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NAMI Resource Manual for Educators

This resource guide for educators was compiled by the Child and Adolescent Action Committee of NAMI Fort Wayne.  Its purpose is to help you, the educator, become more knowledgeable about what to expect of a student with a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) or a Neurobiological Brain Disorder so that you are able to create a school environment conducive to the child’s academic success. 

Children with serious emotional, behavioral or mental disorders have a crucial need for supportive parents and educators who understand how his or her illness affects learning and peer relationships.  It is vitally important that appropriate accommodations are made and that stress is reduced.   

The following documents include information to help you understand how symptoms of the child’s brain disorder may impact school functioning and learning and what specific accommodations may be needed to allow the child to learn in the least restrictive environment where the child can experience success.  It will help you gauge the student’s capacity for learning during various phases of the illness, treatment, and recovery. 

You are encouraged to share this information with parents so they can become more knowledgeable about their child’s brain disorder and how to support their child’s education both in the classroom and at home.  Please include the author and/or publication information as it appears on the article or fact sheet.

Please Review the Power Point Introduction to the NAMI Resource Manual prior to accessing the files.

Introduction to the NAMI Resource Manual Power Point

Resource Manual Section 1 - Questions & Answers About IDEA, Fact Sheet on Emotional Disturbance, Treatment of Children with Emotional Disorders, Questions Often Asked by Parents About Special Education Services

Resource Manual Section 2 - Cognitive Disorders Associated with Psychiatric Disabilities, Disorders of Written Expression and Children with Bipolar Disorder, List of Accomodations and Interventions, Interventions for Chronic Behavior Problems, Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Resource Manual Section 3 - NAMI Fact Sheets on Anorexia, Anxiety, Asperger, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar Disorder vs. ADHD, Borderline Personality, Bulimia, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, OCD, Schizophrenia, Suicide, Tourette's

Resource Manual Section 4 - Internet Resource List, NAMI CAAC Resource Guide, Indiana Disability Information

(Individual documents can also be accessed by clicking on the Related Files links below.) is a fantastic website created by Leslie Packer, PhD, which provides educators with an incredible wealth of practical knowledge and tools they can use to learn about neurobehavioral disorders -- the 'hidden" disabilities that can impair a student's academic, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning and occasionally ceate chaos in a classroom.  

Enhancing School Staff Understanding of Mental Health & Psychosocial Concerns is a guide, produced by The Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, which was created to assist schools in developing staff education inservice programs addressing barriers to learning caused by mental health and psychosocial concerns. 

Related Files

NICHY Questions & Answers About IDEA (PDF File)
NICHY Fact Sheet on Emotional Disorders (PDF File)
NIMH Treatment of Children with Emotional Disorders (PDF File)
NICHY Questions Often Asked by Parents About Special Education Services (PDF File)
Cognitive Dysfunction Associated with Pyschiatric Disabilities (PDF File)
Why Johnny & Jenny Cant Write:Disorders of Written Expression in Children with Bipolar Disorder (PDF File)
504 List of Appropriate School-Based Accommodations & Interventions (PDF File)
NICHY Interventions for Chronic Behavior Problems (PDF File)
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Anorexia Nervosa (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Asperger Syndrome (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Child & Adolescent Bipolar Disorder (PDF File)
Is Your Child Bipolar? (PDF File)
Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder vs. ADHD (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Borderline Personality Disorder (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Bulimia Nervosa (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Depression in Children & Adolescents (PDF File)
Dual Diagnosis: Co-occurring Brain Disorders & Substance Abuse (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Early-Onset Schizophrenia (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Suicide in Youth (PDF File)
Fact Sheet on Tourettes Syndrome (PDF File)
Internet Resource List from the NAMI Child & Adolescent Action Center (PDF File)
Resource Guide from the Child & Adolescent Action Center (PDF File)
Indiana Disability Information Telephone Numbers (PDF File)
Resource Manual Section 1/IDEA & Children with Emotional Disorders (WinZip File)
Resource Manual Section 2/Accommodations & Modifications (WinZip File)
Resource Manual Section 3/Nami Fact Sheets (WinZip File)
Resource Manual Section 4/Resource Guides (WinZip File)
Introduction to the NAMI Resource Manual Power Point (PowerPoint)
Enhancing School Staff Understanding of MH & Psychosocial Concerns (PDF File)

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