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September 2022

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Transition Workshops

The EIPLP is thrilled to continue our partnership with the Federation for Children with Special Needs to offer Turning Three Essentials to our families! 

If you, or someone you know, are thinking about a transition from EI to the school system, you won't want to miss this workshop to help you prepare. Topics covered will include:

•Differences between EI and Special Education

•Transition Planning Process

•Special Education Process

•Consent and Evaluations

•Special Education Eligibility

•The Team Meeting

•Options for Resolving Differences

•Review of Important Timelines 

These workshops are held virtually and are FREE. Dates are scheduled for fall in English and Spanish. Advance registration is required, using the buttons below.

Please share this opportunity widely.  

Sept. 2, 1-3 pm in English
Oct. 7, 1-3 pm in Spanish

September is Emergency Preparedness Month

One of the easiest ways to keep your little loved ones safe in a car is by making sure they are in the correct type of car seat or booster. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has great resources on choosing the best option for your child. Once you have the perfect seat for your child's needs, stop by a car seat inspection site to put your mind at ease and know it has been installed and adjusted properly. 

We’ve recently been alerted that car seats that don’t meet the federal safety standards are being sold at affordable prices on Amazon and other on-line retailers. These are sometimes called "fake" car seats. A few have already been spotted at fitting stations and car seat events here in Massachusetts. Children’s of Oregon created this handout about spotting a fake car seat. Can you help spread the word? Our partners are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to hopefully stop the sale of these dangerous car seats.

Know. Plan. Prepare.

Did you know the website has tons of resources to help you keep your family safe in an emergency? You can download an emergency preparedness checklist, that includes recommended supply lists and a guide to developing an Emergency Action Plan. If you have a loved one with a disability, or who may need extra help during an emergency, having a plan in advance is especially important. Check out the resources available to support that planning here

The Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs has developed resources specifically with the needs of kids in mindEmergency care plans (ECPs) are important tools that families of children with special health needs can use to prepare for their children’s safety and wellbeing during COVID 19 and other health related emergencies. Having a clear, practical plan in place can protect families if a parent or guardian becomes ill and must self-isolate or be hospitalized due to COVID 19. Parents or guardians should write ECPs to provide information and instructions for substitute caregivers about the needs and strengths of their loved ones with special health needs so they can fill in as easily as possible.

Other Emergency Information Information

Did you know that if a child has a chronic medical condition, it can have an impact on their care in an emergency? This form, from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), can be filled out by your child's pediatrician or specialist in advance, and brought with you if your child need emergency care. This form is particularly helpful for medical providers to be given to get to know your childs' specific needs.

Pro tip: put a copy in your child's diaper bag or backpack, and give copies to any caregivers. The people who know your child's medical history best aren't always there in an emergency. 

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