Student Anxiety is an Epidemic in the Classroom: What Teachers Can Do

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. Continue Reading →

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6 Ways Teachers Can Help Fight Depression and Mental Health Disorders

Guest post by: Dr. John Kelly
School Psychologist at Commack Schools
Past-President National Association of School Psychologists

Find him on Twitter: @jkellyphd 

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. Continue Reading →

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The Mosaic School in Axtell, Neb. becomes first Certified Autism Center in the state

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.

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Optimal You Brain Center Earns Certified Autism Center Designation

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.

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Sebastian Riding Associates Earns Certified Autism Center Designation

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.

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Teamwork Makes The Dream Work: SLP and BCBA Working Together

Do you ever feel like you are struggling to communicate with your child? Are constant tantrums challenging your daily routine or interfering with your child’s ability to learn and function?

In this big, fast-paced world full of distractions and frustrations, it is easy to forget that everything can look and feel so much bigger to a child. What happens when we don’t have the tools we need to cope with big feelings and challenges? When we don’t understand these feelings or the environment and its triggers? When we aren’t able to communicate what we feel or think or need appropriately? Now, conversely, imagine something wonderful happens, but you are unable to share it because you lack the communication skills. This has the potential to turn an exciting moment into a frustrating one.

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Why Mental Health Professionals Need Certification in Autism

by Robert Jason Grant Ed.D, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

Several years ago, I received a referral to provide therapy to a young boy diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This was my first referral to work with a child with ASD. I quickly realized that my mental health license and my training in play therapy were missing something to fully and effectively work with this child and his family. I began searching for established ASD treatments I could learn and incorporate into my work with this young person and other clients struggling with similar issues. Along this journey I eventually integrated models and evidence-based practices to create a protocol for mental health therapists and especially play therapists called AutPlay® Therapy. This was satisfying in my individual clinical work, but I still felt somewhat isolated in terms of a profession identity and accountability regarding my work with ASD.

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