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Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Tool Kit

Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Tool Kit
Exceptional Family Member Program

The Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Tool Kit has comprehensive information and tools that are geared toward helping military families with children with special needs navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support, benefits and entitlements.
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Helping Your Child Cope With Deployment

Helping Your Child Cope With Deployment
Channing Bete

This supportive handbook is packed with information and advice on how to help a child whose parent is deployed. Describes the emotional cycle of deployment, how different ages may react, the stages of deployment, coping strategies, and much more.
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Military Family Guardians: A Service Member And Guardian Handbook

Military Family Guardians: A Service Member And Guardian Handbook
Channing Bete

This essential resource helps service members prepare a Family Care Plan (FCP) and make all necessary arrangements for their dependents' guardianship during active duty. The handbook also offers information for military family guardians on preparing for the role, caring for a child, meeting special needs, preparing for reunion, and handling the challenges faced by children with a deployed parent.
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Preparing For School Transfers -- A Guide For Military Families

Preparing For School Transfers -- A Guide For Military Families
Channing Bete

This useful booklet shows military parents how to help their child prepare for and adapt to a new school after a military transfer or permanent change of station (PCS) move. Gives key planning strategies to make the transition easier on children and parents alike. Parents get tips on communicating openly with their children and with school personnel, and on providing a sense of routine and keeping a positive attitude.
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Preparing for Your Move

Preparing for Your Move
Exceptional Family Member Program

The "Preparing for Your Move" fact sheet for military families offers suggestions for parents of children with special needs to consider before, during, and after a move to a new duty station. Planning ahead helps ensure a smooth transition of special education and early intervention services.
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Ready To Move - Relocation Tips For Teens In Military Families

Ready To Move - Relocation Tips For Teens In Military Families
Channing Bete

The teen years are hard enough; being uprooted during the teen years can be especially stressful. This booklet acknowledges the stressors involved in relocation, and suggests many ways a teenager can make the move to a new location a positive, exciting experience.
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Reconnecting With Your Child After Deployment

Reconnecting With Your Child After Deployment
Channing Bete

Take it slow, keep it simple, expect challenges: these are just a few of the tips that help military parents revitalize their post-deployment relationship with their children. This quick-reading booklet gets right to the core of what's needed for reestablishing a positive parent-child bond, with special attention given to tailoring the reunion process to the child's age and developmental stage.
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Online Resources

Military OneSource: Special Needs Resources

Military OneSource: Special Needs Resources
Military OneSource

There are many resources to help military families with special needs. But where do you start? Here are some top resources, services and programs.
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Websites

The Education Directory for Children With Special Needs

The Education Directory for Children With Special Needs

The Education Directory for Children With Special Needs provides military families with children with special needs the information they need to make informed assignment decisions and easier transitions.
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