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Causes of Domestic Violence From a Social Worker's Perspective

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

We've heard it on the news, read it in newspapers and some have even witnessed it first-hand, the scourge that is domestic violence. The cases range from mild where even the couple get back together to the extreme which leads to the death of a partner. One thing that you'll never miss in such occasions, is a reason or a cause.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

School Custodian Soothes Fourth-Grade Child with Autism

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

Sometimes a small act of kindness can make all the difference. You don't have to donate a million dollars or spend all your time trying to help those with disabilities. If you can just take a moment out of your schedule to comfort someone who obviously needs comforting, then you've made a difference in the world.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Children with a Disability Can Now Have a Lookalike Doll

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 21, 2019 11:37:23 AM

In this age of Barbie dolls, many little girls (and boys) come to feel that they have to look a certain way in order to be accepted by society. So what happens when a child has a disability? What if they have birthmarks, skin conditions, amputations or any other condition which results in their looking different from other kids their age?

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

Parents Help Parents Navigate Special Education Online

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

Often, parents of special needs children find navigating special education is akin to trying to get through a complex maze without a map or other guidance. To successfully shepherd themselves and their children through the special education maze, parents turn to other parents of special needs children on the internet.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

New York Widow with Down Syndrome Tells Her Love Story

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

In August, 2019 CBS News reported on the death of a husband with Down syndrome, the reaction of his wife and the local community in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

All Schools Need Social Workers, Especially During Times of Crisis

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 23, 2019 11:44:57 AM

Social workers can play a crucial role in the emotional well-being of any child in a public school, grades K - 12. Their job functions and descriptions may vary from district to district, but overall their role is similar. It is a school social worker's job to advocate for a student's individual well being. Essentially, they can act as a liaison between family, school and community.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Incorporating Special Education into Regular Classrooms

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In the past, it was thought the best way to teach those with special needs was to separate them from regular classrooms in order to provide the focused attention they required. While it still holds true that certain students do need teachers that will address their special learning needs, it is also becoming more obvious that at least some integration into regular classrooms can be beneficial, both for special ed and regular students.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

The Changing Role of Special Education in Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There have been significant changes in how special education institutions deliver therapy services to their students. In the past, speech, physical, or occupational therapy was conducted inside rooms reserved for therapy sessions. Paraprofessionals would help students with special needs, overcome their behavioral challenges and mental health issues. But general ED teachers seldom participated with students who had IEPs.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare, Education

Mental Health Days for Oregon Students

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In an effort to change the stigma of mental and emotional health issues, Oregon has become one of the first states to allow students legitimate time off for a "Mental Health Day". Signed in July, 2019, the bill makes mental health and behavioral health excusable absences from school. Utah also passed a similar bill in 2018.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Pennsylvania Camps Focus on Behavioral Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Behavioral and mental health issues in children have received a great deal of attention during the past few decades. Terms like depression, ADHD and Autism Spectrum have become household terms and that's a great thing! Yet even as our awareness grows, families of children with specialized needs still struggle to find appropriate facilities and programs. Below is a resource list for families and medical professionals in search of quality programming for these kids.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

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