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Parent Resource Coordinator

FHSD's Parent Resource Coordinator, Alycia Champion, manages the BRIDGES parent support group and provides information on special education processes, laws, support groups and resources to parents and the district so both can work collaboratively to help each child be successful. She is the parent of a child with special needs and therefore has a shared perspective that helps her address questions and concerns with compassion, as well as provide valuable assistance to parents.

Informational Article of the Month:

 

November 2020: The Difference between IEP meeting and Parent Teacher Conferences

October 2020: Understanding your Child's Trouble with Focus

September 2020:  Back-to-School Anxiety in Kids: What to watch out for this year

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center shares upcoming events here.

Recruitment is open for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (grades 9-12 or deferred graduation) without an intellectual disability (IQ>70) for our daily living skills intervention research study. As part of the study, families receive a brief updated assessment (i.e., ADOS-2, cognitive testing, adaptive behavior skills). If families are eligible, they will then be randomized to either a daily living skills intervention or the PEERS social skills intervention that will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Both interventions are 14-weeks long and there is a parent and a teen component. The daily living skills intervention focuses on teaching hygiene, self-care, laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, and money management. The social skills intervention   focuses on teaching skills such as having a back and forth conversation, entering and exiting conversations, arranging get-togethers, etc. Families may receive up to $325.00 for participating. For more information contact carrie.fassler@cchmc.org or call 513-803-3580.

November/December Events 

 

Building Resilience - November 17

Kids Exploring Fun:  

All Kids Exploring Fun events are from 9 am until 10 am.

   Thanksgiving Fun - Saturday, November 7

   Theater - Saturday, November 14

  Science Fun - Saturday November 21

   Story Fun - December 12

   Science Fun - December 19

 

RESOURCES

Special Education FAQ

A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education

Ohio Operating Standards for Students for the Education of Children with  Disabilities, a guide to state rule and regulations for students with disabilities in Ohio.

Lending library - books, videos, magazines and other resources focused on various disabilities and available through the Parent Resource Coordinator

Family Resource Network - special education information, links and other resources

"Who Are Parent Resource Coordinators and BRIDGES Parent Representatives?"

The Center for Parent Information & Resources - nation-wide hub dedicated to sharing information with families and parent centers who serve families of children with disabilities 

The Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities - Ohio's parent center

 

Past BRIDGES Presentations

Recognizing Signs of Depression and What to Do About It (February, 2019)

Navigating Social Norms - March 2018 parent presentation

Targeting Daily Living Skills in Children and Adolescents -- January 2018 parent presentation

Sensory Processing Skills and Self-Regulation -- November 2017 parent presentation

When Behavior Is a Challenge -- March 2017 parent presentation

Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports and Response to Intervention  - November 2016 parent presentation

Understanding Sensory Integration - October 2019

Supporting Your Student's Executive Functioning - February 2020

COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources

Federal Guidance

3/21/20 Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Service Children with Disabilities

United States Department of Education FAQ on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during COVID-19

Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students 

Ohio Department of Education Guidance

COVID-19 Information for Ohio’s Schools and Districts -then click the button labeled serving students with disabilities

FHSD Guidance

Special Education Return to Learn Guidance (Aug 2020)

FHSD Guidance & Parent Update related to COVID-19 closures (May 2020)

FHSD Guidande for Special Education Instruction/Access during the COVID-19 Updated 3/30/2020

FHSD Remote Learning FAQ for Families of Students with Disabilities

Anxiety Resources

Ohio Department of Health - Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety 

General Resources

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safaris

COVID-1 Whiteboard Social Narrative Video

 
Here is a Social Story for helping your child understand the COVID-19 Virus and how it will affect their daily activities.
Here are videos from the CDC on Handwashing.

ODE review informational update: 

December 2019: FHSD provides an update on the action plan

August 2019: FHSD creates action plan following Ohio Department of Education on-site review

SERVICES

 

Alycia Champion
Parent Resource Coordinator
7946 Beechmont Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255
513-231-3600, ext. 2946