4/16/2020

Everyone Working Together! Covid-19 News

    Everyone Working Together 

News During the Coronavirus Crisis

       Information You Need

Resources and News at WVPTI!

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire, educate and empower parents through information, training and support to become informed, effective partners and advocates in planning appropriate educational, transitional and medical healthcare outcomes for their children and youth.

As a result of our assistance to parents, families, and professionals, children and youth with disabilities will lead rich, active lives and participate as full members of their schools, communities, post­secondary career choices and independent living.

                                             Message from Director!
       

Greetings Friends of West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc.,

WVPTI is taking COVID-19 seriously, and we wanted to let you know how we are handling the situation to keep families and staff safe. Many of the families we are privileged to serve have medically fragile children, and WVPTI is committed to doing its part to protect our community.

Please watch your e-mail,  WVPTI social media accounts, and our website for updates with the latest information on the status of WVPTI programs and services. Also, contact us at our main number, 304-472-5697, if you need services or information.

Be well, and we will get through this together.

Brenda Lamkin,
Executive Director

 

 
WVPTI Website

    Are you homeschooling during the crisis? 

   Are you one of the many special needs parents who are trying to teach your child from home? So much is changing every day, and now, you are trying to homeschool your child. You, as a parent, are trying to figure it all out. There might be the added pressure of working from home, too. What can you do? 
    One of the first things is setting and keeping a new normal routine according to the experts. Your children should get up, eat, and go to bed at their normal times. Consistency and structure are calming in this time of stress. A daily schedule comforts all children This regular routine is very important when children have special needs such as ADHD or autism. 
   Carve out chunks of time- In your schedule, find set periods for learning, chores, activities, your own work from home responsibilities, and personal breaks from each other. Instead of threats, arrange for awards and privileges when the children follow through on the schedule. Incentives can really motivate your children. 
   Focus on the big goals and let the small stuff go- Consider what really needs to be accomplished for school and chores, which assists them to work on those tasks, and how many breaks will they need.
   Collaborate with your child-  Make time to talk with your child about their ideas for organizing the days. When the children are included on how to figure things out, they are far more likely to cooperate. 
   Spell out the incentives- You need to make two lists. One list could be the 'small-like-to-do' things such as playing with pets, hearing music or getting a snack. The other list would be big incentives such as extra screen time (surfing the net or game time), cooking or art activity, or watching a movie. These incentive lists would be matched with the 'have-to-do' list such as studying, chores, or helping with household work. If you put these lists in writing such as picture schedules around the house. You can revise it after 4 or 5 days. 
     Remember to be flexible, and creative. Do not be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Here is a Facebook group of parents who are sharing and discussing educational resources https://www.facebook.com/groups/445786889466638/
Please check it out. 
Connect with our family engagement specialists if you need information or resources. 
Phone: 1-304-472-5697
Region 1:  Cara Price, carapricewvpti@gmail.com 
Region 2: Hazel Manns,Hazelmannswvpti@gmail.com 
Region 4: Tammy Taylor-Lane, TammyTLanewvpti@gmail.com 
We are only one call or email away! We are here for you!

 
Arianna Esposito, Director of Lifespan Services
Autism Speaks. More information at:
https://www.autismspeaks.org/news/how-cope-disrupted-family-routines-during-covid-19





Self Care and Life Balance: How to Turn Your Home Into a School Without Losing Your Sanity
 
This statement may be inaccurate in these challenging times - but parents need self-care now more than ever!  First, self-care begins by taking a break.  Here's a great piece from NPR that comes in the form of a comic - so you can actually read it quickly! Remember to be realistic and forgiving of yourself when things do not always go as plan.
We hope you enjoy the comic relief and remember to take of yourself. 
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/27/816575527/comic-how-to-turn-your-home-into-a-school-without-losing-your-sanity
 

 
             
 West Virginia Department of Education's information is below about timelines and people to contact.

Timelines:
.https://mcusercontent.com/3c36ac673ffed80d99968fd3a/files/3cdb3c47-abbc-4fc6-bd95-7f2b82ac1296/WVDE_Supporting_Student_with_Disabilities.pdf

 People:
 https://mcusercontent.com/3c36ac673ffed80d99968fd3a/files/960ea772-c6e5-4f72-bbc9-d2e7c00f0694/WVDE_Virtual_School_Counseling_Resources.pdf

Remember, we will all get through this together. Keep in the perspective of what you can control.

Need information? Questions? 
We are here to help you.
Call 1-304-472-5697
or wvpti@aol.com
Hope to hear from you soon!
      
WVPTI wishes everyone good health, calmness, and peace as we grapple with this crisis. If you would like information or resources, please call and connect with us. Phone: 1-304-472-5697. We are here to help you with your questions. 
 
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