“There is a depth to life which only comes from our connection to other people.

— Donna Goddard

Greetings to you!

This Buzz focuses on info that front-line Parent Center staff and others can use when working with the families and professionals seeking information about autism, health conditions, or mental health issues. The connections you make with others and the support you give every day vibrate at the very heart of your Parent Center. May these few resources further support the great work that you do.

Shine on!
The CPIR Team


Addressing Children’s Mental Health Issues

Logos of the U.S. Department of Justice and OCR at the U.S. Department of EducationSupporting and Protecting the Rights of Students at Risk of Self-Harm
From the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Justice, this joint 3-page fact sheet can help support students with mental health disabilities, their families, and their schools in the era of COVID-19. OCR also released a letter to educators highlighting the civil rights obligations of schools and postsecondary institutions to students with mental health disabilities.

Connect to Care
From the Child Mind Institute come several on-point mental health resources for families and professionals alike.

    • Its new Family Resource Center, which features over 700 resources on kids’ mental health, learning disorders, and common parenting challenges — all in English and Spanish.
    • Its latest newsletter, which connects you with stand-alone articles in English and Spanish, such as “Should I get care for my child?” and “How to find a children’s mental health professional.”
    • The 2021 Children’s Mental Health Report (also available in Spanish), which focuses on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health.


Family-Friendly Resources on Other Disabilities

For Parents of Children Who Were Just Diagnosed With a Health Condition
Having your child diagnosed with a health condition can be downright frightening. Here are 5 gentle reminders for anyone whose child was just diagnosed with a disability or chronic illness.

New to Disability?
This, too, is an article meant for parents who’ve just found out that their child has a disability.

Autism | Have you seen what Sesame Street offers?
(Available in Spanish) (Storybook “We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!” is now available in Mandarin and Cantonese) Front-liners and families, you’re in for a treat. Sesame Street offers Julia, a girl with autism spectrum disorder, and a website of stellar info including videos for kids, interactives for kids, parent videos, scads of info about autism itself, and a newsletter that will flow yet more info your way.


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