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On Mental Health
Issues in Michigan
"Michigan has made great strides in
improving how mental health and wellness issues are handled since a special
commission created by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013 released its recommendations
in January. That Executive Order and commission resulted from a special
message on health and wellness the governor presented in the fall of 2011."
of 125 Twitter Pages Related to Disabilities
Throws Out Mental Retardation: Column
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Do Little to Help Moderate Infant Skull Flattening
Luke Reissig wears a helmet that is supposed to correct for skull
flatness. A new report says, however, that these helmets are ineffective.
Pediatricians have long urged parents to put newborns to sleep on
their backs to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome. While the practice
undoubtedly has saved lives, it also has increased the numbers of babies
with flattened skulls.
Mental Health Disorder Fact Sheet for the Classroom
This document gives information regarding
symptoms/behaviors, educational implications and instructional
strategies/accommodations broken down by disorder. A very useful resource
for use in preparing IEPs.
These 'Smart Scales' Cure Anorexia?
75% of patients who used device were free of symptoms a year later.
Last July, our 4-year-old daughter Eliza was diagnosed with a rare
terminal genetic disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome-Type A. In one
terrifying instant, we were told that we would have to watch her fade away
before our eyes.
Teen Reported to Police and Fined for Secretly Filming Bullies
Christian Stanfield, 15, made a seven-minute recording of alleged
bullies at Pennsylvania's South Fayette High School in February. The ADHD
sufferer said he did it after months of harassment. School officials accused
him of wiretapping and called police. A court found Stanfield guilty of
disorderly conduct and fined him $25. His family is suing the school
district and appealing the judge's ruling. Stanfield's mom is furious that
her son, and not his alleged bullies, has been punished.
Details How Disney Movies Helped His Son With Autism
In his new book, “Life, Animated,” Ron Suskind tells the remarkable story
of how Disney movies unlocked his autistic son’s emotions.
Owen Suskind was a typical toddler until age 3, when his developing
language and social skills vanished. He was diagnosed with regressive
autism. Gradually, Owen became fascinated by
Disney movies, watching and re-watching them endlessly. One day, at his
brother Walter’s ninth birthday party, Walter became a bit teary.
“Walter doesn’t want to grow up, like Mowgli or Peter Pan,” said
Owen. Comparing his brother to Disney characters
was the most sophisticated thing Owen, then 6, had uttered in years.
Exposure Linked to Autism
Three decades ago, when I was still in medical school,
autism affected one in 10,000 children. What changed between then and now to
cause one in 50 children to become autistic? Mounting research—not to
mention plain logic—indicates that brain disorders are the result of
excessive exposure to toxins from multiple sources—including the mother,
while in utero. One 2005 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins.
7th Annual Living with Autism Workshop in April
Metro Parent is very excited to
host our 7th
Annual Living with Autism Workshop on April 25th.
you can get all the details!
Stabenow's Effort to Expand CMH Services Signed into Law
President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday legislation sponsored by
Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would expand access to community mental
health services. The legislation has been a personal crusade for Stabenow,
D-Lansing, whose father went undiagnosed with bipolar disorder for about a
decade as she was growing up in Clare. The bipartisan legislation would set
up a pilot program in eight unspecified states to fund comprehensive
community mental health, such as 24-hour emergency psychiatric services.
“It’s really a landmark step forward in community mental health funding,”
Stabenow said Tuesday.
Restrained Boy at Leake and Watts in Yonkers Dies
Michigan Alliance PTI Now Offering Free Webinars
Join Michigan Alliance for Families
as they present a series of webinars focusing on
specific parts of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
Michigan Law School Program
Highly Recommended! The Education
A one-stop resource for information on the laws
that apply in a school setting. ELC lawyers have years of practical
experience and include John Brower, Bridges4Kids’ resource attorney.
Kids With Autism Love This Software
A program from Google, created for architects,
is an unexpected hit with children on the autism
Tips for Good Advocates
Wrightslaw's Pat Howey says parents need to
understand that the law gives them power to use in educational decisions for
their children. Parents should not be afraid to use their power. But, there
are better ways to obtain positive results than to roar through IEP meetings
in a Mack Truck. Here are Pat's newest tips for effective, successful