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January 2013 newsletter


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January 2013 newsletter

  1. 1. EFMP Connections MCAS Cherry Point - Family Care Progams January 2013 Thinking About How to Make the Most of 2013? Each year, many of us make a resolution to lose weight, get out of debt, quit smoking, or be less stressed. And while those goals are as admirable as they are popular, less than half of us will actually stick to these goals six months later. So why do our resolutions fail? Researchers have found that we are more likely to quit a task when we feel overwhelmed by it. Therefore, rather than setting ourselves up for failure and disappointment, they recommend we make reso- lutions that are realistic and ones that can actually be kept. Lower- ing our expectations so we can say “I did it!” can be very reward- ing. In fact, regular minor accomplishments – “small wins” – con- tribute more to happiness than occasional big ones. After all, with consistency, doing a little bit goes a long way! Tiny/individual resolutions you may make: “I will eat less fried food this year.” “I will place all my loose change in a jar at the end of the day.” “I will smile a little more this year.” Cherry Point’s Exceptional Family Member Program is also making some simple changes in 2013 to improve our service delivery. First, we are asking for your feedback. We’ve developed a quick survey that contains questions about our program and the services we offer. Please take a moment, click on the link and answer all of the survey questions honestly. The feedback you provide will offer us insight into your needs and will help us determine if our initiatives are making a difference or whether we need to make changes. Link to survey: Second, we will be offering new workshops on a monthly basis. Topics we will present include: “How to Be an Effective Advocate”, “Simple, Fun, Effective Parenting”, “Individualized Education Plans: What To Expect”, and “How to Support Siblings of Special Needs Children”. We would ap- preciate your input on these training ideas and welcome any suggestions for future presentations. Finally, we will update our resource list and ensure that everyone will have access to information about local service agencies and community events. Upon completion, this resource list will be posted on our website.We Need Your Feedback!What would you like to see in our next Cherry Point EFMP Connections newsletter? Do you have any article ideas or fa-vorite recipes you would like to submit? If so, email or call 252.466.3305.Also, let us know if you have any suggestions or requests for a family event or a workshop topic. We are here to serve youand we want to meet your family’s needs!
  2. 2. Upcoming EventsThursday 3 January—Social Group for Adults EFMs—1000; Please take advantage of this relaxed social oppor-tunity to network with other adults who are experiencing similar situations.Tuesday 8 January—EFMP Social Group—Please join us at Joe’s Coffeehouse on base between 1000 and 1200. Itis a great way to meet other adults, learn about various local services, and enjoy a cup of coffee.Tuesday 8 January—Special Olympics at the Commissary—1100 - 1330. Events include turkey bowling, shop-ping cart races and a scavenger hunt followed by a run with the Marines. Do you know someone who may want toparticipate? If so please contact Phyllis Black at for more information.Tuesday 8 January—Basic Budgeting—1330 to 1530 at the T&E Building. Provides individuals the know how todevelop a personal budget, to reach indentified short & long range goals, a system to pay bills on time & evaluate thepersonal budget to spend less & save/invest more. Call 466-4201 to sign up.Wednesday 9 January—Plan Your Move—0900 to 1100 at the T&E Building. You will get all the information youneed to know to make a smooth move to your next duty station. This seminar will provide information on the constant-ly changing benefits and allowances related to PCSing.Thursdays 10, 17, 24 & 31 January— Couples Communication—1300 to 1430 at Building 87. An interactive andengaging 4 part workshop focusing on enhancing communication skills, fighting fairly, and meeting your partner’sneeds.Thursday 11 January—Links for Spouses—0830 to 1630. Program designed to teach participants about the benefits,resources, and services that are available to military service members and their dependents.Wednesday 23 January—EFMP Quarterly Forum—1000 at T&E Building, room 156; An opportunity for EFMPfamilies to receive information from and to ask questions of advisory forum representatives.Thursday 31 January—EFMP Sensory Story Time—1030 at the Station Library. Puppets, singing, dancing, yoga,and a story. A great library experience for all children but it can be especially beneficial for children with ASD,ADHD, and other sensory processing issues.Do You Need Legal Assistance?Families enrolled in the EFMP have access to free legal services to address issues related to special needs.These issues include:1. Explaining the SSI process (application, denial, reconsideration and appeals procedures) as well as answering ques-tions about Medicaid and SSDI.2. Special education questions and actual representation against any school system in the State of North Carolina. Thisincludes IEP team meetings, manifestation hearings, and due process hearings at the state level. Also, filing state com-plaints, letter writing, requesting school files, etc.3. Legal guardianship (the parents child is turning 18 and the child cannot care for themselves and needs a legal guardi-an)4. Drafting of third party special needs trusts.5. ADA accommodations questions.The EFMP Attorney cannot represent parents against DOD schools although he/she can answer their questions abouttheir legal rights and help them problem-solve. The EFMP Attorney also cannot appear in a Social Security case be-cause it is a federal government agency but can give legal advice and assist with forms orreferrals to other attorneys.Ms. Vickie O’Brien is the Attorney for the EFMP Marine Corps Installation East. Shewill be at Cherry Point’s Quarterly Forum on Wednesday, January 23rd to answer ques-tions and provide additional information about this service.If you are an Exceptional Family Member and need legal advice concerning special edu-cation or other disability related issues, please call Vickie OBrien, Civilian Counsel forExceptional Family Members at 910-451-9730 or email her at
  3. 3. De-Clutter Your LifeThe holidays are over and left behind is a jumbleof boxes, wrapping paper, decorations, and stuff!At my house, there is STUFF everywhere! Eventhe normally “neat” areas are now cluttered andchaotic. The holiday prep work, the shopping,wrapping, and decorating looks less “festive”than what it had just days before and the clutterseems to drain my energy. I feel myself grow-ing overwhelmed and stressed when I walk intothe living room and I am constantly irritated be-cause I cannot find my things. My children seemto be affected by the disorganization, too. I have 3) Find a “home” for the new items. Having anoticed an increase in temper tantrums and I “home” for each item makes clean-up easier andwonder if the bad behavior is due to their inabil- it also promotes independence for children.ity to focus. They may be as sensitive to their Keeping things neatly organized in separate con-environment as I am. tainers, instead of thrown in a closet, will help This “sensitivity” is common to many them last longer and decrease the amount of bro-individuals with special needs, including those ken or lost pieces. Ziploc bags can be used towith sensory processing disorders, attention defi- secure small, loose items, such as puzzle pieces,cits, autism spectrum disorders, motor planning beads, and pegs. Craft items, such as crayons,difficulties, etc. The stress caused by clutter and scissors, and glue, stay neatly organized in a pen-inconsistency may be enormous. Thus, the bene- cil box or even in a fishing tackle organizer,fits of getting organized may be equally signifi- which has adjustable compartments to accommo-cant. date various-sized items. Containers can also Here are some tips on how to recover provide opportunities for fine motor develop-from holiday clutter. ment, as the child must open containers, manipu-1) Clean out what you already have. Before late latches, and “zip” the Ziploc put away any new items, you’ll want to 4) Make organizing “easy” with labels. Manymake sure you take control of what you already children are visual learners and benefit from vis-have. Go through the items in your home and set ual systems or organization. You can create youraside anything that you and your kids may have own visual labels by using a photograph of eachgrown out of or will no longer use. If you haven’t toy (or category of toys). Take a picture of theused or worn an item in the last year then you desired item(s), print on cardstock (a 1”x1”should seriously consider letting it go. Find a works well), laminate, and add sticky-back Vel-local donation center in your area to donate these cro to adhere it to the toy and shelf. In addition,items and clear the way for new things. Talk to handwritten labels are easily created and promoteyour kids about giving to those less fortunate. letter/word recognition for reading development.Passing on your unused items to those less fortu- There are many advantages to being or-nate than yourself is a great way to start the New ganized that include reduced stress, saving time,Year! and working more efficiently. You can teach2) Don’t feel obligated to hang onto unwanted your child valuable daily living skills by activelypresents. Things you won’t use or don’t need are involving them in the process. Personal organiza-clutter. It’s okay to exchange them for things you tion is a skill which needs to be practiced and is awill use. If something can’t be exchanged, you skill which lasts a lifetime.can pass it on to someone who would enjoy it.
  4. 4. COOK’S CORNERTORTELLINI SOUP RECI PEINGREDIENTS 4-1/2 cups chicken broth 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup chopped fresh tomato 1/3 to 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil 1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese In a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Add tortellini; cook for 7-9 minutes or until tender. Stir in the beans, tomato and basil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add the vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.Free Online Tutoring and Homework Help for Students in U.S. Military FamiliesThe for Military Families program helps studentsof all skill levels—from elementary to advanced—in morethan 16 subjects in math, science, social studies and is especially beneficial for students in grades K-12who need help with schoolwork when a parent is deployedor when moving and changing Point EFMP Staff Office Hours:Program Manager 0730 until 1630; Monday through FridayEva Miller 252.466.4867 We are located in Building 286, across from the MessFamily Case Workers Hall on 4th Ave.Leafa Palmer 252.466.2568Donna Young 252.466.2568Training Education and OutreachJoAnne Bielecki 252.466.7533Administrative AssistantLisa Sadler 252.466.3305