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Registration due July 28 for WE's 8th annual brain development conference

The deadline to register for the 8th Annual Brain Development Conference held Aug. 12-14 at the Shooting Star Casino Event Center in Mahnomen is Monday, July 28.

Barb Fabre, White Earth Child Care director said that anyone interested in attending the conference should register as soon as possible because registration is limited. The cost is $25 for the pre-conference on Aug. 12, and $80 a day or $150 for Aug. 13-14. Pre-registration is required.

The theme for northwest Minnesota's largest Brain Development Conference is "Strengthening Links for Every Child." The main focus of the conference this year is autism awareness.

The Conference is presenting a special autism information session featuring world-renowned speaker and author of "When My Worries Get Too Big! Addressing Problems for Social Thinking, Learning and Behaviors in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders," Kari Dunn Buron on Aug. 12 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Registration for the 1/2-day session is waived for parents who have children that are diagnosed with a form of autism. Following the session, there will be a 5K Walk/Run to help raise autism awareness.

Those participating also have the option of helping raise funds to initiate a White Earth Reservation Autism Association, which will help parents who have children with autism or adults with Autism, purchase therapeutic equipment and to provide resources and support.

"This conference is highly praised for offering cutting-edge information to participants by bringing in nationally-renowned speakers and valuable local professionals together," said Fabre. "They will bring up-to-date information and useful strategies to use in the home, child care and classroom settings."

She went on to say that many school districts, Head Start programs, and social services utilize this conference as their in-service training because of its reasonable registration fee, conference content, and location. Family members and caregivers are also welcome.

For more info or to register, go to, call 218-983-3285 ext. 1407, or e-mail or