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Tips for Keeping Kids Safe This Halloween

Halloween safety begins before the tricks or treats! Make sure your child is safe this spooky season using the following tips:

  • Wear reflective tape
  • Use glow sticks
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Cross the street at well-lit corners
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and make sure your children are clearly visible to oncoming traffic

For more #Halloween safety tips, visit safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

COVID-19 Resources

While this is a trying time for all families, we acknowledge it can be especially difficult for families who have a child or youth with a special health care need.

CSHCN SDG has compiled some external resources to provide information to families on COVID-19.  

COVID-19 CSHCN-Specific Information

COVID-19: Information for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

An Introduction to Health Care Through Telemedicine for Families 

Ten COVID-19 Preparations To Do RIGHT NOW for Medically Complex Families 

Fact Sheet for Parents and Caregivers of Someone with Sickle Cell Disease 

COVID-19 Plain Language and Communication Resources

How We Can Help Children With Disabilities Understand the Coronavirus 

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities 

Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades 

COVID-19 Special Education Resources

Coronavirus Pandemic and Rights of Students with Disabilities 

COVID 19 and Special Education Q&A with Texas Education Agency 

Get JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion Free of Charge 

A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning: 4 Actions to Improve Your Child's Experience


Brochures and Handouts

CSHCN SDG has developed two new resources for families, providers, and the general public. The general resource brochure provides an overview of resources in Texas for children with special health care needs and their families. The brochure is available in English and Spanish. The handout “Communicating with and about People with Disabilities” provides guidelines for using language that is accurate and respectful. To order resources, please use our  online order form.

2018 Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Outreach Survey Report

The 2018 CYSHCN Outreach Survey Report has been released. The report contains data about CYSHCN and their families with regard to medical home, transition to adulthood, and community inclusion. See below for a link to the English report. The Spanish report will be available soon.

2018 CYSHCN Survey Report – English 

Texas Transition Toolkit

Texas Transition Toolkit is an online tool designed to help providers guide their patients with special health care needs from pediatric health care to adult health care. The website includes a searchable database of peer-reviewed articles on health care transition for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), a searchable database of tools used by different clinics and programs to facilitate health care transition for CYSHCN, and tools for developing your own health care transition program for CYSHCN. This tool was developed by Texas A&M University School of Public Health.

Neighborhood Navigator

The American Academy of Family Physicians developed this tool to help address social determinants of health by linking users to thousands of local services that can assist with needs.

Link to Neighborhood Navigator: https://navigator.aafp.org/

New Got Transition Preventive Care and Transition Toolkit Available

Got Transition, in collaboration with University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, has released " Incorporating Health Care Transition Services into Preventive Care for Adolescents and Young Adults: A Toolkit for Clinicians ." This toolkit provides suggested questions and anticipatory guidance for clinicians to introduce health care transition during preventive visits with adolescents and young adults. The toolkit is available in both  English  and  Spanish.

The Texas Department of State Health Services does not endorse external links to other websites. These links are informational and may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information about Children with Special Health Care Needs, Title V Maternal and Child Health, or information regarding maternal and child health in Texas, please email TitleV@dshs.texas.gov or call (512) 776-7373.

Last updated October 12, 2021