Documenting Person-Centered Thinking & Planning for Your FamiliesAn excellent way to begin to document the process of Person-Centered Thinking and Planning is through a one-page description. In this document, the child, along with parents, caretakers, doctors, teachers, case-workers, therapist, or anyone else who knows and cares for the child, come together to detail the following:Things That Are Important TO MeThings That Are Important FOR MeHow You Can Support MeWhat You Love About MeAnything else you need to know… Person-Centered Thinking & PlanningPerson-centered planning is most helpful for parents of children with disabilities (those eligible for special education). However, we believe that this process can also be used for all children with special needs, particularly for military families who are facing the challenges of relocation.Person-Centered Thinking and Planning is a process based on what the child (the Person) wants in life. The most important aspect in this process involves deciding what is important to and for a person, which eventually leads to development of the child’s future plans. This process happens when a group of people that know and care about the child partner with the child to develop the plan. Note that all perspectives are important regarding what works and does not work for the child. Parents/guardians using a Person-Centered Thinking and Planning approach can determine when to begin this process based on the child’s growth and development. References:Helen Sanderson Associates, Person-Centered Thinking Tools.National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (2017). Retrieved on March 13, 2018.The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices. Retrieved on March 13, 2018.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 6, 2018. Keeping this document updated is particularly helpful for military families who relocate and will need to share information with those who work with their child. This succinct document can lead to discussions and planning regarding how a person would like to be involved in the community, procures supports at school, etc. Additionally, the document details the manner in which the person would like to live life now and in the future. Written by Rebecca Bardenhagen, M.Ed. and Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.Month of the Military ChildApril is the Month of the Military Child, which underscores the important role that children play in the armed forces community. As the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains, “Care of military children sustains our fighting force, and strengthens the health, security, and safety of our nation’s families and communities” (2017, para. 1). This is a perfect time, therefore, for parents, caregivers, and service providers to focus on the military child with special needs. This entails thinking about the child’s future role in life, what strengthens the child’s health, safety and security and the child’s general life transitions. Particularly, this April we ask that you initiate a process called Person-Centered Thinking and Planning for the child. Person-Centered Thinking and Planning takes into consideration the child’s strengths, interests, needs and desires. Those who are familiar with this way of planning enable the child to make informed choices and become a fulfilled and productive member of the community. Download this example of Person-Centered Thinking & Planning and a template to create your own! Important To and ForDiscerning what is important to a person involves determining:What activities a person enjoys (swimming, movies, video games)Rituals and routines that are important (drinking orange juice each morning, taking the dog for a walk after dinner)Ways to relieve stress (listening to music, talking to a trusted adult, physical activity)Relationships (family, friends, teachers, service providers)Faith (participating in religious rituals, praying)Anything else that a person controls in life (participating in school meetings, choice of clothing, recreational activities)Important for includes things that are necessary in order to keep a person healthy and safe, both physically and emotionally. This may include:Medications (including knowledge of allergies)Diet and exerciseRegular doctor visitsNecessary medical equipmentEnvironmental safety measures may include:Comfortable seatingWell -lit areasQuiet zonesAwareness of allergensKeep in mind that discussions regarding what is important to and important for a person may change over time. This is especially so for military families as they relocate from one place to another. For this reason, keeping an ongoing discussion about these things is necessary as the military child with special needs grows and changes.Person Centered Thinking and Planning can lead individuals to become better advocates for what they need and want out of life. Ultimately, it empowers military families to allow their child with special needs to lead a more connected, healthy, and fulfilling life.
A exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be conducted in West Bengal if the BJP comes to power in the State, party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said here on Saturday. “The NRC will definitely be conducted in Bengal if the BJP comes to power here as it is also facing severe infiltration issues,” Mr. Vijayvargiya told presspersons at the BJP State headquarters. He said the exercise was required not only in West Bengal but also in all metro cities in the country.‘Backing infiltrators’He criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for opposing the NRC update in Assam, and accused her of “siding with infiltrators” for the sake of votes.“I want to ask Mamata Banerjee why she is siding with infiltrators. Unfortunately some people are more concerned about indulging in appeasement policies and vote bank politics than the progress of the nation. The prime example of such mentality is Ms. Banerjee,” Mr. Vijayvargiya said.He accused the Chief Minister of double standards on the infiltration issue. As an MP, she flung papers at the Speaker’s podium after an adjournment motion over Bangladeshi infiltration into West Bengal was rejected in the Lok Sabha on August 5, 2005.“What happened in the past 13 years that you [Ms. Banerjee] have made a u-turn and is siding with the infiltrators,” he asked.BJP State president Dilip Ghosh told The Hindu that an NRC exercise was “necessary” in West Bengal as more than one crore infiltrators resided in the State. “Earlier the Communist Party of India(Marxist) used the infiltrators [for political mileage] and now Mamata Banerjee is using them,” he said. TMC protestsThe Trinamool Congress organised a State-wide protest against the detention and alleged assault of a delegation of party MPs and MLAs at the Silchar airport by the Assam police. Senior party leaders led marches against the Centre. Minister Subrata Mukherjee said the protests would continue on Sunday.
Simpsons are known for making the right predictions and it has happened not once but on numerous occasions.A 1997 episode of Simpsons nearly got its predictions right when it predicted a Portugal vs Mexico final at the World Cup 2018.Although that may not happen as both Portugal and Mexico are in the same half of the pre-quarterfinals and at best they can meet in the semi-finals.If all goes well for either teams, one of them will surely reach the final in Russia.The animated TV show has in the past made quiet a few predictions which proved to be true in the following years.One of thos predictions was way back in 2000 when they said that Donald Trump would become the President of the United States of America and it came true when he came to power in 2017.The show also predicted Fox being bought by Disney, as well as the Ebola outbreak, Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl appearance and Sweden narrowly losing to USA in the men’s curling final at the Winter Olympics.And now the fans believe that the show might have predicted a Portugal vs Mexico final in the World Cup in Russia after an episode in 1997 saw the two teams pitted against each other in the episode titled ‘The Cartridge Family’.Portugal finished second in Group B behind Spain after two drawn matches and a win while Mexico advanced to from Group F behind Sweden.The Cristiano Ronaldo-led side will face a stiff challenge from Uruguay, who were back to their best against Russia in their final Group A game to stay unbeaten in the first round.advertisement FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 4 goals in 3 matches in the group stages (Reuters Photo)Uruguay have so far been the impressive in two of the three matches and are the only team yet to concede goal at the tournament in Russia.Portugal, meanwhile, muddled through their group with draws against Spain and Iran and a fortuitous win over Morocco but that is unlikely to bother their grizzled coach Fernando Santos, who is always happy for his team to be considered the ugly ducklings.Meanwhile, after silencing critics with impressive wins over Germany and South Korea, Mexico nearly blew it against Sweden and only progressed because of Germany’s shocking defeat to South Korea. FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexico reached the last 16 after stunning 1-0 victory over Germany, 2-1 win over South Korea and 3-0 defeat to Sweden in Group F (Reuters Photo)Mexico will face familiar foes and South American giants Brazil in the pre-quarterfinals on Monday.Mexico reached the last 16 after stunning 1-0 victory over Germany, 2-1 win over South Korea and 3-0 defeat to Sweden in Group F.Even though they finished second in the group they face the prospect of not going beyond round of 16 for an incredible seventh time in a row.Proceeding to the last eight or beyond has become a Sisyphean task for the Mexicans since they last reached the quarter-finals when they hosted the competition in 1986.(With inputs from Reuters)