New Tools and Updates Plus Essentials for Your Military Family Toolkit

We know you store, save and have useful tools available for your work with families.  Whether it’s bookmarks with folders labeled by topic or subject, saving resources in Word or Excel documents or printing some to easily share during your one-to-one support or at resource fairs, we’ve got you covered! In our back to school season it’s only logical we offer you new tools, essential resources and updates that you can look at today, save for another time and store for your work with military families. Continue reading “New Tools and Updates Plus Essentials for Your Military Family Toolkit”

4 Short Videos to view and share-Elmo and the Vice Admiral

Vice Admiral Raquel “Rocky” Bono, Director of the Defense Health Agency, and Elmo joined forces  on YouTube to introduce a new set of resources for your work with military-connected families. The Sesame Street for Military Families webpage for providers was developed in conjunction with the Defense Health Agency, which is responsible for healthcare for military families. Find out how useful these videos can be:

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children was created to provide a smooth transition for military children as their families relocate from installation to installation. “While the Compact is not exhaustive in its coverage, it does address the key issues encountered by military families: eligibility, enrollment, placement and graduation” (NCSL, 2014). The Compact has been created with the hope that students will not lose academic time in transition, obtain an appropriate placement, and be able to graduate on time. Currently, all 50 states and District of Columbia participate in the Compact. Continue reading “Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children”

Medicaid: Referring Military Families to Supports and Services

Military families have unique concerns around the supports and services needed by their child with special needs. On the one hand, they have guaranteed medical coverage through TRICARE, the military health care system and its range of special programs. On the other, there are distinct limits to coverage and programs which may leave military families without some essential supports and services. Medicaid can be an option for some military families which they may not have considered, and which Parent Center staff can help them explore.

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Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The EFMP (or similar name depending on military branch of service) is a program of the armed services that helps military dependents with special needs.  Staff in the EFMP identify and enroll family members with special health or educational needs, and assist families with identifying and accessing appropriate services, including when changing assignments or duty stations.

What Parent Centers Need to Know to Help Military Families

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Alert: Parent Centers -IAN CHASE Survey

Evaluating the Impact of Moving Homes and Schools on Military Children with Autism

What is the CHASE Survey?

Military children in the Unites States move homes frequently with about 38% having moved at least once in the last five years.  Children with autism can experience difficulty with changes in their environment and routines.  Military families may have difficulties finding medical and therapeutic care for their children and school settings or supports may change upon moving.

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