Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)

MAY/JUNE NEWSLETTER

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Check out the local resources and a podcast that follows the logo below. Several of last month's resources and information remain in this newsletter. There is new material added too - explore what speaks to and your family's needs.


RESOURCES SECTION: We are in the process of moving the Resources section to a tab on the CCS website. If you need assistance locating any particular resources, then contact one of your Clarkston PAC team representatives.


Please contact us anytime with questions, concerns, ideas, or anything else that is on your mind. We would love to hear from you! We are here to support you, especially during this unexpected, challenging period for our families.


Find the LAKESHORE - then you have read everything!

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Mental Health Awareness Month - Easter Seals of MI

"May is Mental Health Month and we will be doing a number of different things to bring awareness to importance of mental health and to bust the stigma associated with this disability."

Oakland Community Health Network

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

National Alliance on Mental Illness

"NAMI Metro: Oakland, Wayne, Macomb NAMI Metro is grass roots, all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with serious mental illness and their families through, advocacy, support and education."

Headspace - Stay Home, Stay Mindful

"This special collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises below are designed to help you keep a strong and healthy mind in the midst of this global health crisis."

Brene Brown - Unlocking Us Podcast

"Conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart."

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WEBINARS AND PODCASTS

Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube Channel

"We have an archive of recorded webinars available for when you need access to learn, understand, and manage topics related to special education. Our webinars (like all of our learning opportunities) are free for parents, caregivers, and educators."

Michigan Medicine YouTube Channel

"Join our nationally recognized panel for a series of candid conversations about parenting, child behavior, mental health and relationships during the ever-changing environment of our current global pandemic."

Understood.org YouTube Channel

"Shaping the world for difference.™ We’re dedicated to shaping a world where millions of people who learn and think differently can thrive at home, at school, and at work."

understood.org "in it" podcast

"In It: A Podcast on Raising Kids Who Learn and Think Differently"

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Thrive with Your Family Web Series - Michigan Medicine

"A new weekly online video series supporting families during the coronavirus pandemic. Tuesdays at 12 p.m. Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels" CLICK BUTTON ABOVE

MI Dept of Educ Office of Special Educ Family Matters

Supporting children with intellectual and developmental disabilities during extended times away from school and changing routines due to health outbreaks can be challenging. CLICK button above or download below to read further information.

MDE COVID-19 Education Information & Resources

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is providing information and guidance – developing numerous resources to assist local school districts, educators, and families.

State of Michigan COVID-19 Homepage

"The state of Michigan is here in our collective time of need to help ease anxieties and guide you through the uncertainties which come with this pandemic."

Kids Anxiety & Coronavirus - Understood.org

"Anxiety often comes hand in hand with ADHD and other learning differences. Some kids also struggle with managing emotions. That can make it harder for them to think logically about how to cope with situations that make them anxious."

Coronavirus: Latest Updates & Tips from Understood.org

"What You'll Learn: How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids; School Closings and Learning at Home; Activities to Keep Kids Busy at Home; Disability Issues at Work"

Online Learning Tips for Families from Understood.org

"Distance Learning: 8 Tips to Get Your Child Ready to Learn at Home"

MI Spartan Impact - MSU

"During this time of uncertainty for Michigan’s families and communities, MSU is working even harder to share free resources and support to individuals, families, communities and businesses across the state." Click button above to scroll the links.

Findhelp.org

Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Social Narrative Video

This is a YouTube link from the Mi Navigator Newsletter Issue 42 Presented by the Autism Alliance of Michigan.

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CLARKSTON PAC IS ON FACEBOOK

Clarkston PAC

Click to view our Facebook page and/or e-mail us! We want you to be a member of our community of parents! Share our posts with your FB friends and other FB groups - help us help other families with useful resources and upcoming events.

Oakland Special Education Parent Resource Network Group in Facebook

Click below for additional resources from your Oakland Schools PAC Executive Board
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Conflict Management in Special Education

Oakland Mediation Center. Dates of Trainings: Wednesday July 29, 2020 from 1:00pm-5:00pm and Monday October 19, 2020 from 8:30am-12:30pm.

Intelligent Lives Documentary

Michigan's own Micah Fialka-Feldman is one of the young adults featured in the documentary "Intelligent Lives". Now available for free streaming with English or Spanish captions on WORLD Channel https://worldchannel.org/episode/arf-intelligent-lives/

Action Calendar: Meaningful May 2020


For more keys to happier living, head over to the http://www.actionforhappiness.org/ website. NEW - Look below the calendar to download their PDF guide "Ten Keys to Happier Living".

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RESOURCES

2019 Early On Resource Guide

Early On Oakland publishes a comprehensive resource guide each year. This is a valuable tool as families navigate all of the services available for their children.


Follow these steps to access the 2019 guide:

1.Click the link below to arrive at the Student Support Services webpage:

https://www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/departments/student-support-services

2.Scroll to the bottom of the page to the "Parent Resources Section"

3.Click on "Early On Oakland Community Resource Guide"

4.Click the link for "Community Resource Guide" to preview or download the guide.


Questions or problems accessing the guide? No worries, contact your Clarkston PAC representative for further assistance.


Robin Maloney: mailto:robin.maloney40@gmail.com

Clarkston PAC Representative

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