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
According to the report an estimated 17.1 million US children and adolescents now have, or have had in the past, a diagnosable psychiatric disorder and two thirds of children with a mental illness do not get treatment. You can view additional statistics and the full report on the Child Mind Institute website.
You also might want to take a look at their additional resources including a “Parents Guide to Getting Good Care“.
“Life in a Special-Needs World” Exclusive Report Explores Health and Happiness of Children of All Abilities NEW YORK, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Parents magazine today revealed exclusive results from a study of moms of children with special needs…
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A mom shares a life-changing insight followed by expert care, thanks to the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network. Read about it over on their blog.
Listen as the host of the public radio program “Voices in the Family” Dr. Dan Gottlieb discusses how families of children with autism navigate an often challenging and emotional journey. His guests include Robert Naseef and Eustacia Cutler, mother of noted child with autism, author and speaker, Temple Grandin.
Dr. Robert Naseef (parent to an adult child with autism and a psychologist) sharing insight into the challeges a father faces when raising a child with autism. (YouTube video, 30 minutes)
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
Supporting Families with Special Needs Program Schedule
Saturday, October 19, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rosemont School of the Holy Child
1344 Montgomery Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010
Members of the community who are caring for a loved one with special needs are invited to this conference. You will have the opportunity to speak to professionals in a variety of fields regarding how best to support your loved one. This year’s conference will feature Dr. Robert Naseef, author of “Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together“. This conference is offered free of charge to the community. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP/Register.
A free shuttle courtesy of Krapf Bus Companies will be available from SEPTA’s Rosemont Station to the Conference for those taking public transportation. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Supervised child care for children ages 2-13 of all abilities will be available on site*. Please mention any child care needs, including special needs, when registering.
For siblings of children with special needs a workshop will be offered. Sibshop: This workshop is designed for school-age siblings of children with special needs to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Trained leaders share information through games, cooking, craft activities and other other creative techniques.
From 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Merrily the Clown will entertain the children with face painting and balloon sculpting.
* Child care will be supervised by Devereux staff, each of whom has had all appropriate screenings including child abuse clearances and background checks. Children should wear rubber-soled shoes so they can participate in activities inside the gymnasium. Arts and crafts will be part of the day’s events, so please have children dress appropriately. Meals will be provided, so please be sure to mention food allergies when registering. A First Aid station will be available in case of emergency.
CONFERENCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE
|9:20 – 9:30||Welcome – Bob Kreider, President and CEO, Devereux|
|9:30 – 10:15||Keynote Speaker – Robert Naseef, Ph.D.
“Being Present: The Family Journey to Acceptance and Resilience”
|10:30 – 11:50||Workshops: About the Conference Speakers
a. FLIP IT: Transforming Challenging Behavior – Nefertiti Poyner, M.Ed.
FLIP IT is an interactive session that teaches participants to use a four-step strategy that helps young children identify their feelings, learn healthy self-control, and reduce challenging behavior. In this session, participants will learn the importance of the four steps of FLIP IT (Feelings, Limits, Inquiries, and Prompts) as they relate to the healthy social and emotional development of young children. Families who attend this workshop will receive one complimentary copy of “FLIP IT: Transforming Challenging Behavior” by Rachel Sperry.
b. Parenting from Childhood to Adulthood – Barry McCurdy, Ph.D. & Stewart Shear, Ph.D.
This session is designed to provide parents with simple strategies for success across the developmental lifespan, including children and adolescents with and without disabilities as well as adult children with disabilities.
|12:00 – 12:50||Luncheon and guest speaker – Vernick Smith, M.S.: “Healin’ the Child Within”|
|1:00 – 1:50||Town Hall – Building a Support System – Facilitated by Amy Kelly & Paul LeBuffe, M.A.
Community of Hope Award – Frank and Colleen Foti
|2:00 – 3:20||Workshops:
a. FLIP IT: Transforming Challenging Behavior – Nefertiti Poyner, M.Ed. *See description above.
b. Parenting from Childhood to Adulthood – Barry McCurdy, Ph.D. & Stewart Shear, Ph.D. *See description above.
|3:30 – 4:00||Resilience Activity – Building Your Bounce – Nefertiti Poyner, M.Ed. The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don’t always remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. Building Your Bounce: Strategies to Support Adult Resilience is a training designed to explore the importance of taking care of and promoting the resilience of adults. Participants will learn how the social and emotional well-being of adults has an impact on our ability to care for children as well as simple, inexpensive strategies to reduce stress and promote resilience in adults.|
“Talk. They Hear You.” a new national public service announcement (PSA) campaign that empowers parents to talk to children as young as nine years old about the dangers of underage drinking was launched today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The kickoff occurred in conjunction with SAMHSA’s 2013 National Prevention Week—an annual health observance dedicated to increasing awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.
SAMHSA’s latest report on underage drinking shows that more than a quarter of American youth engage in underage drinking. Although there has been progress in reducing the extent of underage drinking in recent years, particularly among those aged 17 and younger, the rates of underage drinking are still unacceptably high.
“Talk. They Hear You.” raises parents’ awareness about these issues and arms them with information they need to help them start a conversation about alcohol with their children before their children become teenagers.
Visit www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov for more tips and information.