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Your child is diagnosed with autism. CONGRATULATIONS! Posted by on April 27, 2018

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You have depression. So what. We all get depressed sometimes. Posted by on May 9, 2018

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Get the FAPE in here! Supreme Court ruling supporting special education. Posted by on June 2, 2018

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Get the FAPE in here! Supreme Court ruling supporting special education. Posted by on June 2, 2018

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Disabilities support jargon. What’s LISS? Posted by on March 30, 2018

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Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch. Who are they and why you should know. Posted by on December 6, 2017

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Alzheimer’s jargon: What is sundowning? Posted by on May 21, 2018

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PTSD after active duty. A Marine’s story. Posted by on May 7, 2018

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Involuntary psychiatric treatment. A hard family decision. Posted by on July 28, 2017

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Get the FAPE in here! Supreme Court ruling supporting special education.

Jun 02, 18 Get the FAPE in here! Supreme Court ruling supporting special education.

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FAPE is…??? FAPE stands for “free appropriate public education.” It’s the main thing your property taxes pay for and what your lottery dollars are supposed to pay for. So, if you buy scratch offs and your child school sucks you might want to start asking some questions. IJS. There’s an expectation that...

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SSI or SSDI. What to know when applying for disability benefits.

May 25, 18 SSI or SSDI. What to know when applying for disability benefits.

Posted by in Disabilities

Should I apply for SSI or SSDI or both? Pathfinders for Autism, a friend of the disabilities community, has put together some valuable information about applying for SSI and SSDI benefits. SSI (supplemental security income) is not the same as SSDI (social security disabilities insurance). The first thing you need to know when...

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Alzheimer’s jargon: What is sundowning?

May 21, 18 Alzheimer’s jargon: What is sundowning?

Posted by in Mental Health

Sundowning Most people see the sunset as beautiful reminder that the work day has ended. Sunsets are seen as a time to reflect and appreciate another day on this earth with family and friends. However, for aging individuals with Alzheimer’s the late afternoon can be a time of increased struggle. In the late afternoons,...

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You have depression. So what. We all get depressed sometimes.

May 09, 18 You have depression. So what. We all get depressed sometimes.

Posted by in Bipolar and Depression

You have depression… and?? The crippling effects of depression are sometimes misunderstood. Being depressed or sad is not unusual; it’s actually quite normal. Life is made of happy moments like the birth of a child, and also sad moments like the death of a parent. These are the ebbs and flows of existence. We all...

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PTSD after active duty. A Marine’s story.

May 07, 18 PTSD after active duty. A Marine’s story.

Posted by in Veteran PTSD

A Marine’s story PTSD after active duty happens to many of our brave military personnel. As we’ve discussed in a previous article Your Mind Must be Weak to have PTSD, the condition is not a result of a weakness but a mind that has been damaged and traumatized by extreme violence and grief. Military personnel  having...

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EVV implementation. What does it mean for service providers and recipients?

May 06, 18 EVV implementation. What does it mean for service providers and recipients?

Posted by in Seth's Mom Nerds and Pros

What is EVV EVV stands for electronic visit verification. It was first developed by a nurse from Akron, Ohio named Michelle Boasten as a tracking system to help prevent home and community-based service fraud and waste. Michelle was looking for a way to ensure medicaid recipients actually received services and she wanted to increase...

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Mental health jargon: what is anxiety?

May 03, 18 Mental health jargon: what is anxiety?

Posted by in Mental Health

Anxiety… an uneasy feeling If you look up anxiety in the dictionary it’s defined as apprehension, uneasiness, or nervousness usually in anticipation of something bad happening. Everyone has uneasy feelings at one point or another. Remember the last time you had a job interview What about waiting for test results? There...

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Your child is diagnosed with autism. CONGRATULATIONS!

Apr 27, 18 Your child is diagnosed with autism. CONGRATULATIONS!

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Diagnosed with autism… CONGRATS!! Has this happened to you Seth’s Mom family? You share with a parent of an autistic child that your child was just diagnosed with autism and they say congratulations. Some of you will say YES this has happened to me. Saying congratulations, may seem like an unusual, maybe even cruel,...

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Disabilities jargon: What is stimming?

Apr 24, 18 Disabilities jargon: What is stimming?

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What is stimming Hand flapping. Pacing. Finger Flicking. Spinning. These are all examples of stimming. The term is short for "self-stimulatory behavior" (Sims and Hughes, 2016). Stimming behavior is repetitive and can increase when a person is nervous. Why does it happen Stimming is generally considered a reaction to stimuli, but...

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Autism symptoms. What do they look like?

Apr 18, 18 Autism symptoms. What do they look like?

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  What does autism look like Despite how frequently autism (or autism spectrum disorder) is discussed in classrooms and in the media, many are still not sure what autism symptoms looks like. 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism (National Institute of Mental Health, 2016). This means it's highly likely that either you have a...

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Support jargon: What is ABA?

Apr 12, 18 Support jargon: What is ABA?

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What is ABA? Well, it is not the american bar association. At least not for the Seth’s Mom family. ABA stands for applied behavior analysis. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) located in Colorado, defines ABA as A systematic approach for influencing socially important behavior through the identification of...

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Opioid Public Health Emergency: ACL discussion

Apr 08, 18 Opioid Public Health Emergency: ACL discussion

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From the Administration for Community Living (ACL): Summary of ACL Stakeholder Discussion About the Opioid Public Health Emergency Available Following the release of an issue brief: The Opioid Public Health Emergency and Older Adults in December 2017, ACL convened a stakeholder discussion meeting. A summary of that discussion is...

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