Youth Participation In Transition Planning

BY VALERIE LEITER In 2004, Congress added new transition requirements to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), striving to improve youth outcomes after high school. These new requirements say that the Individual Education Program (IEP) must include “appropriate measurable postsecondary goals” and the “transition services… needed to assist the child in reaching those goals.” They also give students the right to participate in planning once their IEP meetings focus on transition from school. It […]

Depression In Adolescents

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. Depression can be a chronic illness or a short term reaction to a life stressor. Military lifestyle involves more than just deployments. Stress on the family and adolescent can come as a result of many moves, changing schools, leaving friends and community connections, constant training, and separation of the active duty service member. Deployments are […]

Becoming An Adult

GENETIC ALLIANCE The world’s leading nonprofit health advocacy organization committed to transforming health through genetics and promoting an environment of openness centered on the health of individuals, families, and communities. It is important to think ahead and consider the needs your child will have so that you can make sure those needs are covered without unnecessary interruption. BECOMING AN ADULT NAVIGATING THE HEALTHCARE TRANSITION PROCESS Becoming an adult comes with lots of changes: new responsibilities, […]

Super Undies Introduces New Hybrid Potty-Training Pants

What’s so “hybrid” about them? This new innovative pair of training pants uses either disposable inserts or cloth inserts. It can instantly switch identities from a potty trainer to a much needed diaper. And with its adjustable front, it can fit a two year old or his four year-old sibling. This dynamic two-tone piece of goodness has changeable inserts that fit in a wonderfully waterproof shell, so now you can just replace the inserts, not […]

Nineteen Words

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY “Come here Justin,” I say quietly, and as always my towel-clad boy obeys, happily sliding into my lap for his post-bath cuddle. We have a routine for our bed-time ritual that we adhere to religiously, and I can tell my son enjoys the familiarity, smiling at each step in our path to bed. Tonight, however, I’ve decided to deviate just slightly from our norm, as I want to try something different […]

Ten Steps: Optimizing Your Child’s Back-to-School Success

TEN STEPS BY TONI SCHUTTA “Starting a new grade, getting a new teacher, learning new classroom rules, meeting new kids in class, receiving more rigorous schoolwork, and increasing social demands can all cause stress for your child,” according to Toni Schutta, M.A., L.P., parent coach and author of the parenting book 20 Great Ways to Raise Great Kids, which contains need-to-know parenting strategies from America’s top experts. “An increase in temper tantrums, whining, and defiance […]

Health Coverage Options for Children with Special Health Care Needs

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY AGE OUT OF CHILDREN’S PLANS? Parents may not be aware of all the choices available for insurance coverage for their children with special needs as they become young adults. Options can include continuing dependent coverage, as well as public and private insurance. It is important to note that children with special health care needs may be eligible for more than one type of plan. Parents and their […]

Ask the Expert

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