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August 28, 2017
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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September
NIMH’s publication Suicide in America, a brief overview of the statistics on depression and suicide with information on depression treatments and suicide prevention.

Suicide does not discriminate. People of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk for suicide. But people most at risk tend to share certain characteristics.
The main risk factors for suicide are:
Continue Reading in English . . .
Continue Reading in Spanish . . .

Creating What Will Work
What can we do when some of our kids are not quite ready for college or a career after leaving high school, and adult programs that are offered aren't meeting the need of our children? We may need to try something different, here is a story of a Mom who did just that, Read Her Story Here . . .
When Mean Girls Bullied My Daughter Because of Her Learning Issues
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Like other parents, I’ve heard stories about mean kids. I’ve watched television interviews of parents who have tears in their eyes as they talk about hazing. But bullying is something I never thought would happen to my child—until it did.

Our daughter is 12 and in sixth grade, and she’s an amazing child. Funny, loving, kind, sweet and smart. She makes me laugh every day, and she hugs our family about 10 times a day. She ends every phone call with an “I love you.”
Continue Reading . . .

I Can't Wake Up! Alarm Clock App
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Can't wake up?
Can't get your student to wake up for school in the morning? With this alarm clock they are sure to get up on time, thanks to up to eight different “Wake Up Tasks” which won't let you turn the alarm off or lower the volume until you finish them!
    -Happy Apping
Click to Download in the Apple Store     Click to download it from Google Play
I Can't Wake Up! Alarm Clock App, By: Kog Creations
Your Mind, Your Rights
Taking care of yourself includes taking care of your mind as well. Many college students suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. In the 2016 National College Health Assessment, 38.2% of the 33,512 students surveyed reported they “felt so depressed it was difficult to function” during the past year. The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law published a guide “Your Mind, Your Rights”. This is a guide for students who want to seek help for mental health or emotional distress, steps to take to find support on and off the campus, academic accommodations, and what resources to utilize for the grievance process. Read the guide in full to Learn More on This Topic . . .
7th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 30th 2017 in Las Vegas and Join us and Emcee Chet Buchanan and Grand Marshal Ricardo Laguna B M X rider as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying Register NowRegister now by clicking here for the 7th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 30th 2017 in Las Vegas
Transition Planning Tips for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Youth with Disabilities
It is important that the steps taken during transition planning lead to positive and well-informed decisions in education, career exploration, and independent living. When working with the other members of the team, parents and students want to make sure their voice is heard; which will help to ensure the student’s success. PACER has put together this handout, “Transition Planning Tips for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Youth with Disabilities”, to help families with tips on transition planning and ideas about extra support and training that maybe be needed. When using culturally appropriate practices in transition planning, it helps lead to more successes and celebrations of positive outcomes for all students. To learn more about these tips, explore the handout in full.
PEP Webinars
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
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Ayude a su Hijo a Concentrarse en el Aprendizaje
Miércoles, 6 de Septiembre, 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Introduction to IEP
Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Back to School with Bookshare: Tips from the Teaching Trenches
Fresh off the presses! The Bookshare Blog has a new post, titled ‘Back to School with Bookshare: Tips from the Teaching Trenches’

Here is an excerpt: Special education teacher shares four steps to reading independence Welcome to the first blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. Over the next two months, we will publish a series of blogs specifically designed to help teachers, students, and parents get a fresh start to the school year. Read Full Post Here . . .
Transportation for Students With Disabilities
Transportation is a related service under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) when it is necessary in order for a student to benefit from special education. It is an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team decision as to the need for specialized transportation, such as the need for curb to curb service. Parents as members of the IEP Team are a part of the decision, this handout Transportation for Students with Disabilities, will help parents be informed and actively participate in the decision. To learn more about transportation click on the Frequently Asked Questions from US Department of Education.
Contact your child's school or visit one of these district sites if you have specific questions or concerns about transportation.
Intervention for Bullying Behaviors
Bullying is a serious issue that adversely affects those that are targeted. While some forms of bullying are obvious there are other that are not. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has released a Strategies Brief to help further combat bullying by illustrating different types of bullying behaviors youth might exhibit and what can be done stop them from bullying others. To help Put an End to Bullying Read Here . . .
Understanding Anxiety Disorders
Everybody has something that they worry about from time to time but for those that have Anxiety Disorders the feeling of worry and apprehension is an intense feeling that can be overwhelming and difficult to manage. It is important for youth and families to know the difference between the three different types of anxiety disorders and how they could affect their everyday life. SAMSHAs factsheet on Anxiety Disorders gives more information to help youth and families understand what it is and what treatments can help. To learn more about Anxiety Disorders Read Here . . .
Energy Drinks And Risk To Future Substance Use
New research funded by NIDA suggests that college students who regularly consume energy drinks are at a greater risk for future alcohol use disorder, cocaine use, or nonmedical use (misuse) of prescription stimulants. News Release . . .
New Behavioral Health Barometers Provide In-Depth Data For All 50 States and DC
SAMHSA released the fourth edition of its Behavioral Health Barometer state reports that provide a powerful overview of behavioral health in each state and the District of Columbia (DC). Each report includes data about key behavioral health issues such as the prevalence of substance use, serious thoughts of suicide, serious mental illness, and related treatment, as well as their comparisons with the corresponding national annual averages.
Press Release . . .
Infographic: Play To Learn
This infographic from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development provides tips for parents to encourage play and learning. A healthy balance between children playing on their own and having structured play with parents is important for early learning and development. View Graphic Here . . .
Intervention Factsheet: Early Pathways
The intervention, Early Pathways, uses child-led play to strengthen the parent-child relationship to help caregivers better understand and manage their child’s behavior and emotional problems.
Learn More Here . . .
Feature: Schools Start Too Early
Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks, including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs as well as poor academic performance. One of the reasons adolescents do not get enough sleep is early school start times. Read More Here . . .
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August 11, 2017
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Rosa's Law Amends Sections of IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act
Rosa's Law (Pub. L. 111-256), signed in 2010, amended sections of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act), by removing the words “mental retardation” and replacing them with the words “intellectual disability” or “intellectual disabilities.” Final regulations, published today, implement these statutory changes in applicable Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services regulations.
Continue Reading . . .

What is a Host Home?
Research tells us that residential support services are most effective when they are designed with community living and community participation in mind. One type of residential support for adults with developmental disabilities is often referred to as a “Host Home” or a “Host Family”. This includes support services that are arranged in a family living setting. The setting chosen by the individual can be with their own family, although some restrictions may apply. To find out more, contact your regional center coordinator or Aging and Disability Services Click here to learn more about Community Living and Participation

7th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 30th 2017 in Las Vegas and Join us and Emcee Chet Buchanan and Grand Marshal Ricardo Laguna B M X rider as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying Register NowRegister now by clicking here for the 7th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 30th 2017 in Las Vegas

Photomath - Camera Calculator App
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Does math homework stress you out? The Photomath Camera Calculator app is all you need to be able to understand your child’s math homework. Simply point your camera toward any math problem and Photomath will magically show you the correct answer with detailed step-by-step instructions.

-Happy Apping
Photomath - Camera Calculator App, by: Photomath, Inc.
Click to Download in the Apple Store     Click to download it from Google Play

October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Sponsored by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign, held during the month of October, unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. It has grown from a week-long event to a worldwide effort, with thousands of individuals participating in many activities throughout October.

Show Your Support
Register your school or organization as a Champion Against Bullying.
Add your name to the digital “Together Against Bullying” pledge.
Sign up for the Bullying Prevention Newsletter.
Speak in your community about bullying prevention and local activities.
Download, print & share the flyer with your school, organization or community.
Complete the brief on-line form celebrate National Bullying Prevention Month.

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Dyslexia and the Brain: Research Shows that Reading Ability Can be Improved
Insights for parents, teachers, and educators from research by Dr. Elise Temple. This research on developmental dyslexia will give readers important information on the appropriate level of education necessary for students with developmental dyslexia to to gain reading skills.
Learn More Here . . .

The ADA at 27: Strengthening the American Workforce
Wednesday marked the 27th anniversary of a milestone in our nation’s history − the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Signed by President George H.W. Bush, this landmark legislation prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of disability and helps to ensure all Americans have equal access to good, safe jobs.
Learn More Here . . .

Get ready for #ABLEtoSave
August 2017 is #ABLEtoSave month, a nationwide awareness campaign led by the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) to provide information about ABLE accounts. During each of the five weeks in August, ANRC will provide resources, including:
    • Informational videos
    • Webinars on ABLE-related topics
    • Personal testimonies from ABLE account owners

Follow the ANRC on Facebook and Twitter (@theABLENRC) to discover many of these #ABLEtoSave resources and more!

Military-Connected Children News
Advantages of Enrolling in the EFMP
When a family member has special needs, it can be challenging to navigate the medical and education system – especially with the transitions of military life. The Exceptional Family Member Program helps families by providing information and referrals that assist families find needed services during assignments and eases access to assistance wherever they are. In fact, the Department of Defense is one of the very few employers to take the special needs of a family member into consideration before a move.
Continue Reading Here . . .

Early Childhood Inclusion
Voices from the Field Office Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
“Preschoolers don’t just learn in inclusive settings, they thrive!” Brenda Van Gorder, Director, Granite School District, Salt Lake City, UT as she shares the progress made in expanding inclusive programs in her district. Click here to read more. This is a great article to share with your child's school which highlights the importance of including all children in inclusive preschool classrooms!

PEP Webinars
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
- Presented by Nevada PEP
Introducción al Curso del IEP
Miércoles, 16 de Agosto, 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Understanding Section 504 – A Civil Rights Law
Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Explore Assistive Technology and Open New Doors for Your Child
This resource provides parents with three steps to start exploring and using appropriate assistive technology for their young child. Tips offered include finding professionals with assistive technology expertise, asking productive questions, and trying different assistive technology options. Also highlighted are the different assistive technology resources available to parents through their schools and community organizations.
Resource in English . . .
Recurso en Español . . .

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Getting Ready for School! Finding Immunizations and Healthcare for Uninsured Children in Nevada
Children's Medical Assistance in Southern NV is a non-profit organization assisting families in locating medical care for their children. Their mission is: To give the uninsured and underinsured children the opportunity to have the same medical care as the more fortunate, through community and professional partnerships.

Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, that was established in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to find a way to provide access to health care to the Southern Nevada’s working families who are either not eligible for Medicaid/Medicare or cannot obtain affordable health insurance coverage.

At Nevada Health Centers, they believe that all people, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay, have a right to access affordable, quality medical and dental care. As a non-profit organization, that is why they offer more than 15 health center locations and mobile service providers throughout Nevada including rural and urban areas. Find a health center near you . . .

UNR School of Medicine - Student Outreach Clinic
The Student Outreach Clinic offers free medical attention on a variety of health topics to the uninsured or underinsured community in Northern Nevada. Medical students gain hands-on experience under the direct supervision of licensed physicians to provide access to healthcare to individuals who would otherwise go without.

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10 Best-Ever Tips for Surviving College Move-In Day
Parenting doesn’t stop at 18 and the transition of moving day can be exciting for students with disabilities and their families. Nevada PTA shares one mother’s story about survival tips that can be used as students move from high school to college dorms. She shares tips such as being flexible as well as letting the student be independent. Read this mom’s story in its entirety to learn more about her tips.

Children's Visual Engagement Is Heritable And Altered In Autism; Attention To Mouth And Eyes Is Influenced By Genetic Factors
How children visually engage with others in social situations is a heritable behavior that is altered in children with autism, according to an NIH-funded study. Autism spectrum disorder affects how a person acts, communicates, and learns. Reduced attention to other people’s eyes and faces is a behavior associated with autism, and it is often used to screen for and help diagnose the disorder. In the current study, NIH-funded researchers explored the potential genetic foundation of this behavior, which can appear by the first six months of age and persist as children grow older.
Science Update . . .

Factsheet: Intervention For Families Impacted By Trauma
SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers this new factsheet on Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) which provides accepted, empirically-supported trauma treatment for families living in traumatic contexts with the goal of reducing the symptoms of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders in children and adult caregivers. Since most families living in traumatic contexts contend with on-going stresses and threats, SFCR is also designed to increase coping resources in children, adult caregivers, and in the family system to prevent relapse and re-exposure.
Learn More . . .

Blog Post: Can Kindness Overcome Bullying?
Being kind means that you think about the needs and concerns of others. Kind people volunteer, help others, and think about bigger issues that affect their communities. Unfortunately, many schools respond to negative behaviors such as bullying with punishment, which is thought to reduce or eliminate such behaviors, however, it may make better sense to focus on teaching and modeling pro-social behavior, like teaching kindness. This StopBullying.gov blog post describes key elements in teaching kindness, ways to teach kindness, and the impact of teaching kindness.
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July 26, 2017
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7th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 30th 2017 in Las Vegas and Join us and Emcee Chet Buchanan and Grand Marshal Ricardo Laguna B M X rider as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying Register Now Register now by clicking here for the 7th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 30th 2017 in Las Vegas

Hope
Let's start things off with Natasha Bedingfield, singing her song "Hope." The song is a soulful and inspirational song written to empower women and lift the stigma that surrounds mental health. Enjoy the video and then get to readin', cuz we got work to do!

What Can Help Children Focus
Disney's Babble is partnering with the PACER Center to help families better understand their children with behavioral and mental health needs. Here is an article about how fidget toys can be useful as a tool to help kids better focus and how this sensory input can be therapeutic.
Click Here . . .


7 Things to Know About Working with a Child with Auditory Processing Disorder
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Olympic medalists Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt served as honorary chairs for SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event on May 4. Both have experienced depression and eventually found help. Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas E. Price, M.D., presented both Michael and Allison with SAMHSA Special Recognition Awards for their support of children, youth, and young adults with mental and substance use disorders. Continue Reading . . .

Google Earth App
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This is a brand new Google Earth.
Gain a new perspective of the world as you explore the globe with a swipe of your finger. Use the “tour guide” to easily discover exciting new places to explore with your family. With a quick swipe on the tab at the bottom of the screen, you can bring up a selection of virtual tours from around the globe.
Fly through landmarks and cities like London, Tokyo and Rome in stunning 3D, and then dive in to experience them first hand with Street View. See the world from a new point which brings you one-of-a-kind experiences from Sesame Street, BBC Earth, NASA and more.
    -Happy Apping
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5 Tips for Talking to Your Teenager About Mental Health
It is important to talk with your teen about their mental health. More than 22 percent of people between the ages of 13-18 will experience a mental health or substance use challenge each year. One thing parents can do is to keep a comfortable and open dialogue with teens. Mental Health First Aid gives us 5 tips for having a productive conversation about mental health concerns with our teens. Read the article in its entirety to learn more.


PEP Webinars
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
    - Presented by Nevada PEP
Positive Behavioral Approaches for Parents
Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Help Your Child to Focus on Learning
Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Blaming Parents: What I've learned and unlearned as a child psychiatrist
In September 2017, Dr. Justine Larson will be joining the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)as the Senior Medical Advisor for the Center for Mental Health Services. Dr. Larson is board certified in adult psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry, and neurology. Find out how becoming a parent changed Dr. Larson's perspective on how parents are treated when they seek help for their children. Read Article Here . . .

Inclusive Higher Education
Many opportunities come from engaging in higher education. Students with intellectual disabilities do not have to miss out. Especially with the growing number of colleges offering programs that provide an inclusive college experience with an education tailored to fit their post-secondary goals. We have local programs at UNLV and UNR that have this same focus. This fact sheet from Think College illustrates the benefits and positive outcomes. Learn more and read about one student's success story.

Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada Update!
Save the date! As we MOVE It Forward in 2017 Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada continues to focus on raising awareness around youth issues statewide by advocating for youth rights and voice in mental health and other systems that serve us. The goal is to empower youth throughout all systems to unite and share the youth voices of lived experience to foster change in our community. Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada’s next meeting will be taking place at 5:30pm on August 21st, 2017 at our Las Vegas and Reno locations. To get involved or for more information, give us a call or check out our webpage at:
www.nvpep.org/youth-move.html

It is Back to School Time!
Check out the following websites for your school district to get questions answered and learn how to help your child have a great start to the new year!

Stop by the Nevada PEP table at the following Clark County School District/Cox
Communications Back to School Fairs.
View schedule of BACK TO SCHOOL FAIRS Here . . .

Student Engagement
Getting students involved and engaged in school can positively impact their performance and attendance levels. These benefits have been seen in numerous research studies and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln released a Strategies Brief with evidence of the benefits that it can have on students. The brief also provides information on how parents can help their youth become more engaged and put them on the path to academic success. To learn more Read Here . . .

Understanding Depression
It can be difficult to tell if a youth is acting in a typical manner or if they might be experiencing something more serious like depression. Everyone experiences low points in their life but depression is far more intense and last longer than regular low points. With depression affecting up to 11% of youth between the ages of 12-17, it is important to know what is and is not depression. SAMSHAs factsheet helps youth and families understand what depression means and give tips on how to find out if what youth is experiencing is depression and how to help them.
To learn more about Depression read the fact sheet here.

NIH-Funded Study Finds New Clues To Brain Disorder
Researchers have identified structural changes in two genes that increase the risk of developing Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and vocal tics. The study, published in the journal Neuron, was supported by NINDS. Press Release . . .

SAMHSA Announces $44.6 Million In Grants To Expand The Behavioral Health Care Workforce
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced funding of up to $44.6 million for the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC) Cooperative Agreements. The purpose of this program is to develop the health care workforce to treat substance use disorders and support recovery. Grantees will establish a network to collaborate with each other and SAMHSA to improve treatment and recovery. The newly created network will feature a National Coordinating Office and 10 regional centers spread around the country. Press Release . . .

The Science Of Caregiving: Bringing Voices Together
The National Institute of Nursing Research and partners will host a summit that will provide perspectives across the spectrum of caregiving, including the importance of caregiving across the lifespan as well as current and future directions for research to improve the health of patients and caregivers. Get Tickets Here . . .

Webinar: Cultural, Historical, And Gender Issues: The Ali Forney Center
AFC provides a comprehensive range of services to LGBTQ homeless and street-based youth, including a drop-in center, mobile outreach, and emergency housing. Their Peer Educator program was created based on the recognition that homeless youth are most likely to trust outreach workers who have been formerly homeless themselves. In addition, their community outreach program is designed to help mental health providers to serve LGBTQ youth in a more culturally-competent manner.
Sign-up Here . . .

NIH Research Study: Depression In Teenagers
This study seeks to understand the causes of depression in teenagers. As part of a larger study looking at mood dysregulation, this part of the study is currently recruiting medically healthy teenagers ages 12 to 17, who meet the criteria for major depressive disorder, and are in treatment with a physician. Study participation begins with an initial 1-day evaluation. Research visits may include annual outpatient visits up to age 25, and/or a 4- to 15-week inpatient treatment. 1-301-496-8381 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health Click Here . . .


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Volunteer!
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Toll-Free (800) 216-5188 7211 West Charleston Blvd. 4600 Kietzke Lane, Suite I-202
www.nvpep.org Las Vegas, NV 89117 Reno, NV 89502
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July 10, 2017
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Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing
RSPH and the Young Health Movement have published a new report, #StatusOfMind, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health.

The report includes a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental health. YouTube tops the table as the most positive with Instagram and Snapchat coming out as the most detrimental to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Continue to Report . . .

How to Organize Your Child’s IEP Binder
Making an IEP binder is a great way to keep information organized and at the ready when you need it. An IEP binder can help you prepare for IEP meetings and stay up to date on your child’s progress. This powerful tool can also help you communicate and collaborate with teachers and your child’s IEP team. Here’s what you need to Get Started . . .

7th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 30th 2017 in Las Vegas and Join us and Emcee Chet Buchanan and Grand Marshal Ricardo Laguna B M X rider as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying Register NowRegister now by clicking here for the 7th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 30th 2017 in Las Vegas

Sesame Street for Military Families App
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Developed for parents and caregivers: The app puts all of Sesame’s bilingual (English & Spanish) resources for military families’ right in your pocket! Use your mobile device to access videos, articles, storybooks, parent guides, and more to help you support your preschool and school-aged children as they encounter transitions common to military families.

-Happy Apping
Sesame Street for Military Families App, by: Sesame Street
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U.S. Department of Education Launches New IDEA Website
The U.S. Department of Education launched a new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

"The launch of this new and improved site is a big win for children with disabilities, their families and the entire IDEA community," said Secretary DeVos. "It is incumbent upon the government to provide accessible and accurate information to our citizens. That's why one of my first actions as Secretary was to order the Department to fix and revitalize its woefully outdated IDEA site so that parents, educators and service providers could readily access the resources they need. Visit Website . . .

Keeping Parents Informed - Evidenced Based Practices in Education
Creating Better Strategies for Teaching Math Word Problems
Through her research, University of Minnesota professor, Asha Jitendra, Ph.D. has developed strategies to help parents and teachers support students who struggle with word math problems. Schema-based instruction, which teaches students to focus on the underlying structure of math word problems, improves learning for students of all levels. Click Here to Read More . . .

Military-Connected Children News
MIC3: Know your Military Child's Rights
3 Free Webinar Sessions
(We received clarification this Webinar is open to all military families.)

What exactly is the Military Interstate Compact for Military Connected Children and how does it support your child? Join us as we discuss the nuances of the MIC3. Learn how The Compact's rues on enrollment, eligibility and graduation can benefit your military-connected child. We will walk you through the key provisions outlined in The Compact and discuss resources and support options available for military families. Register Here . . .

Early Childhood Inclusion
Division for Early Childhood (DEC) has produced a series of resources that will help parents and professionals learn about definitions, research findings and access examples relating to inclusion practices. This issue of Resources within Reason: Designing for Each Child, provides valuable information regarding Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and focuses on creating accessible environments in preschools. Another resource in this series Powerful Perspectives provides a brief summary and links to four key joint policy statements from the US Departments of Education, and Health and Human Services on Inclusion, Dual Language Learners, Expulsion and Suspension and Family Engagement. These materials may be used to raise awareness, support planning, offer strategies, and hopefully, change attitudes…”

PEP Webinars
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
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Bullies, Targets, and Bystanders: Responses that Work
Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Making the Most Out of Your Baby’s Early Intervention Services
Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Guidepost for Success
A good learning environment and career development programs for students can make a positive difference in their lives. The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) has a guide that can help with school experiences, work-based learning programs, and help with connecting activities in the community. The Guidepost for Success can be used as a helpful tool when families and students with disabilities are developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and discussing an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) with Vocational Rehabilitation.

ESSA
Get answers to your questions about Every Student Succeeds Act(ESSA),the new Federal Law for K-12. Education Week answers questions like: How does it differ from No Child Left Behind; Do my kids still have to be tested? and more, on this quick 3 minute YouTube Video . . .

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National Network Information, Guidance, and Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.” Check out the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the ADA. Each Regional ADA Center focuses on its region’s unique needs. This regional focus is critical to ensuring that ADA National Network services meet the needs of a diversity of populations and stakeholders throughout the country Pacific ADA Center (Region IX)Serving Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada & the Pacific Basin

The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance. As the center for Nevada, they do the following:










Provide information, problem solving assistance, and referrals for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Accessible Electronic and Information Technology (E&IT).
Conduct community outreach and region-wide dissemination of newsletters and materials.
Coordinate and conduct regional conferences, individual state training workshops, local trainings, and presentations.
Provide hotline technical assistance for the ADA.
Coordinate the provision of on-site technical assistance.
Maintain an accessible Web site at http://www.adapacific.org.

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Webinar on Workplace Technology
Let’s learn how to "plug-into" a more independent workplace. Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology will have a webinar, “Neurodiversity & Workplace Technology” on July 20, 2pm ET. This webinar will discuss why technology is one source of independence and why this is changing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. To learn more and register Click Here . . .

Neuroimaging Technique May Help Predict Autism Among High-Risk Infants
Functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) may predict which high-risk, six-month old infants will develop autism spectrum disorder by age two years, according to a study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), two components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study is published in the June 7, 2017 issue of Science Translational Medicine.
Science Update . . .

Quickstats: Percentage Of Children And Teens Aged 4-17 Years Ever Diagnosed With ADHD, By Sex And Urbanization Of County Of Residence
During 2013−2015, the percentage of children and teens aged four to 17 years who had ever received a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was significantly higher among boys than among girls within all urbanization levels. Among boys, those living in small metro and non-metro micropolitan areas were more likely to have received a diagnosis of ADHD than were those living in large central and large fringe metropolitan areas. Among girls, those living in large central areas were less likely to have received a diagnosis of ADHD than those living in each of the other five types of urban/rural areas.
Learn More . . .

Operation Prevention: New Resources For Educators
Operation Prevention, an initiative from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education, aims to combat the growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use by educating students about the science behind addiction and its impacts on the brain and body. The newest Operation Prevention resources include the Science of Addiction Student Learning Module which allows students to investigate the impacts of heroin and prescription opioids on the brain and body through a self-paced scientific exploration; the Elementary School Lesson which explains how medications work in our bodies and why it is important to use them responsibly; the Extended Parent Toolkit with discussion starters for elementary age students; and resources in Spanish.
Prevention Resources . . .


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The American Job Centers Network
Summer is a great time for youth to explore jobs and gain work experience, even earn a little money. The American Job Centers Network provides services for job seekers, including those with disabilities. Learn the 4 easy steps to find the perfect summer job, Read More . . .

Olympians Phelps and Schmitt Join with SAMHSA to Promote Children’s Mental Health
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Olympic medalists Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt served as honorary chairs for SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event on May 4. Both have experienced depression and eventually found help. Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas E. Price, M.D., presented both Michael and Allison with SAMHSA Special Recognition Awards for their support of children, youth, and young adults with mental and substance use disorders. Continue Reading . . .

Road Trip Travel Games App
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Planning a road trip this summer? Check out the Road Trip Travel Games for the most popular family friendly road trip games. These games can be played on the road even on short trips running errands with mom or even while you're sitting in the doctor's office! Either way, these games are simple, easy to play and should provide hours of entertainment.
    -Happy Apping
Click to Download in the Apple Store     Click to download it from Google Play
Road Trip Travel Games App, By: First Century Thinking LLC

Quick Guide: Transportation and Travel Instruction
One piece of independence that some individuals forget about is transportation. Transportation and travel instruction can give students and youth with disabilities the success in independently navigating their community. National Technical Assistance Center on Transition has developed a guide which provides research that shows students with disabilities who could travel independently outside the home, were more likely to be engaged in post-school employment. Read the guide in full at the above link to find out more information on transportation and travel instruction.

How Repealing and Replacing the ACA Could Reduce Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Parity Protections
Congress’ investigative arm is calling on federal officials to consider earlier transition planning and to take other steps to meet the needs of youth with autism entering adulthood.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased access to treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders. Repealing and replacing the ACA could curtail those benefits and reverse the effort to reduce historical disparities between covering medical and surgical care versus mental illness and substance use disorders. Read Brief Here . . .

New CDC Resource Can Help States and Communities Prevent Youth Violence
CDC’s new resource, A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors, outlines science-based strategies states and communities can use to stop and prevent youth violence including bullying.
Continue Reading . . .

PEP Webinars
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
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Introduction to IEP
Friday, 30 June 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Evaluation & Response to Intervention
Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
It can be a confusing hearing a health professional say that your youth has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but the more that families and youth know about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) the greater the outcomes can be. SAMSHA’s factsheet gives information on OCD which can affect up to 2% of children. This factsheet on OCD can help families and youth have better understanding about what obsessions are and how they are linked to compulsions along with more information on possible therapies and supports to help those with OCD. To learn more about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Read Here . . .

Families Living with Addiction and Recovery
A new survey from “Faces and Voices of Recovery” provides family members affected by a loved one’s substance use the opportunity to share their voice and contribute to research specific to family experiences. If you are interested in sharing your experiences and contributing to this new body of research on family experiences complete the Survey Here . . .

Rural Health Report
Medicaid is a vital source of health coverage nationwide, but the program’s role is even more pronounced in small towns and rural areas. Medicaid covers a larger share of nonelderly adults and children in rural and small-town areas than in metropolitan areas; this trend is strongest among children. Demographic factors have an impact on this relationship: rural areas tend to have lower household incomes, lower rates of workforce participation, and higher rates of disability— all factors associated with Medicaid eligibility. Continue Reading . . .

Nevada's New Bullying Legislation
Governor Sandoval signs new bullying legislation. These provide new rules and guidance for Nevada schools. Click her to learn more AB292 and SB225.

Summer is a great time to learn about the steps families can take if they have concerns that their child is being bullied. National Bullying Center Prevention Center has developed a handout, Use Positive Strategies to Protect Your Child with Disabilities from Bullying as a resource for revising the IEP to include advocacy goals and accommodations that support and protect students.

Wraparound Overview
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Please join the National Wraparound Implementation Center & the Nevada System of Care for this informative & dynamic overview of Wraparound!

July 21st, 2017
9:00am - Noon
Location:
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6375 W. Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146
Building K, Room 101

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Outside-The-Box College Accommodations Real Support for Real Students Tools for School
Let's start thinking “outside-the-box”. In college, students with mental health needs may be afforded accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These are accessed through the disability resource center on college campuses. Transitions, RTC provides a tip sheet that offers students suggestions on figuring out appropriate accommodations for college courses. Read the tip sheet to find out more information.

Know Your Rights: Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits
There is now a law that protects your mental health and substance use disorder benefits. Read more about these protections Here . . .

Pediatrics-based Brief Therapy Outdoes Referral for Youths with Anxiety and Depression
A streamlined behavioral therapy delivered in a pediatrics practice offered much greater benefit to youth with anxiety and depression than a more standard referral to mental health care with follow-up in a clinical trial comparing the two approaches. The benefit of the former approach in comparison with referral was especially striking in Hispanic youth, a finding that may help inform efforts to address disparities in care. Continue Reading . . .

SAMHSA’S Behavioral Health Barometer Provides Information On The Nation's Behavioral Health
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Barometer, United States, Volume 4 report provides an overview of the nation’s behavioral health. The Barometer includes key behavioral health issues such as the prevalence of substance use, serious mental illness, serious thoughts of suicide, and related treatment. Furthermore, the Barometer breaks down its findings into major groups according to age, gender, racial and ethnic categories, poverty status, and health insurance status. Press Release . . .

FDA Approves First Generic Strattera For The Treatment Of ADHD
The FDA approved the first generic versions of Strattera (atomoxetine) to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in pediatric and adult patients. Press Release . . .

Help Me Understand Genetics
From the National Library of Medicine, this resource provides an introduction to fundamental topics related to human genetics, including illustrations and basic explanations of genetics concepts.
Learn More Here . . .

Podcast: Five-Minute Relaxation
This podcast from SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCSTN) was created to support parents whose birth or adoptive children have experienced trauma, displacement, or adverse childhood events. In this podcast, parents will find an effective tool to reduce stress by taking five minutes in the day to notice their breathing so they can “de-stress,” be more present in the moment, and “take charge and recharge.” Listen Here . . .
Is Depression Affecting Your Military Family?
These New Resources Can Help
This blog post describes new publications for military communities to learn more about depression. The materials were released as part of a suite of clinical support tools for major depressive disorder to inform patients and health care providers about treatment options and where to find help. Read Blog Post Here . . .


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Family Members of Children with Special Needs/ Behavioral Healthcare Needs
Your unique parenting experience combined with your passion to help other families navigate the maze of programs and services for their children, makes you an ideal candidate for a rewarding position with Nevada PEP. Apply Here . . .


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E Post newsletter title with Nevada PEP logo Celebrating 20 years Serving Nevada
June 12, 2017
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NDE Accountability Goal: Measure What Matters To Nevadans
Nevada Department of Education has been gathering input from community stakeholders, parents, school staff for the past 2 years to develop School Performance Indicators for elementary, middle and high school.
Click here to see the results and how schools will be evaluated.

School Suspensions Take a Toll on Kids With IEPs and 504 Plans
Kids with IEPs are more than twice as likely to be suspended. And a lot of those suspensions involve kids with learning and attention issues. How come? Explore the answers in The State of LD, recently released by NCLD. Discover five ways to use information from the report. Plus read one family's story about unique IEP goals for a child with both special education needs and giftedness.
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Find my Kids: Child Locator App
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With school out for summer break our kids will be out and about having some summer fun. Install the app on your phone and your kid’s phone and track his/her position on the map of your town. The application “Find my Kids” allows you to use the location tracker and see the position of your kid or find family and friends on the map in a real-time mode.

-Happy Apping
Find my Kids: Child Locator App, by: Line App
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Thank You!
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Thank you to all of our wonderful community partners during Mental Health Awareness Month! The following businesses partnered with Nevada PEP to raise awareness for Mental Health. These outstanding businesses provided training flyers and collected donations for our Green Ribbon campaign.

Check them out:
Alternate Reality Comics
Archer & Jane
Battle Born Tattoo
Bella Salon
Carson City Aquatic Facility
Carson City Hot Springs
Carson City Library
Carson Community Mental Health Clinic
Children’s Orchard
Dragon Castle Books

Flag Store
Graceful Facials & Massage
Kid to Kid
Kinderland Café
Ming’s Restaurant
Mary's About Face and Body
Nature’s Bakery
Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint
Shoe Tree Brewing
Tiny Wardrobe

The Importance of Self-Regulation
An important skill that helps our children with disabilities become successful independent and expert learners is the ability of self-regulation. Want your students to take ownership over their learning? Check out these strategies . . .

U.S. Department of Education Launches New IDEA Website
The U.S. Department of Education launched a new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

"The launch of this new and improved site is a big win for children with disabilities, their families and the entire IDEA community," said Secretary DeVos. "It is incumbent upon the government to provide accessible and accurate information to our citizens. That's why one of my first actions as Secretary was to order the Department to fix and revitalize its woefully outdated IDEA site so that parents, educators and service providers could readily access the resources they need. Visit Website . . .

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Evidence-based Practices for Teaching Writing
Writing is a complex task! It is a complicated process that requires planning, drafting, editing, and revising until one has a finished product.Many kids who struggle with writing try to avoid it altogether. John Hopkins University has published research for parents and teachers to learn more on how to use effective writing practices that can help struggling writers. Click here to see the research and learn more about to help your child become a better writer.

Military-Connected Children News
Master a Move for Families with Special Needs
Relocation is part of military life. Every few years you may be required to move, possibly across the county or to another country. Relocating a school-aged child with special education needs includes its own unique preparation. With advanced planning, you can help ensure your child receives the services he or she needs at a new school. Here is a practical checklist of steps to take to ensure a smooth transition for families with special needs.

Early Childhood Inclusion
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Head Start Can Help Children With Disabilities Participate in Programs That Are Inclusive
Federal law says that each Head Start program must reserve at least 10% of their enrollment for children with disabilities. In order for your child to get special education services from a Head Start program, children must be eligible based on a federal law called the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” (IDEA). To learn more about Head Start programs, check out the following video describing one father's experience in the program.
Head Start for Inclusion has developed a one page handout to help parents participate in the IEP process. To review the handout, Click on IEP Basics: Parents and Guardians

PEP Webinars
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
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Getting the First Job
Thursday, 15 June 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Introduction to IEP
Friday, 30 June 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship programs can be an exciting and a fulfilling opportunity for anyone involved. These programs offer young adults, including those with disabilities, a career pathway that provides employment as the individual learns on the job. Nevada’s apprenticeship programs promote inclusive models that fulfill employer needs by attracting a diverse array of candidates. Some of the programs offered are Iron Workers program, Operating Engineers, and Electricians programs. Southern Nevada programs can be found here . . . as well as Northern Nevada programs here: https://www.buildingtradejobs.org/ All programs vary from 1-6 years with some of the programs enabling the individual to receive college credits throughout the program, as well as some programs the individual can work on a GED alongside the apprenticeship program.

Disability Advocates Protest Medicaid Cuts
In what’s being billed as a national day of action, dozens of advocacy groups are joining members of Congress to sound alarm bells about proposed cuts to Medicaid, which they say will have severe consequences for people with disabilities. Read More Here . . .

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Fund for a Healthy Nevada - Tobacco Money Funding for Families of Children with Disabilities
The Fund for a Healthy Nevada (FHN) is supported by 60% of the revenue generated for Nevada by the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement reached in 1998 between multiple states and tobacco manufacturers. Approximately $1,000,000 is distributed on a annual basis to organizations that provide services to families such as Respite, Post Secondary& Employment College Programs, Assistive Technology Employment Services and Positive Behavior Supports.
Click here to learn about the 2016/17 funded programs. 56% of the funding is distributed to statewide programs with the balance of of 44% is distributed to north, south and rural communities.
Every two years a Community Needs assessment is conducted to gather the communities input on priorities and services that are needed in the state.
The Office of Community Partnerships and Grants use the Community Needs Assessment and the grants application process to determine how the funds are distributed to help families in Nevada.

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Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology can help your child prepare for high school, post secondary education, and becoming more independent as they approach life after graduation. Assistive Technology can help to organize ideas, minimize distractions and help maintain focus, as the expectations become more challenging. To learn more, Check out these 7 steps . . .

Disability Resource Centers (DRC) Help Students With Disabilities Transition Into College
With summer approaching, it is a good time for incoming juniors and seniors to start thinking about college. Most universities and community colleges have a Disability Resource Center (DRC) to help students with disabilities transition into college. The DRC gives information on accommodations, Assistive Technology, self advocacy, eligibility and more.
In Northern Nevada: UNR - TMCC - WNC - GBC - SNC
In Southern Nevada: UNLV - CSN - NSC

AHRQ Research Reveals Massage, Sensory Interventioons Improve Autism Behaviors
Sensory-focused interventions – such as massage, swinging and trampoline exercises, and exposure to different textures – reduced sensory and motor impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to an analysis funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), highlighted in the journal Pediatrics.
Press Release Here . . .

Baby Teeth Link Autism And Heavy Metals, NIH Study Suggests
Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism, according to an innovative study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of NIH. The researchers studied twins to control genetic influences and focus on possible environmental contributors to the disease. The findings suggest that differences in early-life exposure to metals, or more importantly how a child’s body processes them, may affect the risk of autism.
Press Realease . . .

Disability Resources: Building An Inclusive Workforce
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy recently updated its Building an Inclusive Workforce desktop “flip guide.” Available via mail order free of charge and online for download, this guide provides information and resources to assist in increasing disability inclusion, framed around the following categories: business strategies that work, creating an inclusive culture, recruitment and hiring, and retention and advancement.
Flip Guide Here . . .


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May 25, 2017
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
On Monday, May 8, 2017, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health partnered to host a Congressional briefing titled, “The Benefits of Collaborative Care for Children’s Mental Health.” Kicking off National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, providers, officials, and family members discussed the prevalence of childhood mental illness, the lack of resources to address these illnesses, the importance of collaborative care, and potential solutions to the problem. Read More . . .

Cozi Family Organizer App
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Manage your jam-packed life and keep the whole family in the loop with Cozi. Cozi turns all your devices into ultimate family organizers with a shared calendar, shopping lists, to do lists, recipe box, and more everyone can access on the go. It is an Award Winner for Best Family App.
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Slow Processing Speed and Anxiety: What You Need to Know
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For kids with slow processing speed, anxiety can pop up all day and without warning. If it happens often, anxious moments may turn into anxiety disorder. Get tips to help your child with test anxiety. And explore a checklist to see if your young child might be struggling with other triggers.

Feds Urged To Improve Transition Services
Congress’ investigative arm is calling on federal officials to consider earlier transition planning and to take other steps to meet the needs of youth with autism entering adulthood.

In a wide-ranging report released this month, the Government Accountability Office said that federal agencies can do more to improve outcomes for those on the spectrum who the agency said often fare poorer than individuals with other types of disabilities in the transition to work and postsecondary education.
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Getting the First Job
Thursday, 15 June 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Introduction to IEP
Friday, 30 June 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Telebehavioral Health
Telebehavioral health utilizes telecommunications and related technologies to meet the emotional, mental and behavioral health needs of populations at a distance by extending providers' reach. Telebehavioral health has two main aims, which focus on direct services to consumers and continued workforce development for providers. The diversity in delivery service models makes telebehavioral health an asset for providers and communities in rural, frontier, and other hard to each areas. Via the use of video-teleconferencing systems, mobile telephones, remote patient monitoring, etc. behavioral health providers have the ability to evaluate, treat, and receive consultation for consumers. Learn More Here . . .

Secondary Transition:
Supporting Students with Mental Health Needs

With momentum for supporting youth with mental health needs through transition on the rise, recently schools have begun to play a larger role in supporting students. As a result, particularly those students identified under IDEA, now have increased access to transition services specific to their mental health needs leading to more positive outcomes. This “Quick Guide” from the National Transition Technical Assistance Center highlights research, resources, and recommendations on supporting students with mental health needs in secondary education.

Understanding ADHD
The more that families and youth know about ADHD the greater the outcomes can be. This factsheet gives information on Attention-Deficient/Hyperactivity Disorder which affects up to 4.3% of youth between the ages of 3-18. ADHD is a pattern of inattentive and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. This can affect everyday life and tasks, however the symptoms are treatable and people with ADHD live successful lives. People with ADHD might find it hard to pay attention, keep organized, sit still, take turns and they may even lose or forget things. Read the SAMSHA factsheet to learn more about ADHD.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has designated May the 4th 2017 as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. In recognition of this national day, the regional consortia in the State of Nevada are hosting a Youth Video Contest entitled “Be a FORCE for Children’s Mental Health.” Youth 18 and under were tasked with creating a short video that addresses mental health issues such as bullying and ending the stigma of mental health.

The Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium received more than 20 entries from 67 participants. The CCCMHC selected four finalists and the 1st place was awarded to the Navigators Chapter 67 in Clark County for their video “Force for Change.” The winning video will be shown during movie nights at multiple Clark County Libraries and can be viewed on the CCCMHC website at www.CCCMHC.org. Prizes for the winners include attendance at a local film festival, a film experience, and free admission to a variety of family attractions.

Summer Learning Opportunities
Summer School classes are a great opportunities for students to catch up, maintain skills, get ahead or prepare for the following school year. For families that might be looking at the summertime to help their child acquire high school credits, take a look at the following summer programs.

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Washoe County School District
Clark County School District Also available in Spanish
Learn about Summer School

For the rural districts that are not providing summer school programs, families could consider having their child attend an online charter, public or private summer school program.

Some students with disabilities who are on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) may need a Extended School Year (ESY) program to help maintain skills. All districts, including rural districts are required to provide students Extended School Year (ESY) services if a child's Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team indicates the need for a longer school year. Talk to your child's school for additional information on Extended School Year or Summer School Programs.

Transition
There is a "Voices of Experience" video series on the National Parent Center on Transition and Employment website. Families and adults with disabilities share their stories of their transition experiences, their challenges, perseverance and the importance of high expectations. To view these videos . . .

Emergency Departments Could Play Significant Role In Reducing Suicide Attempts
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded research shows an intervention that includes follow-up phone calls reduces the risk of future suicide attempts for people at risk. A significant proportion of individuals who die by suicide have made a prior suicide attempt and often access emergency care services. The study found that hospital emergency departments can play a vital role in lowering the number of suicide attempts among adults by as much as 30 percent.
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Depression More Commons Among Adolescents With Health Conditions
New data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals higher rates of depression among adolescents with common health conditions, including diabetes, asthma, and obesity. Major depressive episodes (MDEs) are more common among adolescents ages 12 to 17 with asthma or diabetes, than among adolescents without these conditions, according to the new report.
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New SAMHSA Toolbox Promotes Mental Health And School Readiness In Young Children
SAMHSA has launched a virtual toolbox to guide early childhood leaders in promoting the mental health and school readiness of young children. The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Toolbox includes videos, interactive products, and resources to enhance early childhood programs through implementing or expanding mental health consultation.
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Changing Minds About Children's Exposure To Violence
This Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention blog post describes the “Changing Minds” campaign launched in partnership with Futures Without Violence, which highlights five key healing gestures that adults can use in working with children. Adults can celebrate, comfort, collaborate with, listen to and inspire children to help them overcome the trauma caused by violence. The Changing Minds campaign identifies solutions to help children heal and educates the public about the problem of children's exposure to violence. Learn More Here . . .


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