Part of the NAMI Infographic, Student Guide to Mental HealthSpotlight on: Addressing Mental Health Issues

A child’s mental health is just as
important as their physical health and
deserves the same quality of support.

~Kate Middleton

This issue of the Buzz from the Hub features mental health resources–some in multiple languages–that Parent Centers can share with the families they serve.

We repeat a very important, time-sensitive request for public input from the U.S. Department of Education. At a listening session at OSEP Leadership last week, a number of Parent Centers shared their perspectives on various regulations related to the implementation of IDEA and their importance to children and families. The deadline for your comments is approaching fast – August 21!

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Mental Health Resources to Share with Families

Pediatric Symptom Checklist
The Pediatric Symptom Checklist is usually completed by parents and is often used by pediatricians to see how 4- to 16-year-old children are functioning in different settings. The screening can help pediatricians and families recognize emotional and behavioral problems so that appropriate interventions can be initiated as early as possible. Multiple language versions are available, and so is an online version (in English) that parents can fill out anonymously for free.

Mental Health Infographics
NAMI offers several infographics designed to help young people address their mental health concerns. Share the 1-page Student Guide to Mental Health with families and youth. There’s also Want to Know How to Help a Friend? that is meant for young people who are concerned about a friend’s mental health.

Tip Sheets and Videos for Parents on Supporting Their Child’s Social-Emotional Development
The Too Small to Fall Initiative has developed resources on the social-emotional development of young children that can be shared with parents and caregivers. Resources include (a) a series of videos showing how child behavior is driven by emotion, and (b) tip sheets for parents about supporting their child’s social-emotional well-being and understanding and managing their child’s behavior. The videos and tip sheets are also available in Spanish.

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Request for Public Input

Important Alert for Parent Centers!

The Department of Education has published a Federal Register notice to provide the public with the opportunity to submit comments concerning regulations and policy guidance they would recommend that the Department repeal, replace, or modify. This includes regulations under Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations (Education), ED’s significance guidance documents (such as Dear Colleague Letters and policy letters), and the newly redesigned IDEA site.

This request is in response to Trump’s Executive Order 13777 (February 2017), which requires evaluation of existing regulations.

Public comments are due by August 21, 2017.

Read more here about the Executive Order and what it covers.

Submit your comments here.

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The 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 is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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