November is National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month 2015

This year’s theme is “Respite: Care for Caregivers“.

R     is for “Rest and Relaxation”
E     as in “Energize”
S     as in “Sleep”
P     is for “Programs that can help you”
I     as in “Imagination”
T     as in “Take Five”
E     is for “Exhale”

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Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game


Check out the Center on the Developing Child’s multimedia game: Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game

In this game, you learn how the choices we make can help children and the community as a whole become more resilient in the face of serious challenges. Negative events can occur at any time, and it’s your job to choose positive events to counteract these negatives.

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University was established in 2006. Their mission is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.

Building Family Bonds Workshop

Building Family Bonds Workshop
The “Building Family Bonds Workshop” sponsored by Child and Family Connections, Inc. takes place on Wednesday, October 14th. For more information, visit their website:

Robert Naseef, Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker for Devereux’s 2nd Annual Family Resilience Conference

IMG_4216_edited_smRobert Naseef, Ph.D. is a psychologist and father of an adult son with autism.  His newest book released this year, Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together includes advance praise from Temple Grandin, “Fathers often have difficulty expressing their feelings, and this book should be required reading for all fathers who have a child with a disability.” Read a sample chapter on autism and fatherhood from this book.

Dr. Naseef is also the author of the book, Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Disability which has received international recognition.  He has lectured internationally and appeared on radio and television. He is the co-editor of Voices from the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People with Autism, and Professionals Share Their WisdomLiving Along the Autism Spectrum (2009) is a DVD which features him along with Stephen Shore and Dan Gottlieb.

In 2008, he was honored by “Variety, the Children’s Charity” for his outstanding contributions to the autism community. You can visit him on the web at

Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs

FEMA has a few resources to help individuals and families with special needs to prepare for emergencies.  Check out their brief video.

They also offer a printable brochure “Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs“.

The American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Pediatrics also offer a two page “Emergency Information Form for Children With Special Needs”.

AIR – Helping Families Soar

People Magazine spotlights Pediatrician Wendy Ross. Dr. Ross, founder of Autism Inclusion Resources (AIR) has worked with clinicians and airlines to develop an air-travel program at Philadelphia International Airport. The “Airport Autism Access Program” lets kids with autism practice everything from check-in and security screening to boarding a mock flight.

Read about Devereux parent Amy Kelly’s experience with her daughter Annie.

Annie's First Flight

Annie’s First Flight

Bring Your Life Into Balance Toolkit

Stress or mood swings rock everyone’s balance from time to time. However, when too much stress, anxiety, depression, or worry interfere with your health, career or personal relationships, it’s time to make a change. No matter how difficult things seem, by learning to harness overwhelming stress and gain emotional awareness, you can bring yourself into balance and have a more positive effect on those around you.  Don’t miss this free self-guided program for becoming a healthier, happier you from Helpguide.

Natural Disasters call for school‑community support systems

Prompted by the current emergency in and around east coast states as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools reminds us about the importance of emergency preparedness and aftermath planning. At the UCLA Center website click on the icon labeled “Responding to a Crisis”. Of particular note see “Resources for Responding to and Coping with Hurricane Related Events“.

A wider range of resources can also be accessed from their “Quick Find Online Clearinghouse on Crisis Prevention and Response“.

Parents with very young children may want to check out the:

Sesame Street Hurricane Kit


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