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Autism Awareness Month - How Apple Has Empowered the Voiceless

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. With a growing incidence in the country, The Autism Society was founded in 1965 and in the early 1970s began a nationwide campaign to raise awareness. Nearly 50 years later, April is still celebrated as a time to raise awareness around the differences of those on the spectrum, supporting people and educating the public on this disorder.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Work on Wheels: Providing Showers to the Homeless

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Taking a shower is a ritual most people do daily. Most homeless people, however, don't have this privilege. Most don't have access to water resources to keep clean. One woman decided to help this population in San Francisco receive showers. Lava Mae, a nonprofit organization, delivers free showers to help homeless people through mobile bathroom units. The non-profit is trying to expand access for homeless people to receive showers during 2018.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Careers in Social Work: Myths Vs. Facts

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Few professions encounter as many stereotypes as modern social work. Unfortunately, many of these beliefs, besides their overwhelming inaccuracy, may also inspire doubt in individuals considering pursuing this as a career. Below, we'll explore some of the more common myths and show how rewarding a career it actually is.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Three Ways to Help Children With Special Needs

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

Children with special needs are an important part of our community. Often, they may require extra help for them to achieve their potential. If you are looking for ways to help, there are several things you can do.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Discovering New Treatments in Behavioral Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Mental health is a rising concern, and one that is thankfully being embraced by many. However, there is still progress to be made if people are to collectively treat it with the sensitivity and compassion is deserves. So how does this start? Where do we begin? Well, here are a few ways that we can raise awareness and decrease our mental health epidemic:

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Modern Mental Health: Can Your Phone Replace Your Psychiatrist?

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

These days, there are dozens of apps available that target common mental health issues. Some offer access to licensed therapists or psychologists, others may remind those with severe depression to take their medication or drink enough water, and still others offer daily uplifting quotes to help ease stress and anxiety.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Target Hits the Mark With Autism-Friendly Clothing

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

For those who have not had the privilege of knowing anyone with the rare trait of Autism, it might be difficult to understand what specifically tailored clothing would look like. So let us start by exploring how autistic children experience the world differently, and then move on to thinking about what kind of clothing would be most needed.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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

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