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Back to School with Good
Mental Health
Going back to school can be stressful for both parents and students. In addition to adjusting to new schedules, kids often face anxiety over reentering the classroom. Here are some ways parents can help students of all ages and skills navigate those emotions as they head back-to-school.

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Look What I Got!
Remember being a kid and finding something delicious in your lunch box? Children and teens with special health care needs sometimes struggle with foods they can eat. Parents might want to increase certain textures and interest in lunch choices.  There might be a need to eat lunches that avoid dairy, gluten or other allergies. Here are some fun options that might help expand appetites and lunch interest.

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Your Input is Needed NOW!
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) needs your input! NC is proposing changes to the state Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs, moving to a managed care delivery system. Stakeholders, including families and persons who use the services, have an opportunity to comment on the specific proposal. Comments are being accepted through
Sept. 8, 2017.

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    Talking to Children About Disasters 
Children can cope more effectively with a disaster when they feel they understand what is happening and what they can do to help protect themselves, family, and friends. Provide basic information to help them understand, without providing unnecessary details that may only alarm them.

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Apps for Kids with Special Needs
Cell phone and computer Apps make life easier. BridgingApps is a website resource for health, educational and therapeutic tools. A program of Easter Seals Greater Houston, BridgingApps allows parents, teachers, and therapists to effectively use mobile devices and apps to target and improve individual skill development to help individuals with health care needs and disabilities improve their physical and cognitive development.
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What is an Individual Health Plan?
An Individual Health Plan (IHP) is a formal written agreement developed in collaboration with the student's family, the student, the school nurse and staff, and the student's health care providers.
An IHP ensures that the school has needed information and the authorization to address health care needs of the student while in school. It addresses family and school concerns and clarifies roles and responsibilities. Most importantly, it establishes a basis for ongoing teamwork, communication and evaluation.   
There is not a specific IHP form that is used in N.C.. Instead, clearly identified information is required to be on the form.  A good example of the required information can be seen on the Forsyth County Schools' website. Click below if you want to see what the IHP information includes. The IHP example is the fourth form down from the top of the list.      

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