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How Baby Teeth Brighten the Future of Autism

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

Thanks to new studies, parents could be learning a lot sooner whether or not their child is autistic. According to the Autism Science Foundation, autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is "a brain-based disorder characterized by social-communication challenges and restricted repetitive behaviors, activities, and interests." Scientists have been learning a lot about the disorder since it was first described in 1943. Now, a breakthrough in research involving baby teeth may lead to early diagnosis.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

A Rare Pair: One Twin Has Down Syndrome and the Other Doesn't

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Julia and Michael are twins, but Michael has Down syndrome and Julia doesn't. Learn more about how these rare twins from San Diego, California have grown up.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

A New Way to Travel With Your Autistic Child

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Planning a vacation is hard work. Planning a vacation for a family with an autistic child is a monumental task. Traveling with children is a hassle. For a family dealing with autism, going to the mall can be a major excursion.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Nurses on Forefront of Behavioral Health Programs Making a Difference

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

Doctors get the respect, prestige and authority in hospitals, clinics and medical offices. And, of course, authority lies with them. But nurses are on the front lines in medicine; most of the time they have the first encounter with patients, especially in the mental health arena. Not surprisingly, dealing with patients who suffer so grievously often takes its toll and many nurses develop depression and anxiety themselves. Suicide among nurses is not unheard of and one program addresses the issue.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

Autistic Individuals Fit Well in the CyberSecurity Industry

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

What's the connection between autism and cybersecurity? The UK's National Cyber Security Centre is exploring the benefits of hiring individuals on the autism spectrum to prevent cyber-attacks. According to this article in Forbes, "many autistic people have a specific gift and aptitude for cybersecurity." However, over 80% of adults diagnosed with autism do not hold full time jobs.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Exceptional Occupational Therapy and Emotional Support for Exceptional Children

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

For children who have seriously chronic or critical conditions, lengthy stays in the hospital are a matter of life. It is difficult for the children and hard on the families, emotionally and financially. Some kids need a level of health care that their families just don't have the resources to provide.

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Topics: Healthcare, Behavioral Health

Teenage Businessman With Down Syndrome Sells Socks and Inspires

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

As a high school senior John Cronin started a business that became so successful that it should be an inspiration to every entrepreneur in America. The remarkable thing is not that John was a senior in high school when he launched "John's Crazy Socks", but that John has Down Syndrome.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Good Homes for the Developmentally Disabled are Hard to Find

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When Sylvia Worden sought a group home for her developmentally disabled adult daughter, she became frustrated. It wasn't the quality of the homes that frustrated her. Actually, the quality often impressed her. It was the lack of vacancy. Getting into one of the homes required long waits, and even then the chances of entry were slim.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Michigan Government Approves Medical Marijuana for Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

According to a recent Detroit News article, Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs recently ruled that people with autism may now legally use medical marijuana for treatment. The state regulatory agency stated advanced research on the effects of marijuana and the prevalence of new marijuana infused products influenced their decision.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

One Social Worker's Negative Experience Gives Other Children a Voice

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When Stephanie was three years old her parents passed away, and she entered the world of foster care. At age 10, she stayed with foster caregivers who had overpowering personalities and were very good at saying the right things to social workers. Stephanie, who was a scared 10-year-old, did develop a friendship with a certain kind social worker, but she found she couldn't tell him her real experience because of her overpowering foster caregivers. The social worker wasn't exactly at fault; he believed what he was told and what he saw. However, there were plenty of things Stephanie couldn't tell him and he did not see.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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