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The Southern Regional Center is now known as the Children's Resource Center-South. We are one of five Children's Resource Centers in Wisconsin.

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Email: crcsouth@waisman.wisc.edu

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The Children’s Resource Center-South is dedicated to supporting all families with children and youth with special health care needs/disabilities and the providers who serve them. We are parents and professionals who can help get answers, find services, connect you to community resources, provide trainings, and support you on your journey. Our Center serves the following counties: Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk, and Vernon, shown in orange on the map.

Contact information for the other Children’s Resource Centers (CRC)

CRC-Southeast
414-266-6333/800-234-KIDS(5437)
www.southeastregionalcenter.org
email: CRCsoutheast@childrenswi.org

CRC-Northeast
920-969-5325/877-568-5205
www.northeastregionalcenter.org
email: infonerc@chw.org

CRC-North
715-261-1906/866-640-4106
www.crcnorth.org
email: crcnorth@co.marathon.wi.us

CRC-West
715-726-7907/800-400-3678
www.co.chippewa.wi.us/crcwest
email: crcwest@co.chippewa.wi.us

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Featured Resources and Events

February Recommended Book of the Month 

Henry, Like Always by Jenn Bailey, Illustrated by Mika Song

Winner of the Schneider Family Books Award

Find it at your local library: Monarch Library SystemPrairie Lakes Library SystemSouth Central Library SystemSouthwest Library SystemWinding Rivers Library SystemWisconsin’s Digital Library 

Henry likes Classroom Ten. He likes how it is always the same. But this week, Henry’s class will have a parade, and a parade means having Share Time on the wrong day. A parade means playing instruments that are too loud. A parade means this week is not like always. Provided by Sun Prairie Library Youth Services Staff.

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Events

What's New?

Resources for children with special health needs and the families who care for them

Don’t worry about calming the storm. Calm yourself; the storm will pass. -source unknown

Featured Resources and Events — Monday, February 26

Registration is now open for the Waisman Center’s Health Care Transition ECHO virtual training series. This free, national 6-session series will be offered March to May 2024 11:30am – 1:00pm CST on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of each month. Health care transition (HCT) is the process of preparing youth and young adults for the transition to a healthy adulthood. This ECHO is for health care providers across the US who work with youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes primary and specialty care providers, advanced practice providers (NP/PA), nurses, social workers, and any other provider interested in transition. Participants will learn and share strategies to support youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to direct their own transition from pediatric to adult care and a healthy adulthood. To learn more & register, visit: https://www.waisman.wisc.edu/echo/health-care-transition/.

What’s After High School? Feb 28, 5:30-6:30pm (virtual) Last Wednesday Learning Session with Family Voices of Wisconsin

35th Annual Conference from Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin Apr 25-27, Kalahari Resorts in the WI Dells Registration is open!

Circles of Life Conference May 16-17, Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point. Registration is open. Sibshops will be available. Find out more about this annual conference for families who have children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.

Recent recordings and resources

Transition Talks Tuesdays with Columbus School District What’s After High School?; Supported Decision Making; ADRC; 

Conversations on Showing Up for Kids! (Sept-Dec 2023)


Recommended Book of the Month 

Henry, Like Always by Jenn Bailey, Illustrated by Mika Song; Winner of the Schneider Family Books Award

Henry likes Classroom Ten. He likes how it is always the same. But this week, Henry’s class will have a parade, and a parade means having Share Time on the wrong day. A parade means playing instruments that are too loud. A parade means this week is not like always. Provided by Sun Prairie Library Youth Services Staff. Find it at your local library: Monarch Library SystemPrairie Lakes Library SystemSouth Central Library SystemSouthwest Library SystemWinding Rivers Library SystemWisconsin’s Digital Library


Upcoming Events and Workshops

What’s After High School? Feb 28, 5:30-6:30pm (virtual) Last Wednesday Learning Session with Family Voices of Wisconsin

Goodman South Madison Library Mental Wellness Series with Nikyra McCann Feb 28, 5:30-7:00pm at Goodman South Madison Library Topic: Building Self-Esteem

What Does Supported Decision-Making Look Like for Wisconsin’s Youth with Disabilities Feb 28, 6:00pm (Virtual) from WI FACETS and BPDD *Spanish Translation Available

(Spanish)Sirviendo en grupos: Procesos utilizados por los grupos (Sección 3)/Serving on Groups that Make Decisions: Processes Groups Use (Section 3) Feb 29, 12-1pm (Virtual) from WI FACETS

Know Your Resources: WI Office of Children’s Mental Health Feb 29, 12:30-1:30pm (Virtual) from Great Lakes ROTA-RC

Navigating the Bus System with Metro Mar 2, 10:30am-12:30pm Central Library

Navigating the Bus System with Metro Mar 2, 2-4pm  Alicia Ashman Library

WSEMS Dispute Resolution Options (Pre-recorded) Webinar Mar 4, 12:00-1:00pm from WI FACETS

Navigating the Bus System with Metro Mar 4, 3-5pm Pinney Library

Health Care Transition: Bridging the Gap from Adolescent to Adult Health Care Mar 5, 6:00-7:00pm (virtual) Registration As we look ahead to our students/children turning 18, we need to keep an eye on health care. What steps need to be taken to move into the world of adult health care? What skills can be taught (even in middle school)? How can we tell what a student needs to know? Tim Markle from the Children’s Resource Center-South and the Wisconsin Youth Health Transition Initiative, and his young adult son Hunter, will be our presenters. Part of Transition Talks Tuesdays with Columbus School District Transition Program

Supporting Families in Navigating Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation Webinar Mar 6, 12:00pm from WI FACETS

Social Security Disability Benefits March 6, 2:00pm in-person at the ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin – 303 W Chapel St, Dodgeville for more information contact: Andrea Kinch, 608-930-7200 ext. 4830

Sankofa Midwest Warm Wednesdays Mar 6, 5:30pm Registration is required. Sankofa is a peer support group designed and led by Black parents for parents of Black children with special healthcare needs, including autism, neurodiversity and differing abilities. Our mission is to hold space and provide culturally sensitive information for families and providers, and to increase advocacy and decrease disparities for Black children. Meetings are free and
open to all parents of Black children with disabilities. Parents, grandparents, foster parents, and caregivers are all welcome.

Transitioning from youth disability programs after turning 18 Mar 6, 6:00pm in-person at the Upland Hills Health Hospital and Clinics Conference Rooms A&B – 800 Compassion Way, Dodgeville

Spanish – IEP 1: Special Education Basics (Webinar) Mar 7, 12:00pm from WI FACETS

2024 Family Support Community 1st Thursday of the Month (3/7; 4/4; 5/2) Mid-day sessions via Zoom 11:30am-1:00pm Link to Registration WSPEI (Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative)

2023-24 Comunidad de Apoyo Familia 1er jueves del mes (3/7; 4/4; 5/2) – Sesiones de medio dia a través  de Zoom 11:30am-1:00pm enclace al registro  WSPEI (Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative)

Virtual neurodivergent adult and caregiver relationship free 6-week workshop from Heart Consulting — starts March 11 4:30-5:30pm

Epidemic of Loneliness Mar 12, 10:00-11:15am (Virtual) from Great Lakes ROTA-RC

Learning to Advocate for Children and Families Episode 2: Advocating for Systemic Change (Webinar) Mar 21, 11:00am-12:00pm from Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Looking Ahead: Special Needs Financial Planning for the Future Mar 12, 6:00-7:00pm (virtual) Registration What will happen to your child when you are no longer around to take care of them? How does the ABLE Act of 2014 impact their future? This workshop is designed to help families plan for the financial future of their child(ren), or other dependents, with special needs. Learn about eligibility for government benefits while helping to meet the needs for lifetime of care and quality of life issues. This presentation will cover estate planning, ABLE accounts, guardianship, wills and trusts, and Letter of Intent. Presented by Paul Brokenshire, ChSNC; CEO, Special Needs Planning, LLC. Part of Transition Talks Tuesdays with Columbus School District Transition Program

Finding Gold in the People Around You Webinar Mar 13, 12:00pm from WI FACETS

Transportation Options with Metro Transit (including paratransit) Mar 13, 3-5pm Alicia Ashman Library

The Family Engagement Community of Practice & Learning 2nd Wednesday via Zoom (3/13; 4/10) 4-5:30pm Registration A learning community for educators, administrators, statewide agencies, community partners, and families focusing on family-engagement-specific topics. WSPEI (Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative)

Advocacy for Change Mar 14, 9:00am-4:00pm (in-person at the Madison Concourse Hotel) This event will increase your advocacy skills and connect you with your state legislators. It is designed to help family leaders connect with their legislators to improve systems for children with special health care needs. From Family Voices of Wisconsin

Spanish – Serving on Groups that Make Decisions: Tools Groups Use and Tips and Strategies for Groups (Sections 4 & 5) Mar 14, 12:00pm from WI FACETS

Transportation Options with Metro Transit (including paratransit) Mar 16, 10am-12pm Pinney Library

Monday Night Transitions Special Day–Mar 18, Apr 8, May 13  6:15-7:15pm (Virtual) Register for one or many. A chance for families of transition-aged AYA (Adolescents and Young Adults), 12-21years old, with disabilities/special health care needs, to get together and talk transition. Topics could include health care, school, employment, housing, decision making – it’s up to you. We believe families talking with families is the best support possible. The informal discussions will be led by Tim Markle, lived-experience parent with the Southern Regional Center and the Youth Health Transition Initiative. You can show up for one or more discussions.

Section 504: What Parents and Students Need to Know Webinar Mar 19, 12:00pm from WI FACETS

Balancing Behavior with Relational Attunement Webinar Mar 20, 12:00pm from WI FACETS

Youth Mental Health & Social Success Series: Digital Consent Rights for Youth with Disabilities (Part 2) Mar 20, 3:45-6:15pm (Virtual) from Great Lakes ROTA-RC

CSC Crisis Prevention Summit Mar 21, 8:30am-4:00pm In-person at the Alliant Energy Center (Madison) Registration and Information

Spanish – IEP 2: Special Education Referral Process Webinar Mar 21, 12:00pm from WI FACETS

NFSTAC Family Room with Sue Badeau Mar 21, 3:00-4:00pm Virtual Registration Topic: Social Connections & Networks for Young Adults

Southeast Wisconsin Training Initiative Crisis and Abuse-A Map of the Terrain Mar 22, 12:00-4:00pm at Community Care Waukesha

Learning to Advocate for Children and Families Episode 3: It Takes a Village Mar 16, 11:00am-12:00pm from Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Your Voice Matters: Becoming a Family Leader Mar 27, 5:30-6:30pm (virtual) Last Wednesday Learning Session with Family Voices of Wisconsin

Ready Work: Finding and Keeping Integrated Employment with DVR and the Role of Job Developers Apr 2, 6:00-7:00pm (virtual) Registration Students can and should connect with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) while they are in school. Come and learn how DVR and Vocational Agencies support students in preparing to work, finding work and supporting them at work. We will be joined by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with DVR and by a representative from a Job Development Agency to help explain their role with DVR. Part of Transition Talks Tuesdays with Columbus School District Transition Program

Navigating the Bus System with Metro Apr 9, 1-5pm Lakeview Library

Employer Panel from the Columbus Area Apr 9, 6:00-7:00pm (virtual) Registration Looking for employers who hire people with disabilities? Want to learn what they do to make it work? Our guests will be from Columbus businesses that work with the Columbus School District Transition Program to help employ students with disabilities. Part of Transition Talks Tuesdays with Columbus School District Transition Program

Navigating the Bus System with Metro Apr 18, 1-5pm Lakeview Library

Transportation Options with Metro Transit (including paratransit) Apr 23, 10am-12pm Lakeview Library

Did You Know? Now You Know! Apr 24, 5:30-6:30pm (virtual) Last Wednesday Learning Session with Family Voices of Wisconsin

35th Annual Conference from Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin Apr 25-27, Kalahari Resorts in the WI Dells Registration is open!

2024 Tourette Connect Conference Apr 27, 9:00am-4:00pm in-person Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, IL

Circles of Life Conference May 16-17, Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point. Registration is open. Sibshops will be available. Find out more about this annual conference for families who have children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.

Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health May 21, 9:30-11:30am (Virtual) WISE Coalition

Introduction to the Children’s Long-Term Supports Program May 29, 5:30-6:30pm (virtual) Last Wednesday Learning Session with Family Voices of Wisconsin

The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) will host the 31st Annual Tourette Syndrome Camp USA from Sunday, June 23, 2024, until Saturday, June 29, 2024, at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, Illinois. Our program is designed for children ages 7-16 with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  The cost for this program is $715.  We have financial aid available and have never turned away a family in need. Please see our website for more information about 2024 camp after January 1, 2024. Our website is. www.tourettecamp.com

Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health August 20, 9:30-11:30am (Virtual) WISE Coalition

Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Nov 19, 9:30-11:30am (Virtual) WISE Coalition

Other information for the Week of February 26

The Role of The HHS Office for Civil Rights in Advancing Rights for Disabled Parents: Safeguards in Child Welfare Cases Recorded webinar available

Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research — National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Awareness Week (Feb 26-March 3, 2024) resources

Other information for the Week of February 19

Check out activities from Wisconsin’s Autism Societies — South Central, Southeastern, Greater Wisconsin

Virtual neurodivergent adult and caregiver relationship free 6-week workshop from Heart Consulting — starts March 11 4:30-5:30pm

WI Transition Improvement Grant has launched the newly revised WITransition App — now available in Spanish, better aligned with the PTP, and you come back to finish it later

Transition to Adulthood Center for Research February 2024 Newsletter

  • STAY Podcast Episode 14 — Can Avatars Help Young Adults Manage Alcohol Use Problems & Suicidal Thoughts?
  • February is Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month — lots of resources
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Feb. 26- Mar. 3
  • Tip Sheets (English & Spanish)
  • Young Adult Meme Corner

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin (February Edition)

Free ASL classes from Oklahoma School for the Deaf

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Your Next Step Partner Feb 13, 2024  Recording ADRCresourcesheet2.13.24 ColumbiaADRCslides2.13.24  We will discuss what the ADRC is and why it matters to youth and family. We will touch on Long-Term Care options for those over 18 as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Our guest is Serena Robson- Information and Assistance Specialist from the ADRC of Columbus County. Part of Transition Talks Tuesdays with Columbus School District Transition Program.

Advice Thread: How to Find the Best Camp Fit for Your Neurodivergent Kid or Teen from Learn with Dr. Emily

Employment Opportunity as Program Coordinator for Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin

Things to Remember

  • 2023-2024 Family Support Community Virtual First Wednesday of the month 4:00-5:30pm or First Thursday of the month 11:30am-1:00pm The Family Support Community will allow participants to engage in positive problem solving with others in a solutions-based format. Meetings will allow for networking, learning, and peer support. Learning topics will be determined based upon members’ needs and interests. From the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI)
  • Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program is committed to serving children under the age of 3 with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. We value your family’s primary relationship with your child and work in partnership with your family. We work to enhance your child’s development and support your family’s knowledge, skills, and abilities as you interact with and raise your child. Learn more at Wisconsin Wayfinder.
  • Katie Beckett Medicaid provides access to Wisconsin Medicaid services for children with disabilities, mental illness, or complex medical needs. Katie Beckett helps some children whose parents have too high of an income for Medicaid, and those covered by private insurance, get a ForwardHealth Medicaid card so they can receive needed services and equipment that might not otherwise be covered. They will be connected with an eligibility specialist who will explain the Medicaid benefit and help the family decide if they want to pursue enrollment. Learn more at Wisconsin Wayfinder.
  • Disability Information and Access Line Help with COVID-19 vaccinations for people with disabilities from Administration for Community Living
  • Dane County Behavioral Health Resource Center — If you, someone you care about, or someone you are working with needs help finding mental health and/or substance use services in Dane County. The BHRC phone line is available Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm at (608) 267-2244; Email the BHRC at BHRC@countyofdane.com
  • Vernon, Crawford, Grant, Richland, Iowa, Lafayette, Juneau, Adams, Sauk, Columbia, Green, Rock— Did you know the Early Childhood Health Consultation (ECHC) is a free program that provides Wisconsin’s early childhood care and education providers with information on best practices related to child health and safety? Through this program, early care and education (ECE) providers can receive free health consultations, on-demand training, and tailored resources surrounding best practices for health and safety needs at their child care facilities. For more information we invite you to visit the ECHC websitewebinars, and podcasts.

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Interested in participating in research?

 Research Studies: Up to date listing of Waisman Center studies that are currently recruiting

Dr. Audra Sterling and the Research in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Language Lab at the Waisman Center are recruiting individuals to participate in a longitudinal study investigating the relationship between language development and executive function.
Our study is currently recruiting:
  • Boys with fragile X syndrome between the ages of 9 to 17 years speaking in at least 2-3 word phrases
  • Boys and girls with developmental language disorder ages 4 to 8 years with no known history of other disorders

More information

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School Information, Guidance and Resources for COVID-19–now on our School/Special Education Page

For more information please go to our School/Special Education page.

Waisman Center Resources and Updates for COVID-19

WI DHS Higher Risk/Families with CYSHCN Resources for COVID-19

Here are some current updates:

Several new versions of the family decision making tool available via our ReSET webpage (www.reset4kids.org):

  • a Spanish version
  • a fillable Word document that is more user-friendly

As you all are experiencing, the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a media briefing on Friday, February 25, 2022 has dramatically changed the COVID mitigation landscape, including how to mitigate the spread of infection in schools. At this time there is no targeted guidance from the CDC other than the media briefing and this new COVID-19 Community Levels webpage.

DPI’s COVID-19 Infection Control and Mitigation Measures for Wisconsin School 2021-2022 is pulled from access. The document will be revised in the next few days, hopefully with more direction from the CDC. Resources below will hopefully be updated in the near future. For now, they are for historical reference.

COVID-19 Webinar for Local Public Health and School Stakeholders (1.26.22)

WI Department of Health Services Clinical Guidance for vaccinating 5-11 year olds (11.5.21)

Safe, Strong & Healthy Schools with Wisconsin doctors, educators, scientists, and leaders exploring the ways that schools and districts can build and maintain “Safe, Strong & Healthy Schools”

ReSET (Restarting Safe Education & Testing) for Children with Medical Complexity from Healthy Kids Collaborative Dane County

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools (1/6): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html

Overview of COVID-19 Isolation for K-12 Schools (1/6): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-contact-tracing/about-isolation.html

Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine for K-12 Schools (1/6):  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-contact-tracing/about-quarantine.html

Responding to COVID-19 Cases in K-12 Schools: Resources for School Administrators (1/6)https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-contact-tracing/guide.html

What You Should Know About COVID-19 Testing in Schools (1/6): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/what-you-should-know.html

Schools, Child Care, and Colleges (1/6): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

Wisconsin Well Badger Resource Center is a statewide public health Information and Referral (I&R) service and resource program offering a toll free phone line and website for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and more. Well Badger is staffed to provide information and referrals with a deliberate focus to engage high-risk populations and for those with special needs.

The WI Children’s Mental & Behavioral Health Navigator is a free, confidential, online tool designed to help parents, caregivers and professionals in Wisconsin navigate (find, access, pay for) mental and behavioral health services and support for children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 21. Just answer a few questions about the child, and the Navigator provides a customized guide to connect kids and families with the resources and support they need and deserve.

Website: https://wellbadger.org/
Phone: 1-800-642-7837

The Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs tries to help families, and the professionals who support them, through providing current resources, news articles, interesting items and more. We post “What’s New” on our home page each week. We regularly post this content and more on our Facebook page. We send out a weekly Resource Round-up on Fridays (send an email with Weekly Resource Round-up in the Subject Line to cyshcn@waisman.wisc.edu to join).We bring together the “What’s New” resources by topic and place them on the Resources page. We hope you can find some help, encouragement, or just information on this page. New content is added regularly.