Southlake, Mansfield and Katy Brain Balance Centers are Now Board Certified Cognitive Centers

Brain Balance Achievement Centers in Southlake, Mansfield and Katy, Texas announced today they have all earned the designation of Board-Certified Cognitive Center (BCCC), granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Brain Balance offers a personalized, drug-free program that provides answers to social, emotional, behavioral and academic development. Brain Balance identifies the root causes of challenges and helps strengthen individual performance. By completing the IBCCES training and certification program, the Southlake, Mansfield and Katy centers have shown their commitment to providing the best possible service to everyone who walks through their doors.

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Mesa, AZ Becomes First-Ever Autism Certified City in U.S.

Visit Mesa Rolls Out Welcome Mat to the Autism Community, Invites Visitors from Across the Country

MESA, ARIZ. (November 18, 2019) – Mesa is the first-ever Autism Certified City in the U.S. designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), raising the profile of the East Valley city to millions of individuals with autism and millions of annual travelers impacted by autism. The innovative initiative is expected to raise the national profile of the city and inject a new source of visitor dollars to the region.

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The Success of using virtual reality and augmented reality with kids with Autism

For a long time, individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had been misunderstood and stigmatized. This type of societal response didn’t provide any support or solutions for people with ASD and their families.

However, with developments in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and related scientific fields, ASD came to be understood much better, and corresponding therapies have been introduced. With the emergence of technological innovations such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), individuals with ASD have a better chance of increasing their capacity for learning and developing the skills necessary to navigate the complexities of adult life. In this paper, we present an overview of the role of VR and AR technology in the development of cognitive, communication, and social skills among children with ASD.

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10 Signs of Student Anxiety

Feeling anxious is a fairly normal reaction when experiencing exciting, stressful or new situations. However, students who experience anxiety at school could potentially have a more serious anxiety disorder that requires treatment.

Anxiety becomes an issue when it begins holding the student back from opportunities, such as participating in extracurricular activities or social engagements. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 25% of teens between 13 and 18 years old have an anxiety disorder and slightly less than 6% have a severe anxiety disorder.

This means one out of every four teenagers is struggling with anxiety that is negatively impacting their daily life. Continue Reading →

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15 Behavior Strategies for Children with Autism

Written by Rachel Wise (article republished with permission)

In this article you will find 15 supportive behavior strategies for children on the autism spectrum (some strategies can be used with adults as well). Many of the strategies can also be used to help children without autism who have challenging behaviors.When caring for or working with a child with autism, a parent, teacher, or other adult may become frustrated with the child’s behavior. Behaviors can come on suddenly, last for hours, be hard to control, or make the adult scared or embarrassed.

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Island H2O Live! ACHIEVES CERTIFIED AUTISM CENTER™ DESIGNATION

Island H2O Live! has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The certification demonstrates the park’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for guests with autism and other sensory disorders.

To receive the CAC designation, Island H2O Live! staff completed autism sensitivity and awareness training to learn how to better communicate and engage with guests with sensory needs and their family members, as well as safety concerns and protocols. The park also completed an onsite review from IBCCES to further enhance the guest experience, including sensory guides which will be provided for visitors to better understand sensory impacts of all rides. Continue Reading →

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Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach Receives Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach has completed the process to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES.) This credential demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience, as well as a commitment to ongoing training.

“We are extremely proud to become a Certified Autism Center; our team has worked very hard training to properly serve our guests on the spectrum. We look forward to seeing their enjoyment during their visits to Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach,” Pablo Chavez, general manager of Ripley’s Myrtle Beach. Continue Reading →

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15 Behavior Strategies for Children with Autism

Written by Rachel Wise (article republished with permission)

In this article you will find 15 supportive behavior strategies for children on the autism spectrum (some strategies can be used with adults as well). Many of the strategies can also be used to help children without autism who have challenging behaviors.When caring for or working with a child with autism, a parent, teacher, or other adult may become frustrated with the child’s behavior. Behaviors can come on suddenly, last for hours, be hard to control, or make the adult scared or embarrassed.

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UNO Parks Earns 2019 Best Social Initiative Award from the European Union

UNO Parks received the 2019 Best Social Initiative Award from the European Union as a result of becoming the first Certified Autism Center™ in Europe. Since becoming a Certified Autism Center™, UNO Park now understands how to better understand and serve their guests with special needs. The certification boosted company morale and empowered the staff to provide better service for all guests. The training process was quick, easily accessible, full of interesting insights as well as very practical. The recommendations after the onsite visit were extremely helpful and the team is working now on the implementation of these recommendations, which will be done for the next season. Continue Reading →

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Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West has received the Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West has completed the process to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) that demonstrates the property’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience. Sheraton Mesa Hotel joins a growing number of hotels in Arizona and across the nation that are obtaining certification. This movement toward inclusion in Mesa, AZ, and the surrounding area was inspired by the work of Visit Mesa and that City’s goal to become the most autism inclusive destination in the world.

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