Mall of America (MOA) and Nickelodeon Universe, the seven-acre theme park inside MOA, will now officially be recognized as a Certified Autism Center (CAC), granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). As the first destination in Minnesota to become a Certified Autism Center, the certification means that visitors and families with children who have autism and other sensory disorders can enjoy the best possible experience while visiting MOA that caters to their needs.
By Brandy Killian, M.S., NCSP, CAS
The signs of suicide can often be subtle, and that is why it is so important that all staff are an active part of suicide prevention efforts and learn to recognize warning signs. The signs of students contemplating suicide can often be subtle. That means it is especially important for the teachers and other staff who are around the students most to be aware of potential warning signs.
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Working to ensure collaboration in academic, social, and therapeutic settings for students with special needs, the International School for Autism has taken these efforts a step further by becoming a Certified Autism Center (CAC).
Student anxiety can have a huge effect on a student’s future if it isn’t addressed properly.
The Dangers of Student Anxiety
Take Jeremy for example. It was looking like Jeremy’s only ticket out of the inner city was basketball. He was a star on the court and though intelligent, he spent little time on his studies.
Jeremy had been diagnosed with general anxiety disorder and ended up spending more time in the bathroom than in his classes during the school day.
Larry Celzo is used to working around challenges when traveling with his son, who is on the autism spectrum. A recent stay at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, was a different experience for Larry and his family.
Depression has affected more than 10 percent of teenagers in the last year, yet most educators are not prepared to help students deal with depression.
Depression and Mental Health Issues Are More Common than Most People Think
The statistics are alarming; one out of every five adolescents between the ages of 13 – 18 years old will experience a mental health disorder that is significant enough to impact their daily functioning.
The Mosaic School in Axtell recently became the first Certified Autism Center in the state of Nebraska. The school joins four other learning and tutoring centers in the country with this designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
The designation indicates that at least 80 percent of staff have been trained and certified in autism and are committed to ongoing training. Mosaic went a step further; when we earned the designation, 100 percent of staff at the school qualified as certified autism specialists.
A mental health crisis is escalating: the number of children needing specialized help for mental health disorders is increasing as the number of educators that are qualified to handle these situations decreases.
Helping individuals with cognitive disorders or those who want to improve their brain function is the mission at Optimal You Brain Center (OYBC) – that mission is now supported by an additional designation as a Certified Autism Center, a certification from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
OYBC has a history of success working with many children who have varying special needs. Earning the Certified Autism Center designation from IBCCES, which requires additional training and certification, demonstrates the team’s commitment to serving all individuals who visit the center.
Sebastian Riding Associates has earned the designation of Certified Autism Center (CAC) to help ensure children and adults on the autism spectrum have the best possible experience when receiving equine assisted therapy from the nonprofit. It is the first of its kind in the nation to receive the certification.
The designation, awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), indicates that at least 80% of the staff have been trained and certified in autism, as well as a commitment to ongoing training. For Sebastian Riding Associates (SRA), this also meant training long-time volunteers who work with staff to provide services.