September is suicide prevention month. In 2016, the most recent year with statistics available, suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death for Kansas kids ages 5-14, and the second leading cause of death for ages 15-24 (Kansas Department of Health and Environment, 2016).
It is important to know the warning signs of potential suicide and to act on those warning signs. Studies have shown that when someone attempts to kill themselves, it is usually based on an acute, temporary crisis and if you can act to restrict access to the means to carry out the attempt, suicidal feelings will subside. […]
By Kimberly Martin, Kansas PTA Vice President of Advocacy 2019-2021
According to the Center for Disease Control Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (CDC WISQARS) 78 children, teens and young adults are injured or killed by guns on a daily basis in the United States (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019). The safest home for children and teens is a home without guns, but there are ways to make homes with guns safer. It is not enough to teach kids gun safety or not to touch a gun if they find one (“Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population,” 2012). There are […]
1. Families Together Inc. is a wonderful resource for families in Kansas who have children with special needs. Programs are available in English and Spanish and are provided at no cost. They can help answer questions about how to access educational services, health plans and resources. They can help parents develop advocacy skills for their child and connect parents to other parents who have gone through a similar path. You can access their resources here: https://familiestogetherinc.org/
2. Federal IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act) law lays out important provisions that schools must follow when evaluating students […]