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Providing Hope for Low-Income Children with Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Of course there are always going to be additional challenges for family members, as well as their healthcare providers, when one or more of their children are diagnosed with autism. For families who also have to face challenges from a low-income situation though, the difficulties surrounding obtaining a proper diagnosis, as well as effective treatment for their child make it all that more challenging. Fortunately, the healthcare world is starting to wake up and take note of the specific obstacles facing low-income communities. Positive changes that can offer struggling families help and hope are becoming available.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Sea World Becomes Certified Autism Center

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For people with autism and sensory processing disorder, visiting theme parks and other travel destinations can be overwhelming. The unfamiliar environment, sights, sounds, and smells of a busy location can be difficult to manage. That's why some destinations are committing to meeting several standards that make accessing their services easier for people with autism.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Eleven Million Reasons to Say Thank You to a Social Worker

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Few would question the motives of social workers and those in the "helping" professions. No one leaves college and heads for a job in social services with the notion of fame, fortune and a life of luxury. It takes a certain type of dedicated spirit to choose a career in social work. One such dedicated soul was a man named Alan Naiman, who worked for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. He left a career in banking and spent the last twenty years of his life helping people who couldn't help themselves.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Terminally Ill With Down Syndrome - Shannie Gets Her Wish

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A bucket list is something people in retirement often speak of; there are places to visit, landmarks to photograph, hang-gliding, hiking or even finishing degrees or reenacting their wedding. There are things to do before you die. But 17 year old Shaltell "Shannie" Pooser has a list of things she wants to accomplish; and she's calling it her bucket list, because Shannie is terminally ill.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

A Better Education for My Autistic Child

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Never stand in the way of a momma bear and her cub. Officials in Henrico County, Virginia learned this lesson when they refused to provide a "free and appropriate" education for Gregory "Junior" Matthews, who at fifteen is non-verbal and on the Autism Spectrum. After a special education specialist determined that Junior qualified for attendance at The Faison School in Richmond, he was enrolled there.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Paraprofessionals Face Dangers Related to Special Education Work

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Jamie Moffitt always dreamed she'd work with children as an educator. The Tooele County resident was excited when a substitute teaching position opened up at Rose Springs Elementary in Erda, Utah.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Technology Trends in Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Approximately 13 percent of all students enrolled in public schools are receiving special education services. These students have a variety of disabilities, from severe developmental delays to specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. Providing appropriate educational opportunities for such a diverse population can be quite challenging. Recent advances in technology have provided the field of special education with valuable resources to enhance the learning experience. 

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Boston Theater Group Helps Children With Autism Connect With the Arts

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Michael Gravante has a passion for the theater. The high school student enjoys acting in on-stage roles for The Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham. Gravante has appeared in productions since elementary school and his mother, Elaine, says the high school performer will pursue theater once he enters college in 2019.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

For Kids With Autism, It's All Happening at the Zoo

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Traveling with an autistic child can be a challenge. Sensory issues often hamper the enjoyment of activities that non autistic kids take for granted, things like going to the beach, an amusement park, or the zoo. Now Zoo Miami has become an Autism Certified zoo, the first such institution in the state of Florida. It's employees have been trained to deal with guests on the Autism Spectrum and their families; as well as other differently challenged visitors.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

World Wide Opportunities in Social Work

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

In the US social workers have been used for years. Sometimes they are in the role of monitoring the welfare of children or working with the parent or parents to work on issues to give family reunification. Social workers serve both children and adults in many areas.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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