Parent Center staff who work with military-connected youth during their crucial high school years know how disruptive a move can be, particularly “re-doing” a transition IEP with new sources of State and local training, support, and services. Parent Centers have the contacts and information to help the youth and family move ahead.
A Family Care Plan is a way to make sure that a military family is taken care of while their service member is gone. They may be gone because they are deployed, on temporary duty, or due to other military obligations.
As we know, having a parent away for a lengthy time places extra stress on children and the at-home parent, siblings or other care givers. No matter how often a military parent is deployed, and no matter how well-prepared a child might be for a parent’s absence, children with disabilities may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of stress on their physical and emotional well-being.
To help improve support for the child and increased understanding and support from teachers and schools, here are a few ways you and your center can help military families prepare their child’s school for deployment:
The Interstate Compact is an excellent tool for your work with military families. There are resources for parents that describe what the Interstate Compact is, and what it can be used for. These two handouts are for military parents who want to know what specific steps to take to start resolving issues by using the Compact, and what their next steps are if their first efforts don’t succeed. You’ll find them helpful too!
Eight apps created for military-connected professionals, service members, and their families can also be useful for you and the families you serve. They’re designed to address situations that challenge military families, such as a service member’s return from a long deployment or relocating to a new duty station. Many of the apps teach ways to cope with stress and anxiety, like breathing and mindfulness practices. We hope you will check out three in particular: PTSD Coach, Parenting2Go and The Big Moving Adventure.
Gaining access to a military installation can be a daunting process. Planning ahead and being aware of the procedures and rules before you arrive at the gate of the installation can simplify things and ensure you can connect with a family, meet with military personnel, attend a resource fair and to provide a training.
Continue reading “Tips for Accessing Military Installations: For Individual Assistance and Trainings”
View our new video “How to Use the Interactive Maps” that outlines easy-to-use outreach with installations in your State. We’ve also included a number of related and useful resources for you. You’ll find them right below the video!
Counselors can work with children who have special medical or educational needs, especially when those needs result in behavioral challenges. Learn about what this free, valuable resource can do for the military families you help.
TRICARE has recently expanded their services for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders. These changes have been made to give beneficiaries more options for their care and affect the following:
Want to connect with Navy families? Contact an Ombudsman!
Ombudsmen are an amazing resource for Navy families, and they can provide very practical assistance to Parent Centers. How Navy Ombudsmen can help you:
- Communicate with Navy families about your Parent Center’s services
- Help invite families to trainings and workshops both on and off the installation (they use social media extensively and communicate frequently)