Children's Information Services 
February 2015 Newsletter
NAMI Basics News


How fortunate that so many parents and caregivers will receive the valuable information contained in our Basics program in the spring of 2015! We will hold classes in Bergen, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris and Sussex. Awilda Bilardo will run a Bases y Fundamentos class in Morris as well. In Camden, Tony Wilson asks that we "stay tuned" for a firm date for a spring class. NAMI NJ is fortunate to have an enthusiastic group of volunteers to teach Basics. Thank you so much for your hard work. 

NAMI NJ receives 8,000 hits per month. NAMI national receives 1,000,000 hits per month. Teachers, if you plan a class, please let me know so that I can post it. Many of our classes have parents who have found us on one or both of these websites. 

Check out the new NAMI website. Many features have been consolidated for easier navigation. After sign-in, teachers can check the "My Leader Dashboard" for information about BASICS.

Save the Date ~ May 30, 2015 ~ NAMI NJ BASICS workshop and networking

Children's Mental Health News

How music class can spark language development

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That music holds many benefits for brain development in children is well documented by research. A study that tested whether the level of engagement matters indicates that children who attended music classes regularly and participated actively showed larger improvement in reading than their less involved peers. It also showed that neural benefits stemming from participation occurred in the same areas of the brain that are traditionally weak in children from disadvantaged backgrounds. "Even in a group of highly motivated students, small variations in music engagement -- attendance and class participation -- predicted the strength of neural processing after music training," said study lead author Nina Kraus, the Hugh Knowles professor of communication sciences in the School of Communication and of neurobiology and physiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern.  The study further found that neural benefits increased to a greater degree in those children who played instruments. These findings are particularly significant for children from disadvantaged backgrounds who process sound less efficiently because of linguistic deprivation and noisy environments. Learning to play an instrument will boost the brain's ability to process sounds - a direct link to effective literacy.



Webinars are a wonderful way to access information; most agencies archive their webinars so that they are available at any time. Below are just a few sources for webinars concerning children's mental health. Kindly let me know of any others.

Transitions RTC

New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome 

Center on Technology and Disability

Children and Family Futures

National Technology Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health

National Education Alliance Borderline Personality Disorder

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