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Description: Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects individuals with mental health, intellectual, or developmental disabilities from discrimination within the criminal justice system. Last week, the Justice Department issued guidance to facilitate criminal justice entities' compliance with the ADA during interactions with people with disabilities. The document sets forth the key regulatory provisions under the ADA and provides examples of how local law enforcement, corrections,...
Description: BULLYING BASICS in Early Childhood: Bullying can emerge in early childhood. If you don’t know that bullying happens among young children, you won’t see it or stop it. If you don’t stop bullying, it will grow and spread. When early childhood educators are prepared, they can nip bullying in the bud. Find out how to stop bullying before it starts.
Description: The TBI InfoComics were created to educate survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury, their families/caregivers, and healthcare providers about common symptoms of TBI and how to manage them. Our InfoComics are written to be accessible to people who may have memory issues or trouble reading large blocks of text. They present the most vital and up-to-date information about physical, cognitive and emotional issues people with TBI may be dealing with. The content we present in our comics represents the...
Description: On 1 September 2016 Virginia launched its new Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program. The Family & Individual (FIS) Waiver, the Community Living (CL) Waiver, and Building Independence (BI) Waiver, all now fall under the umbrella of the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Program. The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver serves individuals of any age with a developmental disability. The new DD Waiver Program also covers children from birth through 9 years of age with a substantial...
Description: The US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs provided this letter of guidance August 1, 2016 to clarify that the failure to consider and provide for needed behavioral supports through the IEP process is likely to result in a child not receiving a meaningful educational benefit or FAPE. In addition, a failure to make behavioral supports available throughout a continuum of placements, including in a regular education setting, could result in an inappropriately...
Description: Going back to school after the long summer break can be an especially difficult change. One of the best ways to ease the transition is to get back to set schedules and routines. Having that structure is also a good way to help kids with time management issues and ADHD stay on track. Download: Sample Homework Contract Download: Back-to-School Introduction Letters Download: 3x3 Card to Help Teachers Get to Know Your Child Download: Parent-Child Behavior Contracts
Description: This is not an ‘all inclusive’ manual for assistive technology. It is a starting point to introduce what assistive technology is and how it can help. Each section of the booklet will give examples of devices for specific tasks or activities. For additional details and resources please see the “Where to go from here” section in the back of this booklet. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may cause many different problems: physical, sensory (sight, hearing or touch), cognitive...
Description: Who We Are The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works. Where We Come From Members of the National Federation come from all...
Description: Holidays are a time for family, friends and…endless eating. That can be tough for kids with sensory processing issues who are sensitive to the tastes, smells and textures of foods. These tips can help reduce food battles—and let you and your child enjoy the holidays.
Description: Traveling with kids can be tough no matter what. But sensory processing issues can add some unique challenges. These troubleshooting tips can help you anticipate your child’s needs and avoid vacation meltdowns. 1 of 10 Bring a “self-regulation” survival pack.If your child has visual sensitivities or is sensitive to sounds, textures or smells, you might have already found tools that help him. Fill a small backpack with the items he might need (such as sunglasses, earplugs and...
Description: Finding and safely recovering a missing child with autism presents unique and difficult challenges for families, law enforcement, first responders and search teams. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has special search protocols and checklists to help first responders.
Description: The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration is a working group of six national non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths. NAA (National Autism Association) has created two digital safety toolkits that can be downloaded here: Caregiver Toolkit and First Responder Toolkit.
Description: These are guidelines for conducting Functional Behavioral Assessment and developing Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports/Strategies.
Description: CEC's (Council for Exceptional Children) divisions individually explore a single facet of special education in thoughtful detail, bringing together professionals to exchange ideas, stimulate research, and promote expertise in key areas of each fast-growing field. These include: Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), Division for Research (CEC-DR), CEC Pioneers Division (CEC-PD), Council for Educational Diagnostic Services...
Description: This section provides a Guidance Package (which includes a Set of Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings, and a Dear Colleague Letter on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities), Additional Resources (which includes Frequently Asked Questions and Fact Sheets), and Technical Assistance and Support.
Description: In over 30 years of clinical practice, Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are weak executive skills, and through our writing and now this website, we spotlight these skills that are critical for school and life success.
Description: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a condition that can make it hard for a person to sit still, control behavior, and pay attention. These difficulties usually begin before the person is 7 years old. However, these behaviors may not be noticed until the child is older.
Description: All children are able to learn, just not in the same way. Autism is an information-processing difference that affects: communication, social interaction, sensory response, and learning and thinking. In part 1, we discussed academic strategies for the classroom. This presentation will address strategies for the unstructured time within the school day, environmental supports, social supports, and communication supports. Dr. Webb will also discuss strategies for managing behavioral challenges.
Description: In order to implement any strategy to help students on the autism spectrum, we first need to understand the reasons behind some of their challenging behaviors and understand the feelings those behaviors provoke in their caretakers. This session helps caregivers manage their own emotions so they can help manage those of their children or clients.
Description: All of us can have meltdowns when we lose control and seem immune to reasoning. Having consistent rules and consequences for such behavior is important, yet there are times when such traditional discipline seems ineffective. When consistent discipline is not enough, we need to understand why these difficult moments continue. This presentation is designed to (1) learn ways to de-escalate a meltdown in the moment, (2) understand 7 common triggers to repeat problems and (3) create effective...
Description: The Nursing Forms section includes the following: Concussion - Management Flow Chart.docx Concussion - CDC Concussion Checklist (CMT-1) Concussion - Student Concussion Symptom Monitoring Tool (CMT-2) Teacher Notification of Concussion (CMT-3) Concussion - Student Concussion Academic Monitoring Tool (CMT-4) CMT Recommendations for Ongoing Symptoms (CMT-5) Concussion - Symptoms and Accomodations (CMT-6) Concussion - Report to Teachers.docx
Description: Reports on complex factors surrounding bullying and the activities underway to reduce its occurrence; new tools to prevent opioid overdose and underage drinking; rises in PCP-related emergency department visits; and the final rule on the Federal parity law. (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: ¿Qué es el acoso?, Acoso por Internet, ¿Quién está en riesgo?, Prevenir el acoso, Responder ante el acoso, Recibir ayuda ahora (A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.)
Description: This site includes sections on: What is bullying, Cyber Bullying, Who is at Risk, Prevent Bullying, Respond to Bullying and Get Help Now. (A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.)
Description: Before they begin instruction, teachers must define the skills and knowledge that they expect students to learn before. Similarly, teachers must identify the behaviors they expect their students to engage in during instruction. When students do not engage in these expected behaviors, teachers need to create a plan to change students’ behaviors. This Case Study serves as a companion to the Functional Behavioral Assessment: Identifying the Reasons for Problem Behavior and Developing a...
Description: School presents a unique challenge for children with behavior issues. Teachers need tools to use to help provide support and guidance. Administrators need methods for creating a positive learning atmosphere within the entire school. Parents need information on how to work with school staff to address their child’s behavior challenges in the school setting. We’ve included resources below that, hopefully, will give teachers, schools, and families the tools they need to create safe and...
Description: People with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. Although ADHD can't be cured, it can be successfully managed and some symptoms may improve as the child ages.
Description: Las personas con el TDAH pueden tener problemas para prestar atención, controlar conductas impulsivas (podrían actuar sin pensar en el resultado de sus acciones) o pueden ser demasiado activos. Aunque el TDAH no tiene cura, se puede controlar eficazmente y algunos síntomas pueden mejorar a medida que el niño va creciendo.
Description: NICHCY 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.
Description: The Iowa Department of Public Health has the following archived webinars on Pediatric TBI and Schools: Intro to the Brain Injury Quick Guide, Pediatric Brain Injury 101, Common Challenges after Brain Injury, Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Following Brain Injury, Pediatric TBI: Where do we go from here?, Pediatric TBI: From Hospitalization to Classroom, Returning to the Classroom Following Concussion & Transitions for Students Following Brain Injury.
Description: This technical assistance resource was created in collaboration with staff at the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence (VCU ACE) and is designed to be a tools for educators, administrators, and parents working to improve services for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These guidelines offer an overview of the current best practices for educating individuals with ASD.The Guidelines are not a standard of practice for the education of individuals with ASD in...
Description: This guide contains information and resources for teachers and school staff. It includes a brief overview of brain injury statistics, levels of brain injury severity, and brain anatomy as well as the behavior, psycho-social, physical/sensory-motor, perceptual, attention, memory/learning, executive function and communication/language challenges that may be faced by a student who has had a traumatic brain injury. There are instructional strategy suggestions and a case study that illustrates how to...
Description: Many, if not most, parents find themselves struggling with the challenging behavior of their young child at some point in time. The good news is that there are evidence-based, effective strategies based on what the child is communicating that you can use to create positive solutions for your family.
Description: In this section, you will find downloadable resources and brochures that highlight common challenging behaviors from birth to three and strategies for responding.
Description: Todas materias no son disponibles en español. Trabajamos para desarrollar las versiones españolas de todas materias, pero actualmente todas materias disponibles en inglés no son disponibles en español.
Description: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. The Promoting Social and Emotional Competence training modules available on this site provide evidence-based practices for promoting children's social and emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors.
Description: Schools must be both safe and supportive for effective teaching and learning to take place. Three key principles can guide efforts to create such productive learning environments. First, work in a deliberate fashion to develop positive and respectful school climates and prevent student misbehavior before it occurs. Ensure that clear, appropriate, and consistent expectations and consequences are in place to prevent and address misbehavior. And finally, use data and analysis to continuously...
Description: The Brain Injury Association of Virginia have updated this guide for educators that includes the following sections: Brain Injury 101, The Student with TBI: AN Overview, Educational Implications, Transition, Family and Special Education.
Description: An easy-to-read booklet on Bipolar Disorder in children and teens that explains what it is, when it starts and how to get help. (NIMH- National Institute of Mental Health)
Description: This Adolescent Health Highlight presents key research findings on characteristics that are associated with resilience; describes program strategies that promote resilience; discusses links between resilience and avoidance of risk-taking behaviors; and provides helpful resources on the topic of resilience.
Description: By all accounts, students who exhibit learning and behavior problems pose a real challenge to school personnel. One way to improve the educational outcomes for these students is to ensure that all teachers possess the knowledge and skills required to address the myriad challenges of daily classroom management and instruction. In that the Virginia Department of Education is committed to providing all students the best possible education, in collaboration with the Training and Technical Assistance...
Description: PBIS of Virginia is a Commonwealth of Virginia initiative to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. This web site is a collection of resources, tools, training opportunities and similar guides for educators and school administrators.
Description: This page includes resources about Autism in a number of languages (Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian, Cambodian, Chinese, French, Greek, Korean, Loatian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Vietmanese). Other languages are coming soon (Japanese, Persian, Romanian). Resources vary by language and more are being added.
Description: This two-sided sheet, intended for all audiences, presents major physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms of concussion on the front, and coping and recovery tips on the back. Besides English, it is available in Spanish (pdf and hard copy), Estonian (pdf only), French (pdf only), Georgian (pdf only), German (pdf only), Italian (pdf only), Polish (pdf only), and Romanian (pdf only). Available for download!
Description: Many of your child’s behaviors may not make obvious sense—they don’t seem to serve any clear purpose. By paying attention differently to these actions, you may be able to notice clues you didn’t see before, and find a more effective way to help your child.
Description: This information sheet is provided to help you recognize and understand sports concussion. Neurologists from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) are doctors who identify and treat diseases of the brain and nervous system. The following evidence-based information* is provided by experts who carefully reviewed all available scientific studies on evaluating and managing sports concussion in athletes. Concussion is a serious health issue.
Description: CIPR (Center for Parent Information and Resources) is pleased to connect you with sources of information for helping children who have behavior challenges. Because "behavior" is such a huge topic, we've divided the subject up into 5 separate pages: Behavior Expertise, Behavior Assessment, Plans, and Positive Supports, Behavior at Home, Behavior at School and Bullying.
Description: This is a handout from the Brain Injury Association of Virginia.
Description: The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation was created through a grant from the Office of Head Start. The Center translates research in healthy mental development into materials tailored to the needs of each of the target audiences, and makes them available on this website. This site includes Best Practice Tutorials designed to enhance your skills and knowledge around how to implement effective mental health consultation in Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs.
Description: Cyberbullying is a growing problem and cannot be ignored by school administrations. To implement school-based cyberbullying intervention, administrators should use the three-tiered model—a model focused on prevention and intervention and incorporates a “whole school” approach to bullying prevention.