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Girl With Down Syndrome Shows Off Her Big Smile

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 6, 2020 1:42:03 PM

A lovely 8-month-old girl with Down syndrome went viral on the internet, showing off her "new smile." As of now, the clip of the girl has gotten more than 17 million views. It was shared on the Facebook page of the Down Syndrome Adoption Network. The girl is only referred to as Baby H because of the confidentiality needed in the adoption process. However, this did not stop her from becoming something of a celebrity!

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Supporting Client Independence Through Frailty Programs

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Part of a social worker's responsibilities often includes finding ways to keep the elderly in their homes without compromising their overall safety and welfare. One of the ways to make this possible is through implementation of a community frailty program. These programs offer key services designed to assess the needs of older members in the community, along with programs specifically designed to help improve their ability to maintain their independence as long as possible.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Should Recording be Required in All Special Ed Classrooms?

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 23, 2019 10:42:39 AM

To record or not to record. That's the question facing many schools, including the Dallas Independent School District. DISD trustee Dustin Marshall has proposed installing cameras to record the activity of all the district's special ed classrooms. His proposal faces opposition from his fellow trustees and the school superintendent.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

State of Ohio Could Improve Fulfilling Needs of Special Education Students

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

Imagine going through high school and graduating without knowing how to read. It seems like this would be impossible, given that reading and writing are basic skills which everyone needs to know in order to survive in our society today. But some special education students do struggle with acquiring these skills. It's up to the school they go to to make sure that they get the type of education they deserve.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

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

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