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Growth Mindset Activities and Worksheets for Kids

(2018) | (Available in English and Spanish) Useful to Parent Centers, families, and child care professionals and educators. Is your child willing to take on challenges and keep working on them despite setbacks? That’s a sign of a growth mindset—believing that abilities can improve over time. In contrast, some struggling learners have a fixed mindset. […]

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the most common therapy for children on the autism spectrum. ABA has been shown to help children on the spectrum (from mild to severe) develop needed skills and minimize undesired behaviors such as self-injury. Its effectiveness is backed up by hundreds of studies.

ABA now includes a range of different approaches. This article from the Child Mind Institute describes how they work and how they’re different, and concludes with links to additional readings on ABA.

Access the article in English and Spanish, and connect with the companion readings.

Preguntas Comunes de los Padres sobre la Educación Especial

LG1-SP Actualizado en diciembre de 2017 Versión en inglés Lea esta publicación si usted quiere saber… Cómo conseguir una evaluación gratuita de su niño para averiguar por qué él o ella está teniendo dificultades en la escuela Qué implica el proceso de una evaluación y cómo usted puede contribuir Cómo la educación especial puede apoyar el aprendizaje […]

Key Definitions in IDEA | Defining and Understanding Special Education

A reference sheet for Parent Centers from the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) June 2017 Entire reference list in Word Entire reference list in PDF This reference list is designed to accompany CPIR’s Brief for Parent Centers on Free Appropriate Public Education and the Dear Colleague Letter on FAPE issued by OSEP on November […]

Key Definitions in IDEA | Defining and Understanding Related Services

A reference sheet for Parent Centers from the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) June 2017 Entire reference list in Word Entire reference list in PDF This reference list is designed to accompany CPIR’s Brief for Parent Centers on Free Appropriate Public Education and the Dear Colleague Letter on FAPE issued by OSEP on November […]

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Hurricane Harvey has devastated huge areas of Texas. There is no way to know how much damage Harvey has done to property, businesses, and its many residents, but one of the most serious impacts will be emotional in nature. Such traumatic events can have long-lasting repercussions, especially for children.

We would like to share with you an excellent resource of information and guidance on how to help children cope with trauma: the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. At NCTSN’s website, Parent Centers, families, and service providers working with traumatized children and their families can find extensive learning and resource sections on different kinds of trauma (including natural disasters like Harvey), resources for parents and caregivers, guidance and toolkits for schools, information in Spanish, and where to turn locally to access NCTSN centers. Read more about what NCTSN offers here, and connect to vital resources for helping others to cope with trauma.

Child Outcomes Summary Process Module | Collecting and Using Data to Improve Programs

Useful to Parent Centers in learning about or informing families about the Child Outcomes Summary process used by early intervention and early childhood special education staff. This online learning module from ECTA Center and DaSy provides key information about the child outcomes summary (COS) process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. […]

Coping in Unsettling Times: Tips for Parents and Educators

(2003) | Useful for sharing with parents and schools. This tip sheet comes from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and includes suggestions for parents and educators. The tip sheet is clearly NASP’s response to the reality that adults and children alike can be—and are—very unsettled by past and current national and world events (such […]

Preschool Inclusion Series | Videos

(English and Spanish) The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library includes early childhood inclusion training resources. The videos and training sessions support high-quality inclusion of preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) in early care and education settings that are responsive to the priority and concerns of families. The target audiences are early childhood professional development providers, Institutes of Higher […]

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