Formed Families Forward is pleased to offer free LifeSkills Training to middle school youth in Fairfax County. Learn more HERE.
Check out this straight-forward guide for transforming schools and making classrooms and schools more accommodating to students who have experienced trauma. The guide from the Education Law Center in Pennsylvania offers background and research-based information on trauma and its impact. Strategies for creating and implementing trauma-informed approaches in schools. Download Unlocking the Door to Learning:… Continue Reading Help your School be more Trauma-Informed!
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the US Department of Education has just released a series of Intervention Information Briefs specific to several disabling conditions, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). These brief fact sheets are great for sharing with teachers, families and others who interact with children and youth who are… Continue Reading New FASD Intervention Fact Sheets from US Department of Education
Our friends at NewFound Families shared this with members. Note there are two sessions to learn more about the process; registration links are at the end of the post. Better Information equals Better Care Dear NewFound Family Member, Have you ever wondered how you can do your best for the children placed in your… Continue Reading Va DSS Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System info sessions
Helping Children Express Gratitude Did you know that being grateful actually benefits our mental health? Research has shown that increases feelings of reward, improves sleep, and reduces depression and anxiety. Here’s the science: The “feeling of gratitude activates several parts of the brain. The ventral tegmental area is a part of the brain associated with… Continue Reading Helping Children Express Gratitude
George Mason University and SAMHSA Collaborate to Combat Opioid Epidemic Formed Families Forward was pleased to attend an October 24 conference to learn more about the causes and treatment of opioid addiction in Virginia. Whitney Emerson, FFF Training Coordinator, shared this report. It is estimated that approximately 2.1 million people suffer from opioid addiction in… Continue Reading Opioid Addiction and Treatment in Virginia
How to Talk with Kids about Tragic Events Unfortunately, there are too-frequent opportunities for children to hear about tragic events around the country and world. Kids.gov suggests this article for talking with your children and teens. Be prepared- check out these Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or… Continue Reading Talking to Kids about Tragic Events
Throughout summer 2016, we encouraged families to get to know some of the many technology applications (apps) available to support the academic, behavioral and social needs of children and youth with disabilities and their formed families. The full line up of “Apps of the Week” are presented here. Share your favorites, these or others, with… Continue Reading App of the Week – Summer 2016
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the largest federal education law that has been around since 1965. ESSA reauthorizes Title I to support low income schools and provides for other important civil rights and programs in public education. ESSA was signed into law in… Continue Reading Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Formed Families
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at US Department of Education has recently issued several letters of clarification regarding the reading disorder dyslexia and specific learning disabilities. October 23, 2015 Dear Colleague clarification letter April 25, 2016 Letter to Unnerstall