Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania connects families of children with disabilities or special needs on a one to one basis according to conditions or concerns.
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Established in 1996, Parent to Parent of PA is a statewide agency that links families of children with disabilities or special needs for the purposes of support and information. Our regional offices are located throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Requests for matches can be made via phone, email, or our website. Based on your individual needs, we will link you to a volunteer peer supporter. They are the lifeline of the program. They have experienced the joys and challenges of living with individuals with a disability or special need. Currently, we have 1,365 ready to share their stories.

PA Schools Work
07/15/2020

PA Schools Work

PA Schools Work is honored to welcome U.S. Senator Bob Casey for a special online event on Friday, July 17th at 10 am. The event will be a discussion about the challenges PA schools and families will face in the fall, and how the federal government must play a continuing role in helping guide school districts as they plan for reopening and as they deal with the financial difficulties of educating our kids in the midst of ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4468546505328644111

PA Schools Work
07/14/2020

PA Schools Work

PA Schools Work is honored to welcome U.S. Senator Bob Casey for a special online event on Friday, July 17th at 10 am. The event will be a discussion about the challenges PA schools and families will face in the fall, and how the federal government must play a continuing role in helping guide school districts as they plan for reopening and as they deal with the financial difficulties of educating our kids in the midst of ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4468546505328644111

NAMI Luzerne/Wyoming Counties
07/14/2020

NAMI Luzerne/Wyoming Counties

Are you a parent, guardian, or care-taker? If so, then this webinar is for you! Join us and Jessica Ives for a zoom webinar about parenting and mental health! There will be discussion about how to find clarity in this time of uncertainty. Please join us on July 21st, at 4pm! Register here: https://namiluzernewyomingcounties.org/event-registration/?ee=407

07/01/2020

One of our coordinators recently had the pleasure of speaking with a peer supporter, Kerry, who has been with Parent to Parent of PA for four years. She agreed to allow us to share her beautiful inspirational analogy with our Facebook community. When speaking about her journey with her own children, Kerry said:
"...it's like there is a big puzzle on my table, and one day I might get one piece, and another piece the next. Then one day, all of a sudden, the puzzle is complete, and there is my child."

Thank you for reminding us, Kerry, that it is OKAY to not have it all figured out right away. By working at our own pace, one piece at a time, eventually the picture will come into focus and the puzzle will be complete.

Salem Township PD
06/30/2020

Salem Township PD

Come hang out with us tomorrow at Buddies with Badges at Nescopeck Park.

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania
06/29/2020

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania

Saturday was National PTSD Awareness Day. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs in people who have experienced or witnessed a terrifying event. Some common symptoms of PTSD are flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety. PTSD symptoms can last for months or years and affect a person’s day to day life. For more information, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/y7m4lxqg and remember, you are not alone! // repost from @healingfromcptsd


#selfcare #mentalselfcare #stressless #kindness #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealth #caring #emotionalwellbeing #hereforyou #selfcompassion #coronavirus #mindfulness #mentalhealthawareness #wellness #mentalhealthmatters #covid19 #endthestigma #hope #pstd #pstdawareness #pstdawarenessday #posttraumaticstressdisorder #quarantine #NotAlone #namicares #nami #namikeystonepa #nkpa

Capital Area Intermediate Unit
06/27/2020
Capital Area Intermediate Unit

Capital Area Intermediate Unit

EDUCATORS: Join us for some online “learning” with our Summer Professional Learning Series! Programs focus on Classroom Integration and Remote Learning. See the full list of offerings in the link below. Did we mention 3.5 hours of Act 48 will be awarded for each half-day session?!?! https://bit.ly/CAIUsummerseries
#ProfDev #TeacherPD #BeGreat #LifelongLearning 🍏💻🍏

PA Care Partnership For Youth and Family
06/26/2020

PA Care Partnership For Youth and Family

Youth Needed for Youth Panel Discussion
Youth Voice: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Panel, July 2020

To help shed light on the importance of mental wellness in minority communities, we are hosting a youth panel discussion as part of our July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

We are looking for four (4) youth or young adults, age 17-26, who are part of a minority community (Black, Latinx, Asian, Native/Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, among others) to share your story when it comes to mental health, how it has affected you, and the thoughts you may have about the system or how mental health has been dealt with in your culture from your personal experience.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jamal Ford, Youth Resources Coordinator, PA CARE Partnership, email: [email protected].

The panel discussion will be scheduled for later in July.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit
06/26/2020

Allegheny Intermediate Unit

The AIU has been awarded a combined $1,525,000
from six area foundations to support the region’s school districts as they respond to and recover from a variety of
COVID-19 educational challenges. For more info: https://bit.ly/3i2YTN8 #EducationReimagined

Autism Navigator
06/26/2020

Autism Navigator

On Tuesday, June 30th, we will be hosting a special Autism Navigator Webinar for families of children 1-8 years of age who are concerned about their child’s social communication development or possible ASD, or anyone interested in learning more about autism.

This free webinar will review what it takes to learn to talk – the gestures, sounds, actions and more; how to support your child’s learning in everyday activities and how Autism Navigator and Baby Navigator online resources can help each family. However, you must register to participate. Information is below:

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Time: 1:00 to 2:30pm (Eastern Time)

How-To Guide for Families:
Supporting Your Child’s Learning in Everyday Activities

Link to Register: https://bit.ly/3dmMu3a

Autism Navigator is collaborating with Autism Science Foundation to bring this special webinar to you. This webinar will help you learn about our How-To Guide for Families and ways you can use this resource to engage your child in activities you’re already doing every day and help develop your child’s social communication skills.

We will offer enrollment in our How-To Guide for FREE for all families of children 1 to 8 years of age who join this webinar.

Want to learn more?
If you suspect your child has autism . . . you can get started right away with our How-To Guide for Families: https://babynavigator.com/how-to-guide/

We cannot record our webinars because we show photos and videos of our families, so make sure to register with the link above.

Help spread the word by sharing this with your friends. #autism #autismnavigator #howtoguideforfamilies #babynavigator #16earlysignsofautism

Tuscarora Intermediate Unit Educational Technology Department
06/26/2020
Tuscarora Intermediate Unit Educational Technology Department

Tuscarora Intermediate Unit Educational Technology Department

This summer we are doing camps differently!! Join us virtually as we host the Cre8tor STEM Makers Camp! See below for details! Makers ages 7-12 can choose to participate in 3 challenges over 3 weeks. We will launch a challenge every week! Join us for 1 week or all three weeks for building epic things!

https://www.smore.com/1gexna

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScOkwJRm41qt4H4vVFhDgfhyGhW6FHZqBougqJOng6ntJcQtQ/viewform

06/25/2020
Importance of Water Safety for Those with Autism

Importance of Water Safety for Those with Autism

May is Water Safety Awareness Month. Drowning is the #1 cause of death in children with autism. In fact, kids with autism drown at a rate 160 times greater t...

Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5
06/24/2020

Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5

Is there a Summer Food site near me?

Check out the map to find out: https://bit.ly/2TlBE6C

Pennsylvania's Promise for Children
06/24/2020
Pennsylvania's Promise for Children

Pennsylvania's Promise for Children

@NoSmallMatter is the first major theatrical #documentary to tackle the topic of early childhood education. See why it’s indeed #NoSmallMatter. Make plans to join us 6/25 → http://ow.ly/5Dmx50Aebd6 #NoSmallMatter

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
06/23/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Grandparents raising grandchildren: PA Kinconnector is waiting to hear from you!

PA Kinconnectors are eager to help you. We are here to find resources for you, help you apply for services, or just let you know you are not alone! Give us a call at 1-866-KIN-2111 Monday-Thursday 9:00 am -10:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania
06/22/2020

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania

Next week, @NAMI’s Ask the Expert Team presents its latest webinar “Youth Speak: Supporting Youth Mental Health During COVID-19.” On Tuesday, June 23 at 4pm, panelists from NAMI affiliates across the country will share the warning signs of mental health conditions and suicide in youth and young adults and what this might look like during our current pandemic. You will also learn how to be there for someone in need and what resources are available for those who need help. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y8cm8k7j

#selfcare #mentalselfcare #stressless #kindness #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealth #caring #emotionalwellbeing #hereforyou #selfcompassion #coronavirus #mindfulness #mentalhealthawareness #wellness #mentalhealthmatters #covid19 #endthestigma #hope #youth #youthmatters #youthmentalhealth #YA #YAmentalhealth #webinar #quarantine #NotAlone #namicares #nami #namikeystonepa #nkpa

Pennsylvania Child Care Association
06/22/2020

Pennsylvania Child Care Association

Helpful resource for child care providers making the transition from closed to open.
https://bit.ly/3elYp2t

06/19/2020
BHARP System of Care

BHARP System of Care

Promoting System of Care Partnerships with a rural difference

U.S. International Council on Disabilities
06/19/2020

U.S. International Council on Disabilities

Join the US International Council on Disabilities, USICD Member, Disability Rights International, & American University College of Law Academy on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law on 18 June from Noon to 1:30PM EST for a webinar titled "Human Rights in Light of COVID19: Protection of People with Disabilities: Safety through Inclusion & Emergency Deinstitutionalization."

Visit the link below for more details and to register!
http://usicd.org/usicd-co-sponsored-webinar-18-june-2020/

Image description: Event title and details with images of speakers: Judith Heumann, Lorrell Kilpatrick, Eric Rosenthal, Javier Vasquez, Lindsay Wiley, Robert Dinerstein, Senator Bob Casey

The Bloomsburg Salvation Army Service Center, 345 Market St., Bloom
06/18/2020

The Bloomsburg Salvation Army Service Center, 345 Market St., Bloom

Hello Friends. We've gotten many questions concerning what zip codes are eligible for our back to school event. So here we go...remember you must live in one of these zip codes in order to participate.
Columbia County: 17920,17814,17815,17820,17927,17839,18631,17846,17858,17859,
17878 & 17888
Montour County: 17821,17822 & 17884
Also we have only so many slots available for this program so when they are gone, they are gone. So please get in early and sign up Thanks and God Bless.

TCS: Therapy and Counseling Services
06/18/2020

TCS: Therapy and Counseling Services

Join us for our next FREE virtual roundtable on Saturday, June 27, at 10 am.

This Roundtable will openly address some of our most difficult parenting moments: meltdowns. What causes them? What are our children trying to communicate? How can we address them effectively?

This interactive conversation will be led by Andrea Gibson, MS, OTR/L. Our approach is informed by the works of Dr. Ross Greene, Dr. Mona Delahooke, Dr. Stephen Porges, and others who believe that all children do well when they can, and that visible behavior is just the tip of the iceberg.

Register here: https://go.oncehub.com/tcstabletalk

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania
06/18/2020

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania

Join us on Friday to hear from Joel Richard, Data and Communications Specialist for NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania. As a person living with Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, we will be discussing his own unique experiences surrounding stigma, as well as wellness during the pandemic!

Please join us at 3:15 p.m. and continue to join us every Friday in June as NAMI Keystone PA unites communities and sends the message: #YouAreNotAlone.

#selfcare #mentalselfcare #stressless #kindness #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealth #caring #emotionalwellbeing #hereforyou #selfcompassion #coronavirus #mindfulness #mentalhealthawareness #wellness #mentalhealthmatters #covid19 #endthestigma #hope #mensmentalhealthawareness #mensmentalhealth #mensmentalhealthmonth #quarantine #instagramlive #igtv #NotAlone #namicares #nami #namikeystonepa #nkpa

Lancaster-Lebanon IU13
06/17/2020

Lancaster-Lebanon IU13

Now hiring special education teachers for the 2020-21 school year.
Various grade levels needed
Various areas needed including, but not limited to, Autistic Support & Emotional Support
Positions available in Lebanon and Lancaster County
Bachelor’s degree and PA certification in Special Education is required, additional certifications or highly qualified status in core content areas a plus. Minimum starting salary $55,736. For further information and to apply online, please go to https://hubs.ly/H0rvsG20. EOE

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education
06/17/2020

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education

Home and Community Based Services virtual focus groups
Thursday, June 18 and
Monday, June 29

Space is limited! Request your space now: https://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/hcbs/

Open to all youth ages 18 and under.
06/15/2020
Open to all youth ages 18 and under.

Open to all youth ages 18 and under.

You can access an Excel Spreadsheet of the list for all Southwestern Pennsylvania Counties except for Pittsburgh Public Schools here. To get the most up to date information about Pittsburgh Public Schools sites go the school district’s site. Click here to download the application for free and redu...

06/15/2020
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Autism Navigator
06/11/2020

Autism Navigator

We are excited to announce a new Autism Navigator webinar series on Earlier Detection of Autism and Access to Care that will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (barring holidays). This series will build on the content in our Autism Navigator online courses and covered in our special virtual SORF (Systematic Observation of Red Flags) webinars. We will continue to focus on virtual screening, observation, and intervention.

Join us for the inaugural webinar in this new Autism Navigator webinar series.

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Time: 12:30 to 2:00pm (Eastern Time)

Earlier Detection of Autism and Access to Care

Link to Register: https://bit.ly/3eKs6Kg

Agenda for the 2nd Thursday of June Webinar
• Strategies to collect a virtual systematic observation at home to capture social communication development and early signs of autism
• Practice scoring the SORF to measure 22 early red flags of autism based on the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria
• How Baby Navigator and Autism Navigator online resources can help families of children from birth to 24 months and beyond

This free webinar series is for diagnostic team members, interdisciplinary healthcare professionals, early intervention providers, and early childhood specialists. This series is for those enrolled in our online courses for professional development and courses available to the public. We invite anyone interested to register. When you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the SORF manual and other resources that we encourage you to review to get the most out of the webinar.

Autism Navigator is collaborating with ECHO Autism and Autism Science Foundation to bring this webinar series to you. This webinar will help you plan and conduct systematic observations with families of young children 12 to 36 months of age that can be done virtually or face to face.

The SORF is an evaluation tool used as a follow-up to a positive autism screen in primary care or for children referred to a specialty clinic for concerns about autism. Since face-to-face diagnostic evaluations may not be possible at this time, a virtual observation can provide families with a way to keep evaluation and referral going so families can access appropriate early intervention. We will show video clips from virtual observations to practice scoring autism symptoms using the SORF and have a Q&A after each agenda topic.

We cannot record our webinars because we show photos and videos of our families, so make sure to register with the link above.

Mark your calendars for the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month to save the dates. Please share this invitation with colleagues who may have an interest in learning about using the SORF virtually to improve early detection of autism.

Help spread the word by sharing this with your friends. #autism #autismnavigator #SORF #babynavigator #16earlysignsofautism

This looks like it will be a lot of fun!
06/09/2020

This looks like it will be a lot of fun!

Kids! Teach a tiny, round robot to do big things in the Incredible Mini-Sphero, our newest online summer camp. Pick up an activity kit at IU13 and, guided by IU13 staff, you’ll learn to code your Mini-Sphero through increasingly challenging obstacle courses. How complex can you make your course? Will your Mini-Sphero triumph?

Register today & check out our other camps, too! https://hubs.ly/H0r9VmD0

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