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Description: Resources for Parents & Other Caring Adults Video Resources The Underage Drinking "Talk" Saves Lives "No Drinks for You” - Anti-Social Hosting Law Enforcement: Social Hosting  Don’t be a Party to Teenage Drinking There are Costs to Being the Life of the Party Parents are the Key to Preventing Underage Drinking Virginia teens say they ride in cars with impaired drivers and that their parents don’t talk to them about underage drinking*. It is a fact that parents are the...
Description: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SAMHSA Strategic Initiatives help provide treatment and services for people with mental and substance use disorders, support the families of people with mental and substance...
Description: Virginia Family Network is a grassroots network for parents and caregivers of children or youth with mental health or co- occurring needs that support one another in navigating the system, becoming more resilient and informing the child serving systems to ensure an easier path for the families that follow. As part of this goal, we are happy to be able to provide a lottery for one-time respite or self-care scholarships for parents/caregivers. As parents and caregivers, we know it’s hard to...
Description: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of South Carolina and Virginia’s consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “The state plans meet the requirements of ESSA, and I am pleased to approve them,” said Secretary DeVos. “As implementation begins, I look forward to seeing how local leaders are able to use the flexibility afforded by ESSA to innovate on behalf of their students.” Allowing states more flexibility...
Description: There are hundreds of teacher-reviewed curriculum and instructional resources for social, emotional, physical and environmental health aligned with Virginia Standards of Learning! The curriculum resources are organized by grade level.
Description: Tools and resources for school staff and other adults trained to facilitate conferences and circles to repair harm in educational settings and designed to assess readiness, implementation and outcomes for school-based restorative discipline models. On the Restorative Practices section of the Minnesota Department of Education's website, this document is called the Restorative Interventions Facilitator's Toolkit, but the document's title is actually: Restorative Interventions Implementation...
Description: The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s (TLPI) mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school.  To accomplish this mission, TLPI engages in a host of advocacy strategies including: providing support to schools to become trauma sensitive environments;  research and report writing;  legislative and administrative advocacy for laws, regulations and policies that support schools to...
Description: Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Description: What is ARC? ARC is a framework for intervention with youth and families who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged traumatic stress. ARC identifies three core domains that are frequently impacted among traumatized youth, and which are relevant to future resiliency. Designed to be applied flexibly across child- and family-serving systems, ARC provides a theoretical framework, core principles of intervention, and a guiding structure for providers. ARC is designed for youth from early...
Description: NCTIC works to eliminate the use of seclusion, restraints, and other coercive practices and to develop the knowledge base on trauma-informed care. Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. NCTIC facilitates the adoption of trauma-informed environments in the delivery of a broad range of services including mental health, substance use, housing,...
Description: The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success is a handbook for teachers written and compiled by OSPI and Western Washington University staff. It contains valuable information that will be helpful to you on a daily basis as you work with students whose learning has been adversely impacted by trauma in their lives.
Description: Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to...
Description: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC) Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) (Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute) Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (2008) (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, NCTSN) Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence (Activities Guide) Handbook: The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success (Compassionate Schools: The Heart of...
Description: Families are the enduring presence in the lives of young children with disabilities. This volume contains activities to support early care and education staff and families in developing positive relationships that support collaboration and family leadership. Session 1: Creating Bright Futures (Building Relationships with Families) Session 2: Listening to Families Session 3: When Concerns Arise: Learning from Families' Experiences Session 4: Getting...
Description: The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library was designed to strengthen the inclusion of young children with disabilities and their families in programs serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The Library includes four learning modules. Each module contains a presenter’s guide, training scripts, handouts (in English and Spanish), and videos (in English, and with English and Spanish captioning). The materials can be used in a variety of professional development settings. They...
Description: All public and accredited nonpublic schools are invited to participate in the 2019 Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year Program to select the next Virginia Teacher of the Year and to honor teachers who represent the best in teaching in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. The program is open to all teachers in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, including school librarians, guidance counselors, and reading specialists, who hold a current renewable Virginia teaching license...
Description: Virginia Commonwealth University received a grant to provide tuition support for strong applicants interested in receiving a Master of Education in Special Education with a concentration in early childhood. Applications are being accepted for Fall 2018!
Description: Google Maps has launched a new feature that shows the wheelchair accessible routes around public transit in major cities around the world. To access the “wheelchair accessible” routes, type your desired destination into Google Maps. Tap “Directions” then select the public transportation icon. Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, you’ll find “wheelchair accessible” as a new route type. When you select this option, Google Maps will...
Description: VDSS is one of the largest Commonwealth agencies, partnering with 120 local departments of social services, along with faith-based and non-profit organizations, to promote the well-being of children and families statewide. We proudly serve alongside 1,650 (state) and 8,500 (local) human services professionals throughout the Social Services System, who ensure that thousands of Virginia's most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them.
Description: All kids feel anxious from time to time. But kids with learning and attention issues are more likely to struggle with anxiety. How can you tell whether your child's level of anxiety is typical and appropriate? Learn when it's something to be worried about or a side effect of a medication like Ritalin. Then, read what one mother learned when her son got a 504 plan—beginning with the fact that there's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
Description: School presents a unique challenge for children with behavior issues. Teachers need tools to use to help provide support and guidance. Administrators need methods for creating a positive learning atmosphere within the entire school. Parents need information on how to work with school staff to address their child’s behavior challenges in the school setting. We’ve included resources below that, hopefully, will give teachers, schools, and families the tools they need to create safe and...
Description: Where will a student with a disability receive his or her special education and related services? IDEA requires placement in the least restrictive environment (LRE) for each child, a setting that is based on the child’s IEP.
Description: The mental health of our children is a natural and important concern for us all. The fact is, many mental disorders have their beginnings in childhood or adolescence, yet may go undiagnosed and untreated for years. We refer to mental disorders using different “umbrella” terms such as emotional disturbance, behavioral disorders, or mental illness. Beneath these umbrella terms, there is actually a wide range of specific conditions that differ from one another in their characteristics...
Description: Title |  Building the Legacy for Our Youngest Children with Disabilities: A Training Curriculum on Part C of IDEA 2004 By Whom? | This training curriculum was produced by NICHCY at the request of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. The Center for Parent Information and Resources is pleased to house this curriculum and to make it continuously available. For Whom? |  The curriculum is intended to help all those involved with...
Description: Wherever you work, children come to you with gifts, curiosity, challenges, and needs.  They are small wonders, to be sure, and as full of diversity as society itself. And because disability is a natural part of life, it’s also likely that some of your little ones may have a disability or a developmental delay that can impact their learning and growth. As a child care provider or preschool teacher, you may even be among the first to notice a child’s difficulties or...
Description: In drafting the provisions of IDEA, our nation’s special education law, Congress clearly contemplated that, at times, there would be disagreements between parents of children with disabilities and the school districts providing special education and related services to their children. While it is expected that parents and school personnel will work in partnership to ensure children with disabilities are provided appropriate services, there are times when the child’s parents and...
Description: The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. Our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs.
Description: Giving a child a home is a remarkable gift. This page is written for the families who’ve adopted children with disabilities (and without!) and those who offer them safe haven through fostering. It’s also written for those who work in state agencies or in private organizations who find foster homes and adoptive families for so many children.
Description: Parent Centers receive many calls and emails each year from people looking for materials on disability awareness. People need these materials to help community members, employers, organizations, and residents learn more about disabilities and what it means for people to live with a disability or raise a child with a disability. Having information about disability awareness can be put to many different uses–from classroom instructional units, to Girl Scout information fairs, to school...
Description: Vienna Youth Soccer is proud to offer TOPSoccer, fun soccer for children with disabilities for ages 4 to 18 years old. This program is affiliated with the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer, The Outreach Program for Soccer. In its 9th year at VYS, TOPSoccer has continued to serve as a strong and stable community program enabling all children with mental and/or physical disabilities to participate every Saturday during the Fall and Spring seasons in a fun afternoon of soccer drills and non-competitive...
Description: Do you want to start the conversation on mental health within your community? Do you want to offer support to parents and your around mental health? The Virginia Family Network and Youth MOVE Virginia offer free, customizedable "Done in a Day' mental helath workshops or presentations to all communities in Virginia. Presentations can range from 1-2 hours while workshops can run up to 6 hours Both options can target various audiences including youth, parents, schoolprofessionals, youth serving...
Description: Virginia Family Network is a statewide grassroots movement of families committed to providing opportunities that support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs towards balance and improved family functioning. Similarly, Youth MOVE Virginia (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) is a statewide grassroots movement to provide youth an HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU? Resources:• Helpline – 1-888-486-8264 - Toll free warmline for a...
Description: Sportable believes that no one should be left on the side lines. Unfortunately most people with physical or visual disabilities don’t have the chance to participate in regular sports activities. Sportable helps to remove the barriers that often exist to participation, helping to decrease social isolation. Research proves daily physical activity raises self-esteem, helps individuals develop peer relationships, increases achievement/independence, enhances overall health and improves quality...
Description: Healthy brain development is essential for realizing one’s full potential and for overall well-being. For children and youth who experience child abuse or neglect and associated trauma, brain development may be interrupted, leading to functional impairments. Ongoing maltreatment can alter a child’s brain development and affect mental, emotional, and behavioral health into adulthood. Frontline child welfare professionals are in a unique position to recognize developmental delays in...
Description: Every February, America and Virginia observe Black History Month, celebrating and honoring the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to the economic, cultural, and political development of America.  African Americans are prominent in Virginia and American history.  The famous historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a native Virginian and the son of former slaves, brought this fact to the world’s attention by founding the Association for the Study of Negro Life...
Description: Doing Good Together™ (DGT) is a Minneapolis-based national nonprofit that works to make volunteering and service, along with daily kindness, easy for every family. Empowering families to raise caring, engaged children by offering unique programs and events, valuable services, and fun activities that promote kindness and giving. What Doing Good Together Offers: Helpful online resources on the DGT website  www.DoingGoodTogether.org Free monthly...
Description: Spring 2018 Registration is Open! Teaching Foundational Reading Skills Learning Differences Problem Solving in the Digital Age Teaching Statistics Through Inferential Reasoning Fraction Foundations Teaching Mathematics with Technology
Description: The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) program seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Students, serving as Delegates from communities throughout Virginia, participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during this summer program set on a university campus. Delegates will learn directly from peer mentors and successful adult role models while they work on their own personal leadership plans, improve their...
Description: (Applies To: Excel 2016 Excel 2013 Excel 2010 Excel 2016 for Mac & More)   This topic gives you step-by-step instructions to make your Excel spreadsheets accessible to people with disabilities.   People who are blind or have low vision can understand your data more easily if you create your Excel workbooks and charts with accessibility in mind.
Description: (Applies To: Excel 2016 Word 2016 PowerPoint 2016 Excel 2013 Word 2013 & More)   To help ensure that your Office files are accessible, use the Accessibility Checker, a free tool available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Windows or Mac. It finds accessibility issues and explains why each might be a potential problem for someone with a disability. It also offers suggestions on how to resolve each issue.
Description: (Applies To: PowerPoint 2016 PowerPoint 2013 PowerPoint 2016 for Mac & More) Key best practices for creating PowerPoint presentations can also help you make your presentations accessible to people with disabilities. This topic describes why you should use these best practices and gives you step-by-step instructions for following them. PowerPoint presentations tend to be highly visual, and people who are blind or have low vision can understand them more easily if you create your slides with...
Description: (Applies To: Word 2016 Word 2013 Word 2016 for Mac Word Online Word for iPad & More) This topic gives you step-by-step instructions to make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities. Word has many features built-in that help people with different abilities to read and author documents. Word also offers the Accessibility Checker that locates elements that might cause problems for people with disabilities.
Description: Teens and tweens with learning and attention issues may struggle with self-control for a number of reasons. Certain apps can help them think before they act, keep their emotions in check and stay focused on specific goals. Here are five apps that may help teens and tweens with self-control. Price and availability may vary but were accurate at the time of publication, on February 25, 2016.
Description: The holiday season is a joyful time of the year, but it also can be stressful for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Preparing and planning early for the holidays can help you relieve some of the holiday stress. The following are some ideas to help you and your child enjoy the holidays this year and every year.
Description: This Formed Families Resource Directory provides information about programs and services to support Northern Virginia families formed by adoption, foster care and kinship care who are raising children and youth with disabilities & other special needs. This directory is provided as a free service to individuals and other organizations and agencies. It covers the areas of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County. Some entries are listed under...
Description: In almost every early care and education (ECE) program across the country, there are children who have experienced trauma or who will, during their early childhood, experience traumatic events. Trauma in early childhood takes many forms, including abuse or neglect, witnessing violence, and having prolonged separation from or loss of a parent. An extensive body of research has documented the negative impacts of trauma on young children’s behavior, learning, and other long-term school- and...
Description: Smartphones and tablets have only become ubiquitous in the last decade — but now, most of us can’t imagine life without them. Mobile devices have changed the way we communicate, access information, and learn. The possibilities they’ve opened up have also changed the way we interact with and think about subjects many people have trouble with, like math. Happily, there are a now multitude of mobile apps and computer programs that make numbers fun for all ages, and provide the...
Description: The beginning of each school year offers students and staff members an opportunity to start a new learning journey.  This year students across the Commonwealth are entering schools on the heels of widely publicized events in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In order to provide guidance to students, school staff may be looking for resources to help students, educators, and communities have conversations about those events. Students of all backgrounds are experiencing a time in which social...
Description: The following kids app reviews represent some of the best kids apps found in iTunes and the Android marketplaces. We cull the app marketplaces, talk with kids app developers, pay attention to the app buzz, and download and play 1000s of children's apps every year. We don’t spend much time writing about kids apps that we don’t think are worth your child’s time, thus most kids apps reviewed on this site get a rating of 3 stars or higher. That said, not all of these apps have...
Description: The Governor of Virginia, Terence R. McAuliffe, the Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2017 as Family Engagement In Education Month and encourage local school officials to develop plans and policies to enhance parental engagement in their children’s schools, lives, and in the education community. The attachments listed below include: The Governor's Certificate of Recognition (November 2017 as Family Involvment in Education Month) The...