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.
In addition to weekly Wednesday sessions Child & Family Connections has added weekly Saturday sessions to their Parent Support Group for parents with a mental illness. Please help them to spread the word about this Free Nationwide Parent Support Group.
No registration required. Call at start of group (toll free 1-888-601-3515) or participate online at https://www.uberconference.com/childandfamily
CHADD’s National Resource Center on ADHD was recently awarded $3.4 million over the next four years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD. Read more at: http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/About-ADHD/Newsletter-Archive/Newsletter-Article.aspx?id=3
Check out the Center on the Developing Child’s multimedia game: Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game
In this game, you learn how the choices we make can help children and the community as a whole become more resilient in the face of serious challenges. Negative events can occur at any time, and it’s your job to choose positive events to counteract these negatives.
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University was established in 2006. Their mission is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.
Kennedy Forum releases 2nd edition of “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”Posted: August 4, 2015
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008. The final regulations were published in 2013 and are now in full effect. For those being denied the care they need and are guaranteed under this law, The Kennedy Forum has released the second edition of the, “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”.
This guide is intended to assist individuals and families who need help filing appeals when their access to behavioral health services has been denied or when their health plans refuse to pay after they have received treatment.
A Guide to Visual Disabilities: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed is a free resource available to show how today’s colleges and universities are improving their technology and resources in order to help students with visual disabilities earn degrees. It also provides a list of online technology and literary resources students with impairments can use on their own to get ahead.
Often individuals with ADHD have problems with their executive function and self regulations skills. If you are just learning about this diagnosis here’s an article written for CHADD’s Attention magazine on the “sleepy secretary” of executive dysfunction and ADHD. Parents, education advocates, and patients will found it helpful. You can read the article, “Executive Dysfunctions and the Sleepy Secretary of ADHD” on the CHADD website.
According to the report an estimated 17.1 million US children and adolescents now have, or have had in the past, a diagnosable psychiatric disorder and two thirds of children with a mental illness do not get treatment. You can view additional statistics and the full report on the Child Mind Institute website.
You also might want to take a look at their additional resources including a “Parents Guide to Getting Good Care“.
The Mental Health Channel (MHC) is a new online mental wellness channel. It will soon have 12 series of original documentaries, 120 episodes in all available to view. MHC was created to raise awareness by showing inspiring true stories and provide new perspectives on mental wellness. Currently 19 of the episodes are available to view. It’s a channel like any you’d see on cable but it’s free to view and commercial free. MHC is underwritten by the Mental Health Awareness Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit.
Students with intellectual disabilities can receive U.S. federal grants to attend approved programs at one of 30 colleges and universities, including big names such as Clemson, University of California, and Vanderbilt. Read more about college resources for students with intellectual disabilities on the Interactive Autism Network website.