Tag Archives: awareness

Teaching Empathy

I had the opportunity yesterday to watch a video by Temple Grandin. She began by discussing her process of learning, which involved being taught each individual skill, from emotional response to academic instruction. I have often made the same comment … Continue reading

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Autism Research Updates

Although it may not always seem to be the case, scientists and researchers are constantly uncovering more information related to autism, offering insights into the origins, possible causes and even at times potential cures. I come across dozens of articles … Continue reading

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Graduation!

Last night was a very special night in the Elizabeth Lee Black School. Nearly 60 students graduated from our Early Childhood program, Pre-K counts, Preschool, or approved private school. Many of these children I have known since they began their … Continue reading

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Get Moving!

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and a great time to renew your commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies … Continue reading

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Mental Health Awareness Month

As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought I would share with you some information about our children’s partial hospitalization program. The year was 1998 when we recognized that a number of our children have both intellectual disabilities as … Continue reading

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NED Awareness Week

This week is National Eating Disorders (NED) Awareness Week. As posted on NEDAwareness.org, “In the United States alone, 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Eating disorders can include extreme emotions, … Continue reading

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Presidents and Americans with Disabilities

In honor of President’s Day, I decided to reflect on some of the Presidents who played a significant role in improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Up until the 60s, most families were ashamed to admit that … Continue reading

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In the Public Eye

I began reading Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, by Timothy Shriver this week. Although I was generally familiar with the story of Rosemary Kennedy, I was not aware of how much she inspired her family to devote their careers … Continue reading

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Big Leap in Numbers: What Does It Mean?

In May of 2013, the American Psychiatric Association announced changes in DSM-IV. “Intellectual developmental disorder” replaced the term “mental retardation,” and the diagnosis for intellectual disability placed less emphasis on a person’s IQ score and greater consideration on clinical assessment. … Continue reading

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Celebrating Literacy!

January is a big month for literacy awareness. All month long, we celebrate National Book Blitz Month. If you’re like me, your reaction to this was similar to: Great! What’s that? After some digging, I learned that NBB was created … Continue reading

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