Specific Disabilities

En español | In Spanish NICHCY offers brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability. Alert! Alert!  Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new … [Read more...]

Categories of Disability Under IDEA

 _________________________________Alert! Alert! Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date.The new address of Categories of Disability under IDEA at the CPIR is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/categories/_________________________________March 2012In PDFIn Spanish … [Read more...]

Emotional Disturbance

_________________________________Alert! Alert!  Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date.The new address of the fact sheet on Emotional Disturbance at the CPIR is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/emotionaldisturbance/_________________________________ NICHCY … [Read more...]

Mental Health Resources

_________________________________Alert! Alert!  Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date.The new address of Mental Health Resources at the CPIR is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/mentalhealth/_________________________________ Updated February 2013There are … [Read more...]

Choosing the right treatment: What families need to know about evidence-based practice

This guide from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is designed to inform families about evidence-based practices (EBPs) in children’s mental health and to share information on an array of treatment and support options. http://tinyurl.com/3aw4zlm … [Read more...]

How oppositional defiant disorder works

Defiant behavior is a normal part of being a kid. But for some kids, defiance goes beyond the realm of normal behavior. They become so uncooperative and combative that the defiant behavior interferes with their ability to learn, thrive and get along with people. This is called oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and it occurs in about 10% of children in the U.S. From the Discovery Health Channel. http://health.howstuffworks.com/pregnancy-and-parenting/childhood-conditions/oppositional-defiant-disorder.htm   … [Read more...]

The “Action Signs” toolkit

This toolkit is meant to help parents, educators, and health professionals identify children at behavioral and emotional risk. The action signs (originally called “warning signs”) are research-based but worded in common-sense, non-stigmatizing ways and indicate that a child or youth may need evaluation or intervention by a mental health professional. The toolkit includes dissemination materials, information handouts, and links to related resources. Developed … [Read more...]

Finding What Works for Children with Special Needs

by the What Works Clearinghouse Educators working with children who exhibit emotional and behavioral concerns are interested in new techniques that will help them meet the needs of their students. But we shouldn’t expect teachers to have the time to examine the voluminous number of articles on this topic.The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) takes on this task by providing an independent examination of education research in order to provide central, … [Read more...]

Educator’s guide to bipolar disorder

This guide provides a discussion of various dimensions of pediatric bipolar disorder. Contents cover (a) definition, diagnosis, and symptoms; (b) bipolar disorder, the brain, and learning; (c) treatment approaches; and (d) school accommodations. From the Balanced Mind Foundation. (posted August 23, 2012) http://www.thebalancedmind.org/learn/library/an-educators-guide-to-pediatric-bipolar-disorder   … [Read more...]

Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances: 8 Tips for Teachers

By Lisa Küpper National Dissemination for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)  Do you have a student with an emotional disturbance in your class this year? Or perhaps you have a student whose behavior or demeanor makes you wonder if an emotional disturbance is going undiagnosed? If so, please read on. We know that emotional disturbance can be a sensitive subject. Emotional problems are painful to all concerned. Still, you can make a powerful … [Read more...]

NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources. This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to http://www.parentcenterhub.org.