Better Beehive is working on resource lists that in our experience has helped empower families of children with special needs. We will also update on upcoming conferences and speakers that may be a benefit to the community.
Project LAUNCH Resource List
Founder, Veronica Martinez, is a member of the Project LAUNCH state committee.
The purpose of Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health)s to promote the wellness of young children ages birth to 8 by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development. Veronica helped compile a list of online resources that can help empower families and individuals with special needs.
Learn more about Project LAUNCH at http://healthysafechildren.org/grantee/project-launch/
1. Navigate Life Texas : Helps families find resources and is helpful in building connections and a community.
2. Aunt Bertha: Helps families find resources in their community
3. Better Beehive Project- Review application for individuals with special needs and their families, a platform to share their journey and advocate for a more accessible and inclusive community – Betterthehive.com
4. Connections: Aids families in finding providers.
5. Center for Parent Information and Resources – www.parentcenterhub.org/resourcelibrary – Offers information on screening, evaluations, and assessment procedures for early intervention.
6. www.understood.org/en- Provides resources and support for families whose children 3-20s struggle with learning and attention issues.
7. Ability Path – abilitypath.org an online hub and special needs community for parents & professionals to learn, connect and live more balanced lives.
8. www.helpguide.org – trusted guide to mental and emotional health.
Disaster Relief Resources
During difficult times often humanity shines through and binds together to help each other. Tragedy has struck many parts of our world in the recent months. Below is a list of online resources and a link to our Calm Box initiative.
https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/emergency-preparedness/ – Offers some fantastic tips for families and providers on how to talk to children about emergencies and disasters.
SAMSHA: Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event A GUIDE FOR PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, AND TEACHERS
“Children and youth can face emotional strains after a traumatic event such as a car crash or violence.1 Disasters also may leave them with long-lasting harmful effects. When children experience a trauma, watch it on TV, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious. Young people react to trauma differently than adults. Some may react right away; others may show signs that they are having a difficult time much later. As such, adults do not always know when a child needs help coping. This tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.”
A Hurricane Story – A Workbook for Children
My Hurricane Story is a 32-page guided workbook that can help elementary school children across the hurricane-battered Gulf coast make sense of their experiences with Hurricane Harvey.
The workbook, which has been written, edited and illustrated by noted child wellness experts, contains dozens of activities that help traumatized children constructively work through their feelings of grief and loss. It specifically addresses and explores the effects that hurricanes have had on the child, their families, pets and homes.
The workbook also features several pages that assist parents and other adults in taking care of hurricane-affected children’s unique needs.
My Hurricane Story can be reproduced and used in its entirety for noncommercial purposes.