Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Becomes First Certified Autism Center

Jacksonville, FL (Sept. 16, 2015) – The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center(JSHC) has earned its certification of autism care from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).  This designation means that at least 80% of the JSHC staff has undergone a rigorous training process that will assist in providing speech pathology and audiology services for those who have autism.  It is believed that the nonprofit is the first healthcare provider in North Florida to undergo this training for its staff.

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Leading Autism Experts Release Special Report on Autism in Health Care and Community Services

An eye-opening report recently commissioned by IBCCES highlights the drastic need for autism related training and certification in health care and community services. The report notes that over $262 billion is spent on Autism related services in the US each year and over 77 percent of primary care physicians, nurses and licensed health care professionals rate their ability to care for someone with Autism as poor or fail. 
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“An Inside Look at Autism” Set for August 17th

Dr. Stephen Shore to give an "Inside Look at Autism" Aug. 17 in Victoria, TX.

Dr. Stephen Shore to give an “Inside Look at Autism” Aug. 17 in Victoria, TX.

VICTORIA, TEXAS – Get an inside look at autism from acclaimed author and speaker Dr. Stephen Shore as he shares his personal experiences and best practices in working with individuals with autism during a free special lecture on August 17. Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

This one-hour lecture will be held Monday, August 17 from 7-8 p.m. at the Johnson Symposium Center at Victoria College, located at 2200 E. Red River in Victoria, Texas.

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Benefits of Hiring People with Autism

July 8, 2015 (Newswire) – Of 50,000 adult individuals with autism, just over half who have recently turned 18 in the past year hold a salaried job. Recently at a lunch & learn organized by Autism Speaks and Special Counsel, the disturbing question of whether America is fully prepared to provide employment support to the differently abled was the main topic of conversation.

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Inclusion Education & Autism: One Mother’s Journey

I remember the spring of 2005 like it was yesterday.  I was very nervous as I headed into my son’s first Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning meeting.  I had been working in the Early Intervention Field (EI) for the past three years and knew what I wanted for my son as he transitioned into the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program.  I had made my list of priorities for my son’s educational experience and what was important to us as a family.

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C.A.S aka Certified Autism Specialist

Re-posted from The Speech Bubble SLP
Article by: Maureen Wilson M.S., CCC-SLP

In our field we work with a variety of people with a variety of needs. Over the years, at least for me, there has been quite an increase in the number of students I am seeing who are on the Autism spectrum.  Now the reason why I have seen an increase I can’t tell you.  I don’t know if has been simple the coincidence that these particular families moved to my school’s area or a number of other possible reasons. Some people may be over whelmed by the thought of having a caseload with quite a few students with Autism, but I am overjoyed!  I feel I have learned so much about myself and the world around me from these students. As SLPs we tend to develop a soft spot for a particular age group or need.  Students with Autism hit me right in my gooey soft spot.
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The Difference Between Certificates, Certification and Licensure

How does a certificate differ from certification and licensure?

Certificates and certifications are becoming a major part of how education and expertise is recognized all over the world.  The days of just have a degree or even a secondary degree is quickly fading and most employers are now looking for proof of specialization or a specific skill set.  The true indicator of your expertise is most clearly noted with a certification or a certificate.  So what is the difference between a certificate, certification and a license?
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Approves Accreditation of the Certified Autism Specialist Program

In encouraging news for veterans and veteran spouses exploring a career working in one of the fastest growing populations in the country, the US Department of Veteran Affairs has recently announced the approval of the Certified Autism Specialist Program from The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

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Autism: Back to Basics

A high school student recently called to interview me for a research project on Autism. Our conversation led me to reflect on how beneficial it can be to take a step back and look at the basics of what we know about autism. Those of us in the field of special education for some time can, at times, forget that there are individuals who may not be familiar with autism. Autism can become such an integral part of our lives that it can be helpful to take a step back and look at the basics of what we know with a fresh perspective.

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