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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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IEP jargon. What are developmental milestones?

Mar 12, 18 IEP jargon. What are developmental milestones?

Posted by in Disabilities

Developmental milestones. Seth’s Mom works hard to help guide parents through the sea of individual education plan (IEP) and 504 service plan jargon. A frequently used term is milestone. Milestones are changes that typically occur around the same age for all children. They are used by professionals to gauge development and...

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The beneficent disability support team member. Can being kind negatively impact quality? YES!

Mar 10, 18 The beneficent disability support team member. Can being kind negatively impact quality? YES!

Posted by in Seth's Mom Nerds and Pros

Beneficence defined. Merriam-Webster defines beneficence as the quality or state of doing or producing good. Service providers and parents who care about their job, and the individuals they serve, want to do good. They want to see them happy. They want to see them healthy. Besides, doing good feels good. Doing good can give any...

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Adolescent bipolar disorder. When is it typically diagnosed?

Feb 22, 18 Adolescent bipolar disorder. When is it typically diagnosed?

Posted by in Bipolar and Depression

Adolescent bipolar disorder. When is it typically diagnosed? According to National Institute of Mental Health Symptoms of bipolar disorder Bipolar “mood episodes” include unusual mood changes along with unusual sleep habits, activity levels, thoughts, or behavior. In a child, these mood and activity changes must be very different...

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Mom. Dad. You’re messing up… and it’s OK. Disabilities and parenting perfection. And imperfection.

Feb 15, 18 Mom. Dad. You’re messing up… and it’s OK. Disabilities and parenting perfection. And imperfection.

Posted by in Disabilities

Disabilities and parenting perfection (and imperfection) Many support staff and teachers wonder why parents make certain care choices for their children. In a recent discussion with day care staff, they asked why would a parent not tell them when they signed up that their child has autism? Have you ever wondered why a parent is...

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Funding Opportunity for Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers Program

Feb 11, 18 Funding Opportunity for Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers Program

Posted by in Seth's Mom Nerds and Pros

Visit the Administration for Community Living for the latest funding announcements. On 1/17/18 ACL announced a new funding opportunity for rehabilitation engineering research centers program From ACL: A new grant opportunity from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL...

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PTSD research news: PTSD brain bank.

Feb 01, 18 PTSD research news: PTSD brain bank.

Posted by in Veteran PTSD

From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: VA’s National PTSD Brain Bank collaborates with PINK Concussions Group Women Veterans urged to donate brains for research Today, VA announced a collaboration between its National Center for PTSD and the nonprofit organization PINK Concussions, encouraging women to donate their brains...

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Influence healthcare in New Jersey. Take the healthcare performance data survey

Jan 20, 18 Influence healthcare in New Jersey. Take the healthcare performance data survey

Posted by in Seth's Mom Nerds and Pros

Healthcare Performance Data Survey in New Jersey CALL FOR PARTICIPATION –  RUTGERS UNIVERSITY FROM THE NATIONAL CENTER OF PUBLIC PERFORMANCE NEWSLETTER: Rutgers University and the New Jersey State Department of Health are working closely with local health departments in New Jersey to improve the way agencies collect and use...

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Hypersexuality and bipolar disorder

Jan 10, 18 Hypersexuality and bipolar disorder

Posted by in Bipolar and Depression

Hypersexuality and Bipolar Disorder These conditions do not have a cause and effect relationship. Being bipolar does not cause someone to be hypersexual. Being hypersexual does not mean someone is bipolar. However, an increase in risky behaviors is related to bipolar manic episodes. What is Hypersexuality But what is...

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What is bipolar disorder

Jan 09, 18 What is bipolar disorder

Posted by in Bipolar and Depression

Bipolar Disorder Defined National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)describes bipolar disorder as Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.There are four basic types of bipolar disorder;...

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Can I change a 504 to an IEP? Well… maybe.

Jan 05, 18 Can I change a 504 to an IEP? Well… maybe.

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Can I change a 504 to an IEP? Maybe, but most likely no. In previous articles we introduced the 504 Plan. We also talked about the difference between a 504 and an IEP. During Dr. Day’s visit to Gateway to Success Learning Center a parent asked if they can convert their child’s 504 Plan to an IEP. Excellent question!...

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What’s the difference between an IEP and a 504?

Dec 30, 17 What’s the difference between an IEP and a 504?

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As parents of children with disabilities, community members, and professionals (yes they have a hard time deciphering too) it can be difficult to determine what type of services a child needs. When developing special education services we should ask what is the difference between an IEP and a 504? Why would a  diagnosis qualify for...

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504? What the heck is a 504 Plan?

Dec 27, 17 504? What the heck is a 504 Plan?

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Many of you have heard of or have a child on a 504 Plan. But what are they? According to the Maryland Department of Disabilities Section 504​​ Plans Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that prohibits organizations that receive federal money from discriminating against a person on the basis of a...

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