It's coming, FINALLY the safety of the child will be put first and foremost as DCF tries to move forward. This should mean great supports and help for foster parents with the children in their care. I know a lot of foster parents are leaving DCF and going into IFC ( Intensive Foster Care) because of the support you receive from other agencies beside DCF. Remember, these children need us, we are the safety net until they are returned home or adopted. Don't give up these kids, I know up until know it hasn't been easy. I know you haven't been treated as an active partner in the partnership, but hang tough its starting to change. Your voices will be heard. You will not be intimidated or feel like your voice isn't heard or doesn't count. You do have a contribution as to what is best for the child in your care, after all in most cases you know more about the child than the birth parent, especially when its an infant/toddler. Are you aware you have a foster parent liaison at each office? If you don't know who it is, contact MSPCC and they can let you know or even your FRW (Family Resource Worker) should be able to direct you. As always, I'm here if you need to vent or need help with direction.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released their application for the Safe and Supportive Schools grants. "The purpose of this competitive grant program is to provide funding to districts (and their selected schools) to develop action plans that organize, integrate, and sustain school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments and coordinate and align student support initiatives." These grants were included in the Safe and Supportive Schools line item in this year's budget. A total of $440,000 is being made available for schools.
The application and more information about the grants is available here on DESE's website. All applications are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 30, 2015.
Any district with an interest in creating Safe and Supportive Schools is encouraged to apply. Please share this widely with your networks.
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TLC FREE Parent Sleep Workshop: How to Prepare for and Survive Daylight Savings
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November 1st marks the end of Daylight Savings Time this year. The upcoming "fall back one hour" time change can dramatically disrupt our children’s sleep routines. What can parents do in advance to support children with this shift in time? This FREE workshop will cover background information such as the basics of sleep science and how to adapt our home environments to promote sleep. We will then focus these principles on the upcoming time shift and provide concrete recommendations for home. There will be time for personal questions and answers.
Due to limited space, parents MUST register in advance - first come, first serve. This workshop is appropriate for parents of children 3 months - 3 years. This workshop will focus primarily on preparing children for Daylight Savings. Stay tuned for the upcoming TLC Parent Workshop: "Best Practices and Problem Solving for Infants and Toddler Sleep."
I have some important information to share if you chose to add your child to your private health insurance as their primary insurance and MassHealth became their secondary insurance. When Masshealth is their secondary insurance they will be all copays and whatever the first insurance will not cover, so you still have no out of pocket expense. However, you will run into some pharmacies that do not realize or take the time to bill a prescription correctly and will try to charge for your primary insurance copay. MassHealth specifically states that when they are the secondary they cover ALL COPAYS without ANY PRE AUTHORIZATION needed. You need to be aware of this fact because if an employee is lazy at the pharmacy they will tell you have to pay the amount. Stay on top of this. If this happens, don't pick up the script (unless you need it right then) call Masshealth, they will call the pharmacy while you are on hold and the pharmacy will do it right. I have had issues with CVS and Harvard Vanguard in house pharmacy. I also check my prescriptions online to see when they are ready and/or have a text sent that they are ready and I can see the price. Just some useful information to have if you have MassHealth as a secondary. BTW, I put my son on our insurance because MassHealth kept denying my son's medication. Our doctor sent in 5 pre authorizations and they were all denied. When we put our son on our insurance, it was approved first time out with no pre authorization and Masshealth picked up the secondary without skipping a beat.
Think Kids is FABULOUS for foster parents, you can even apply for a financial aid to go. It is worth the time. It is invaluable for foster parents to work with the foster children in their care. Please see below:
Helping Kids with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges
There is a vital need for more enlightened approaches for understanding and helping the increasing number of children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. All too often, their difficult behavior is seen as willful and goal oriented. This has led to interventions that focus on gaining greater compliance through the use of consequences. Such interventions often don't adequately address the child's needs. As a result, many such children continue to have very adversarial interactions with teachers, family members, peers... and are at risk for poor long-term outcomes. This conference brings together parents and professionals to learn and network together. Based on current research, caregivers will gain the knowledge needed to understand the nature of these children's challenges in a new light; as the result of a delay in the development of crucial cognitive skills that are essential for handling frustration, demands for flexibility and adaptability, and for problem solving. Innovative intervention strategies that are based on this understanding and that focus on working collaboratively with children to building skills will be taught. The day begins with a keynote address given by Dr. Jerome Kagan renowned expert on child temperament. During the remainder of the day, attendees have the opportunity to attend three separate breakout workshop sessions, where they will choose from a variety of workshops on pertinent topics.
Workshop topics will include the following:
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My name is Jessica Schleider, and I am a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University. I'm currently running a study that might be of interest to families at Adoptive Families Together Boston. Participating students will receive a new, one-session program designed to boost coping skills and resilience.
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*Are you a parent of a 6th - 10th grader?
*Does your child worry or feel sad more than other kids?
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WHO: Children and teens ages 12-15. Parent participation is required.
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Learning & Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) The Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital assesses students and children ages 2 to 22 who have developmental difficulties and consults with their parents, teachers and care providers.
Our clinical professionals have devoted their training, research and clinical practice to acquiring the specialized skills needed to assess children with learning disabilities, psychological and developmental disorders. Our team loves working with children and has a natural ability to put them at ease.
The Department of Psychiatry offers a depth and breadth of resources available at few other hospitals or psychiatric centers, meaning your child receives comprehensive, state-of-the-art care without leaving our campus. Services available at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children include:
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Our clinical assessments are designed to be a comfortable and often fascinating experience, and we find that many children enjoy the warm, one-on-one attention they receive. In addition, our professionals excel at discussing the benefits of assessments with even the most skeptical of adolescents. Our Staff
Our experienced professional staff includes Child psychologists, Licensed clinical psychologists, Neuropsychologists, Certified school psychologists, clinical psychology interns and postgraduate fellows.
Research is an ongoing companion to treatment in the LEAP program, with clinical test data collected daily. This data is used to help participants in LEAP, as well as in other programs and departments. Conditions We Evaluate
LEAP treats a variety of conditions and disorders. With the trained resources of Mass General Hospital's Dept. of Psychiatry, we are able to evaluate and treat a variety of conditions and disorders.
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Boston Medical Center
Dr. Augustyn is the Director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and is a Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. She went to medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, completed her pediatric residency at UCLA and her Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship at Boston University-Boston City Hospital. Her clinical work at BMC primarily involves the evaluation of children with various developmental delays including autism,speech and language delays, global developmental delay, learning disabilities, ADHD to mention a few.
Her research work has varied across her career and includes work on the effects of both in utero cocaine exposure and violence on early childhood and parenting and recently she has been a leader in developing the Center for Family Navigation at BU, a national leader in promoting and developing the use of navigators to support families of children with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Augustyn is co-editor of The Zuckerman Parker Handbook of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for Primary Care and the section co-editor for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for the online journal UpToDate. She currently sits on the sub board of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the American Board of Pediatrics and is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She is also on the American Academy of Pediatrics planning committee for Practical Pediatrics, their national CME Program.
Deborah Frank, MD
Dr. Frank is the Director of the Grow Clinic for Children and a board-certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC). She is also a Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Frank attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Children's Hospital Seattle. After her residency, she went on to complete a fellowship in Child Development at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Frank specializes in issues of growth and nutrition and the impact of hunger on child development.
Dr. Frank has written numerous scientific articles and papers. Her work has focused on breastfeeding promotion, women and children affected by substance use, nutrition among homeless pregnant women and children, Failure to Thrive, food insecurity, and the “heat or eat” phenomenon, the dilemma that many low-income families face in the winter when they have to make the critical choice between heating their homes and feeding their children. She is especially proud of successfully mentoring many pre-professional and professional colleagues.
Cited as a respected authority in her fields, Dr. Frank has frequently given testimony to state and federal legislative committees on the growing problem of hunger and associated hardships in the United States and its effects on our youngest children. She has recently been nominated by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to the newly established National Commission on Hunger. She is also an invited member of the Aspen’s Dialogue on Food Insecurity and Health Care Costs.
L. Kari Hironaka MD, MPH
Dr. Hironaka is a board-certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at Boston Medical Center. She completed her fellowship at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Hironaka specializes in health services research, health literacy and ADHD, as well as residency training.
John Maypole, MD
Dr. Maypole completed Pediatric Residency in 1999, and Pediatric Chief Residency in 2000 following his training at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Maypole has consistently included primary care, medical education, and in participating in and developing innovative clinical programs for complex children and their families. Dr. Maypole served as Associate Director of the Pediatric Integrative Medicine Education Project and performing Holistic Medicine consults and medical education at Children’s Hospital from 2003-2005. In 2005, Dr. Maypole became Director of the Department of Pediatrics at the South End Community Health Center while serving as an attending physician for the Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. CCP is a multi-disciplinary team of providers who provide enhanced and coordinated primary care to the most medically complex patients and higher risk families in the Pediatric Department, including ex-premature infants, children with special health needs and neurodevelopmental disabilities. In February of 2013, Dr. Maypole came to Boston University/Boston Medical Center to work full time to develop approaches and programs to address this fast-growing segment of the pediatric population. In September of 2014, Dr. Maypole received an award from the Center for Medicare Medicaid Innovation, supporting a 3 year effort for the Massachusetts Alliance for Complex Care/4C program--a consultative, multidisciplinary care support model of care for PCPs and families of medically complex children, of which he is co-principal investigator. He is an associate professor of Pediatrics at BUSM. Dr. Maypole writes child health-related articles for a lay audience, for mainstream media and online publications.
Jenny Radesky, MD
Dr. Radesky is a board-eligible Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and a board-certified general pediatrician who recently joined the faculty at Boston Medical Center after completing her fellowship training here. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed her pediatrics training at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Radesky is a clinician-investigator whose clinical interests include early childhood adversity, attachment relationships, and child self-regulation, as well as teaching trainees methods of observing parent-child interaction. Her research examines mobile/interactive media use by parents and young children and how this effects parent-child interaction and child social-emotional development. She is an active member of the AAP Council on Communications and Media.
Arathi Reddy, DO
Dr. Reddy is a board-certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at Boston Medical Center. She attended medical school at Western University of Allied Health Sciences in Pomona, CA and completed her residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital/ University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Morristown, NJ. She completed her fellowship at Einstein Montefiore and worked in NYC prior to joining the faculty in March 2011.
Jodi Santosuosso, NP, MSN
Jodi is a certified nurse practitioner in the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Division at Boston Medical Center. She attended University of Massachusetts College of Nursing and Health Sciences and completed her residency at University of Massachusetts, Boston. She joined the Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine faculty in April 2007. Jodi has had extensive training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, gastrointestinal (GI) diseases and ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders.
Laura Sices, MD, MSDr. Sices is a board-certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC). She attended medical school at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, completed her residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and completed her fellowship at University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Dr. Sices was on the faculty at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH before joining BMC in 2007. Dr. Sices’ clinical work focuses on assessment and management of children with a variety of different concerns, including developmental delays, speech and language delays and conditions, ADHD, learning disabilities and differences, and autism spectrum conditions. Her academic focus is on developmental screening and the early identification of developmental delays.
Naomi Steiner, MD
Dr. Steiner is the Director of Training at the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Steiner studies how computers train the brain, which is an area of great interest in overlapping fields of ADHD, psychology, neuroscience and education, and closely followed by many as a complimentary or alternative approach to the traditional psychopharmacological treatment of ADHD. She is specifically interested in implementing neurofeedback attention training in schools. She is also interested in teaching self-regulation skills and relaxation breathing in schools. Dr. Steiner is multicultural and multilingual. In 2030 more than 50% of children will be raised bilingual in the United States! Dr. Steiner has written a book on how to successfully raise children bilingual (7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child), and instructs medical professional, teachers and parents on how children learn two languages, and how English Language Learners can be successful at school.
Mary Ellen Stolecki, NP, MSN
Mary Ellen is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner in the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Division at Boston Medical Center and an Instructor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine.
She specializes in primary care of the Child with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) in the Comprehensive Care Program. She also practices in the Pediatric Gastroenterology Division providing specialty care for gastrointestinal (GI) conditions.
Her clinical interests are primary care for medically complex children (as well as GI issues) of CSHCN including: care of the premature infant, autism, cerebral palsy, seizures, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, Turner syndrome,achrondroplasia,and multiple congenital anomalies.
Jodi Wenger, MD
Jodi Wenger, MD is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School who completed her pediatric residency at Boston Medical Center. She spent several years on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona before transitioning back to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. She served as a pediatric hospitalist, outpatient provider and educator at Dartmouth Medical School.
She has always had an interest in children with special health care needs. She worked in the Comprehensive Care Program at BMC as a resident and is thrilled to return. She was the general pediatrician at the multidisciplinary spina bifida clinic at Dartmouth Hitchcock and cared for children with neurologic challenges while on the Navajo Reservation.
Dr. Wenger has also had an interest in resident work hour reform and continues to support the software she and her husband created during her chief resident year. Amion, continues to allow one to make fair physician call schedules that can be easily accessed online.
Barry Zuckerman, MD
Dr. Zuckerman is Professor and Chair Emeritus of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center. He is a national and international leader in child health and development. His research focuses on the interplay among biological, social and psychological factors as they contribute to children's health and development. Dr. Zuckerman and colleagues have developed four programs that transformed health care to better meet the needs of low income and minority children. The success of these efforts is that they are now all national programs; Reach Out and Read, Medical-Legal Partnership, Health Leads and Healthy Steps. In addition to more than 250 scientific publications, he has edited nine books, including three editions of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics: Handbook for Primary Care. He has served on prestigious national committees; National Commission on Children, Carnegie Commission on Young Children, Bright Futures, and has received numerous national and international awards including the C. Anderson Aldrich for Child Development and the Joseph St Geme Award for Leadership from AAP, and the Policy and Advocacy award and Health Care Delivery Award from the APA. He has consulted in Turkey, Bangladesh, and Thailand regarding child development.
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