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Welcome to the December 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). The holiday season is upon us, which means hectic times, family gatherings and food galore, and, hopefully, some moments for relaxation and fun.

We all know how the unpredictability and fast action of the holiday season can affect behavior—our children’s, our own, the other people at the shopping mall who will duel you for a parking space! So this month’s Buzz theme is on behavior—with the extra bonus that the resources we’ve included are useful all year round.

And last but not least—happy holidays from the Center for Parent Information and Resources to the Parent Center network, our many partners, and our colleagues and friends! It’s an honor and a privilege to work with you all!

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Indira, and Myriam



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Behavior Resources in the Hub

CPIR’s resource library has lots of helpful materials and information on behavior. You can search the library via the SEARCH box at the top of every page on the Hub, or by clicking on “behavior” in the topics list. Here are several resources you might find useful.

Behavior Assessment, Plans, and Positive Supports.
This page of resources is part of the larger Behavior Suite, and focuses on three critical elements in responding to a student’s difficult behavior at school: conducting a behavioral assessment, developing a behavior plan, and providing positive behavior supports.

October’s Buzz from the Hub: Mental health resources.
You may recall that the Buzz from October 2015 highlighted mental health concerns in children and youth and the resources available to learn more, find help, and take action. Because difficult behavior is often associated with a mental health concern, the resources listed in that issue of the Buzz may be helpful.

Conducta | Comportamiento.
This resource page on behavior in Spanish discusses the importance of special education for children with disabilities, describes steps parents can take to address their child’s behavior problems at school, and lists a dozen additional sources of information in Spanish.

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Spotlight on…Behavior Resources

Behavior issues can have many roots, causes, names, and treatments. Recognizing this, we’d like to share several great resources on types of behavior disorders, their symptoms, and treatments.

Disruptive behavior disorders, according to the Merck Manuals.
The Merck Manuals are one of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers. How do the Merck Manuals describe disorders such as AD/HD, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder? What treatments or approaches are recommended? Have a look at either the Professional version of the Merck Manual or the Consumer version.

Disruptive behavior disorders.
(Available in English and Spanish) It’s easy to spot disruptive behavior because it can readily be seen: temper tantrums, physical aggression such as attacking other children, excessive argumentativeness, stealing, and other forms of defiance or resistance to authority. But oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) isn’t the same as conduct disorder (CD) or AD/HD. Which is it? And what to do?

MedlinePlus and its treasure trove.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and their families and friends. It offers authoritative information on specific child behavior disorders, including their symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment/therapies. This information can be shared with families and is also available in Spanish.

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Behavior Resources You Can Share with Families

This section of the Buzz identifies useful resources on behavior you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins. Special emphasis on addressing behavior during the holidays!

How to take the stress out of the holidays.
Why are holidays so fraught with stress? Because expectations are heightened, and holidays can feel like a test of how happy and successful your family is. And if you have children with psychiatric or learning disorders, even favorite traditions can turn into a test of stamina and patience. Here are some tips to help minimize stress and make the holidays more fun and fulfilling.

The Family Gathering: A Survival Guide.
How to help your kids be at their best at Grandma’s, avoid meltdowns, travel from here to there, and have some fun, too.

24 creative ways to channel depression or anxiety.
Holidays sometimes give us the time to brood, get restless, feel depressed or stressed out. You’ll love this list of 24 ways to channel those feelings away. Good for all year ’round!

Webinars on Behavior and PBS | Michigan Alliance for Families.
From your fellow Parent Center, the Michigan Alliance for Families, this webinar series begins with “Behavior is Communication,” provides an overview for families about positive behavioral supports, and concludes with a webinar on “Suspension/Expulsion: Discipline Rights for Students with Disabilities.”

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Behavior Resources: Just for Parent Centers

Behavior: Strategies and sample resources.
From the National Center on Intensive Intervention, this set of resources and sample materials for implementing behavioral strategies was developed for classroom teachers to use with students who may require academic and/or behavioral support. Each strategy includes a description of the (a) purpose and overview; (b) type of strategy; (c) behavior(s) addressed; (d) setting; (e) required materials; (f) implementation procedures and considerations; (g) sample scripts or formats; (h) potential intensification strategies for students with more intensive behaviors; and (i) additional resources (where available).

Behavior interventions.
From the Evidence-Based Intervention Network comes this suite of information on appropriate interventions for specific behavior problems. An excellent resource for schools to consult and for Parent Centers to reference in their SSIP work that focuses on student behavior.

Inspiring positive behavior | Training module.
This training module, designed for paraprofessionals, is free, research-based, and full of practical tips and strategies. Good for training staff and sharing with schools and the paraprofessionals who support students with disabilities.

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Missed the Webinar on Age of Majority?

Not to worry! The webinar is archived for your listening, viewing, and downloading pleasure. At your leisure, you can learn more about:

  • why age of majority is a critical issue for parents and youth with disabilities alike;
  • the importance of starting early and building young people’s decision-making skills;
  • resources, strategies, and tools for preparing youth for reaching their age of majority;
  • the valuable role that supported decision-making and person-centered planning can play in supporting the young person after he or she gains their majority; and
  • the part that Parent Centers can play in moving this message forward.

Just visit the Getting Ready for the Age of Majority webinar archive at:


Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and ResourcesThe CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR’s listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Our very best to you,

Debra, Indira, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team


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