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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

Social Workers Need Self-Care to Avoid Burnout

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

According to Civil Beat, social workers sometimes find themselves needing the same help they provide to clients. That's because social workers are human too. Bodies need sleep, food, oxygen, and more. When the body doesn't get those essential needs, it can't perform. Same goes for your mental health. Assisting clients can deplete your tank until you're running on fumes.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

These Autism Dogs Make Great Dental Assistants!

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Many of us are uncomfortable in the dentist's chair. From that dazzling bright light shining in our eyes to the strange things being shoved in our mouth, it's generally not a very pleasant place to sit. And then there are those awful sounds! Now, imagine how much worse it is for a child with autism.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Improving Autism Outcomes with Early Diagnoses Through Technology

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Has the increased incidence of Autism in America come about because there are external factors that result in more cases, or is the higher percentage being reported a result of better record keeping or the expanded definitions on the spectrum?

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Down Syndrome Entrepreneur Shows How It's Done with Special Kneads

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you're ever in the mood for a homemade cranberry-apple pie, the best place to find one is in Broome County New York at the Regional Farmer's Market. What's so special about these pies?

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Occupational Therapist Sells Toys and Equipment for Special Needs Kids

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

When Aviva Weiss bought an ugly weighted vest for her daughter with special needs, the seed of a business began to grow in her mind. Because Weiss was an occupational therapist, she already knew the equipment, clothing, and games available for kids with developmental disabilities were often too high-priced and not very nice.

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Topics: Healthcare, Behavioral Health

Social Work Through Pizza and Kindness

Posted by Brian Spence on May 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Rosa's Fresh Pizza is serving up food, comfort, and kindness to Philadelphia's homeless residents. The New-York-style pizzeria is partnering with its customers to help feed the hungry by allowing them to pre-purchase slices for indigent men and women.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

The Unique Challenge of Teaching Special Education

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

It's not easy being a special ed teacher. All teachers face their own set of challenges, but for special ed teachers, those challenges can be even more advanced. The challenges, however, are also backed by their own unique set of rewards. If you're a special ed teacher, many of these scenarios will seem all too familiar.

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Topics: Education, Behavioral Health

How Special Needs Instructors Can Connect With Their Peers

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

A recent Edutopia article explored the loneliness that special education instructors feel on the job. In her op-ed "Easing a Feeling of Professional Isolationism," columnist Jayne Clare explains that being a special ed teacher can feel lonely. The 30-year education veteran said instructors can overcome isolation by connecting with others.

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Topics: Education, Behavioral Health

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