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Focus on Helping Children Cope with Trauma

Welcome to the June 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources—the CPIR.  We hope your summer is off to a great start!

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New Resources in the Hub

What’s new in the resource library? Here are 2 resources we’ve recently added.

Diplomas Count.
The 2015 edition of Education Week’s Diplomas Count report–Next Steps: Life After Special Education—explores the experiences of students with disabilities as they transition from the K-12 education system to a more independent adult life. The report highlights the challenges and opportunities awaiting these students.

Self-Determination: Research to Practice series.
This series describes key issues in developmental disabilities that can be enhanced to promote self-determination. Seven issues are being produced, each focused on a specific topic: self-advocacy, health, employment, community services, aging, family support, and siblings. Each issue includes definitions, a brief review of the literature, promising practices, and applied examples.

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Spotlight on…PTSD and Helping Children Cope with Trauma

Post-traumatic stress disorder has been in the news a lot in the past year, from veterans returning from duty to helping children understand and cope with traumatic events. June is PSTD Awareness Month. Here are several resources you can use and share on PTSD.

What is PTSD? | In English and in Spanish.
The National Center for PTSD can tell you—and connect individuals, friends, families, and veterans with a network of professionals to help.

PSTD in children.
From Medscape, this article looks at the “practice essentials” for diagnosing and addressing PTSD in children. It’s a good read for professionals and parents alike; it’s easy to read, yet framed from a clinician’s point of view.

Tips for talking with and helping children and youth cope after a disaster or traumatic event.
This guide can help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn more about the common reactions children and youth have to trauma, how to respond in a helpful way, and when (and where) to seek support.

Helping young children cope after exposure to a traumatic event.
Tragedies are especially distressing to families with young children. This resource from Zero to Three is designed to help parents navigate this very challenging time. It includes symptoms a child might display, suggestions for what parents can do, and several resources they can turn to for more information.

Home management strategies for PTSD.
What parents can do to help their child cope with trauma and the anxiety that may result. Very practical, very basic.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

This section of the Buzz identifies useful resources you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins.

“Babies on the Homefront” | Mobile App.
(Available in English and Spanish) Zero to Three’s “Babies on the Homefront” is a free, downloadable app designed specifically for military and veteran parents of young children. The app offers an array of written and video information to share with families, including behavior tips, parent-child activities, and parental self-care strategies.

Help paying for prescription drugs.
There are several programs that help people with disabilities, seniors, and people with low incomes pay for prescription drugs. Find out more in this resource from

5 ways to support siblings in special needs families.
When one child has challenges that disrupt family life, the other children are affected. This article from Child Mind gives tips for helping siblings get what they need to thrive, too.

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For SSIPs Targeting Improved Reading Proficiency

As you may know, the vast majority of states (n=43) have chosen “improving the reading/literacy proficiency of students with disabilities” as their State-Identified Measurable Result (SIMR) to be addressed in the new State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP).

So, what evidence-based practices exist for improving student reading proficiency and English language arts proficiency? What might Parent Centers contribute to the discussions that will now begin taking place, as states define what improvement strategies and evidence-based practices they’re going to use to achieve their SIMR? Hopefully, the resources below will inform!

How most children learn to read.
First, the basics. What do we know about how most children learn to read, and how do reading skills and tasks progress as they go through school? These basics underlie and overlap with most all discussions and decisions about reading effectiveness and instruction.

And when there are difficulties in learning to read?
It’s mystifying to parents and professionals alike when some children have difficulty learning to read. When and why does the reading process break down? Here, from PBS, is a brief, to-the-point discussion of the most common factors involved.

Best Evidence Encyclopedia: Reading.
The Best Evidence Encyclopedia informs educators and researchers about the strength of the evidence supporting reading programs available for students in grades K-12. Check it out, including what the research finds effective for beginning reading, upper elementary, middle/high school, English language learners, and struggling readers. Consult the evidence on the effectiveness of technology in reading, too. You’ll see all these choices down the left menu, under “Reading.”

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Upcoming CPIR Webinar | July 9th | Writing for the Web

Write for the Web the Way People Read on the Web
Is your Parent Center looking at revamping its website? Updating the resources you share there? Then the July webinar is for you!

The upcoming webinar focuses on how to write for the web, based on how people read on the web. (Hint: They don’t.) The webinar will help you address one critical aspect of the Parent Center priority on “Use of Technology in Service Provision.”

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015
Time: 3 pm Eastern
Join online at:
Conference line: 1-877-512-6886, code 1825 1825 18

We look forward to seeing you on the 9th! Until then, CPIR wishes you a delightful 4th of July!

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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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