“If we want to embrace life, we also have to embrace chaos. ”

Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Breathing Room

Greetings to you!

There’s so much going on! Information, news, and resources are flying off the shelves and buzzing around our heads. It’s a challenge to focus, grab the ones you can use, and then find the time to actually use them. This Buzz alerts you to 7 resources you may find helpful in “embracing the chaos.” And may they support your work with families and schools.

Take care, be well!

The CPIR Team


From the Feds, on Expectations and Obligations

“Dear Colleague” Letter to Special Education and Early Intervention Partners
This August 24, 2021 DCL from OSERS makes it clear that the U.S. Department of Education expects that all LEAs will provide every student with the opportunity for full-time, in-person learning for the 2021–2022 school year. The 4-pager is rich with suggestions and links to support SEAs and LEAs in accomplishing this goal.


Mental Health Tools and Connections

These are turbulent times. Need help coping? Need resources to share with families, youth, and community colleagues?

Crisis Hotlines and Resources for Triggering or Traumatic Events and News
The events taking place in the news may be triggering to many in our communities. This resource from Brainline is one to put in your toolbox and share widely. It includes crisis hotlines for kids and teens, and hotlines for addressing drug or alcohol abuse, domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault. There’s a small section of state and local resources, too.

10 Best Mental Health Apps of 2021
Mental health apps give you tools and support to help with general mental health or specific conditions. This article identifies the 10 best such apps for: therapy, meditation, suicide awareness, stress, anxiety, addiction, boosting your mood, eating disorders, OCD, and the best overall.


In Support of Children with Disabilities and Their Families

What Is Atypical Anorexia?
In short: Someone who has all the symptoms of anorexia but is not underweight. This article from Child Mind goes into much more detail than that! Make sure you also have a look at the related resources listed at the very bottom of the article, to see if any fit would be useful in your work and for sharing (such as Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders).

Advocating for My Child’s Literacy Needs
Great for parents of a child with literacy-related concerns, and also a good resource about being their child’s advocate in general.


In Case You Missed It: Updated Info from CPIR

Posted! Parent Center Data Collection | 2020-21
Here are the worksheets, forms, data item definitions, and supporting resources for Parent Centers to use in submitting results of the 2020 Parent Center Data Collection activities and Program Measures Survey.

Paraprofessionals | Updated and Revised
As requested, we’ve completely updated our info page on paraprofessionals (paraeducators, or paras, for short). Amazing, how the scope of their work has changed over time!


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