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. Don't see the disability you were looking for listed below? Try our suggestions page. _____________________ Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity … [Read more...]

Categories of Disability Under IDEA

March 2012 In PDF In Spanish | En español The nation's special education law is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA. As part of making special education and related services available to children with disabilities in the public schools, IDEA defines the term "child with a disability." That definition includes specific disability terms, which are also defined by IDEA, as this webpage describes. The IDEA's disability … [Read more...]

Emotional Disturbance

NICHCY Disability Fact Sheet 5 (FS5) June 2010 | Links updated, May 2013 Approximately 7 pages when printed.PDF versionThis information in SpanishThe mental health of our children is a natural and important concern for us all. The fact is, many mental disorders have their beginnings in childhood or adolescence, yet may go undiagnosed and untreated for years. (1)We refer to mental disorders using different “umbrella” terms such as emotional disturbance, … [Read more...]

Mental Health Resources

Updated February 2013There are many, many organizations and groups that deal with mental health. This page will help you find the one or ones that offer the type of assistance, intervention, or information you're seeking. Also be sure to check the Related Information on the right sidebar!We've organized the information into the following sections:If it's a crisis...NICHCY quick connectionsBe sure to come hereFind mental health servicesMental health … [Read more...]

Accommodating students with psychiatric disabilities

This is a tidy little resource for teachers from DO-IT. With a minimum of words and pages, it describes how psychiatric disabilities (e.g., bipolar, anxiety, depression) can affect student learning and offers excellent guidance on classroom and testing accommodations that can really help students.http://www.scribd.com/doc/21506119/Accommodating-Students-With-Psychiatric-Disabilities … [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...]

How to help someone with a mental illness

As this article says, it’s really tough to weather the storms of a mental illness. It’s tough for the person with the illness, and it’s tough for those around them. Need insight into how to help--what to say, what not to say or do? (posted April 6, 2012)http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/breakingbipolar/2011/03/how-to-help-someone-with-a-mental-illness/ … [Read more...]

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