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E Post newsletter title with Nevada PEP logo Celebrating 20 years Serving Nevada
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
Click to Download in the Apple Store     Click to download it from Google Play

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.
- Presented by Nevada PEP
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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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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June 26, 2017
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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.
    - Presented by Nevada PEP
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:
College of Southern Nevada
6375 W. Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146
Building K, Room 101

For more information please call: (775)688-2664




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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Watch a step by step "How to" video Here . . .

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 . . .


Volunteer!
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Statewide Central Office Satellite Office
Toll-Free (800) 216-5188 7211 West Charleston Blvd. 4600 Kietzke Lane, Suite I-202
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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.
Learn More Here

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
Click to Download in the Apple Store     Click to download it from Google Play

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 . . .

Keeping Parents Informed - Evidenced Based Practices in Education
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.
- Presented by Nevada PEP
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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AmazonSmile Program
When you use your existing Amazon.com account to shop through SmazonSmile, 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to Nevada PEP. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
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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 . . .


Volunteer!
We need your help statewide. If you are interested in making a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself at the same time, we highly suggest that you volunteer at Nevada PEP.
Click Here . . .


Statewide Central Office Satellite Office
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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May 25, 2017
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
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Join our Green Ribbon Campaign!!
For the month of May
PLEDGE $1 or $5 for a Family Ribbon
We will put your name on a Green Ribbon at PEP to show your support!!!
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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.
Learn More Here . . .

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

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.

Learn More:
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.
Science Update Here . . .

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.
Press Release . . .

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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