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Photos Display Superheroic Fight of Developmentally Disabled Children

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Developmentally DisabledWhat is a superhero? Comic book fans believe that superheroes have incredible powers or physical strength that exceed normal, human abilities. They can fly, lift heavy objects, and fight crime. These powerful individuals also defeat cunning, calculating villains that threaten public safety. 

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Topics: Behavioral Health

A More Accurate Portrayal of Autism in the Movies

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM

AutismDenzel Washington has received praise for his recent portrayal of a lawyer on the autism spectrum in "Roman J. Israel, Esq." In recent years, more and more movies and TV shows are featuring characters who display autistic traits, but not all filmmakers get it right.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Special Education Needs: Understanding the Twice Exceptional Child

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Is your child twice-exceptional or do you work with a twice-exceptional child? A twice-exceptional child is a child who can be labeled as "gifted" or "above average" while also having special education needs. For example, the child may have extraordinary math skills while also having ADHD and anxiety, or the child might have a reading level several grades above their current grade level but also have autism.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Helping Other Children Better Understand Your Child's Autism

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

If you are the parent of am autistic child or you work with an autistic child, you likely know that these children are sometimes unfairly judged by their peers. Many people do not understand why a child, who looks like a typical child, reacts in an unexpected way to what appears to be an everyday situation. If you are like many parents of such children, you likely want to help your child's peers better understand why your child reacts a specific way to certain situations.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Lessons for Parents of Children with Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When he was three years old, Mark Macluskie was diagnosed with autism. At the time, his parents were told that their son would one day need to be institutionalized. Instead, the 19-year-old is now majoring in mechanical engineering and doubling minoring in electrical engineering and mathematics at Arizona State University, where he is attending college on a full ride scholarship. Plus, based on research conducted by the National Institutes of Health, Macluskie no longer meets the criteria for an autism diagnosis.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Seeking a Job as a Developmentally Disabled Grown-Up

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One of the most difficult things to find for an older developmentally disabled person is a job. People living with a label are often rejected and can't find a job at all, or they are ridiculed so much in a job they already have that they end up quitting. This can plunge them into poverty, shame and depression.

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Topics: Career Advice, Behavioral Health

Mental Health - Too Poor For Treatment?

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

With mental illness, in the best circumstances, waking up in the morning can be a struggle when you suffer from any kind of mental distress. Whether it is PTSD, Bipolar or depression, sometimes putting on your shoes seems daunting and tedious. Having to awaken and shower and dress and go to work can seem impossibly difficult. As if wading through mud, you would make your way to your car, flop into the driver's seat and go to work, only to return in the evening, sludge through dinner and then repeat.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Friendship and Hope: Two Things Developmentally Disabled Share

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to people who are developmentally disabled, people often make assumptions about what the people can and cannot do. Unfortunately, many of these assumptions are incorrect.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

The Effect of Natural Disasters on Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Maintaining mental health is as important as taking care of our physical bodies but when natural disasters strike these types of healthcare options fade into the background as victims struggle to keep their bodies from damage.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Allied Health and Other Treatments for Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

According to information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, 1 in 68 children in the United States identifies as having some form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is right in line with the average in Asia, Europe, and other North American nations, where roughly 1 to 2 percent of individuals have ASD. These numbers appear to be increasing in recent years. Whether you are a parent of a child with autism or you work with children with autism, it is important to understand some treatment options within the Allied Health field.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

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