Emergency Departments: Why Autism Certification is Critical

Imagine not being aware that your patient’s pain level is not being accurately communicated. Imagine not knowing that when examining a patient, you may inadvertently cause the visit time to be tripled. Imagine misdiagnosing a serious health issue because your patient communicates differently and did not indicate their concerns the same way a “typical” patient does. 

Potential for Misdiagnosis and Increased Visit Time is High

This is the reality for patients with autism who visit emergency departments with urgent or acute medical issues and encounter providers and support staff that are not knowledgeable in the medical differences for people with autism and how to ensure an efficient, effective visit.  Continue Reading →

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Why a Product Should Become a Certified Autism Resource

Organizations that provide a tool, product or resource for individuals with cognitive disorders have an important opportunity to position themselves as a leader within the autism community by becoming a Certified Autism Resource (CAR).

What is a Certified Autism Resource?

A Certified Autism Resource, or CAR, is a product or service that has undergone a comprehensive board review conducted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), and meets one or more of the six areas of autism competency as outlined by the Board. Continue Reading →

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How Telehealth Can Help Patient & Stakeholder Engagement for OTs

Many occupational therapists have had to adjust their practices significantly during the times of COVID-19 due to stay at home orders or other interruptions.

This has forced a number of OTs to start doing telehealth, with some planning on incorporating it moving forward and others planning on going back to ‘normal’ and only doing in-person services. Some practices closed during stay at home orders and didn’t offer telehealth or telepractice at all.

These OTs are missing out on a number of benefits for both the OT and their clients, which as time goes on will leave them at a distinct disadvantage relative to the other OTs who have embraced the advantages of the medium. Continue Reading →

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Top 5 Autism Resources for Parents: Travel, Healthcare, etc.

Parents naturally want the best for their children. However, parents with a child on the autism spectrum are faced with unique obstacles that other parents may never think about.

Everything from finding the right treatment plan, knowing which tools may help their child, and planning how to take a family trip or outing are all things that can take a vast amount of research and can be downright frustrating and exhausting when parents don’t know where to look or who to trust. Continue Reading →

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Student Mental Health: The Silent Pandemic in Schools

All across the United States students are suffering from mental health issues amounting to a silent pandemic, and in many cases it is going unaddressed.

Mental Health Impacts Students of Every Age

The American College Health Association (ACHA) conducted surveys in 2018 and 2019. They found that 60 percent of respondents felt overwhelming anxiety and 40 percent of them had experienced severe depression. They reported that the depression impacted their ability to function in daily life.  Continue Reading →

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What if Virtual Conferences Engaged Attendees More Than In-Person Events?

Many virtual events are just webinars, but some are meant to be similar to interactive conferences and have opportunities for engagement built right in. ISCRD Virtual Summit is a conference that has numerous opportunities for engagement, starting 30 days before the conference and lasting for 30 days after.

There are a multitude of interaction tools, that when paired with **INSERT LINK HERE** powerful networking tools can easily make it so you come out of the conference with valuable connections and insight.

How Can Attendees Engage With Each Other?

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Networking at a Virtual Conference – Even Easier Than in-Person

One of the main reasons most people go to conferences and events is networking with other professionals in their field. Many virtual conferences lack these opportunities to interact with and learn from peers.

Oftentimes a virtual conference will be a string of webinars, but conference attendees would have to do networking on a different platform virtually on their own, so they don’t.

ISCRD has interaction and networking opportunities built right into the conference, and is focused on fostering attendee engagement before, during and after the conference.

Virtual Engagement + Networking Opportunities

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Myrtle Beach Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Department Is Now Autism Certified

In an effort to be more accommodating to visitors and residents with autism, Myrtle Beach Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Department has completed a training and certification program through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Earning the designation of Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) ensures that Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation staff are better equipped to help create an inclusive environment and welcome visitors with autism and other sensory needs in park and recreation facilities. As part of the certification, IBCCES will also be conducting onsite reviews of key park spaces and recreation facilities to provide additional resources and recommendations.

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