PEN Project

PEN Project Our mission is to empower and support Texas families and individuals impacted by disabilities or special health care needs. We serve parents of children and youth with disabilities from the ages of 0 to 26 as well as youth self-advocates ages 14-26.

The PEN Project is a non-profit Parent Training Information Center that provides FREE parent advocacy training. We are funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education, and work with families one-on-one and through workshops to address IDEA laws and IEP compliance. We can help with Bullying, Transition, Related Services, IFSPs, Evaluations, etc. As a Parent & Training Information center (PTI), we teach parents how to be advocates for their children with disabilities to ensure their child receives a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). To find the PTI in your area, follow this link to the state where you live and get empowered! http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/

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Mistakes Parents of Children with Disabilities Make and How to Learn from Them
09/02/2020
Mistakes Parents of Children with Disabilities Make and How to Learn from Them

Mistakes Parents of Children with Disabilities Make and How to Learn from Them

Mistakes parents make that delay or derail their child's educational progress include failing to make a plan, not understanding their child's disability, allowing the school to make final decisions about child's education, failing to keep emotions under control. Wrightslaw.com

[Self-Test] Sensory Processing Disorder in Children
09/01/2020
[Self-Test] Sensory Processing Disorder in Children

[Self-Test] Sensory Processing Disorder in Children

Sensory processing disorder makes it difficult for the brain to receive messages from the senses. It may manifest as meltdowns from sensory overload, or stimulation-seeking behavior, or confusion and clumsiness in everyday tasks. Could SPD be causing your child’s challenging behavior? Take this sy...

09/01/2020
Autism Little Learners
08/29/2020

Autism Little Learners

I had a request from a teacher to write a story about seeing children at school not wearing masks. Many children will think they aren't following the rules, or may say "why do I have to wear one, when they don't". This story explains that sometimes there are reasons others aren't wearing masks and it is usually private.

I hope this helps!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Why-Arent-They-Wearing-A-Mask-Story-5967876

Special Kids Advocates Agency
08/29/2020

Special Kids Advocates Agency

Love 💕
08/28/2020
USPS makes a birthday very happy | Garden City News

Love 💕

Garden City letter carriers recently made a Tullamore Road resident very happy on his birthday. Amy McCoy said that her sixteen year old son, Matthew, who has autism, loves learning about schedules

Great article, tips for every grade! 📚
08/28/2020
Strategies for Supporting Learning at Home | Child Mind Institute

Great article, tips for every grade! 📚

During the coronavirus crisis, parents and other caregivers have suddenly become responsible for managing their children’s education at home. With everyone at home together and teachers facing new challenges too, promoting learning can feel impossible. At the Child Mind Institute’s Learning and ...

Back to School: Special Education and COVID-19 Outbreak with Justin Porter Ed.D.Wednesday, September 2, 2020Justin Porte...
08/28/2020

Back to School: Special Education and COVID-19 Outbreak with Justin Porter Ed.D.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Justin Porter Ed.D., State Director of Special Education, Texas Education Agency, will be joining us for a statewide webinar to discuss parent questions and concerns related to the new school year and the COVID-19 outbreak.

ENGLISH version: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT
SPANISH version : 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zrh4sgckT--d2TrvSsq2Og

Good morning Beautiful People!Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind.  Be led by the dreams in your heart!❤️Pi...
08/28/2020

Good morning Beautiful People!

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart!❤️

Picture: Field of flowers with butterflies.

08/27/2020
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08/27/2020

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Good Morning!!!!
08/27/2020

Good Morning!!!!

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Socialization
08/26/2020
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Socialization

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Socialization

In reality, homeschooled children not only have more opportunities for socialization, but they also have a larger diversity in that socialization. Children in public schools get to socialize with same-age peers and a few adults, but homeschooled children spend time around people of all ages and in.....

Virtual Parent Support Group for ADHD & Coexisting ConditionsTopic: How To Be Angry BetterAugust 26, 2020, 7:00-8:30 pm ...
08/26/2020

Virtual Parent Support Group for ADHD & Coexisting Conditions
Topic: How To Be Angry Better
August 26, 2020, 7:00-8:30 pm CST
Wednesday, 8/26/2020, 7- 8:30pm
ZOOM ID: 848 3292 9338

Join our friends from Disability Rights Texas and CDIC!
08/25/2020

Join our friends from Disability Rights Texas and CDIC!

Join us as Ms. Angel Crawford, Attorney with the Education Team at Disability Rights Texas, discusses questions related to compensatory services for students with disabilities during and after Texas school closures due to COVID-19.
Wednesday Sep 2 at 10:00am (MST)
REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR THIS MEETING:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIof-uqpjkvGdUt5z9pmND75Psh8-REIx3X

08/25/2020
"What Is Wrong With Me?" ADHD Truths I Wish I Knew As a Kid
08/25/2020
"What Is Wrong With Me?" ADHD Truths I Wish I Knew As a Kid

"What Is Wrong With Me?" ADHD Truths I Wish I Knew As a Kid

I grew up feeling something was wrong with me — that I was lesser, or maybe broken. Now I know that what others misidentified as ‘wrong’ or ‘different’ was actually extraordinary — and that ADHD can be an incredible asset if appreciated.

How have you been impacted by COVID-19? The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is continuing to monitor how pe...
08/25/2020
Texas COVID Stories: Summer Survey

How have you been impacted by COVID-19?

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is continuing to monitor how people with disabilities and their families are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this spring, we conducted a survey to learn about the effects of the initial shutdown, which resulted in school and workplace closures, people sheltering in place, and the lives of many people being disrupted.

TCDD is continuing to monitor how people with disabilities and their families are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

YUP!! Have those weeks!
08/25/2020

YUP!! Have those weeks!

Successful ADHD EntrepreneurshipMany entrepreneurs, diagnosed or not, experience ADHD symptoms. So whether you don’t exa...
08/25/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Successful ADHD Entrepreneurship. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Successful ADHD Entrepreneurship
Many entrepreneurs, diagnosed or not, experience ADHD symptoms. So whether you don’t exactly fit in a corporate environment, or you are too driven and too creative to be contained in a job, entrepreneurship is a frequent choice of adults with ADHD.
https://buff.ly/3aTyQVE

Many entrepreneurs, diagnosed or not, experience ADHD symptoms. So whether you don’t exactly fit in a corporate environment, or you are too driven and too creative to be contained in a job, entrepreneurship is a frequent choice of adults with ADHD. Thriving as an entrepreneur is challenging. It ca...

Communication SkillsDescriptionCommunicating effectively with professionals that provide services to your child is key t...
08/24/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Communication Skills. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Communication Skills
Description
Communicating effectively with professionals that provide services to your child is key to obtaining and maintaining services. Workshop participants will learn the three components of communication, verbal, nonverbal, and paraverbal, in order to communicate more effectively with others. We will also explore how to effectively receive messages from others and discuss the barriers to effective communication.

Jamie Thomas
325.450.2774
[email protected]

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5Aea_3zGQWONNW3js08fnA

Communicating effectively with professionals that provide services to your child is key to obtaining and maintaining services. Workshop participants will learn the three components of communication, verbal, nonverbal and paraverbal, in order to communicate more effectively with others. We will also....

https://forms.gle/1vSUQ82Njp23bBRF7The link to register for the book giveaways! Please only register once, more than onc...
08/24/2020
Book Giveaways - September 2, 2020, 5PM CST

https://forms.gle/1vSUQ82Njp23bBRF7
The link to register for the book giveaways! Please only register once, more than once will be deleted. Jamie Thomas will do a random drawing on the 2nd of September at 5pm. Winners will be notified by email and will receive the book via mail. Please share it with your friends. These books will be amazing tools to have on hand this school year!

We strive to empower parents of children with disabilities and youth self-advocates in their roles as decision-makers in all aspects. Please fill out the form completely to be entered for our giveaway! There are 3 books we are giving away. You can register for all three or just pick the ones you are...

https://buff.ly/3gdYyVNParents often seek soothing through information, but for kids, support and soothing often comes w...
08/22/2020

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Parents often seek soothing through information, but for kids, support and soothing often comes when an adult can join them in a space without expectations that they report, perform, or explain.

Parenting can be overwhelming and it isn't something you have to do alone. If the idea of reducing the number of questions you ask your child feels really anxiety-provoking, consider giving yourself the gift of a check-in with a therapist or parenting coach. Research suggests that a short series of meetings between a parent and a therapist can help parents show their care in ways that reduce anxiety for parents, and, by extension, anxious behaviors in children.

If you're looking for structured resources to join with your kiddos and check in around the BIG things that are happening in the world, my COVID Kid's Activity Book might be a resource that can help: https://buff.ly/3iUtyvR
#covidparenting

#motherhoodrising #parenthood #boymom #firstdayofschool #backtoschool

Get a TON of cutting-edge info on middle school and ADHD
08/22/2020
ADHD in Middle School - Summit Registration Page | Smart Course

Get a TON of cutting-edge info on middle school and ADHD

The ADHD In Middle School Summit is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where world-class experts on ADHD come together to share their insights on how to best help parents of middle-school-aged kids with ADHD. It’s one of the first-ever virtual summits for ADHD and will help parents and their kids thriv...

This is a tough, especially with kids being home all day!Good Luck to us all! 😁
08/21/2020
Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior

This is a tough, especially with kids being home all day!
Good Luck to us all! 😁

When a child melts down and becomes aggressive, he can pose a serious risk to himself and others, including parents and siblings.

I think we all need tips and tricks! Staying positive is my tip to all!!
08/21/2020
Strategies for Supporting Learning at Home | Child Mind Institute

I think we all need tips and tricks!

Staying positive is my tip to all!!

During the coronavirus crisis, parents and other caregivers have suddenly become responsible for managing their children’s education at home. With everyone at home together and teachers facing new challenges too, promoting learning can feel impossible. At the Child Mind Institute’s Learning and ...

"WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER"
08/20/2020

"WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER"

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3 Butterfield Trail, Suite 128A
El Paso, TX
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The PEN Project’s Social Media Policy The PEN PROJECT would like its presence on social media sites to be honest, open, and respectful. In an effort to be transparent about our social media policies, as well as to model effective use and management of social media for other organizations in our network, we share our social media guidelines here. SUMMARY STATEMENT OF SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY The PEN PROJECT maintains a presence on social media in order to provide information and resources on topics related to early intervention, special education, and serving children and youth with disabilities. We encourage and appreciate fair comments and discussion on our social media platforms. However, we reserve the right to remove posts that include personal or private information, promote commercial products, or are otherwise inappropriate, as described below. You may suggest removal of any comment you feel violates this policy. CONTENT OF POSTS The PEN PROJECT posts resources and information that we think will be of use to our many audiences on Facebook. The content of our posts is focused on serving families and educators of children and youth with disabilities. These may include blogs, news stories, videos, downloadable resources, and links to organizations. The messages we convey on social media are a part of the PEN PROJECT’s public presence. In order to best craft those messages, our team engages in dialogue around what we will post. We share thoughts and perspectives about potential posts before putting them on social media. We value the multiple perspectives of our team members, and we believe that the thought we put into our social media presence helps us to better serve our followers. DIRECT REQUESTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA In the public sphere of social media, the PEN PROJECT cannot respond to individual requests for information or assistance. Your personal information is too public in these spaces. Social media followers are invited to submit requests via email to [email protected] or visit our website at www.PartnersTX.org. We will be pleased to respond to your individual requests promptly and thoroughly via email or telephone. COMMENTS BY OTHERS ARE NOT ENDORSED The PEN PROJECT does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify, or agree with the comments, opinions, or statements posted on its social media accounts. Any information or material placed online, including advice and opinions, are the views and responsibility of those making the comments and do not necessarily represent the views of the PEN PROJECT. COMMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE All comments submitted or posted on the PEN PROJECT's social media accounts are public. The PEN PROJECT reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that violates these policies or any applicable law. EDITING AND DELETIONS The PEN PROJECT reserves the right, but undertakes no duty, to review, edit, move, or delete any material submitted as a comment to information posted on its social media accounts without notice. While we encourage submissions from all viewpoints, we ask that all participants adhere to the following Terms of Participation: • To ensure constructive questions and comments, please post only questions or comments directly related and relevant to the PEN PROJECT and the topics discussed. • Do not post questions or comments that contain threats, obscenities, and any other material that would violate the law if published, such as abusive, defamatory, or sexually explicit material. • Submissions containing the following will be deleted: 1. Obscene or threatening language or defamation (hate speech) based on race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability 2. Commercial services or products 3. Any personal or sensitive information (phone numbers, e-mail, or postal addresses) 4. Any endorsement of religious beliefs/practices or political parties, candidates, or groups 5. Any posts or links intended to influence (lobby) a Member of Congress or government official on legislation or appropriation In the event that your original post contains an appropriate disability-related resource, the PEN PROJECT may ask you to modify your posting by removing any portion that breaches this policy. THE RIGHT TO REPORT THREATENING COMMENTS The PEN PROJECT reserves the right to report any comments that imply harm or imminent danger to yourself or others. By submitting a comment for posting, you accept that the PEN PROJECT has the right to contact the appropriate authorities to report any suspicious activities, threats, or behaviors. EXTERNAL LINKS The posting of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the PEN PROJECT of the linked websites, or the information, products, or services contained there. The PEN PROJECT does not exercise editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of the PEN PROJECT. Sharing of other organizations’ resources: In order to best serve our followers, the PEN PROJECT shares resources from trusted organizations in our networks. Commercial products: The PEN PROJECT generally posts resources and materials that do not have an associated cost to the user. If there is a cost associated with a resource that we post, the PEN PROJECT will do its best to identify the cost in the post. APPROPRIATE URL FORMAT The PEN PROJECT reserves the right to remove any URLs that pose or appear to pose a security threat to its site, the United States Government, and other users, including, but not limited to, any URLs that have been shortened by third-party sites (e.g., bit.ly, tiny.cc). Since the PEN PROJECT will actively check and monitor all links, users may only post content containing a full web address. The only exceptions to this rule are sites that limit characters, such as Twitter. Users are advised to click on third-party content at their own risk. SECTION 508 COMPLIANCE Third-party social media platforms and websites may not be accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. Whenever possible, the PEN PROJECT posts resources that are 508 compliant, for example, videos with captioning. DISCLAIMER References on our social media to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the PEN PROJECT. The views and opinions of authors expressed on social media do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PEN PROJECT or its funders, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. The PEN PROJECT assumes no legal responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process mentioned on its social media outlets. ~ Revised 11/7/2012

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Monday 13:00 - 17:00
Monday 08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 12:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 12:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 12:00

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