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Exceptional Occupational Therapy and Emotional Support for Exceptional Children

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

For children who have seriously chronic or critical conditions, lengthy stays in the hospital are a matter of life. It is difficult for the children and hard on the families, emotionally and financially. Some kids need a level of health care that their families just don't have the resources to provide.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

Teenage Businessman With Down Syndrome Sells Socks and Inspires

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

As a high school senior John Cronin started a business that became so successful that it should be an inspiration to every entrepreneur in America. The remarkable thing is not that John was a senior in high school when he launched "John's Crazy Socks", but that John has Down Syndrome.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Good Homes for the Developmentally Disabled are Hard to Find

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When Sylvia Worden sought a group home for her developmentally disabled adult daughter, she became frustrated. It wasn't the quality of the homes that frustrated her. Actually, the quality often impressed her. It was the lack of vacancy. Getting into one of the homes required long waits, and even then the chances of entry were slim.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Michigan Government Approves Medical Marijuana for Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

According to a recent Detroit News article, Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs recently ruled that people with autism may now legally use medical marijuana for treatment. The state regulatory agency stated advanced research on the effects of marijuana and the prevalence of new marijuana infused products influenced their decision.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

One Social Worker's Negative Experience Gives Other Children a Voice

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When Stephanie was three years old her parents passed away, and she entered the world of foster care. At age 10, she stayed with foster caregivers who had overpowering personalities and were very good at saying the right things to social workers. Stephanie, who was a scared 10-year-old, did develop a friendship with a certain kind social worker, but she found she couldn't tell him her real experience because of her overpowering foster caregivers. The social worker wasn't exactly at fault; he believed what he was told and what he saw. However, there were plenty of things Stephanie couldn't tell him and he did not see.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Workers Need Self-Care to Avoid Burnout

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

According to Civil Beat, social workers sometimes find themselves needing the same help they provide to clients. That's because social workers are human too. Bodies need sleep, food, oxygen, and more. When the body doesn't get those essential needs, it can't perform. Same goes for your mental health. Assisting clients can deplete your tank until you're running on fumes.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

These Autism Dogs Make Great Dental Assistants!

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Many of us are uncomfortable in the dentist's chair. From that dazzling bright light shining in our eyes to the strange things being shoved in our mouth, it's generally not a very pleasant place to sit. And then there are those awful sounds! Now, imagine how much worse it is for a child with autism.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Improving Autism Outcomes with Early Diagnoses Through Technology

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Has the increased incidence of Autism in America come about because there are external factors that result in more cases, or is the higher percentage being reported a result of better record keeping or the expanded definitions on the spectrum?

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Down Syndrome Entrepreneur Shows How It's Done with Special Kneads

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you're ever in the mood for a homemade cranberry-apple pie, the best place to find one is in Broome County New York at the Regional Farmer's Market. What's so special about these pies?

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Occupational Therapist Sells Toys and Equipment for Special Needs Kids

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When Aviva Weiss bought an ugly weighted vest for her daughter with special needs, the seed of a business began to grow in her mind. Because Weiss was an occupational therapist, she already knew the equipment, clothing, and games available for kids with developmental disabilities were often too high-priced and not very nice.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

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