The Exceptional Advocate

A newsletter for military families with special needs

August 2017

Advantages of Enrolling in the EFMP

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The Exceptional Family Member Program provides information and referrals, and helps families navigate needed services at present or new duty stations. The program is especially helpful if your family or loved one is moving, seeking medical resources or have questions about special education services.

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Parent Centers: Connecting Families to Resources

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Parent Centers connect military families with special needs to the resources they need to thrive. Knowledgeable staff members assist families with children from birth to age 26, helping with early intervention services and Individualized Education Programs to programs for young adults.

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Parenting Program: Pregnancy, Parenting and Breastfeeding

New Parenting Program: Pregnancy, Parenting and Breastfeeding

The Defense Health Agency is providing pregnancy, parenting and breastfeeding digital education at 50 military treatment facilities that deliver babies worldwide through a program called the Pregnancy and New Parent Knowledge Management Program.

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Getting Ready to Go Back to School

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Starting a new school year can involve some stress. Take advantage of the resources at your disposal and follow these tips to ensure that your child begins the school year prepared to hit the books.

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The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program

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Don’t let the last days of summer slip by without taking advantage of the fun available through Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Sign up for a boat ride, horseback riding or another activity. MWR is focused on creating an inclusive and family-friendly environment.

For Service Providers
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Upcoming MFLN Webinars

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The Military Families Learning Network gives providers a forum to learn from each other. Check out these webinars: Expanding Treatment Options for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders on July 31, and Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs on August 15. Sign up on the MFLN website.

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Celebrate National Dog Day

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Studies show that children with special needs who form attachments to pets may develop stronger social and communication skills. Honor our four-legged friends on August 26 - National Dog Day.

New Military OneSource Website

Check out the updated, user-friendly and comprehensive Military OneSource website, designed with you in mind.

Individualized Education Program 101

Every child receiving special education services requires an Individualized Education Program. Learn more.

Purple Heart Day

Purple Heart Day, August 7, honors those who were wounded or killed in service.

Person-centered Planning

Learn more about person-centered planning, an initiative to help individuals with disabilities direct their own lives.

Education Directory

The Education Directory helps military families with special needs make informed decisions about education and early intervention services.

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Benefits and Resources

Benefits and Resources

The new Military OneSource website highlights important benefits and resources available to families with special needs.

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