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October 2013 Blog Posts (13)

Bullying Solutions: What Kids Say Works for Them

Here’s a novel idea – ask kids who have experienced bullying what strategies they have found useful in addressing the problem - and what doesn’t work. 

The Youth Voice Project is a research study conducted with over 13,000 students in 31 school districts around the U.S. during 2009 and 2010.  The results of the study are being published this month and here are some of the highlights. 

Most effective strategies for youth who have been mistreated:

  • Telling…

Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Label the Behavior, Not the Kid

In the area of disabilities, we have long worked to make sure that people are not labeled by their conditions or diagnoses and are acknowledged as the complex people that they are – abilities, disabilities, talents, interests – the whole package. 

We still often hear children labeled as “bullies” or “victims” and perhaps it’s time to think about moving beyond those labels as well.  Some children are bullied.  Some children bully others.  Sometimes the same child experiences both…


Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 11:01pm — No Comments

A Dozen DOs and DON’Ts for Bullying in Schools

  1. Learn to recognize the difference between bullying and isolated bad behavior that is rude, mean, or inconsiderate.
  2. Stay connected to your kids daily lives so they will be more willing to share any negative experiences, including bullying with you.
  3. Make time to keep that connection active.  You may not get a second chance if you are too busy to listen when your child is ready to talk.
  4. Actively let your child know he or she is loved, valued, worthy, and…

Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Bullying, the IDEA, and FAPE

All students deserve to be safe and free from harassment at school, but research shows that children with disabilities are often more likely to be bullied than many of their peers.  It is important for parents to be aware that school districts have specific responsibilities under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) when it comes to bullying that involves IDEA-eligible students.  This is just one more tool that can be useful in protecting students from bullying…


Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Are We Teaching Our Kids to be Mean?

TV and movie violence.  Outrageously bad celebrity behavior as entertainment.  Political campaign ads.  Road rage.  It seems that unkind, hostile, and aggressive behavior is becoming not just more acceptable, but popular.  Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think so.  We talk – and blog and text and tweet – about a lack of civility in politics and public discourse.  The TV and movie comedies we watch at are often base on insult humor – on putting down someone for a laugh.  As a society we seem…


Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 10:48pm — No Comments



Added by Linda Brundies on October 31, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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How to Live Chat with Us

Live chats are a great way to meet and interact in real time with others on the network. This tutorial will describe how you can the live chat, and how to use the chat feature.

When the chat is enabled, you will see the "Chat" button in the navigation bar. Click on the "Chat" button.…


Added by FIND Support on October 25, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

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Photo Contest Rules

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FIND Photo Contest Rules

These rules apply to all FIND-sponsored Photo Contests

Note: All FIND contests are organized…


Added by FIND Support on October 24, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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How to Create a Blog (and add a Picture)

How to Create a Blog with Pictures

Blogs are a great tools people all over the Internet use to communicate with each other.

What is a blog? It functions somewhat like a public journal. You can blog about virtually anything. Here are just a few examples:

  • Your family vacation story. 
  • Tips and tools you've learned. 
  • Your expertise and knowledge.
  • Your favorite assistive…

Added by FIND Support on October 18, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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RESPECT Trainings

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The Iowa Department of Education & ASK Resource Center are partnering to bring FREE Dispute Resolution Training (R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Training) to 4 locations across the state!   …


Added by FIND Support on October 17, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Web Site Cautions

As a research-minded person, I am on the computer for several hours a day several days a week.  In my recent efforts to locate information about websites that are dangerous for adolescents and teenagers, I found a few that parents must be aware of in order to monitor the activity of their child(ren) on-line. These websites promote behavior that is not healthy for adults, let alone children, and promote unhealthy life habits.…


Added by Monica Rouse on October 15, 2013 at 3:45pm — No Comments

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Welcome to FIND. Join the Conversation!

This site has been designed to give families of children and youth with disabilities a new way to make important connections – anytime, anywhere.  The FIND team hopes you will use this virtual social gathering place to:

  • FIND and connect with other parents with similar issues, interests, and experiences
  • FIND, create, and join groups of interest
  • FIND information about issues, events, and trainings
  • FIND family resources across the state
  • FIND a…

Added by FIND Support on October 15, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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