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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

What Can a Social Worker Do in a Public Library?

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

Libraries have long been a place of refuge for homeless people. And security guards have long been booting out the homeless people who sleep in the easy chair or leave their belongings lying around. However, some libraries are handling the situation from a different perspective. They are hiring social workers to sit in the library and help homeless people with their problems. Some cities utilizing this plan include Chicago, Denver, New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C. About 30 public libraries now hire full-time social workers.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

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

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