It's Time for Back-to-School!
August 2019
A Day in the Life of Ruby:
Watch as Ruby, who lives with Stromme Syndrome takes us through her school day!

From Special Books by Special Kids
Back-to-School Success!
For this special article, we spoke with three mothers of children with varying challenges and diagnoses about their back-to-school routines. Specifically, we asked them, “What tips do you have for other parents experiencing similar challenges?” 

Some of the amazing tips in they gave us are:
  • Schedule IEP meetings early!
  • Be proactive in introducing change to your child.  
  • Use visual cues and concrete rules in creating routine.

Inclusion in the Classroom:
How can I make sure my student is receiving the best opportunities in school?

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has multiple resources to help caregivers ensure students are included in the classroom environment. TRIAD's Families First Program provides practical tools for supporting your children in and out of school. Learn more about the Families First Program, including their upcoming September workshop on Addressing Challenging Behavior.
Call Pathfinder
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Hi, I am a mother of an 8-year-old, and I want help for my son at school if -- no when -- he has behavioral problems. I plan to request an IEP meeting for mid-September, and I have already written that letter to request the meeting, and I’ll mail it. But first I want to schedule an advocate. I understand that it is very helpful to have someone with me who is trained, and can help me with the meeting. How do I get an advocate?  
Click here to read Pathfinder's response!
The Holidays are coming soon! 
Many organizations offer "holiday wish" programs that help provide gifts to those who need financial assistance. If you think you will use a gift giving service this year, now is the time to start planning - lists fill up fast.
If you need help locating an appropriate service in your area, give us a call!
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Learn more about Family Support Program and other topics through our online training webinars and courses.
Call us with questions!


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How excited are you for school to start?
Soo excited, I can't wait!

I'm sort of looking forward to it...

It's too early for school to start!

Wait, school is about to start?
Have an IEP meeting coming up? Join STEP, Inc. for their workshop on preparing for effective IEP meetings on August 27th in  Knoxville. Don't live in East TN? Visit their web site for a list of other trainings in TN!
A Look Ahead to September!
Mark your calendars now for these activities:

September 7th:
Connecting the Journey: Resource Fair for Special Needs

September 12th: 
Next Steps @ Vanderbilt - Open Houses /College Nights

September 25th:
Enabling Technology Summit

September 27th - 29th: 
Camp Oginali for children with Down Syndrome

Click here to see the full calendar of events!
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