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Buzz | Potpourri of Resources

This Buzz brings you a diversity of resources to use in your work with families. Topics include culturally competent transition planning, the Dear Colleague letter on addressing the impacts on children and youth that losing a parent or caregiver has, and information for parents that will help them work with their child’s school.

Buzz | Children’s Mental Health

This issue of the Buzz 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 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.

Working Together Series

The Working Together Series includes 5 interactive self-directed courses. These courses provide families and educators with a number of strategies for working together and through conflict. Anyone supporting children or youth with disabilities may benefit from this series. The setting in which collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution takes place within this series is typically the school or IEP meeting.

Produced by CADRE, the series includes a webinar that briefly introduces the Working Together Series, a companion Facilitator Guide, and other supplemental resources. The full series is available in English and in Spanish (Trabajando Juntos).

To learn more about the 5 courses in the series, view the introductory webinar, or access the series in Spanish, read our abstract here.

Buzz | Resources of the TA&D Network

Within the Parent Center network, we all work hard to develop resources and share our expertise with families, youth with disabilities, and professionals. The same is true of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) network, which is also funded by OSEP. While centers within the TA&D tend to focus their services on building capacity at the state level or within a specific topic area, the resources they offer to families can be very useful. We’ve highlighted several in this Buzz, as well as the centers that produced them.

Buzz | Back in the School Saddle

As the school year really gets going, it’s a good time to revisit several resources that will prove useful: talking about state assessments with parents, OSEP’s numerous reopening resources, and webinars about developing IEPs or providing compensatory services to children with disabilities. We’re also pleased to share with you two mental health resources relevant to schools and families.

Conducta | Comportamiento

Actualizado, septiembre 2022 Sobre la conducta en inglés | About behavior in English   CPIR se complace en conectarle con recursos de información en español que puede usar para aprender más sobre cómo tratar los desafíos de conducta. Es un asunto que preocupa muchas familias. Si su hijo manifiesta problemas de conducta en la escuela, es […]

Buzz | At School and At Home

Schools and parents working together on behalf of children can make a remarkable difference in the quality of education itself and our children’s overall well-being and sense of belonging. To that end, this Buzz shares resources that both teachers and parents can use to enrich school time and home time.

Buzz | As We Head Back to School

As we launch into a new school year, the physical and emotional well-being of our children is a top priority. Given all the changes that have occurred in the last 2 years, parents and schools alike recognize instinctively that addressing this priority is likely to be a year-long challenge. That said, this issue of the Buzz focuses on tools and knowledge you can use to chart a steady, compassionate, and informed course.

Buzz | Has the School Bus Arrived Yet?

It’s hard to believe that we’re now well into August! Yet here we are, many of us bracing for back-to-school issues and adventures, while for many others, that bus had already arrived. So this issue of the Buzz brings resources Parent Centers can share with families to help them get a new school year off to a good start. We also share tools for Parent Centers, to support the amazing, tranformative work you do every day.

Supporting Students with Disabilities and Avoiding the Discriminatory Use of Student Discipline under Section 504

On July 19, 2022, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services released multiple guidance documents to help public elementary and secondary schools fulfill their responsibilities to meet the needs of students with disabilities and avoid the discriminatory use of student discipline. These newly released resources are the most comprehensive guidance on the civil rights of students with disabilities concerning student discipline, and include: (1) a 41-page guidance on avoiding the discriminatory use of student discipline under Section 504; (2) an accompanying fact sheet summarizing the main points of the guidance; (3) a 57-page Q&A regarding IDEA’s disciplinary provisions; (4) a 19-page technical assistance guide describing positive, proactive approaches to supporing the needs of children with disabilities; and (5) a letter from Secretary of Education Cardona to stakeholders. Read more about and connect with each document in CPIR’s abstract.

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