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”
Read more: http://nfca.typepad.com/nfc_month_2015/
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.
The “Building Family Bonds Workshop” sponsored by Child and Family Connections, Inc. takes place on Wednesday, October 14th. For more information, visit their website: http://www.childfamilyconnections.org
Robert Naseef, Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker for Devereux’s 2nd Annual Family Resilience ConferencePosted: September 4, 2013
Robert 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 Wisdom. Living 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 www.alternativechoices.com
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”.
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: