Upcoming Webinar: Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs


We would like to invite you to join us for our upcoming webinar “Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: What Resources are Available to You” on March 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.

About This Webinar

Research has shown that all students and especially those receiving special education who follow a carefully crafted transition plan are more likely to achieve post-secondary success. Helping professionals can craft these plans, but many may not be aware of the various resources available to ensure students’ successful transition.

Additionally, educators are required by law to create a transition plan for students receiving special education by the age of 16; but, it is best practice to begin as early as middle school.

What are the available resources?

How can helping professionals ensure that all students succeed in reaching their transition goals?

We will answer these questions and more on March 29th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern!

About Our Presenter:

Lakshmi Mahadevan has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development Education from Texas A&M University.

Her areas of expertise include career assessment, post-secondary options for individuals with special needs, special education and multicultural career counseling. As Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Dr. Mahadevan has over ten years of experience in conducting face-to-face and online professional development with educators in Texas addressing various special populations-related issues (particularly students with disabilities and English Language Learners).

Her other activities include program evaluation, conducting workshops and presentations, preparing newsletters, creating webcasts and special interest web materials, maintaining and supervising the design of online modules, maintaining websites, liaison with stakeholders and experts, preparing evaluation reports, and providing technical assistance.

We hope to see you at our upcoming webinar: “Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: What Resources are Available to You?”


Continuing Education Credit Available!

The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration has applied for 1.0 continuing education credit from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well.

Interested in Joining the Webinar?

To join this event, simply click on “Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: What Resources are Available to You?” The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.

If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices.

 This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 17, 2017.


How to Not Lose Yourself in Your Caregiving Role

I’m too busy…

I don’t have enough time for…

If I don’t do it, no one will…

Are you guilty of having these or similar thoughts? Often times family caregivers get lost in the caregiving role and forget to care for themselves, however caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver.

Caregivers often report problems attending to their own health and well-being such as:

  • Poor eating habits
  • Failure to exercise
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Failure to make medical appointments for themselves
  • Failure to stay in bed when ill

How can you keep from losing yourself in the caregiving role?

First, you need to identify what is in your way.

  • Do you think it is selfish to put your needs first?
  • Do you struggle with asking for what you need, or do you feel inadequate if you ask for help?
  • Do you feel frightened thinking of your own needs? If so, what is the fear about?
  • Do you feel the need to prove you are worthy of your care recipient’s affection? Does this cause you to do too much, as a result?

Once you have established where you stand, you can then begin to move forward and change your behavior and thoughts about caregiving.

How can you move forward?

  1. Reduce and Manage Personal Stress

Stress reducers can be simple activities such as taking a walk, gardening, coffee with a friend, exercise.

  1. Set Goals

Set realistic goals that you would like to accomplish, then work towards them.

  1. Seek Solutions

Once you have identified a problem, take steps toward solving it,

  1. Communicate Constructively

Being able to communicate effectively and constructively is very important for caregivers. We have a course entitled “Communication ‘In the Crunch’” that might be of some assistance.

  1. Ask for and Accept Help

Be prepared with a mental or physical list of how others can help you, and don’t be afraid to reach out for help. There are many community resources, professionals, friends and family ready to help.

  1. Talk to a Physician

Speaking to a physician about your care recipient’s needs is extremely important for caregivers, but speaking to the physician about YOUR needs is equally as important.

  1. Begin Exercising

Exercise improves endurance, strength, flexibility as well as promotes better sleep, reduces tension and depression and increases energy.

  1. Learn from your Emotions

Learn to listen to your emotions and take appropriate action.


The information from this blog post was derived from the Family Caregiver Alliance article entitled “Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregiver.” For more in-depth information please refer to the following article: Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers.

 This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 3, 2017.