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December 28, 2017
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Consider making a difference this Holiday Season Just one person can inspire tremendous change in the lives of those around them... and it all starts with you. You can make a difference!! Nevada PEP is asking for your support this holiday season by giving a charitable donation. Your end of year tax-deductible donation will support the many programs and services we provide to families who have children with special needs. If you have already sent in your tax deductible donation to Nevada PEP, thank you, we are so grateful for your support. If you have not yet donated please know that it is not too late. Specifically, your support will help Nevada PEP: Ensure that parents who have children with disabilities are empowered with the support, information and resources they need to become their child's best advocate. Continue the Hand in Hand Together We Can Appreciation Program recognizing exceptional people who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of families and children with disabilities. Reach more pre-school children and teachers and educate them on disabilities and bullying prevention through the art of puppetry.We are counting on you for your support, please donate TODAY.
Click below to donate! Respectfully, Bryce Loveland Board Chair Your donation to Nevada P.E.P., Inc. may be tax deductible, please consult your tax advisor. Happy New Year! Go to donation.nvpep.org
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What If Your Child Refuses to go to School?
National Public Radio recently highlighted a study that examines chronic absenteeism known as “school refusal,” which may be triggered by anxiety, depression, and/or a family crisis. It can lead to weeks or even months of missed school days. There are estimates that anxiety-based school refusal affects 2% to 5% of school-age children. It is often triggered when students are transitioning into middle or high school. As the anxiety increases, getting out of bed in the morning can be a chore and some may suffer physical symptoms such as stomach aches. The cause of school refusal is different for every child. When we reframe chronic absenteeism as a mental health issue; not a behavioral problem, we help children ease back into the classroom.
For the complete story Click Here . . .

Be a Voice for Change in Children's Mental Health!
Nevada PEP continues to be a voice for families at the System of Care Workgroup meetings. Expanding access to community based mental health services for children & youth is one of the primary goals of the System of Care Expansion and your stories are invaluable! If you would like to find out how you can participate, please contact Kimberly Smerkers at 775.448.9950 or Kelly Figueroa, CPSP, at 702.388.8899. Upcoming meetings can be found at Upcoming Children's System of Care Meetings . . .

Job Openings
Are you a passionate advocate for your child? Would you like to help other parents be effective advocates for their children as well? Nevada PEP is looking for parents and family members to join our team! View all job openings statewide here.

Southern Nevada Challenger Little League is starting the 26th season! Challenger Little League provides opportunities for children and
young adults to enjoy playing baseball!
Sign ups are accepted now until Friday, February 2, 2018
For more information contact:
Nevada PEP
7211 W. Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89117
Phone: 702-388-8899

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LifeAssyst is an ICE (In Case of Emergency) App that can save a life in an emergency situation by providing critical information to First Responders, without them having to unlock the phone. The app displays information on the locked screen, including emergency contacts and the ability to call emergency contacts, without unlocking the phone.
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Supplemental Research Bulletin: Mass Violence and Behavioral Health
Mass violence events expose survivors and witnesses to trauma, whether they experience the event in person, within the community, or through the media. This issue of the Supplemental Research Bulletin, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), discusses the effects of mass violence events and the sequence of behavioral health reactions after the event in adult and youth survivors. Read Bulletin Here . . .

My Child’s Behavior Is Out of Control. Now What?
Does your child’s behavior seem totally unpredictable? Do you often get notes from teachers about your child’s behavior at school? Or maybe her behavior at home seems out of control.
Whether or not your child has learning or attention issues you’re aware of, behavior issues can feel overwhelming. Following these steps can help as you try to figure out what’s behind your child’s actions. You’ll find tips on how to curb them and where to turn for more advice and support. Continue Reading Here . . .

PEP Webinars
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving the indoor warmth of 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
Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Making the Most Out of Your Baby’s Early Intervention Services
Friday, 19 January 2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Diploma Requests for Former Nevada Students
Nevada Assembly Bill AB7 was passed in 2017 and provides a way for former students who have completed the required credits to receive their high school diploma. This law eliminates the requirement for students to take or pass the high school proficiency exam. Nevada Department of Education has recently issued a new guidance document to help districts and parents understand the application process to obtain the diploma. This guidance is applicable to students who were in special and general education. Click on the following links for former students to request their diplomas.
Clark County School District
Washoe County School District
Contact your school district or charter school for more information on the process for requesting a transcript review to determine if a standard diploma can be issued.

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College Students and Co-Occurring Disorders
College students with mental health and substance abuse issues are common in college-aged students. The transition into college after high school is empowering and stressful at the same time. According to a 2016 American College Health Association survey, 37 percent of students reported feeling depressed within the last 12 months and 21 percent felt overwhelming anxiety which are high numbers and could lead to students self-medicating. This publication Behavioral Health Among College Students Information & Resource Kit can help parents and student understand the preventative measures that colleges and universities are trying to take when it comes to issues such as students seeking help with addiction, accessing mental health services, and crisis management. Continue Reading to learn more about these issues, other preventative strategies, and the resource kit.

Career Exploration for Student with Disabilities
When families and school staff start to talk to their student about what they want to do after high school, career exploration can be an option. Career exploration for students is an important step for a smooth transition into adulthood. This handout, Frequently Asked Questions About Career Exploration for Youth with Disabilities, can help parents and students understand what career exploration is, why it is important, and where career exploration occurs. To learn more about the common question asked and benefits, read the handout in its entirety.

Youth M.O.V.E. Update
Wishing you the happiest of holidays from all of us here at Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada! While we reflect on all that we are grateful for this holiday season, we continue to focus our efforts on breaking down stigma around mental health and move toward our vision of a more supportive, inclusive community! We're excited to announce that our January YMNV meeting will be connecting and uniting our members statewide, date to be announced soon! To learn more about how YOU can get involved in future meetings and activities be sure to check out our social media and don’t forget to follow us! Facebook: facebook.com/youthmovenv, Twitter: @YouthMOVEnv, Instagram: @YouthMOVEnv.

Statewide Family News
On average students with disabilities represent 12% of the overall student population, but they represent 25% of students who are arrested at school. The traditional forms of discipline; suspension, expulsion and arrests; have failed to produce safer school or good outcomes. The School Responder Model is a different approach to helping our kids in school that includes meeting a student's need and taking steps to reduce risk. Learn More Here . . .

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To Sleep or Not: Researchers Explore Complex Genetic Network Behind Sleep Duration
Scientists have identified differences in a group of genes they say might help explain why some people need a lot more sleep — and others less — than most. The study, conducted using fruit fly populations bred to model natural variations in human sleep patterns, provides new clues to how genes for sleep duration are linked to a wide variety of biological processes. Researchers say a better understanding of these processes could lead to new ways to treat sleep disorders such as insomnia and narcolepsy. Led by scientists with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the study was be published on December 14 in PLOS Genetics. Press Release . . .

Drugs and Health Blog: Addicted to Aggression?
Aggressive behavior can be physical or verbal. What does a person who exhibits aggressive behavior have in common with someone who has a substance use disorder? This NIDA Drugs and Health blog post describes what scientists who study the brain and behavior have discovered about the similarities between those who tend to be aggressive and hostile and those with substance use disorders. View Blog Post Here . . .

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Coping With Re-Traumatization
This resource explains the signs and symptoms of re-traumatization. It gives guidance on how to manage the symptoms, and provides resources for building resilience and an adequate support system for dealing with triggering events. Resource Here . . .

The Integration of Behavioral Health into Pediatric Primary Care Settings
The SAMHSA Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) initiative provides grants to states, tribes, and local communities to support behavioral health integration into primary care settings, among other activities. This issue brief highlights selected promising behavioral health integration strategies that the Project LAUNCH grantees used to improve the delivery and quality of care for children and families. It ealso describes common lessons from the grantees that can promote the successful integration of behavioral health services, in addition to mechanisms for sustaining and spreading these efforts. View Issue Brief Here . . .

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
January 22 - 28, 2018
Prevention partners are invited to participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week sponsored by NIDA and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This week-long health observance is an opportunity for teens to learn the facts about drug and alcohol abuse and addiction from scientists and other experts. Organize and promote an educational event or activity for teens during this week, and help shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol. Register your event and receive support from NIDA staff to plan a successful activity. NIDA staff can help you order free, science-based materials to complement your event, brainstorm activity ideas, and partner with other organizations. Learn More Here . . .

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


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Toll-Free (800) 216-5188 7211 West Charleston Blvd. 4600 Kietzke Lane, Suite I-202
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December 12, 2017
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8 Tips for Helping Kids With Social Skills Issues Cope With the Holiday Season
Holiday events are supposed to be fun. But for kids with social skills issues, these events can pose challenges and create stress. Use these eight simple tips to help your child successfully navigate this very social season.

  1 of 8   Practice hellos and goodbyes.
The more you practice with your child, the easier it will be for him to call up the right words when he needs them. He doesn’t have to say much: “Hi, it’s nice to see you!” and “Thanks for having me—I had a good time” will usually do it. Remind him to look people in the eye, and that when people extend their arm it means they want to shake hands. Continue Reading Here . . .

Service Animal Users Survey Still Open
Are you a US resident (Age 18+) who uses a service animal or other animal that assists you with your disability? If not, are you the parent of a child who uses such an animal?
If so, the Southwest ADA Center (www.southwestada.org) would like to learn about your experiences with accessing public places with your animal. We invite you to complete the following anonymous Survey Here . . .


PEP Report
November 2017
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Job Openings
Are you a passionate advocate for your child? Would you like to help other parents be effective advocates for their children as well? Nevada PEP is looking for parents and family members to join our team! View all job openings statewide here . . .

CDC Milestone Tracker App
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a free milestone tracker app. From birth to 5 years, children should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. With this app, you can track their development with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.
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CDC Milestone Tracker App, By: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vote for PEP's Tree of Hope!
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Please vote for our Charity Holiday Tree everyday until Sunday, December 17 by clicking the button below or here. You can also vote at Orleans Hotel & Casino by using your membership card at the kiosk. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season!
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Keeping Parents Informed - Evidenced Based Practices in Education
Evidence for ESSA
In December, 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the main federal law governing K-12 education. Within the act there are requirements that schools must use reading and math programs that have proven to help students make progress. A Evidence for ESSA website was developed by John Hopkins University to help parents and school staff identify these researched based programs. Check out this search engine to learn more about the ratings for reading and math programs. This information can be used to start a conversation about finding a reading or math program to help students make good progress.

Military-Connected Children News
Resources, resiliency help military children turn away from suicidal thoughts
ALLS CHURCH, Va. — Like many teenagers starting high school, Edward was having trouble fitting in. The child of military parents who traveled around the world, Edward, whose name has been changed to protect his privacy, found himself in a new, civilian school where he was one of few “military brats.” He was admittedly a bit out of shape, nerdy, and found it hard to make friends.
Continue Reading . . .

Early Childhood Inclusion
Adapting the Environment to Support Engagement
Effective, engaging, and accessible environments have age-appropriate equipment, materials, supplies, and physical spaces. They also include developmentally appropriate schedules, lesson plans, and experiences. All of these materials can be adapted by staff and families to support all children, especially those suspected of or diagnosed with disabilities. The National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning have great information Click here about best practices in creating inclusive environments that welcome all children. .

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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Evaluation & Response to Intervention
Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
¡Seis Consejos de Abogacía que Gira de un No a un Sí!
Martes, 19 de Deciembre, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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REST
Delivering Education and Support to Those Offering a Break to Caregivers
Respite, or short-term temporary relief, supports caregivers who are caring for loved ones. Respite allows caregivers to step away from their duties to refresh and recharge..The REST program is a national program that provides the skills and tools needed to provide quality respite through a Train the Trainer model. REST has trainers in 25 states. For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

In November 2017, State of Nevada, Aging and Disability Services Division sponsored a REST training for respite providers in Carson City, NV. REST training will be offered in Las Vegas in January 2018. Contact Jeff Duncan from Aging and Disability Division at 702-486-3558 to get additional details on location and date.

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Tips About Transition Planning
When parents and student plan for the transition from high school to adulthood, there are a few things they need to be considered such as the student’s goals and interests. Meaningful transition services will support the student in post school adult living and in post-secondary education. This handout Inspiring Possibilities: Parent Tips For Transition Planning can help parents understand transition planning and when to start talking to the school about adding it in the Individualized Educational Program (IEP). To find out more tips about the transition process, read the handout in it’s entirety.

What is Dictation Technology?
Today’s technology is moving towards apps and devices that have built-in speech-to-text or dictation that can help students who need a little more support with reading and writing. This handout, Dictation Technology: What It Is and How It Works can help parents understand how important assistive technology is. Weather your student needs to use “speech-to-text” or “speech recognition” technology, you will see their confidence and self-advocacy levels increase. Read more about what parents say about their student’s progressions in the handout.

Statewide Family Network News
Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?
Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United State. Recently the New York Times did an article about why more teenagers today are experiencing severe anxiety than teenagers of previous generations. The article features real families who are struggling to find help for their kids. Read the article here . . .

Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada Update
Wishing you the happiest of holidays from all of us here at Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada! While we reflect on all that we are grateful for this holiday season, we continue to focus our efforts on breaking down stigma around mental health and move toward our vision of a more supportive, inclusive community! To learn more about how YOU can get involved in future meetings and activities be sure to check out our websit at www.nvpep.org/youth-move.html and don’t forget to follow us on social media. Facebook: facebook.com/youthmovenv,
Twitter: @YouthMOVEnv, Instagram: @YouthMOVEnv.

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Estimated Revalence Of Children With Diagnosed Developmental Disabilities In The U.S., 2014–2016
The Milestone Tracker app, available in iOS and Android mobile phones, was developed by CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program to help parents, early care and education providers, and health care providers track developmental milestones in young children. Through this app and its many other parent-friendly tools, the program aims to improve the early identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the support and services they need as early as possible.

Archived Webisode: Addressing The Mental Health Needs Of Children, Youth, And Families Experiencing Homelessness
Children, youth, and families who are experiencing homelessness and mental or substance use disorders often face barriers to accessing care. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hosted this webisode focused on addressing the mental health needs of these children, youth, and families. In addition to a panel discussion, the webisode featured common concerns and experiences, tips, resources, and information about support programs. Watch Here . . .
Chartbook On Rural Health Care: Quality Of Care Improved In Rural Areas
This chartbook is part of the 2016 AHRQ National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which tracks trends in effectiveness and timeliness of care, patient safety, patient-centeredness, disparities, and efficiency of care. The chartbook shows that the quality of care for those living in rural areas improved for 53 percent of the measures studied. It also found that in 2014, the percentage of people who used a hospital, emergency room, or clinic as a source of ongoing health care was higher for residents of rural areas compared with residents of large metropolitan areas. Between 1999 and 2015, suicide rates increased from 17 to 25 per 100,000 among Whites living in rural areas and 21 to 34 per 100,000 among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) living in rural areas. View Chartbook 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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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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The SBDI Toolkit: A Community Resource for Reducing
School-Based Arrests

A toolkit for school administrators designed to decrease school arrests by connecting at-risk students to community-based mental health services using Connecticut’s local Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) teams. The principles outlined in the toolkit can be applied by the schools at little to no cost. Learn more about the SBDI Initiative here . . .

We Would Love For You To Join Us!
Nevada PEP continues to be a voice for families at the System of Care work group meetings. Expanding access to community based mental health services for children & youth is one of the primary goals of the System of Care Expansion and your stories are invaluable! If you would like to find out how you can participate, please contact Kimberly Smerkers-Bass at 775.448.9950 or Kelly Figueroa at 702.388.8899. Upcoming meetings can be found at Upcoming Children's System of Care Meetings.

Job Openings
Are you a passionate advocate for your child? Would you like to help other parents be effective advocates for their children as well? Nevada PEP is looking for parents and family members to join our team! View all job openings statewide here.

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Make eating a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Nevada PEP. Just come into any Nevada Chipotle on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 from 10:45am to 10pm. Bring in this post, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Nevada PEP.

Opioid Crisis
The Opioid Crisis has gotten national attention recently and the American Academy of Pediatrics has joined in to educate parents and the public at large on what we can do to reduce child & youth access to prescription drugs. Click here for tips on how you can make an impact.

Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds App
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Take back control of your sleep with Relax Melodies and join millions that sleep better every day; featured in People magazine. Relax Melodies can also be used in many other situations. Perfect during some of your favorite activities such as relaxing at the spa, exercising in your yoga or relaxation classes, massaging sessions, or even when taking a nap! Ideal for parents to help your baby fall asleep!
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Personnel Shortages in Nevada
Highly effective educators and related service personnel are an essential factor in our children’s schools. Nevada reports educator and related service personnel shortages annually since 2001, specifically speech language pathologists. The Nevada Department of Education collaborated with the Nevada Speech-Language Hearing Association and started the Nevada Coalition to Address Personnel Shortages in Nevada. The “Coalition’s” purpose is to recruit and retain highly effective personnel for Nevada’s children. The Coalition is seeking our parents’ voice as part of the solution to develop ways to attract special education service providers. For more information on the ‘Coalition” and their efforts, check out this link . . .

What to do if your child’s therapist is not a “good” fit?
By Nicole Kolenda, M.S., CCC-SLP, P.C.
As a supervisor in a graduate clinic for Speech Pathology students, the first goal we instruct our students to write is to “establish rapport”. We encourage our students to cite research to “back-up” this goal—and there is a plethora available. I always tell these budding clinicians, “How can you expect the client to work for you—and in many cases on challenging treatment goals—if they do not feel comfortable with you?” In the pediatric world, we also must contend with separation anxiety, where the physical act of separating from the parent/caregiver to go into the therapy room, is extremely difficult and often, debilitating. Therefore, if we, as treating therapists, do not take the concept of establishing rapport seriously, there will be ramifications and a ton of time lost. Continue Reading Here . . .

Schools Start too Early
For youth in high school, not getting enough sleep is very common and can have an adverse effect on their health. This is happening because more schools are starting before 8:30 am. Research has shown that youth that do not get enough sleep are more likely to have poor academic performance, do drugs, and become overweight. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released information about other health risks and what you can do to help your youth get more sleep. Read More Here . . .

PEP Webinars
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving the indoor warmth of your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
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Planning for Change - School to Adult Transition
Friday, 1 December 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Understanding Section 504 – A Civil Rights Law
Thursday, 7 December 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
How is My Child Reading?
Monday, 11 December 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Evaluation & Response to Intervention
Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Stand Up, Sit Tall For Inclusion
December 4-8, 2017
This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme focuses on standing up for inclusion. This is particularly fitting because in our world today, we are embracing changes necessary to protect the practices in education and society essential to making a positive difference for all. In schools where inclusive education flourishes, there is an inspirational, more positive culture. This year, the focus is on how and why each person should stand up for inclusion. Click here to read more. As inclusion is celebrated nationally, here are some some celebration guides, materials and activities that parents, teachers and communities can use in Nevada promote awareness of inclusive education.

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Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
Students with mental health needs can benefit from using a service dog or an emotional support animal. These animals support with enhancing the dignity and independence for students. Under ADA, a service animal is an animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks. This handout, Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals: Where Are They allowed and Under What Conditions, can help parents and students understand the definition of service animals, what the handler’s rights and responsibilities are, and how others could respond to the animal. Read the handout in full to learn about the benefits of service animals.

Conducting a College Search
Attending college is an exciting experience for any student. Students with disabilities have certain aspect to consider when choosing the program that will fit their needs. Some different factors could be the size of the college, the location, and what accommodations will be needed. This handout from Think College, Conducting a College Search: Questions to Ask College Programs, is a tool for parents and students to use when thinking about what types of programs to look into before selecting a college. Check it out and get the information early to avoid common pitfalls.

Youth M.O.V.E. Update
Here at Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada (YMNV) we are still buzzing from the positive vibes experienced facilitating at The Nevada Student Leadership Transition Summit! Over 200 students came together statewide to create action plans around the goal of improving the transition to life beyond high school for Nevada youth. This year’s theme focused on the ever important “self-care” and as a community we engaged in activities to ensure mental, physical and emotional health and wellness. The event from start to finish was packed with fun activities such as the “Soap-Box” project where teams came together to create a strengths based platform to share their collective voice (my favorite!), a University campus experience tour, resource fair, inspirational speakers, student panel and so much more. The best part? It’s all youth-led!

For more information about YMNV or to become a member to get involved in future meetings and activities such as this, be sure to check out our website at www.nvpep.org/youth-move.html and don’t forget to follow us on social media! Facebook: facebook.com/youthmovenv, Twitter: @YouthMOVEnv, Instagram: @YouthMOVEnv.

Behavior Challenges and Evaluations: What You Need to Know
If you think your child's behavior may be related to a learning or attention issue, you might be considering an evaluation. There are many kinds of evaluations and there are many terms used to talk about them. Learn what the terms mean and get a better understanding of the difference between a public and private evaluation.
Types of Behavioral Assessments
Different Tearms You May Hear for Evaluations
Private vs. School Evaluations: Pros and Cons
Private Evaluations: What You Need to Know
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NIDA Launches Two Adolescent Substance Use Screening Tools
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has launched two evidenced-based online screening tools that providers can use to assess substance use disorder risk among adolescents 12 to 17 years old. These tools can be self-administered, or completed by clinicians in less than two minutes. They are being offered through the NIDAMED Web Portal. The screening options are: Brief Screener for Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs, and Screening to Brief Intervention. Press Release . . .

NIH Research Matters: Machine Learning Identifies Youth At Risk for Suicide
Researchers used machine learning to analyze brain images and identify individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts. If validated in larger groups of people, the approach could be used to assess suicide risk and monitor response to treatments.View Reaserch Here . . .

Tips For Survivors Of a Disaster Or Other Traumatic Event: Coping With Re-Traumatization
This resource explains the signs and symptoms of re-traumatization. It gives guidance on how to manage the symptoms, and provides resources for building resilience and an adequate support system for dealing with triggering events. Resource Here . . .

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Trauma
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) released this new policy brief for policymakers and other stakeholders, which provides an overview of intimate partner violence (IPV) and its relationship to child trauma. It also provides policy-relevant and child trauma-focused recommendations to assist them in their response to IPV. View Policy Brief Here . . .

New Cyberbullying Content on Stopbullying.gov
The re-developed StopBullying.gov website makes it easier to understand what cyberbullying is, where the vulnerable online spaces are, and how best to respond when online abuse takes place. The website includes information on recognizing the warning signs of cyberbullying, how best to respond when someone is experiencing bullying in an app or on a website, and what can be done to prevent cyberbullying. It reviews some of the most commonly used apps by teens and explores how online gaming can be a forum where kids can gang up or exclude other players. Website Here . . .

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U.S. Department of Education Launches Revamped IDEA Website
The new and improved Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website has arrived! During the last two months, more than 130 of you have taken the time to offer thoughtful feedback as to what you would like to see in a revamped IDEA website. Thank you for your important and informative comments. We look forward to working with you to continuously improve this IDEA information hub.
Visit the OSERS Blog to share your comments on the new site.

Parenting is Hard Work!
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has developed a website devoted to helping parents with tips on parenting toddlers and preschoolers. The page includes information about communicating with your child, creating structure and rules, giving directions and so much more! For more information click here!

Learning with Blindness Webinar: Using All the Senses to Explore
Wednesday, November 15 at 9am PST
A child who is blind may not be able to see a rose bush, but may be able to smell its aroma, touch its silky petals or hear the wind rustling its leaves. For students who are visually impaired or deafblind, exploring their surroundings with all of their senses is crucial to understanding and engaging with the world around them. Join Perkins on Wednesday, November 15 for Using All the Senses to Explore, a free webinar that will give parents and caregivers insight into building strong sensory efficiency skills – and setting up safe opportunities for kids to explore.


Be My Eyes App - Helping the blind
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Access visual assistance on demand, if you are blind or visually impaired; or lend your eyes to the blind or visually impaired if you are sighted. Be My Eyes is all about connecting blind or visually impaired with sighted volunteers, to help the blind or visually impaired lead more independent lives.

Benefiting and contributing to the community is easy. Blind or visually impaired users can request help from a sighted volunteer, who will receive a notification. As soon as the first sighted user accepts the request, a live audio-video connection will be established between the two parts.
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ParentToolkit - Supporting Social Development
Drawing from an experienced set of experts in a range of fields, this website provides developmental markers at each age, with guidance for parents on how to support each aspect of their child's development. The Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource developed with parents in mind. It’s produced by NBC News Education Nation and supported by Pearson and includes information about almost every aspect of a child’s development, because they're all connected. They have developed these short videos, Supporting Social Development Series to help parents learn about emotions, teach calming strategies and help build social skills.

Military-Connected Children News
What Is Secondary Dependency?
Did you know that the adult-aged child of an active duty or retired service member may qualify to retain their military medical benefits and other base privileges after age 21 if they meet the following criteria? The adult child, also referred to as the “Incapacitated Adult Child” must be
    ∙ Incapable of providing his or her own support
    ∙ Dependent on the (military parent) for at least 50% of his or her support
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Early Childhood Inclusion
Preparing for Early Childhood Inclusion of Children with Disabilities
The National Association Education Young Children (NAEYC) has developed a tip sheet that school staff and parents may find helpful as they plan with school staff to help children with disabilities make a successful transition into inclusive classrooms. Additional resources are available to learn more about teaching all types of learners, for example, Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children.

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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Positive Behavioral Approaches for Parents
Thursday, 16 November 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Considering College? Learn What’s Available and How to Get It
Monday, 27 November 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Handling Unwanted Parenting Advice
Whether they mean well or not, it's hard to deal with other people telling you how to parent your child. It's easy to feel aggravated when you constantly have to explain your child's needs. Explore tips on how to respond in those moments. And if you're looking for parents who can relate, check out some popular blogs from our series, "What I Wish I'd Known Sooner."
6 Tips: Responding When People Are Insensitive About Your Child’s Learning & Attention Issues
At a Glance: What to Say When Other People Interfere With Your Parenting
7 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child With Auditory Processing Disorder
5 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child With Executive Functioning Issues
8 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child With ADHD


“Highly Effective” Teachers Replaces No Child Left Behind “Highly Qualified”
We know an effective teacher is one of the most important things a school can give our students to succeed. ESSA replaced the “highly qualified” teacher requirement with “highly effective” teachers. Yet, how does one define a “highly effective” teacher and what does it mean for your child’s learning experience. Nevada has redesigned the state’s teacher evaluation tool-now referred to as the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) to reflect the ESSA guidance and several Nevada Legislative requirements. For a complete NEPF overview and history, go to the www.doe.nv.gov website.

ABLE Alert: Annual Contributions to ABLE Accounts Increased to $15,000 in 2018
The ABLE National Resource Center is pleased to share that the total annual contribution limit to an ABLE account will be increased from $14,000 per tax year to $15,000 per tax year beginning in 2018.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced a multitude of tax year 2018 annual inflation adjustments, including an increase to Section 2503, the federal gift tax exclusion. Section 529A(a)(2) of the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act (PL 113-225) specifically ties the annual contribution limit for ABLE accounts to section 2503(b) of the federal tax code, therefore any inflation adjustment to this section automatically adjusts the annual ABLE contribution limit.

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Family Caregiver Alliance - National Center on Caregiving
Founded in the late 1970s, Family Caregiver Alliance is the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. FCA, as a public voice for caregivers, shines light on the challenges caregivers face daily and champions their cause through education, services, and advocacy. They have webinars and videos to support, provide information, and tools to manage the complex demands of caregiving.
State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers
The Family Care Navigator helps family caregivers locate public, nonprofit, and private programs and services nearest their loved one—living at home or in a residential facility. Resources include government health and disability programs, legal resources, disease-specific organizations and more.
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Accessible and Affordable College Opportunities
New scholarship opportunities have been established in 2017 during the 79th session of the Nevada Legislature coming from SB 391. The Nevada Promise Scholarship aims to make a college education more accessible and affordable. The scholarship enables Nevada residents, under the age of 20, to pursue a tuition-free degree beginning in Fall 2018. Starting with the graduating class of 2018, high school seniors in Nevada may apply at College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). The Nevada Promise Scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover costs of these fees that are not met by a Pell Grant, Millennium Scholarship or Silver State Opportunity Grant. Find out more information and eligibility requirements from the websites provided.

Learning Made Fun!
Assistive Technology is a great tool for students. At times, our students may need a little extra support to engage them with different subjects in class. Sumdog, an evidence based learning program, just might be the thing to get students excited about working on math, reading and writing. As the student plays the games, they answer questions that have been formulated on their grade level through the district standards. This program can help parents track the student’s progress and see improvement in their learning. Evidence has shown that grades have improved as a result from using Sumdog. Learn more, talk to your students teachers about this program and you can sign up for free.

Make eating a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Nevada PEP. Just come into any Nevada Chipotle on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 from 10:45am to 10pm. Bring in this email, shot it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you;re supporting the cause to make sure 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Nevada PEP

Statewide Family Network News
Bullying and Suicide
It is potentially harmful to suggest that bullying frequently leads to suicide when, in fact, the connection between bullying and suicide is very complex.
The connection between bullying and suicide is often oversimplified, when, in fact, it is very complex. Many issues contribute to suicide risk, including depression, substance use, problems at home, and trauma history. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research, it is potentially harmful to suggest that bullying frequently leads to suicide. CDC research indicates that linking suicide with bullying as a direct cause and effect minimizes other possible issues that may lead to suicide.

Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada Update
Here at Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada we have had a great time participating in October's Bullying Prevention Month efforts including our Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying, partnering with local school's to increase bullying awareness, and of course coming together to show our true colors (orange!) on Unity Day! A big thank you to our members for dedicating your time to such an important cause and having fun doing it! Moving forward in to November Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada will be facilitating activities at The Nevada Student Leadership Transition Summit where students will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas about improving the transition to life beyond high school in Nevada. Our next Youth M.O.V.E. meeting in Las Vegas is taking place on November 13th from 6-7:30pm and in Reno on November 29th from 6-7:30pm.
To stay up to date be sure to check out our website at www.nvpep.org/youth-move.html and don’t forget to follow us on social media. Facebook: facebook.com/youthmovenv,
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New App Helps Parents Track Child's Developmental Milestones
The Milestone Tracker app, available in iOS and Android mobile phones, was developed by CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program to help parents, early care and education providers, and health care providers track developmental milestones in young children. Through this app and its many other parent-friendly tools, the program aims to improve the early identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the support and services they need as early as possible.

Behavior Therapy For ADHD
This CDC webpage describes a behavior therapy for ADHD recommended for preschool and elementary school-aged children. Parents are trained by a therapist over the course of eight to 16 sessions to learn approaches that encourage positive behavior, address negative behavior, improve communication, and strengthen their relationship with their child.


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A Sweet Way to Give Back!Desserts in the Desert November fourth 2017 from 12pm to 4pm location Sanchos at 2021 West Sunset tickets on sale 10 dollar tickets for dessert tasting and 25 dollar for desserts and paring tickets benefiting those affected on Las Vegas Strip click to Get tickets now

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Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Needs.
NADD is an association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs. They offer to professionals, families and caregivers educational services, training materials, and conferences to promote understanding of and services for individuals who have both developmental disabilities and mental health needs. Their 34th annual conference is coming up November 1-3, 2017.
For more information contact them at: thenadd.org


What is Zero Suicide?
Zero Suicide is a key concept of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), a project of Education Development Center's Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable. It presents both a bold goal and an aspirational challenge.

For health care systems, this approach represents a commitment:
  • To patient safety, the most fundamental responsibility of health care
  • To the safety and support of clinical staff, who do the demanding work of
    treating and supporting suicidal patients
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Help Kids Cope App
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Help Kids Cope is an app designed to assist parents in talking to their children about different natural disasters they may experience or have already experienced. This app includes 10 different natural disaster types with sections in each on how to explain, prepare, respond, and heal from the event their family is concerned with.
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A Roadmap To Behavioral Health
A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services. 4 Use this guide with the Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You to understand how to use your coverage to improve your mental and physical health. This guide adds to the 8 steps of the Roadmap to give important information about behavioral health. Download Guide here . . .

Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act (Autism CARES Act) of 2014 Report to Congress
This Report concerning young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the challenges related to the transition from existing pediatric and school-based services to those services available during adulthood is mandated by the Autism CARES Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-157, see Appendix 1 for the complete text of the relevant section of the legislation). The purposes of this Report are to summarize existing federal investments focused on the transition period from childhood to adulthood for individuals with ASD, and to identify gaps in federal research, programs, and services that support youth with ASD during this critical time period. View Report 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, 26 October 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Help Your Child Focus on Learning
Friday, 3 November 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Introduction to IEP
Monday, 6 November 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Martes, 7 de Noviembre, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Big Changes in Nevada about Earning a Standard Diploma
In the 2017 legislative session, Nevada passed a bill (AB7) which made changes to the requirements for earning a Standard Diploma. Nevada Department of Education has published a guidance document about the next steps to help students who did not pass the proficiency exams in the past an opportunity to obtain a standard diploma.

The guidance states:
Any student denied a standard high school or adult standard diploma solely because the student did not satisfy any existing requirement to pass the High School Proficiency Examinations will be issued a standard high school or adult standard diploma if:
(1) The student submits to the school district or charter school in which the student was last enrolled in high school a written request for a determination of whether the student, notwithstanding the failure of the student to satisfy any existing requirement to pass the High School Proficiency Examinations, otherwise satisfied any existing requirements to receive a standard high school or adult standard diploma; and

(2) After reviewing the transcript of the student and any other relevant documentation, the school district or charter school determines that, notwithstanding the failure of the student to satisfy any existing requirement to pass the High School Proficiency Examinations, the student otherwise satisfied existing requirements to receive a standard high school or adult standard diploma.

Clark County School District has created a page that former students can apply to receive a standard diploma. Contact your child's school district for more information on this opportunity for students to receive a standard diploma.

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Mental Health Wellness on College Campuses
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has submitted a report Mental Health on College Campuses: Investments, Accommodations Needed to Address Student Needs to share recommendation with Congress, U.S. Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The purpose of the report is “to identify barriers to mental health services on college campuses, identify federal law and policy barriers to academic achievement for students, and offers solutions through recommendations and best practices”. Read the report in full to Learn More . . .

Engage in Vocational Training Programs
For some students, reaching vocational opportunities comes with the support of a community organization or a state agency. Benefits.gov published an article Reaching Your Vocational Potential that supplies families and students with information on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Investment Act (WIOA) youth programs, National Fire Academy Training Assistance Programs, Native American Vocational and Technical Education Programs. These programs are great ways for high school students to learn which type of technical and service-based industries best suit their personalities and skills. Check out these program in full using the link provided.

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Bullying.gov: How Far Can You Move The Needle On Bullying Prevention?
This blog post describes a new resource developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration to help measure bullying prevention efforts. The Assessing Prevention and Implementing Change resource contains two main tools developed for state health departments: the Bullying Prevention Capacity Assessment, and the Bullying Prevention Change Package and Driver Diagram. Schools, daycare providers, summer camp programs, youth sports, and other clubs and venues where youth convene also can use them to find meaningful strategies to promote empathy, civility, and inclusion to prevent bullying. Read Blog Post Here . . .

Americans In Rural Areas More Likely To Die By Suicide
Rural counties in the U.S. consistently had higher suicide rates than metropolitan counties from 2001-2015, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additional findings include: across metropolitan and rural areas, suicide rates for males were four to five times higher than for females during the study period; suicide rates for Black, non-Hispanic individuals in rural areas were consistently lower than suicide rates for Black, non-Hispanic individuals in urban areas; and White, non-Hispanic individuals have the highest suicide rates in metropolitan counties while American Indian/Alaska Native, non-Hispanic individuals have the highest rates in rural counties. Findings by age group revealed increases in suicide rates for all ages with the highest rates and greatest rate increases in rural counties.Press Release . . .

Evidence-Based, Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy
This article explains possible causes of trauma and outlines treatment options that can help with trauma-related symptoms. Article Here . . .

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
Bullying Prevention Awareness Month is an annual effort by agencies, schools, and communities to highlight bullying prevention education and awareness activities. During this month, StopBullying.gov will be sharing important resources to deepen the understanding and effects of bullying, and what research has shown to be effective in prevention. Learn Bullying Prevention Here . . .

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
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Observed each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is designed to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and educate the public about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Reflecting the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success, this year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” The official 2017 NDEAM poster is available for downloading and to order in hard copy from the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.Learn More Here . . .

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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
One in five teenagers report being bullied – but there is a lot we can do to prevent it! This month, the world comes together to raise awareness for bullying prevention. In 2006 PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center launched the Bullying Prevention Awareness Month campaign. Since then it has been an annual effort by agencies, schools, and communities to highlight bullying prevention education and awareness activities.

Spread the word!
Awareness is key to any prevention effort. Help by updating your Facebook profile picture frame for the month of October!
In addition, show your support by sharing activities and resources on social media, and use the hashtag #BullyingPreventionMonth.
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#DYK It's National #Bullying Prevention Awareness Month! Help raise awareness about #BullyingPreventionMonth - spread the word!

Unity Day is Wednesday October 25, 2017 Wear Orange and use hastag UnityDay2016 Together Against Bullying United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion
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Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting
The recent shooting has been an extremely frightening experience, and the days, weeks, and months following can be very stressful. Your children and family will recover over time, especially with the support of relatives, friends, and community. How long it takes to recover will depend on what happened to you and your family during and after this event. Some adults and children have been seriously injured and will require medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation. Over time, some youth and adults will return to normal routines, while others may struggle.
Learn More Here . . .


Kids Learning Box: Preschool App
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Little ones laugh and learn as they help a Sesame Street monster friend calm down and solve everyday challenges. This bilingual (English and Spanish), research-based app helps your child learn strategy’s for problem-solving. The app is part of Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative, which aims to provide tools to help children build skills for resilience, and overcome everyday challenges and more stressful situations and transitions.
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Learning about Implementation of Evidence-Based Literacy Practices
One way to help your child succeed is to know if the school is using effective teaching and intervention practices. The handout Evidence-Based Practices at School: A Guide for Parents (create URL for attached) explains the meaning of evidenced based practices and why they are important.

The following tool is helpful for both parents and educators to learn how evidence-based literacy practices can contribute to student's success. Implementing Evidence-Based Literacy Practices is a concise and easy-to-use tool that outlines the steps necessary to implement well grounded literacy practices. Walking through the tool you can watch videos, review documents, see infographics and start a conversation with your child's teacher about evidence-based literacy practices.

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Special Needs – Benefits
There are federal and state programs committed to providing additional assistance for families with special needs. As a military family, you also can count on the support of the Exceptional Family Member Program and Military OneSource special needs specialty consultants. Learn about the benefits available to you and use them to take good care of your family.


Early Childhood Inclusion
Early Childhood Suspensions and Inclusion
In the US Department of Education Policy statement is that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, where they are provided with individualized and appropriate support in meeting high expectations. In part, this was in response to too many toddlers experienceing suspension and expulsion. To help understand how the practice of suspending and expelling preschoolers can impact children and families read 4 Disturbing Facts about Preschool Suspension. Nevada's Early Childhood Advisory Council has developed a policy statement on suspension and expulsion for early childhood classrooms. This policy statement can be shared with early childhood programs to discourage suspensions and promote inclusion practices for preschoolers with disabilities.

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Introduction to IEP
Friday, 13 October 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Jueves, 19 de Octubre 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Making the Most Out of Your Baby’s Early Intervention Services
Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Did You Know . . .
There is a National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) website that you can go to for resources and guidance for our youth with disabilities? It provides information on transition planning, graduation, post school success and more, to Find out More . . .

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How do I Contact my National Legislative Officials?
House of Representatives - There are 4 congressional districts serving the state of Nevada. Each district has an elected congressman that serves a specific geographical area. If you are interested in contacting your Congressman to provide feedback on an issue or register a concern, click on the Find My Representative to determine who is your Congressman for your district. Each congressman has an office in Washington DC and in Nevada.

Senate - Nevada as two Senators, Senator Dean Heller and Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto. You can contact them by clicking on the following link Senators of the 115th Congress. Each senator has an office in Washington DC and in Nevada.

Legislative offices offer constituent services such as help with a federal agency and accessing federal resources. You can also provide information to the legislator about the needs of persons with disabilities and how particular legislation may impact or improve services. Click here for helpful tips when contacting legislative officials. There is power in speaking out and telling your story. Through legislative advocacy, your family stories can make a difference on how elected officials understand the issues that face families who have children with disabilities!

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Map a Course for Your Student’s Future
When planning for you student’s journey to post-secondary education or training, you will need to set a goal of how to make this a transition smooth. Pacer provides the handout “Set a Post-secondary Education or Training Destination and Map a Course to Get There” that can help parents and students map their goals and plan for the future. This handout talks about tips on who can help the student plan, financial aid, and community resources that can assist as well. Read the handout to learn more about post-secondary and training information.

Assistive Technology and the Individualized Education Program
Advocating for your student’s assistive technology (AT) in school is important for their academic success. To accomplish this, the most effective tools parents have are to know your student’s needs, what strategies are helpful in supporting their academic progress, and know their Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Center on Technology and Disability has a guide that can help parents learn how to obtaining a formal AT evaluation and learn the key questions to ask to engage their student’s IEP team in choosing the right AT device. To see more about AT and how it can support your student, read the guide in full.

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Life-Saving Post-ER Suicide Prevention Strategies Are Cost Effective; Follow-Up Postcards Less Expensive, More Effective Than Usual Care
Three interventions designed for follow-up of individuals who are identified with suicide risk in hospital emergency departments (EDs) save lives and are cost effective relative to usual care. A study led by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) modelled the use of the approaches in EDs and found that all three interventions compare favorably with a standard benchmark of cost-effectiveness used in evaluating health care costs.
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Director's Message: Suicide Prevention: Next Steps
September was National Suicide Prevention Month. Focusing on the benefits of collaborations, NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon outlines recent research results as well as future directions in the area of suicide prevention research.
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Advancing Research To Prevent Youth Suicide: Federal Partners Meeting Report For The Pathways To Prevention Workshop
This report from the NIH Office of Disease Prevention is the culmination of a two-year effort by the NIH to identify activities that could be effective in preventing suicidal thoughts and behaviors as early as possible. The report identifies key next steps and opportunities for collaboration across federal agencies, including: create a national workgroup focused on key issues relating to youth suicide with member organizations (both public and private) from the local to the national level; and develop improved experimental designs, data harmonization, and analytical techniques for examining youth suicide risk/protective factors. View Report Here . . .


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7th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 30th 2017 in Las Vegas and Join us as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month Register NowRegister Now button
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New CDC Resource Can Help States and Communities Prevent Suicide Among Youth
Suicide and bullying are public health problems that affect youth. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24 in 2015. While most youth who are involved in bullying do not engage in suicide-related behaviors, those who have been bullied or who bully others are more likely to report suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. Both bullying others and being bullied are linked to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness –feelings that increase a young person’s risk of suicide. Continue Reading . . .

Nevada Children's System of Care Workgroups
The Nevada Children's System of Care Workgroups meet regularly to plan and advise the Children's Mental Health System of Care in Nevada. These workgroups provide a great way for families to get involved in making a positive change in how services are delivered in Nevada. If you would like to find out how you can participate, please contact the System of Care Family Facilitator, Kelly Figueroa, CPSP, at 702.388.8899. Upcoming meetings can be found at Upcoming Children's System of Care Meetings.

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Little ones laugh and learn as they help a Sesame Street monster friend calm down and solve everyday challenges. This bilingual (English and Spanish), research-based app helps your child learn strategy’s for problem-solving. The app is part of Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative, which aims to provide tools to help children build skills for resilience, and overcome everyday challenges and more stressful situations and transitions.
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Staying in High School Is About More Than a Diploma
A new study titled "Substance Use among 12th Grade Aged Youth, By Dropout Status" released by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration demonstrates that youth who drop out of high school are more likely to use cigarettes, alcohol, illicit drugs, marijuana and non-medical use of prescription drugs. To read the study click here . . .

6 Ways to Support Your College Student’s Mental Health
Transitioning from high school to college can be an exciting time for many students and for some it can be a confusing or stressful time. Supporting your student’s mental health is important during this time. This handout “6 Ways to Support Your College Student’s Mental Health” can help plan before a problems emerge. The handout covers items such as: knowing health insurance for mental health coverage; understanding the college’s code of conduct and leave of absence policies; and ideas about engaging students in conversations about mental health.

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
Thursday, 5 October 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Introduction to IEP
Friday, 13 October 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Managing Self Care
When you have a child with mental health needs, a disability or any challenging behaviors, it is important to take care of yourself, so that you can take care of your child. Recognizing that we need to take care of ourselves is the first step. For more tips . . .

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Let's use the Week of Respect to Stop Cyberbullying!
Governor Sandoval has proclaimed October 2 - 6, 2017 to be Nevada's Annual Week of Respect to encourage the community to learn and participate in bullying prevention activities. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. The Nevada Department of Education Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment has added some new resources for parents that can help address cyberbullying. Learn more about how to protect your child from cyberbullying on the National Bullying Prevention Center website. The following school district sites provide bullying information that can be used to report a cyberbullying incident. It is important to learn about the laws and how to report bullying. Parents, students and schools can work together to prevent cyberbullying!

Save The Date Nevada!
Friday, October 6th Statewide

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Key Terms to Help Advocate for Your Student
To effectively advocate for your student, it is important to know the “language.” The Center on Technology and Disability published a glossary that can help parents learn this “language”. This glossary can be used to become familiar and stay informed with various terms regarding special education, disabilities, and assistive technology. View the glossary in full to learn more.

Youth M.O.V.E. Update
Thank you to our members for your participation in our last Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada meeting! Stay tuned for our next meeting date. Join us at the “Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying” event in Las Vegas. In October “Unity Day” events will be taking place in Las Vegas and Reno. We appreciate your continued support in advocating for systems change for Nevada youth! Keep up to date by checking out our website at http://www.nvpep.org/youth-move.html and don’t forget to follow us on social media. See you at the next meeting! Facebook: facebook.com/youthmovenv,
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NIH Awards Nearly $100 Million For Autism Centers Of Excellence Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded nine research grants totaling nearly $100 million over the next five years for the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE), a program that supports large research projects aimed at understanding and developing interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The ACE awards seek to build on discoveries of the last 10 years by supporting innovative, multi-disciplinary research that promises to yield interventions and services for people with ASD.News Release . . .

Hurtful Emotions: Understanding Self-Harm
People deal with difficult feelings in all sorts of ways. Some may feel an urge to hurt themselves when distressed. Finding healthy ways to cope can help individuals get through tough times. This NIH News in Health article describes why someone may self-harm and offers suggestions for helping. Read Health Article Here . . .

Positive Parenting: Building Healthy Relationships With Your Kids
This NIH News in Health article offers positive parenting tips and suggestions for connecting with kids. Being sensitive, responsive, and available to kids can help build positive, healthy relationships. Article Here . . .

Roadmap To Behavioral Health: A Guide To Using Mental Health And Substance Use Disorder Services
This publication offers important information about mental health and substance use disorder services, including definitions of behavioral health terms and guidance on how to find a behavioral health services provider, receive treatment, and obtain follow-up care. View Publication . . .

Archived Webcast: Impact Of Cyberbullying: Addressing The Needs Of Children And Youth
The panelists explored cyberbullying among children and youth, and looked at ways to help parents, guardians, and educators better understand and address the issue of cyberbullying. Watch Webcast Here . . .

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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.

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Register your school or organization as a Champion Against Bullying.
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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.

Keeping Parents Informed - Evidenced Based Practices in Education
Teaching Counting Instructional Videos
National Center on Intensive Intervention has developed short videos for parents and teachers to teach counting.This series of videos provides brief instructional examples for supporting students who need intensive instruction in the area of numeracy and counting. Within college- and career-ready standards numeracy and counting are taught in Pre-K through Grade 1. These videos may be used as each concept is introduced, or with students in higher grade levels who continue to struggle with the concepts. Special education teachers, math interventionists, and others working with struggling students may find these videos helpful. Parents may also want to check out the free sample worksheets for practice activities to support their child's math instruction.

Back to School with Bookshare: Tips from the Teaching Trenches (Pt 2)
Here is an excerpt: Equal access means equal opportunity for students with disabilities Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their students be successful. The first blog featured Special Education Resource Teacher Diane Lurye and the ways she...
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Report to Congress: Young Adults and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder Transitioning to Adulthood
A new Report to Congress compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds there is a critical need for research and better coordinated services targeted to youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are transitioning to adulthood. In an April 2017 blog, we noted that about 50,000 youth with ASD turn 18 each year, with about 450,000 total aged 16-24 years old living in the United States today. A major finding of the report is that there are very few federal resources that specifically target youth and young adults with ASD transitioning to adulthood. View Full Report . . .

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Financial Planning and Assistance for Families with Special Needs
When you have a family member with special needs, financial planning is vital. Be prepared to take good care of your family member by tackling the money issues today.

Military OneSource is here to help you—with financial planning related to issues like disability tax credits, Supplemental Security Income and much more.
Learn how to start your financial plan Here . . .

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Quality Inclusive Early Childhood Programs: 10 Things to Look For
What should parents look for when they are seeking quality inclusive early childhood programs for their child? And what should educators aim for in shaping quality inclusive programs? Check out these 10 questions to ask about a program and corresponding indicators of a quality inclusive program. They are adapted and expanded from indicators developed by Dr. Mary Beth Bruder and can be helpful as parents pick a preschool program that meets their child's needs.

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
Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Planning for Change - School to Adult Transition
Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Understanding ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)
The National Center for Learning Disabilities and Understood.org have put together a Parent Toolkit to help better understand ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act. The toolkit includes what states must do, why accountability matters, the role parents can play and more.
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Learning about Suicide Prevention - September is National Suicide Prevention Month
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the national leader in the fight against suicide. They are the project that funds research, offer educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support those affected by suicide. To learn more, visit their website. Thousands of AFSP Suicide Prevention Advocates across the country are working to shape state and local policies aimed at reducing the number of people who die by suicide. Nevada is one of four states in the United States with a dedicated office to provide information, training and resource as shown on the Statewide Suicide Prevention Initiatives map.

Nevada's Office of Suicide Prevention has offices located in Reno and Las Vegas. The Office of Suicide Prevention has collaborated with partners statewide to draft the Nevada suicide prevention plan. This plan is modeled after the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

To learn more about resources and partners in Nevada suicide prevention, click here to visit their website. The website encourages families to visit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to obtain, apps, safety plans and other resources to help them respond to warning signs and risk factors.

Check out the handout What Can Parents Do to Prevent Youth Suicide? to learn more about helping youth that may be considering suicide.

Bullying and suicide: What’s the connection? from PBS Newshour talks about the research and how we need to increase the mental health services for both the target of bullying and the bully. Learning the risk factors and talking with the school counselor/social worker, mental health professional and your child are all ways that families can get help and prevent suicide.

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Having a Unique Experience: Tips for College Students
With the new college semester beginning, this can be an exciting time. Learning a new campus and engaging with instructors or peers can be a little overwhelming for some student with disabilities. To help with this transition, the Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) has a tip sheet that can help put the college experience into prospective for students. This sheet can help support students with tips on requesting accommodations, time management, and engaging in classes of interest. To find out more about these tips and more view the sheet in full.

Supporting Students Reading & Writing through Technology
Learn how to support students and help them enjoy reading and writing. Some students with Dylexia and Dysgraphia have difficulty expressing themselves in writing as well as spelling and information organization. View this webinar, Writing Strategies for the Reluctant Writer, Including Dysgraphia” on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 - 4:00pm EDT and learn how high-tech and low-tech strategies can support your student. To register, click the link.

New Report Finds That 12th Grade Aged High School Dropouts Are More At Risk For Substance Use
A new SAMHSA report reveals that substance use was more likely among 12th grade aged dropouts than among 16 to 18 year olds who were still in school. Twelfth grade aged dropouts were more likely to have engaged in past month use of cigarettes (55.9 vs. 20.2 percent), alcohol (41.1 vs. 33.7 percent), binge alcohol (31.8 vs. 22.1 percent), illicit drugs (31.4 vs. 18.1 percent), marijuana (27.5 vs. 15.6 percent), and nonmedical use of prescription-type drugs (9.5 vs. 4.6 percent).
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Health Observance: Wellness Week
SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017
SAMHSA’s National Wellness Week is held during the third week of September and shares the message that practicing wellness provides an essential foundation for good health. The theme of the 2017 is Connecting All Aspects of Behavioral Health. Materials and graphics are available to support local Wellness Week activities.
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Webinar: Meaningful Family Engagement From Early Childhood To High School
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
In this SAMHSA National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention webinar, participants will learn why and how Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) and Safe Schools/Healthy Students grantees are advancing meaningful family engagement at the state and local levels. Strategies will focus on state and local policy changes made to support and sustain meaningful family engagement in early childhood programs and public schools. Presenters will also share about best practices and methods that they are implementing from early childhood to high school to strengthen family engagement in their child’s learning, development and well-being.
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