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Police Need Better Training on Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

“It made me feel sad.” That’s what Connor Leible, a 14-year-old boy with autism said about a confrontation with a police officer who mistook his mannerisms for signs of drug use. What Connor was doing was a form of self-stimulation called “stimming.” It’s a practice that many autistic individuals do to calm themselves.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Telemedicine: A Lifeline for Behavioral Health Following Harvey & irma

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

September was a devastating month for people across Texas and Florida following two historic hurricanes. We've seen the damage played across our television screens: lives lost, homes and jobs lost, families huddled together in shelters, thankful to be alive, but wondering what their next steps should be. After the physical danger of a natural disaster has passed, and after the news cameras have gone away, the people of the community still have a long road to structural, physical, economic, and emotional recovery.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Autism in the Workplace: Taking Advantage of a So-Called Disability

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, roughly one out of every 68th child born is said to fall somewhere along the autism spectrum. Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is the name for a group of developmental disorders that include a wide range, or spectrum, or symptoms, levels of disability, and skills. Let's key in to that last word there: Skills. Roughly 80 percent of adults currently diagnosed with ASD are either unemployed or underemployed.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

New App Connects Developmentally Disabled with Similar Friends

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Lasting friendships are an important part of life, but making friends can be difficult for many people. Unfortunately, it can be even harder for people who are developmentally disabled, especially those who struggle to form meaningful connections with their peers. One California man may have a solution.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Four Challenges Some Special Education Students Face

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 18, 2017 10:53:06 AM

For many parents who have children in special education classrooms, their child's learning is a balancing act. While they want their child to get the support the child needs to succeed, they also want their child to be challenged. Recently, a mother of such a child shared some of the challenges she faces when it comes to her son's education.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Ultra-Accessible Theme Park Created to Help Developmentally disabled

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

For some parents, it might seem excessive to build a large amusement park specifically targeted at making their child feel included, but that's exactly what one Texas father did for his developmentally disabled daughter. 

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Topics: Behavioral Health

How Mental Health Professionals Stay Positive

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Working in Behavioral Health is certainly a niche that not all health care professionals embrace. But for those who love this challenge, it takes great strength to remain positive under the strain of working with the mental health population, since the patients feed off the emotions and the reactions of their caregivers.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Adorable is Adorable, With or Without Down Syndrome

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Every parent wants their child to be accepted and to succeed. Unfortunately, for many parents of children with disabilities, their children face prejudices and stereotypes. Sometimes, because of their disabilities, they may not have the same opportunities as their peers.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health: Five Ways to Help Your Child Manage Their Anxiety

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In today's society, behavioral health is a significant concern for children. Children face horrible issues with anxiety and need coping mechanisms to face them.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Autism and the Haircut -- A New Approach to an Old Problem

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

For most people, getting a haircut is nothing more than a quick stop by the barber shop or a trip to the salon for some pampering. Again, that's for most people. But how would you handle it if the feeling of water on your head, fingers running through your hair, or the sound of scissors opening and closing sent you into a panic due to sensory overload? Welcome to the experience of getting your haircut while Autistic.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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