Parent Tidbits

Spring Newsletter

Message From Mari Garza

Parent Tidbits is a quarterly newsletter designed to provide parents/families with information. Topics and information are always welcomed. Please contact Mari Garza at with suggestions.

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Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

What’s the Bottom Line on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1
  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.

What Are E-cigarettes?

  • E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air.
  • E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid.
  • Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems, or “mods,” do not look like other tobacco products.
  • E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).”
  • Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping” or “JUULing.”

For More Information on E-Cigarettes, Vaping, JUULing etc. follow the link below.

Developing Social-Emotional Behavior

Six Tips for Vacations and Weekend Trips

Family vacations create memories, teach children about new places, and provide an often much-needed break. Unfortunately, some children have a difficult time with new situations, people, and schedules. This article includes ideas for making vacations and weekend trips less stressful and more enjoyable before, during, and after the trip.

1. Prepare Kids

2. Involve Kids in Planning

3. Create a Sense of Familiarity

4. Keep Children Aware of the Schedule

5. Remember Downtime is Important

6. Create Memories

For more information

Special Education

Child Find

All children with disabilities residing in the state, who are in need of special education and related services, including children with disabilities attending private schools, must be identified, located, and evaluated.

This process is called Child Find. Before a school district conducts any major Child Find activity, it must publish or announce a notice in newspapers or other media, or both, with circulation adequate to notify parents of the activity to locate, identify, and evaluate children in need of special education and related services.

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27th Annual Texas Autism Conference

The purpose of the Texas Autism Conference is to provide parents, educators, and district & campus leaders with strategies, resources, tools, and evidence-based practices in the education and service of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The conference will include a general keynote address, breakout sessions, and a parent panel discussion. The event also provides networking opportunities for conference participants to exchange successes, challenges and ideas on how to increase student performance and success in life.

Keynote Speakers

Carol Gray - Award-winning, internationally known speaker and educator. She is best known for the development of Social Stories, a well-respected, evidence-based practice used worldwide with people with autism of all ages.

Dr. Lori Ernsperger - International speaker, author, and board certified behavior analyst - Doctoral (BCBA-D). She is the Executive Director of Behavioral Training Resource Center, LLC.

Registration Information

Education Professionals $150 Session ID: 1511763

Parent/Guardian/Non-Educator $125 Session ID 1511764

Watch US LIVE! To request access visit:

For Additional Information please visit

South Texas Family Support Conference

WELCOME to the 25th Annual South Texas Family Support Conference (STFSC), the only bilingual conference specifically designed to enhance knowledge of mental health services, heighten awareness of mental illness and developmental disabilities and identify resources and support systems for consumers and families within the South Texas region. The goal of STFSC is to provide culturally effective, responsive and appropriate resources for individuals living with mental health issues and developmental disabilities and gives attendees and presenters an opportunity to share stories of how mental health has impacted their lives.

The 25th Annual South Texas Mental Health Conference will be held June 25-27, 2019 in Kerrville Texas. Contact your Mental Health Authority for more information.

Coastal Plains Community Center -

15th Annual Statewide Parent Conference

The two-day conference offers 50-60 different sessions within several tracks, each covering a different topic. The tracks include the following: advocacy (general and legislative), parenting and sibling issues (and a Sibshop), special education law (basic to advanced), medical issues (including Medical Home and Medicaid Waiver Programs), behavior, mental health, parent leadership, resources and services, self-advocacy, transition issues for youth and young adults with disabilities, and creating a good life for people with disabilities.

Special Features:

  • 7 Sessions in Spanish; Interpreters available for 3-4 other sessions

  • Skilled child care – limited to 80 children

  • Sibshop Program for siblings

  • Peer to Peer Summit – 2-day conference within the conference for teens and young adults with and without disabilities

  • Family Fun Night - light appetizers & entertainment for the whole family where we can show off our kids

  • Approximately 50 Exhibitors including nonprofit organizations, state agencies, therapy centers, specialized products, mobility vendors, and many more

June 21-22, 2019

San Antonio Texas

For more information:

Conference Registration

Statewide Parent Coordination

Parent Coordination Network

The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist in making informed choices in their children's education.


Transition Survey Opportunity

Doctoral students at the University of Oklahoma are seeking parent participants for a study. The purpose of this study is to understand the perception of parents on IEP dynamics and meeting experiences.

If you are a parent of a child with a disability AND an individualized education program (IEP) your participation would be greatly valued!

This is a 2 part study:

1. Online survey about meeting experiences and parent-teacher dynamics (10-15 minutes). Link to survey:

2. Optional: phone/video interview at time of your convenience. Researcher will ask questions about your experiences in IEP meetings (30 min -1 hour).

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

(OU-NC IRB Number 10456 - Approval Date 02/28/2019)

Contact Information

Belkis Choiseul-Praslin, M. Ed - Doctoral Student

University of Oklahoma


Office Phone: (405) 325-8951

Office Location: Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment

Cate four building, Rm. 190

Norman, OK 73019

Education Service Center, Region 2 Highlighted Programs

Education Service Center, Region 2

Student success in school is highly dependent upon parent support. The parent coordination component of ESC-2 focuses on empowering parents and families in their knowledge of the laws and processes in special education and strategies to help support their child or family member with disabilities.