10/3/17 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Offers Content re: Child Traumatic Stress

In the wake of  the mass violence in Las Vegas, a horrific event that is being felt around the country, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has released content to assist families:

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Terrorism
Incidents of Mass Violence

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

9/12/17 Spotlight on: Trauma-Related Resources from the Parent Center Hub

In the wake of natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and with ongoing crises of raging forest fires in many states, the reality of trauma strikes home, stark and raw. This issue of the Buzz focuses on what communities can do to help those hit by trauma, especially the children. There are many ways in which children (and adults) can be traumatized . The resources we’ve listed below can help educators, families, service providers, Parent Centers, and community members learn more about the short- and longer-term impact of traumatic events and how to support individuals to cope and recover.

We also pass along heartfelt support to the Partners Resource Network in TX that has been slammed by Harvey and yet who carries on serving families of children with disabilities and rebuilding from the ground up.

Best to you all in this too-often difficult world,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam

Trauma-Related Resources

What is PTSD? | In English and in Spanish
The National Center for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) can tell you-and connect individuals, friends, families, and veterans with a network of professionals to help.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children
From Medscape, this article looks at the “practice essentials” for diagnosing and addressing PTSD in children. It’s a good read for professionals and parents alike; it’s easy to read, yet framed from a clinician’s point of view.

Helping Young Children Cope After Exposure to a Traumatic Event
Tragedies are especially distressing to families with young children. This resource from Zero to Three is designed to help parents navigate this very challenging time. It includes symptoms a child might display, suggestions for what parents can do, and several resources they can turn to for more information.

Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
This guide can help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn more about the common reactions children and youth have to trauma, how to respond in a helpful way, and when (and where) to seek support.

Home Management Strategies for PTSD
What parents can do to help their child cope with trauma and the anxiety that may result. Very practical, very basic.


9/8/17 Hurricane Preparedness for Families with Special Needs

On Wednesday, September 6, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency as the path of Hurricane Irma was tracked.

From WLTX News 19, and WISTV News 10:

 Governor Henry McMaster is urging people in his state to get ready now in case
 Hurricane Irma makes a direct hit on the state. "Now is the time to prepare," McMaster said.

Family Connection of South Carolina wants you to be prepared if the hurricane, accompanying tropical storms and weather related issues (flooding, etc.) impact your area of the state. The following resources can help you ensure that your family is prepared to weather the storm:

Have other questions? Call our Family Information Center at 1-800-578-8750. Para Español: 1-888-808-7462.