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May 25, 2022 | Issue 30  (View newsletter as webpage)

Important News

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Ending the Silence: Program for Middle and High School Youth


The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) offers Ending the Silence to students or youth groups. 

It is a free, evidence-based, 50-minute session designed for middle and high school students.

Students learn about mental health conditions through a brief presentation, short videos, and personal testimony from a young adult who describes their journey to recovery.

The program covers the:

  • Basics of mental health
  • Symptoms and warning signs of mental health conditions and suicide
  • Importance of talking to a trusted adult
  • Fact that they are not alone and help is available

Click here for more info or to request a presentation

Learn more about SPAN's role as the NJ Federation for Children's Mental Health State Organization here


Caregiving in the Context of COVID-19

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a report about the ways in which families and children have been affected by the pandemic. 

The report summarizes the responses of 9,000 parents about their experiences since the start of the pandemic in March of 2020. Parents answered questions about employment, childcare, education, and other topics 

Closing schools and community resources made an impact on childcare routines. Changes to work life and government support systems also impacted how parents could provide for their families.

The report covers critical takeaways looking at the impact of support services, violence in the home, and parents’ most challenging and most helpful experiences.  

Read the Summary Report here.

Visit the Family Snapshots site here to learn about key findings from the survey and find additional resources.

Early Relational Health Study: An Opportunity for Mothers and Fathers

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Rutgers is looking for mothers and fathers of children ages 7 and under to participate in focus groups held virtually via the Zoom online platform.

The focus is to understand perspectives on the role of primary care clinicians in promoting strong parent-child relationships. 

For more information, contact:

The Early Relational Health Research Team Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School  


Upcoming Events

See what's happening

SPAN offers a variety of learning opportunities for families and the professionals who work with them. 

Upcoming Events include:

Empowering Women in Community Leadership for Healthier Families Virtual Summit focused on how women and their families grieve, let go and continue to be resilient:

Thursday, June 16, 2022;

10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Register here

See all of SPAN's upcoming events with details and registration links here 

Recorded Workshops About Assistive Technology

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Through a partnership with Disability Rights New Jersey and Adam Krass Consulting, SPAN has a rich library of recorded workshops related to Assistive Technology (AT). 

Topics include:

  • The IEP and Your Rights to Assistive Technology
  • AT for Executive Functioning and Organization
  • AT and Grades K-5
  • AT for Students to Use at Home
  • AT Overview
  • AT for Spanish Language Speakers
  • AT for Literacy

Join us Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Noon for a workshop about AT for Keyboarding. The workshop will be delivered in English and Spanish.

Register Here 

Learn About the NJ Assistive Technology Lending Center here

Share your SPAN testimonial story! CLICK HERE

Join the SPAN Team - View Open Positions here

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