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Shake Up Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most people have a favorite former teacher. Typically, these educators left their mark because they formed trusting relationships with their students and taught with genuine care. These educators taught in a way that built relationships and demonstrated interest in the lives of their students, not just their homework score. While schools are careful of physical touch, for obvious reasons, a handshake is a great way to create a connection and foster relationship.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Singing Her Own Song -- Girl With Autism Reveals Hidden Talent

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Any parent of dealing with autism knows the anguish of watching others judge, and misjudge, their child. Fear, anger, and protectiveness flare in the attempt to keep their loved one from being hurt, even though the autistic child may be unaware of what is going on. Only a mom or dad can know the truly special qualities that a child with Austism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) possesses underneath the outward affect that the rest of the world sees.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Work -- How Emotional Overload Leads to Compassion Fatigue

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

People who choose to go into social work start their careers motivated with a sense of hope and the sincere desire to help people, to alleviate suffering. They are educated and dedicated, drawn to the field by a natural inclination to kindness and charity. They go into social services because they want to help people; but more and more they end up needing help themselves.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Chuck E. Cheese Promotes Sensitivity to Children on Autism Spectrum

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Children who are autistic like to play, just as nearly all children do. But sensitivity to social interactions and environmental conditions mean that these children play differently. A popular children’s play center has taken steps to accommodate the particular needs of those with autism. One Chuck E. Cheese site is holding a special day for such children on the first Sunday of each month, according to The Mighty, a website focused on disability, disease, and mental illness. These Sunday events for children that are autistic are taking place at Chuck E. Cheese’s location in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Work Programs That Help Female Prisoners, But Exclude Men

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Prison is punishment but over the course of a prison sentence, an inmate has the opportunity for reflection and repentance. The hope is that - in time - the inmate learns the social and work skills needed to rejoin society upon release. That transition does not happen on its own.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Dad of Autistic Child Spreads Christmas Spirit With Generosity

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Many parents know the panicky feeling of misplacing something their child can't live without, a favorite "blankie", a fuzzy rabbit, a stuffed bear. Eventually the kids outgrow their dependence on an object and move on and up as they mature.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Mental Health -- 4 Ways to Prevent Middle School Suicide

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Middle school suicide is a real mental health problem. Child Trends reports that it is the “second leading cause of death among teenagers.” In fact, the Jason Foundation points out that “More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.” That is a staggering reality to face. So, what can we do to change this? How can we take proactive measures to prevent so many young teen from falling victim to suicide?

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Mental Health Training -- What Every Teacher Needs To Know

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Teachers often spend more time with children than parents do, so why are most teachers not trained in mental health disorders? Sure they are underpaid, but at the end of the day, educators teach because they have a passion for helping children learn.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Education

Autism App Shows Potential for Early Detection of Spectrum Disorder

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One of the challenges of treating autism in children is detecting the condition at an early enough stage to intervene. But researchers have found a way to improve the odds of detection by using a new mobile software application.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Support Messaging Makes Instagram a New Tool for Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In the digital lifestyle of modern living, people’s lives play out in real time on the Internet. People readily post their feelings and emotions on various social media platforms. Those posts encompass many of the positive sentiments that people feel, but it also includes the lows that people experience in life. One social media platform is trying to use the emotional draw of its technology as a way of supporting the mental health issues that some people experience.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

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