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Baseball Hero Albert Pujols Shows Support for Child With Down Syndrome

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Although Albert Pujols left the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, he is still praised for being a three-time National League MVP, a six-time Silver Slugger, and even a nine-time All-Star. But throughout his career, Pujols has always been known as one of the most considerate ballplayers in the major league.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Worker Turned Doll Maker Helps Sick Children

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Payton Haynes received a heartwarming gift on the last day before summer vacation. Students from Cracker Trail Elementary School in Sebring, FL. gave him a custom-made doll that reflects his surgery scars. They purchased the toy from A Doll Like Me, a nonprofit organization started by Amy Jandrisevits, a former social worker from a pediatric oncology unit. She creates unique dolls for children with disabilities.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Michigan Program Uses Gaming to Improve Language of Teenagers with Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Every year, American physicians diagnose one in 59 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to the Child Mind Institute, ASD is a developmental issue marked by social and communication deficits. Boys are 3 to 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

Monitoring Your Child's Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Mental health is an essential part of children's overall health. It has an interactive relationship with their physical health and even their ability to succeed in school, at work, and in society. Like physical health, mental health affects how we think, act, and feel on the inside and out.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Policeman Comforts Missing Autistic Man With a Hug

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Lance Grumley was missing and his mother was frantic. Any mother would be. The only thing unusual about this situation is that Lance is 31 years old. Lance has autism and other developmental issues and does not communicate well. It is dangerous for him to be alone.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Blind Contestant with Autism Stuns America's Got Talent Audience

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Recently, viewers watching the first episode of the 14th season of America's Got Talent didn't know what to expect as they watched a young man with a cane be escorted on stage. If you haven't heard of him by now through other media outlets, this young man was 22-year old Kodi Lee who is blind and autistic. His escort, who turned out to be his mom Tina Lee, explained Kodi was very young when she realized his musical gift as an entertainer. "Playing music and performing helped him be able to withstand being in this world.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Offers Digital Choices

Posted by Brian Spence on May 27, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Mental and behavioral health is big business. From mild anxiety to life-threatening addiction, Americans spend over two billion dollars a year on treating mental health issues. With the digital revolution, it was only a matter of time before AI applications became competitors in that therapy market. Now these platforms are offering counseling with different treatment options and degrees of engagement. 

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Social Workers are Hard-Wired to Care

Posted by Brian Spence on May 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM

People who go into social work are by nature caring and compassionate. They have a sense of commitment to the groups and individuals in our society who don't have much of a voice, among them the poor, and especially children. Their caseloads are bloated, their hours are long and the rewards are few. But they do their jobs faithfully, knowing that they can't fix everything and accepting that there will be a degree of frustration that accompanies their profession.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Teens with Autism Defy Statistics and Pursue Career Dreams

Posted by Brian Spence on May 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Unemployment rates for young people on the autism spectrum are shockingly high. A 2015 study by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute found that two-thirds of autistic youth were neither employed nor pursuing post-secondary education in the first two years after high school. With a 42 percent unemployment rate, autistic adults in their mid-twenties fared little better.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Extraordinary Kids With Down Syndrome Rock Out to Queen

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There was a time when people pitied parents who gave birth to a child with Downs Syndrome. But perceptions have changed over the years and now folks understand that these kids are just like any other child.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

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