“The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.”

— Ray L. Wilbur, third president of Stanford University

This Buzz shares tools that families can use in supporting their children’s well-being at home, at school, and in the community. You’ll also be pleased to know there’s a new learning module available on writing high-quality IEPs that meet the much higher standard set by the Supreme Court in the 2017 Endrew F. decision. Great for staff training!

Our best to you all,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Jessica, and Myriam


Hands-On Activity to Identify Your Child’s Strengths
For this hands-on activity, parents and child will need some markers or crayons, scissors, and tape. The activity sheet guides families in identifying the child’s personal strengths using simple statements such as “I am curious and creative” and “I can ask for help when I need it.” Parents and child can also explore the child’s strengths in academics, social skills, language, literacy, and math and logic.

5 Ways to Support Siblings in Special Needs Families
When one child in the family has needs that consume a lot of attention, restrict family activities, or generate a lot of concern, other children in the family feel an impact. Here are 5 steps parents can take to help children handle the challenges that come with having a sibling with a disability. There’s also a companion article, Advice From Siblings of Special-Needs Kids.

Coping With Incarceration | Sesame Street in Communities
The incarceration of a loved one can be overwhelming for both children and caregivers. It takes special effort to start important conversations and answer kids’ questions. With love and support, the family can cope with the challenges of incarceration together. This resource page includes multiple articles and short videos featuring Sesame Street characters.

Back to top
Thumbs up! gold medal

Getting Up to Speed on High-Quality IEP Writing

IEPs: Developing High-Quality Individualized Education Programs
This IRIS module details how to develop high-quality IEPs for students with disabilities. The module discusses the requirements for IEPs as outlined in IDEA, with implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.

Back to top

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 lkupper@fhi360.org 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, Debi, Myriam, Jessica, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and Resources
This eNewsletter from the CPIR is copyright-free.
We encourage you to share it with others.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
c/o SPAN, Inc.
35 Halsey St., Fourth Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Subscribe to the Buzz from the Hub.
See past issues of the Buzz.

Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement H328R130014 between OSEP and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN). The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the Center for Parent Information and Resources.