September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death (behind accidents and homicides) for teenagers. For additional information see:
The American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry’s Facts for Families on Teen Suicide.
Before Josh, 36, arrived at First Place Transition Academy, he had never taken public transportation on his own, much less held down a paying job. But a new pilot program is empowering adults with autism to overcome hurdles to independence. Special correspondent John Donvan, co-author with Caren Zucker of “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” reports from Phoenix.
Check out Erin Clemen’s blog post over at The Mighty website: What ‘Finding Dory’ Taught Me as Someone on the Autism Spectrum.
Children’s Specialized Hospital has launched Healthier Me – the first and only mobile app which promotes health, nutrition, fitness, and safety for children and teens with autism. This free iOS app is available in the Apple store.
The 2016 national event will take place on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC. The event—Awareness Day 2016: “Finding Help, Finding Hope.”—will explore how communities can increase access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders and their families.
The event will feature a highly interactive format in which youth and family leaders, educators, law enforcement officials, and behavioral health professionals will discuss how communities can work together to improve access to behavioral health services and supports. It will also be webcast live.
Register to attend the national event and learn more:
The Month of May is also National Mental Health Awareness Month. Read the Presidential Proclamation.
The Autism Speaks Walk for Philadelphia
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Citizens Bank Park
Help spread the word!
For more details visit their website.
A child psychologist argues punishment is a waste of time when trying to eliminate problem behavior. The Atlantic interviews Alan Kazdin, director of the Yale Parenting Center who believes parents should positively reinforce the behavior they do want to see until the negative behavior eventually goes away. Check out the The Atlantic article, “No Spanking, No Time-Out, No Problems” to read more about his methods.