News from the Field Related to Wraparound

How Coaching Boosts Family Engagement

June 11, 2019 Emily Taylor

This brief from the Global Family Research Project describes some of the results of the Family and Community Technical Assistance (FACE-TA) project’s TA to Early Head Start sites in California. The brief includes short case studies highlighting the changes implemented as a result of the TA, such as including families in the planning of family engagement activities.

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CHDI IMPACT Report: Helping Young Children Exposed to Trauma

June 6, 2019 Emily Taylor

A new IMPACT report from the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (CHDI), provides a summary of the research on the effects of early trauma exposure and outlines Connecticut’s approach to early intervention, which can be useful for other programs. The report notes there are unique challenges in identifying the effects of trauma in very young children. Many young children not enrolled in early education programs and trauma symptoms are often misinterpreted as developmental delays or behavior problems. The report includes case studies on interventions in different settings and outlines key elements of trauma-informed systems.

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More Research on Pervasive Effects of Childhood Trauma

June 6, 2019 Emily Taylor

A research study published recently provided further evidence of the long-term negative impact caused by growing up in poverty and experiencing traumatic events as a child. The study’s senior author Ruben C. Gur, Ph.D., a professor of Psychiatry, Radiology, and Neurology, and director of the Brain Behavior Laboratory, said “Parents and educators should become more aware of the special needs of children who are exposed to either adversity. Additionally, mental health professionals should be particularly on notice that traumatic events are associated not only with PTSD, but with elevations across domains including mood, anxiety, and psychosis.”

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Study Finds Suicide Rate for Girls Increasing Faster than for Boys

June 6, 2019 Emily Taylor

A recent NPR story reported on the results of a study analyzing changes in suicide rate trends. Based on analysis of more than 85,000 youth suicides between 1975 and 2016, researchers found a major shift occurred after 2007.The “increase was highest for girls ages 10 to 14, rising by nearly 13% since 2007. While for boys of the same age, it rose by 7%.”

In the commentary by Joan Luby and Sarah Kertz that accompanied the journal article, the authors conclude: “Increasing rates of suicidality may be the ‘canary in the coal mine’ signaling important health concerns arising from the increased and pervasive use of social media affecting child and adolescent development. Such a signal in general health would raise great alarm and calls to action, and it must not go unheeded in mental health.”

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New Spanish Language Resource for Parents from NIMH

May 14, 2019 Emily Taylor

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has published a Spanish version of their brochure, “Children and Mental Health: Is This Just a Stage?”
This resource is designed to help families and caregivers identify symptoms, treatment options and resources to help their children.

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Child Trends Brief: How to Implement Trauma-Informed Care to Build Resilience to Childhood Trauma

May 13, 2019 Emily Taylor

A recent Child Trends brief summarizes current research on childhood trauma and outlines a framework for implementing trauma-informed care in programs and services for children and families.

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Motivation and Early Childhood Policy

May 8, 2019 Emily Taylor

“Understanding Motivation: Building the Brain Architecture That Supports Learning, Health, and Community Participation: Working Paper No. 14” from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child outlines the development of motivation during childhood and the implications for parents, teachers and policy makers.

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OJJDP Study Findings on Dual System Youth

May 8, 2019 Emily Taylor

OJJDP’s Dual System Youth Design Study aimed to identify challenges, successes and best practices in cross-system collaboration for working with youth who have been involved with child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Researchers found that “dual system youth had higher rates of over-representation of African Americans and higher proportion of females,” and had “longer histories in child welfare with more placements and higher rates of recidivism than youth with involvement in just one system.” The project also resulted in a best practices recommendations for cross-system collaboration.

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Report: Success Plans – Promising Tools for Customizing Student Supports and Opportunities

April 25, 2019 Emily Taylor

A report published this month by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Education Redesign Lab, focuses on Student Success Plans, a personalized tool for “capturing the full range of strengths and needs of children and youth in order to connect them with tailored, seamless, and equitable services and opportunities”. Along with the authors’ vision for Success Plans and recommendations for stakeholders, the report includes an overview of the emergence of personalized learning strategies and plans. There is also a companion toolkit for communities interested in creating and implementing Success Plans.

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Mindful Parenting Benefits Emotional Health as Young Adults

April 25, 2019 Emily Taylor

Research published in January in Mindfulness found that young adults whose parents were supportive of them expressing emotions, tend to be more emotionally healthy and report lower levels of depression and anxiety. The study, led by Laura G. McKee, an assistant professor of psychology at Georgia State, used measures to assess college and graduate students depressive symptoms, anxiety, emotional regulation, mindfulness and recalled parental emotion socialization.

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