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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?

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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?

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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 SETH’S MOM ARCHIVES 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...

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Disabilities support jargon. What’s LISS?

Mar 30, 18 Disabilities support jargon. What’s LISS?

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“Disabilities support jargon. What’s LISS? As much as we love to give our disabled children and family affection we can give it in may ways. LISS is not “kiss” misspelled. Actually, LISS stands for low-intensity support services. It’s a little bit of money for a little bit of support. But as we know,...

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IEP jargon. What are developmental milestones?

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

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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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