HealthyChildren.org has a new interactive tool to help parents evaluate their child's symptoms. Based on Pediatric Telephone Protocols, by Barton D. Schmitt, M.D., FAAP, the "KidsDoc Symptom Checker" allows parents to choose from a wide range of symptoms, and then follow the symptom decision chart to determine the appropriate action to take, whether it be home care or a call to the pediatrician. The tool is also available as an iPhone application called KidsDoc, providing the same expert advice when parents are on the go.
NJ Parent Link
- Announcing NJ Parent Link, The State of New Jersey’s Early Childhood, Parenting and Professional Resource Center.
- Are you pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant?
- Are you the parent or guardian of an infant, toddler or preschooler?
If so, please log on to NJ Parent Link @ www.njparentlink.nj.gov
What is NJ Parent Link? NJ Parent Link is a broad based public/private initiative (10 state departments and 14 community/professional partners) supported by the federal Health Resources & Services Administration’s, State Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS) Program Grant (2009-2012).
New Jersey Health and Senior Services is the lead agency for this project, coordinating over 30 government service units participating on the website development team.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, New Jersey Chapter is a participating agency on the NJ Parent Link Team.
Highlighting state services and resources, the goal of NJ Parent Link is to improve the accessibility, coordination and delivery of information and services to parents of young children, to improve the communication capabilities between the public and private sectors, and provide the IT foundation for inter/intra agency service collaborations and policy development.
Innovative website features include: interactive consumer content sections; tailored subscription services, a community calendar of events; continuing education/leadership postings; a children’s art gallery and streaming video for public service announcements.
New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women
New Jersey Early Intervention System - The first three years of life are important, formative years in maximizing a child’s future potential. If you suspect that an infant or toddler may be experiencing developmental delays, the child may be eligible for services from the New Jersey Early Intervention System. A referral is made by calling the Regional System Point of Entry toll free number at 1-888-653-4463 and following the menu directions for the county in which the child (or family) lives.
A service coordinator will talk with the family about their concerns and obtain referral information with family consent. If a developmental evaluation is needed, the service coordinator will work with the family to schedule a multidisciplinary evaluation of the child’s developmental levels and needs. Evaluation and assessment services are provided at public expense with no cost to parents.
WHO ARE PRIMARY REFERRAL SOURCES? The Department of Health and Senior Services has established procedures for use by primary referral sources for referring a child. Primary referral sources include: hospitals, physicians, parents, child care programs, local education agencies, public health facilities, other social service agencies, and other health care providers.
Primary referral sources in New Jersey must:
- Maintain written documentation that supports the parent’s permission to refer or the parent’s request that a referral not be made;
- Explain the early intervention services which would be available if the referral were made and the consequences of not accessing those services through the referral process, and state that referral does not commit the parent to participate in the early intervention system (parent consent is required for evaluation and assessment); and
- Maintain follow-up contacts with those families who initially request a referral not be made.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? In New Jersey, a child is considered eligible for early intervention services if he or she is under the age of three (3) and has at least a 33% delay or a score of at least 2.0 standard deviations below the mean in one functional developmental area or at least a 25% delay or a score of at least 1.5 standard deviations below the mean in two or more of these developmental areas: physical (including gross motor, fine motor, and sensory – vision and hearing); cognitive, communication (receptive and expressive), social or emotional, adaptive (self-help skills).
The New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS), under the Division of Family Health Services, implements the New Jersey statewide system of services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families.
Early Intervention Regional System Point of Entry - Toll Free Number - 888.653.4463
AccreditedOnlineColleges.org -- is a general information website with many resources useful to all people looking to further their education. The site discusses the offline and online educational paths one can follow to obtain a degree from an accredited institution.
Arc of New Jersey: The Arc of New Jersey is a statewide, private, nonprofit advocacy organization incorporated in 1949 by a group of parents who had a vision of building a better quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and their families www.arcnj.org
Bright Futures (Health and Mental Health Resources for Parents about Children) : For more information abut "bright and healthy futures" for your child, check out Family Voices' Web site at www.brightfuturesforfamilies.org
Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund: Financial assistance program for NJ families whose children have an illness or condition otherwise uncovered by insurance, State or Federal programs, or other source, such as fundraising. The Fund is intended to assist in preserving a family's ability to cope with the responsibilities which accompany a child's significant health problems.
Fact Sheets from the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools are available on topics such as children's vision, weight, dental health needs, mental health and more. Visit www.healthinschools.org
KidSource focuses primarily on health and education related issues. They offer articles on health care, a list of recalled products for children and babies, links to helpful resources and more. Visit www.kidsource.org
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey (MAWFNJ) grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To refer a child for a wish or to learn more about the program, please visit www.wishnj.org
Mental Health in Children and Adolescents is a "knowledge path" linking to a wealth of current, reference-based materials for parents and professionals- reports, resources, data, family organizations and more. www.mchlibrary.info
National Bullying Prevention Campaign, Take a Stand, Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now! The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has resources and communication kits available at 1-888-ASK-HRSA. Urge the schools in your neighborhood to request kits.
NJ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI): provides NJ children with timely and appropriate screenings, diagnosis and intervention for hearing loss. http://nj.gov/health/fhs/ehdi/index.shtml
New Jersey Statewide Parent Advocacy Center, Home of the Family to Family Health Information Resource Center/Family Voices; Federation of Families, and many other resources and support information. www.spannj.org
New Jersey Poison Information & Education System (NJPIES, NJ's Poison Control Center) is a non-profit organization that coordinates the treatment & distribution of information concerning poisons, drugs & targeted health issues through telephone management, consultation, education & research. www.njpies.org
Parents Anonymous of New Jersey's mission is to protect children by strengthening families. They provide mutual support and parent leadership in free, professionally facilitated self-help groups for parents statewide www.pa-of-nj.org
Pfizer Maintain Program is a patience assistance program that can help eligible people in financial need continue to get their Pfizer medications if they are unemployed and do not have prescription coverage. bwww.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com
Turner Syndrome Foundation creates awareness, promotes research, and provides support to all persons touched by Turner syndrome by creating opportunities to educate and support individuals, families, and professionals about TS patients. www.turnersyndromefoundation.org
Resources for Latinos
Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness, Emotional Wellness Tools now available online in Spanish - HRSA Office of Women's Health is pleased to share with you the new Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness, Emotional Wellness Tools, now available in Spanish for young and adult women. These tools , which focus on finding balance and purpose, and building connections and resilience, are the result of several focus group tests with Spanish speaking women to ensure cultural acceptance. The tools are available for downloading at http://www.hrsa.gov/womenshealth/ewtools/wguidespanish/introduccion.html and http://www.hrsa.gov/womenshealth/ewtools/ywguidespanish/introduccion.html
Please share with your networks and grantees who serve Spanish speaking young and adult women.
Profiles of Latino Health: A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition - Latinos, along with Blacks and American Indians, have some of the highest rates of child overweight and obesity in the nation. These children may already be showing warning signs of chronic health conditions that are associated with obesity in adulthood. This week's issue of NCLR's Profiles of Latino Health examines the implications of overweight and obesity for Hispanic children.
Latinos who are overweight or obese as children are likely to grow up to be overweight adults. Obesity is linked with a number of chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. Overweight children are not only more likely to develop these problems as they age, they may also have already developed precursors to these diseases. In addition to the implications for their physical health, obese children and teens are more likely to suffer from mental, social, and behavioral issues that impede healthy functioning.
For more on the ramifications of child obesity for Latino children, check out " Issue 7: The Implications of Overweight and Obesity for Latino Children."
Events for NJ Parents
FREE Workshop! Family Educator Collaboration in the IEP Process - Spring 2010
In special education, collaboration between parents and educators is essential to promote student achievement. During this training, parent/educator teams will explore techniques and strategies that enhance parent/educator collaboration in the IEP process.
Your parent/educator team will:
Develop an understanding of a collaborative team
Learn about effective communication, collaboration, and problem solving
Explore strategies and resources that support parent/educator partnerships.
School or district teams, consisting of at least one parent leader (e.g., member of the parent special education advisory group) and one special educator (e.g., child study team member, special education teacher, related services provider, or inclusion facilitator) - Preschool - Grade 12