“A candle is a small thing.
But one candle can light another.
And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other.
You are such a light.”
This issue of the Buzz from the Hub brings you multiple resources in English and Spanish that you can share with the families you serve. First is the latest information on our children’s mental health, recommendations for treating symptoms of trauma, and guidance on where to get help, supports and services, and the school’s role in addressing mental health issues in students.
The second half of this Buzz focuses on the upcoming holiday season and the issue of sensory processing disorders in children, as well as the most common food allergies, their symptoms and treatment, and how to prepare for eating out and dining in.
Our best to you, as always,
The CPIR Team
Children’s Mental Health
Treating Symptoms of Trauma in Children and Teenagers
(Available in Spanish: Tratar los síntomas de trauma en niños y adolescentes)
The 2022 Children’s Mental Health Report looks at the effects of psychological trauma on children and reviews the evidence for treatments aimed at helping them recover. From the Child Mind Institute, 15 pages.
Children’s Mental Health: A National Family Guide
This 26-page guide from the RAISE Center is packed with helpful info about mental health and a multitude of resources for families. Topics discussed include what parents and professionals need to know about mental health, when to get help, diagnosis, medication, supports and services, schools and mental health, state agencies, and much more.
Looking Forward to the Holiday Season?
The holiday season just ahead can be quite a challenge for those with disabilities. The resources below may give you important food for thought (sorry about the pun), as well as the tools of preparation.
Sensory Processing Issues Explained
(Available in Spanish: Los problemas de procesamiento sensorial explicados)
This series from the Child Mind Institute delves into the many aspects of sensory processing issues in children, and can come in handy as we approach the chaotic holidays and social gatherings. The series includes such articles as Treating Sensory Processing Issues; How Sensory Processing Issues Affect Kids in School; Sensory-Friendly Party Ideas; and Tips for Going Places With Sensory-Challenged Kids. All are available in English and Spanish.
Food Allergies in Children
(Similar info in Spanish: Alergias a los alimentos en niños)
Holiday and everyday feasting can be very tricky if your child has a food intolerance or allergy. This article from Johns Hopkins Medicine describes the most common types of such allergies, how to find out if and what types of allergies your child has, symptoms, and treatment, including tips for dining out with food allergies.
Navigating Food Allergies During the Holidays
Food allergies don’t have to dampen the spirit of the holidays. See tips for celebrating with allergy-free foods, so everyone has a place at the table.
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