Hispanic family cuddled together on sofa, dad, mom, and 2 children“La acción es la clave fundamental para todo éxito.

“Action is the foundational key to all success.

~ Pablo Picasso


Parent Centers are often on the lookout for disability resources they can share with families who are English speakers and those who prefer or need resources in Spanish. This 2nd Buzz of March brings just that to you—resources about: PANS and PANDAS in young children, a video series that uses a telenovela to share info with parents about special education; and a family toolkit to support youth who are transitioning from pediatric health care to adult care.

Our best to you,
The CPIR Team


About PANS and PANDAS in Young Children

OCD is a disorder that usually develops gradually. But sometimes OCD symptoms come on suddenly after a child has had an infection. This happens when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy brain cells. It’s called PANDAS or PANS, depending on whether the triggering infection was strep (usually) or something else, like Lyme disease or the flu. Want to know more? Visit Child Mind’s March 7th enewsletter, which includes (but isn’t limited to) these two resources:

Complete Guide to PANS and PANDAS
(Also available in Spanish: Guía completa sobre el PANS y PANDAS)
Step-by-step information from diagnosis to treatment for kids with sudden onset OCD and other confusing symptoms.

What Does OCD Look Like in the Classroom?
(Also available in Spanish: Cómo luce el TOC en el salón de clases)
Signs that a child may be struggling with OCD, even if they are hiding their anxiety.


A Special Education Telenovela

Videos | Using a Telenovela to Explain the Special Education Process
(Also available in Spanish: Telenovela de educación especial)

How do you demystify the special education process for parents, particularly parents for whom English is not their first language? Here’s how Arlington Public Schools in Virginia tackled the challenge. The Grandma’s Soup video series (La Sopa de la Abuela) is designed to support the engagement of families in the special education process, share information, encourage advocacy skills, and foster collaborative home-school partnerships that positively impact student success. There are 5 episodes in the series, beginning with “What’s Going On with My Child?” and ending with “What If We Disagree?”

Transitioning to Adulthood

Family Toolkit: Pediatric-to-Adult Health Care Transition
(Also available in Spanish: Guía para la familia)
This 25-page toolkit from GotTransition has a set of resources for parents to use as they work with their youth during the transition from pediatric to adult health care. This includes sections such as Questions to Ask Your Doctor; Changing Roles; a Turning 18 tip sheet; a Transition Readiness Assessment; and a Health Care Transition Quiz for youth to take to see how ready they are to transition to adult care.

Supported and Customized Employment: Side by Side Referral Decision Guide
For vocational rehabilitation agencies offering both supported and customized employment approaches to pursuing employment for people with disabilities, there may be some questions about which approach is best based on an individual’s circumstances. This guide can help in determining how to choose between these two approaches.


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