Disability. Fire. Escape Plan.

Blog by Jill Rose, Videographer, Center for Family Involvement Most people mentally paint the walls and arrange their furniture when they buy a new house. Not me. I’m too busy planning my escape plan in case of a fire.  I grew up with a father who was a firefighter. Whether he’s aware of it or […]

VTSS Trauma Learning Modules

This is a great time to learn more about the impact of trauma on children, youth and adults and how to build resiliency when challenges come our way. The self-paced online Virginia Tiered Systems of Support (VTSS) Trauma Learning Modules are free and include: Videos from experts and division staff implementers and families Engaging and […]

VA-LEND – Celebrating 25 Years

This year, we are very excited to be celebrating 25 years of the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program (Va-LEND). Va-LEND is an interdisciplinary training program that prepares students to provide family and person-centered care to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. In our history, we have trained over 800 professionals from 16 different academic disciplines […]

Fostering Healthy Relationships

Seven Tips for Empowering Kids for a Resilient Future As parents and family members, we have felt more than once like we’d like to wrap our kids in bubble wrap to help them fend off the disappointments and heartbreaks that are bound to happen as part of life. Things like not making the sports team, […]

Establishing Healthy Boundaries for Touch

Everyone has sensory feelings surrounding touch, some may love it, while others loathe it. In the pandemic, loneliness has been exacerbated for some by experiencing touch deprivation.   Our  thoughts and behavior surrounding touching have a lot to do with our family’s culture and values, along with our individual threshold for sensory stimulation. For every person who hugs […]

Talking to Kids about Relationships

Talking to Kids about Relationships  Usually, when we hear the word “relationship,” we automatically think of  a romantic partner. But actually, we have relationships with everyone we know. Most of us were never taught about relationships, and therefore, it can be challenging to explain them to our kids.  When you are in the middle of a relationship, […]

Take Your Advocacy to the Next Level with Virginia Lend

When you have a child with a disability, your life shifts dramatically. For some of us, it’s a steep learning curve. As our child grows and we learn more through experience, reading, and attending conferences. But many of us want more. We want the medical professionals in our lives to better understand disability. As our […]

Stop Calling What We Do Normal

My mother almost died in October. The ordeal shook me to my core, in unexpected ways.  I am one of those daughters that talks to their mom every single day, sometimes more. But I’ve also been mourning her for years. She has not been well for some time. The details are not for me to […]

I am not your inspiration

“Instead of calling a disabled person “inspirational,” use more specific adjectives that refer to the person’s unique and positive qualities, not just broad stereotypes of disabled people in general.Cite specific ways the disabled person has demonstrated these positive qualities — something more than just appearing minimally healthy and happy in public. Show that you recognize […]

4 Ways Adult ADHD Can Look Different.

By adulthood, symptoms may still be present but they may be more internalized and less obvious. Here are some ways adult ADHD symptoms may present that are slightly different from childhood:4. No time to stopRather than climbing on things and being obviously hyperactive, adults may have an inner sense of restlessness. They may have difficulty […]

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