“Healthier Me” App for Children with Autism by Children’s Specialized Hospital

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.


National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is this Thursday!

MH_Awareness_2016The 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:
http://www.samhsa.gov/children/national-childrens-awareness-day-events/awareness-day-2016

The Month of May is also National Mental Health Awareness Month. Read the Presidential Proclamation.


Autism A-Z: Beyond the Puzzle Conference

Autism A-Z: Beyond the Puzzle Conference on September 30, 2016


Autism Speaks Walk Philadelphia Date Announced

autism-speaks-walk-2016-logo-hp3The Autism Speaks Walk for Philadelphia
will be
Saturday, October 22, 2016
at
Citizens Bank Park
Help spread the word!
For more details visit their website.


For parents of autistic children, more social support means better health

Chronic caregiving stress has also been associated with poorer physical health — more pain, more disruptions from physical-health problems and lower overall health-related quality of life.

One powerful way to reduce their stress: social support. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Family Relations by researchers in Canada.

The study provides additional evidence of the importance of both formal and informal social support for the parents of children with autism. You can read more about the results of this new research on the Concordia University website.

 


National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is Thursday, May 5, 2016.

  National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is Thursday, May 5, 2016

2016 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

  National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is Thursday, May 5, 2016


No Spanking, No Time-Out, No Problems

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.


Natural Resilience May Not Be As Common As Once Thought

When someone goes through a rough period, say a divorce or losing a job, the common thought has been that this is a test of the person’s ability to bounce back — and most psychological studies have supported the idea of a person’s innate resilience to the struggles of life.

The common mantra has been “Give the person time to heal,” meaning that those who struggled were oftentimes left to deal with their situation on their own.

But now, new research from Arizona State University finds that natural resilience may not be as common as once thought and that when confronted with a major life-altering event, many people can struggle considerably and for longer periods of time.


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness MonthRead more about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) website.

Read some personal accounts of TBI at HuffPost.

Learn about Devereux’s Community Living Program for Individuals with Brain Injury.


Special Supplement to Pediatrics Focuses on the Care and Treatment of Youth with Autism

The February issue of Pediatrics includes a special supplement featuring federally supported, collaborative research on the health care and medical treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Released by the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) and Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN), the supplement, “Health Care for Children and Youth with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” reports on a broad array of findings by network investigators, as well as other research supported by the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The compendium also includes practice guidelines addressing anxiety treatment and studies on access to diagnosis of ASD, creating autism-specific care plans in hospitals, evaluation of emergency department care for children with ASD, transition services for youth with ASD and co-occurring symptoms such as depression, sleep, irritability and behavior problems.

Daniel Coury, MD is the co-author of six of the articles in this special supplement.

Dr. Coury is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. He also serves as chief of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and as the Medical Director of AIR-P and ATN.

Dr. Coury will be offering a workshop on the medical management of individuals with Autism Spectrum at an upcoming Autism conference that is being sponsored by Devereux in partnership with Autsim Delaware.

Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming conference, “Autism A-Z: Beyond the Puzzle” scheduled for September 30, 2016.


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