Parent Partnership in Education Newsletter  

Parent Support Network of Rhode Island, welcomes everyone back to the new school year and we are excited to partner with parents, educators, community agencies, and advocates. In this quarterly newsletter we would like to introduce you to Naiommy Baret our new Behavioral Health Education Specialist. This e-news edition features Children's Mental Health Tips from the National Association of School Psychologists and Bullying and Harassment of Students with disabilities from the Pacer Center. Learn more about our upcoming scheduled training and our menu of available workshops and technical support we can bring into schools and communities for families and educators that are dedicated to students who are at risk or who have serious emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges to be successful in education.   Parent Support Network has peer mentors who are parents with lived experience caring for children with behavioral health that are here to support and assistance parents with your their children's behavioral health and school related needs.  

Welcome Naiommy Baret
PSN  Behavioral Health Education Specialist

Hello! I wanted to take a minute and introduce myself. My name is Naiommy Baret I'm the Bilingual Behavioral Health Education Specialist at PSN. I have many years of experience working in the Behavioral health field and the Educational field and playing many other different roles that have equipped me to support families in many areas.

I bring over 10 years of experience as a Behavioral Specialist In the schools and home based, with children with special needs and Behavioral health challenges. I have also supported parents navigating the Educational system as an Educational Advocate. So, I know firsthand the struggles parents and children with behavioral health challenges have when trying to find the right supports and resource. I aspire to support every child, youth and young adult and their parents by Educating and Promoting Positive mental health and planting a  foundation for social and emotional well-being throughout life.
Not only do you have Mua! For all your Educational and Behavioral health needs. I have also partnered with a lovely Melody Sorea who is also a Educational specialist and Bilingual! We are both available to parents and professionals to provide information and support around social emotional learning and the educational needs of students with behavioral health challenges.

Supporting Children's Mental Health Tips for Parents and Educators
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Create a sense of belonging.
Feeling connected and welcomed is essential to children's positive adjustment, self-identification, and sense of trust in others and themselves. Building strong, positive relationships among students, school staff, and parents is important to promoting mental wellness.

Promote resilience. Adversity is a natural part of life and being resilient is important to overcoming challenges and good mental health. Connectedness, competency, helping others, and successfully facing difficult situations can foster resilience.

Develop competencies. Children need to know that they can overcome challenges and accomplish goals through their actions. Achieving academic success and developing individual talents and interests helps children feel competent and more able to deal with stress positively. Social competency is also important. Having friends and staying connected to friends and loved ones can enhance mental wellness.

Ensure a positive, safe school environment. Feeling safe is critical to students' learning and mental health. Promote positive behaviors such as respect, responsibility, and kindness. Prevent negative behaviors such as bullying and harassment. Provide easily understood rules of conduct and fair discipline practices and ensure an adult presence in common areas, such as hallways, cafeterias, locker rooms, and playgrounds. Teach children to work together to stand up to a bully, encourage them to reach out to lonely or excluded peers, celebrate acts of kindness, and reinforce the availability of adult support.  Teach and reinforce positive behaviors and decision making. 

Provide consistent expectations and support. Teaching children social skills, problem solving, and conflict resolution supports good mental health. "Catch" them being successful. Positive feedback validates and reinforces behaviors
or accomplishments that are valued by others.  

Encourage helping others. Children need to know that they can make a difference. Pro-social behaviors build self-esteem, foster connectedness, reinforce personal responsibility, and present opportunities for positive recognition. Helping others and getting involved in reinforces being part
of the community.

Encourage good physical health. Good physical health supports good mental health. Healthy eating habits, regular exercise and adequate sleep protect kids against the stress of tough situations.  Regular exercise also decreases negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, and depression.

Educate staff, parents and students on symptoms of and help for mental health  problems. Information helps break down the stigma surrounding mental health and enables adults and students recognize when to seek help. School mental health professionals can provide useful information on symptoms of problems like depression or suicide risk. These can include a change in habits, withdrawal, decreased social and academic functioning, erratic or changed behavior, and increased physical complaints.

Ensure access to school-based mental health supports. School psychologists, counselors, and social workers can provide a continuum of mental health services for students ranging from universal mental wellness promotion and behavior supports to staff and parent training, identification and assessment, early interventions, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and referral for community services.

Provide a continuum of mental health services. School mental health services are part of a continuum of mental health care for children and youth. Build relationships with community mental health resources. Be able to provide names and numbers to parents.

Establish a crisis response team. Being prepared to respond to a crisis is important to safeguarding students' physical and mental well-being. School crisis teams should include relevant administrators, security personnel and mental health professionals who collaborate with community resources. In addition to safety, the team provides mental health prevention, intervention, and post-vention services.

   Bullying and  Harassment of   Students with Disabilities: 10 Top Facts Parents, Educators, and Students Need to Know! 

Review these 10 Top Facts in read in full article below.

1. The statistics - Students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers. 

2. The impact - Bullying affects a student's ability to learn.

3. The definition - Bullying based on a student's disability may be considered harassment.

4. The Federal Laws - There are legal protections and provisions for students with disabilities who are being harassed.

5. The State Laws - All states have bullying prevention laws and some include disabilityspecific information.

6. Role models - The adult response is important.

7. The resources - Students with disabilities have resources that are specifically designed for their situation.

8. The Power of Bystanders - More than 50 percent of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes.

9. Self-advocacy - The importance of involving the student/child in decision making and planning.

10. The role of community - Know that you are not alone.

Upcoming Parent Workshop Opportunities  
September & October 2019

Social Emotional Learning  Workshop for Parents

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2019
Time: 6 PM to 7:30 PM 
Location: Parent Support Network
535 Centerville Road, Suite 202 Warwick, RI

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions

Come learn strategies to:
· Reduce your stress as a parent
· Calm yourself and your child
· Provide support in your busy family

Please  register by September 18th.   To request reasonable 
accommodations for persons with disabilities contact us by 
September 16th.

Please contact Parent Partner at Parent Support Network for more information  and  to register call           

Children's Mental Health: Family Support & Advocacy Training 

Date:  Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time:  10 AM to 12 PM 
Location:  Parent Support Network 
535 Centerville Road, Suite 202 Warwick, RI

Learn how to navigate and access child  and family services and supports to assist your child with being successful in home, school, and community.

Connect with other parents share challenges and learn how to advocate for your child with mental health needs. 

PSN will have onsite child care. To register and to learn more contact us at:

PSN Offers Parent & Professional Development Workshops 

PSN Offers Professional Development training and Workshops to parents, schools and communities.   We also work with School districts to develop workshops and training that meet the needs of their schools with children behavioral health needs in mind. Current menu of parent workshop we can schedule with your school or district includes:

Social Emotional Learning:
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
  Participants will learn strategies to: 
To reduce stress
Reduce summer learning loss in your child
Provide support in your busy family life.

Organization 101: Education Binder Set-Up
An effective advocate needs to be organized! Your Education Binder is a major tool in being an effective advocate for your child. An Educational binder can help you prepare for IEP meetings and stay up to date on your child's progress.   Participants will learn how to create a binder to keep:
Evaluation reports
Report cards
Communication logs with teacher and other team members
Taking Charge of my child's Education: Educational Advocacy
Learn how to navigate the Educational system to better advocate for your child's social, emotional and Behavioral health needs.: 
Learn rights and responsibilities
Request special education and other educational services for children with behavioral, emotional needs 
Strategies to build better Communication with Teachers and School personnel

For more information on bringing these training to your school or community agency, call 401-467-6855.   Sign up for our newsletter to receive updated information about dates, time and location for our training opportunities . Visit us at www.psnri.org  

PSN Parent Peer Mentors 

P SN Parent Peer Mentors are family leaders with lived experience raising children, youth, and young adults who are at risk or who have serious emotional and behavioral health challenges; work in partnership with the schools and community partners to promote family engagement and student success; and are knowledgeable of school support services and the special education process. PSN Parent Peer Mentors provide peer support, share up to date information and assist parents to participate in their child's educational team meetings and overall school success. PSN Parent Peer Mentors provide assistance with accessing special education, developing proactive behavioral strategies, dealing with discipline, attendance and truancy issues, and coordinating behavioral health services with education. PSN Parent Peer mentors are:
  • available by phone at 401-467-6855 
  • or make an appointment to visit our office in Warwick RI
  • seek assistance with attending school meetings
PSN has a diverse team with Bilingual Spanish & English Parent Peer Mentors and we work with interpreters and assist with cultural responsiveness.   Partners can access parent peer mentor services by sharing our brochures and information with families or going to our website and work with the family to sign consent and release and send over to our program and we will follow up with the family.

For more information and releases go to:  www.psnri.org

Naiommy Baret, Bilingual Behavioral Health Education Specialist
 Parent Support Network of Rhode Island
535 Centerville Road, Suite 202
Warwick, Rhode Island