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

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

9 reasons kids might refuse to use accommodations
01/05/2022
9 reasons kids might refuse to use accommodations

9 reasons kids might refuse to use accommodations

Why would a child refuse to use accommodations? Explore common reasons kids don’t use classroom accommodations, like feeling ashamed and not wanting to stand out.

01/05/2022

Would you like to help us spread the word about #Genetics?
Our Genetic Pop-Up Promoter Applications are OPEN until 1/10/22!
Read more and apply here:
https://airtable.com/shrt3Thv0VEhNG9OP

How to Engage Students in Any Subject Area
01/05/2022
How to Engage Students in Any Subject Area

How to Engage Students in Any Subject Area

A high school teacher with four decades of experience shares the principles she has used to build student excitement in a wide variety of subjects.

Amarillo IEP ClinicFor an appointment Contact Melissa Morphis @ 806-281-3495 or regions16.17prn@gmail.com
01/04/2022

Amarillo IEP Clinic

For an appointment Contact Melissa Morphis @ 806-281-3495 or [email protected]

Amarillo IEP Clinic

For an appointment Contact Melissa Morphis @ 806-281-3495 or [email protected]

Region 18 IEP ClinicContact Lacye Martinez to schedule an appointment:432-530-4382 or region18prn@gmial.com
01/04/2022

Region 18 IEP Clinic

Contact Lacye Martinez to schedule an appointment:
432-530-4382 or [email protected]

Region 18 IEP Clinic

Contact Lacye Martinez to schedule an appointment:
432-530-4382 or [email protected]

AmarilloJanuary 11, 2022 @ 5:30 pmParamount Baptist ChurchActivity Center3801 S Western St.Amarillo, TXTo reserve your s...
01/04/2022

Amarillo

January 11, 2022 @ 5:30 pm

Paramount Baptist Church
Activity Center
3801 S Western St.
Amarillo, TX

To reserve your spot contact:
Melissa Morphis 806-281-3495 or [email protected]

Amarillo

January 11, 2022 @ 5:30 pm

Paramount Baptist Church
Activity Center
3801 S Western St.
Amarillo, TX

To reserve your spot contact:
Melissa Morphis 806-281-3495 or [email protected]

"Understanding the Psychology of Communication Helps Everyone, Including Getting What You Want." Gayle Fisher"Need Help?...
01/03/2022

"Understanding the Psychology of Communication Helps Everyone, Including Getting What You Want." Gayle Fisher

"Need Help? Call AAA! How Advocacy and Action Plans Lead to High Achievement" Meagan Sanders

Register HERE:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9E8QnuJwQ9uqIZIRCMZEmg

"Understanding the Psychology of Communication Helps Everyone, Including Getting What You Want." Gayle Fisher

"Need Help? Call AAA! How Advocacy and Action Plans Lead to High Achievement" Meagan Sanders

Register HERE:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9E8QnuJwQ9uqIZIRCMZEmg

01/03/2022
Spencer Sanders / Stone Evans

Good morning y'all! We are OSU Cowboy fans in our house, Go Pokes! My daughter recently told me about Spencer and how special friendship he has had with a boy named Stone from HS. Below is how special their friendship is.
Heads up you will want some kleenex!

CADRE Webinar: Trust in Family-Professional Partnerships
01/02/2022
CADRE Webinar: Trust in Family-Professional Partnerships

CADRE Webinar: Trust in Family-Professional Partnerships

Presenter: Tracy Gershwin, Ph.D., BCBA-DThroughout history, researchers have documented new, ongoing, and growing conflict between families of students with ...

Attachment: Why It Matters Preview
01/02/2022
Attachment: Why It Matters Preview

Attachment: Why It Matters Preview

Most of us think of attachment as a loving bond between parent and child. But, what happens if a child doesn’t get nurturing, consistent care from a loving p...

New Year’s Day is the first page in a blank book: Write a phenomenal story!
01/01/2022

New Year’s Day is the first page in a blank book: Write a phenomenal story!

New Year’s Day is the first page in a blank book: Write a phenomenal story!

Cheers to 2022!!
01/01/2022

Cheers to 2022!!

Cheers to 2022!!

This Free Friday Printable, “It’s a New Year. Let’s make it great!” provides an engaging way for your child to start thi...
12/31/2021

This Free Friday Printable, “It’s a New Year. Let’s make it great!” provides an engaging way for your child to start thinking about possibilities and opportunities for 2022.

Download it here: https://bit.ly/3HnV7tI

This Free Friday Printable, “It’s a New Year. Let’s make it great!” provides an engaging way for your child to start thinking about possibilities and opportunities for 2022.

Download it here: https://bit.ly/3HnV7tI

Tweet by Maggie Smith:“This morning I was saying that I made a super tight schedule for myself this week, to make sure I...
12/30/2021

Tweet by Maggie Smith:

“This morning I was saying that I made a super tight schedule for myself this week, to make sure I get everything done, and my daughter said, “Make sure you get weird and take some dance breaks.“

So I offer this to you: “Make sure you get weird and take some dance breaks.“
💃🏻🕺🏻

Tweet by Maggie Smith:

“This morning I was saying that I made a super tight schedule for myself this week, to make sure I get everything done, and my daughter said, “Make sure you get weird and take some dance breaks.“

So I offer this to you: “Make sure you get weird and take some dance breaks.“
💃🏻🕺🏻

Ideas for celebrating New Years with kiddos#newyear2022 #newyear
12/28/2021
50 best ideas for celebrating New Year's Eve with kids

Ideas for celebrating New Years with kiddos
#newyear2022 #newyear

50 fantastic things to do on New Year's Eve with kids: ideas for countdowns, crafts, games, food, & activities. Celebrate at home with a family party.

#newyear2022
12/28/2021

#newyear2022

#newyear2022

12/27/2021

Ahhh, the comfort of ‘same’.
Dependable.
No surprises.
No stress.
No sensory overload.
No disappointment.

‘I know what that looks like, smells like, feels like, and tastes like, and it’s the ‘same’ every time.

Same = lower anxiety.
Same = comfort.
Same = trust.

❤️

Don’t feel sad that your child eats the same thing over and over.
It really is about anything we can do that helps lessen the ever present anxiety they feel from all the sensory input around them daily. They are constantly sorting and organizing sensory input - what we don’t even think about at all, THEY have to process CONSTANTLY.

We go through ‘same foods’ here too - even still. ( the infamous 7 month egg ‘scramble’ just one example..)

Some same foods last a few days, some for months and months and months, and then one day they are ready to move on.

So don’t feel sad.
Don’t worry.

Accommodate, and know that you are helping reduce their anxiety, by providing their same food with love each time … ❤️

They aren’t ‘missing out’ on what others are enjoying.

They are enjoying what they know and love.

#autism #food

12/26/2021
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁🎊
12/25/2021

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁🎊

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁🎊

Timeline photos
12/25/2021

Timeline photos

Merry Christmas to all! 🎅🏻
12/25/2021

Merry Christmas to all! 🎅🏻

Merry Christmas to all! 🎅🏻

All we need is LOVE ❤️
12/24/2021

All we need is LOVE ❤️

All we need is LOVE ❤️

Merry Christmas Eve! ⭐️
12/24/2021

Merry Christmas Eve! ⭐️

Merry Christmas Eve! ⭐️

Just checking in on y’all!How are you holding up this first week of winter break?
12/23/2021

Just checking in on y’all!
How are you holding up this first week of winter break?

Just checking in on y’all!
How are you holding up this first week of winter break?

Mobile Uploads
12/23/2021

Mobile Uploads

Growing up with a disability I had to be creative and self-motivated in order to be successful. In the 80s and 90s “a si...
12/23/2021
Being A Boss, by Josie Badger

Growing up with a disability I had to be creative and self-motivated in order to be successful. In the 80s and 90s “a significant percent of “normal” activities for kids were not accessible so I had to be creative to be able to be involved.



I never really thought about owning my own business (of course I also thought I would be a marine biologist, but that surely has not happened).

Growing up with a disability I had to be creative and self-motivated in order to be successful. In the 80s and 90s “a significant percent of “normal” activities for kids were not accessible so I …

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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 s*xually explicit material. • Submissions containing the following will be deleted: 1. Obscene or threatening language or defamation (hate speech) based on race, s*x, 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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