Children's Information Services 
April 2014 Newsletter
NAMI Basics News


Our new teachers jumped into the fray immediately! Kelly Brooks, Claire Cooney, Lauren Hirtes and Kathy Nauta are teaching in Sussex and Morris. Sandy and Tony Wilson are collaborating with the FSO in Camden and Conni-Joi Waters is developing a class in Gloucester. Thank you all for your effort and energy! More experienced teachers, Suzanne Gross and Paulette Mader, will conduct a course in Mercer County. And Carol McGough and Beth Vecchio are also scheduled for Morris County.  The ever-busy Martha Silva has just completed Bases y Fundamentos in Union City and is teaching in New Brunswick as well.  


NAMI 360 - the emerging national database - has the capacity to list all education programs.  If local affiliates wish to have their Basics classes listed in the national database OR on the NJ website, kindly email  Carol McGough will attend the Training the Trainers weekend in Virginia in June. If anyone wishes to send along comments/concerns about the course, kindly send them to the same email address.

Children's Mental Health News


CDC Reports Continuing Rise in Autism Prevalence Rates

Psychiatric News Alert, April 7, 2014


In March the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report indicating a 30% higher prevalence of autism in 2010 than reported in its previous survey released two years before. The current statistics indicate that 1 in 68 8-year-old children in the United States (14.7 per 1,000) had autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2010. Two years before, the incidence was 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000).

"The CDC report was based on a review of records rather than actual clinical assessments," David Fassler, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and APA treasurer, told Psychiatric News. "As a result, it tells us more about how often autism is being diagnosed as opposed to changes in the underlying incidence. The data were also derived from relatively few states-just 11 were surveyed. However, even in this limited sample, the geographic variations are quite striking and clearly warrant further investigation. From a clinical perspective, increased awareness is leading to earlier recognition and more accurate diagnoses. The real challenge is to make sure that all these kids have access to the comprehensive services they need and deserve." 




Qigong Sensory Training for Children with Autism 

April 26, 2014 - $75.00 per family

The Ben Samuels Children's Center,  Upper Montclair, NJ

Questions: Linda Garofallou, 973-714-3241



Children's Mental Health Awareness Week - May 4-10, 2014

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health promotes  children's mental health with activities through November, when they celebrate their 25th anniversary.


Children' Mental Health Awareness Day - May 8, 2014

The Substance Abuse  and Mental Health Services Administration collaborates with the National Federation. In 2014, their focus is on young people from 16-25.

The Child Mind Institute partners in awareness week activities with their initiative, Speak up for Kids.


All of these sites offer local NAMI affiliates thoughtful suggestions for activities that both educate and support.


This quarterly Children's eNewsletter facilitated by Carol McGough, Coordinator of NAMINJ Children's Information Services, include news of NAMI Basics Education Program in New Jersey, as well as information about research and services for children and their families affected by mental illness. Send comments and suggestions to Carol at  





For more information about
NAMI Basics in NJ, contact
Carol McGough
Program Coordinator
at (973) 680-1603 or
NAMI NEW JERSEY / 1562 Route 130 / North Brunswick, New Jersey 08902 / 732-940-0991