“Growth is never by mere chance;
it is the result of forces working together.”

~James Cash Penney

This Buzz focuses primarily on health issues such as RSV, children and the holidays, guidelines for medical care of adults with Down Syndrome, and how racism affects children’s development. We end with a resource connecting family engagement with inclusive technology practices.

Our best to you, as always,
The CPIR Team


RSV | What to Know

About Respiratory Syncytial Virus
(Also available in Spanish)
RSV has been alarmingly in the news of late. It’s a common respiratory virus that usually causes cold-like symptoms, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. Find out more about RSV from the CDC—its symptoms and care; infants and children; transmission, and people at high risk. Each of these briefs is also available in Spanish. Just scroll down to the bottom of the English page, and you’ll find links to the same info in Spanish.


Children and the Holidays

Understanding that holidays and family get-togethers can be challenging for many children, the Child Mind Institute offers a series of articles (in English and in Spanish) that include such titles as: Enjoying the holidays more with mindfulness; How to take the stress out of family gatherings; Tips for traveling; How to handle holidays after a death in the family; and 4 ways to make the holidays better for kids.

English version of the enewletter/landing page to the series
Spanish version of the same


Children and Racism

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard has two new resources on racism and how it affects children.

How Racism Can Affect Child Development | An infographic

Moving Upstream: Confronting Racism to Open Up Children’s Potential  | This 10-page brief discusses how racism creates conditions that harm the well-being of children and families, and the need to go “upstream” and create policy solutions to address the source of structural, cultural, and interpersonal forms of racism.


One for the Grown-Ups

Guidelines for Medical Care of Adults with Down Syndrome
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has published the guidelines in two versions: one for clinicians and another for families (with helpful pull-out quotes, definitions of medical terms, large photos and font, and color coding by medical topic. Just sign up (free) and get the version of your choice.


CITES’ 21-minute Podcast

Family Engagement & Inclusive Technology Practices
The research is clear. Implementing strong, authentic family engagement practices has a positive impact across the board for educators, families, and learners themselves. Check out the Accessible Learning Experience Podcast’s latest episode, Family Engagement & Inclusive Technology Practices, from CITES (Center on Inclusive Technology and Education Systems). Dive deeper in the links at the bottom of the page, too.


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