videos by section:

  1. Literacy
  2. Reading
  3. Reading continued
  4. Writing

Copies of the Building Blocks DVD are available from PIC. Contact PIC for the transcripts of this video. The video is also available in Spanish.

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What is PHP of Wyoming, Inc.?

Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, Inc is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1990. Governed by a board of directors, the majority who are parents or family members of children with disabilities, PHP 's mission is to help families become more active in their children’s learning and education, to serve and support children with and without disabilities through advocacy, education, and referral. PHP of WY is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization; therefore, your donation is tax deductible. We welcome all donations. Every donation helps us strengthen our network of support for families.

It is the policy of the Parent Information Center to ensure equitable access to and participation in its activities for all Wyoming families with special attention paid to ensuring access for the most underserved families due to poverty, disability, race, color, language, ethnicity, immigrant status or national origin, gender, or age.

PHP of WY is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible.

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