July is Multicultural Mental Health Awareness Month

July is Multicultural Mental Health Awareness Month

July is nationally recognized now as Multicultural Mental Health Awareness Month, in order to highlight some of the barriers that people who speak languages other than English often encounter. In Virginia, the Community Services Board (CSB) of each county can help connect people who need mental health services with appropriate supports and services. The National

The Unexpected Effect ‘Pokémon Go’ Had On A Boy With Autism

The Unexpected Effect ‘Pokémon Go’ Had On A Boy With Autism

“For Ralphie Koppelman, a 6-year-old who was diagnosed with autism, socializing can be uncomfortable. He has difficulty making eye contact and engaging in conversation. But the day he started playing Pokémon Go, the boy began opening up to other kids, making new connections, and finding common ground with his peers as a result of the

First responders trained on how to interact with people with autism

First responders trained on how to interact with people with autism

After the terrible news out of Miami, FL regarding the wrongful shooting involving a behavior therapist, the autistic teenager he cared for, and a police officer, here is one small step towards righting the wrong: first responders are being shown training videos developed by the Autism Society of Central Texas that use real parents and

The Effects of Skill Training on Preference for Children with Severe Intellectual and Physical Disabilities

The Effects of Skill Training on Preference for Children with Severe Intellectual and Physical Disabilities

#RESEARCHTHURSDAY Shout-out to VTCC Alumni Maliha Zaman, who was a co-author on this 2014 research paper that was published in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities in October 2014. The authors discuss helpful approaches to identifying preferred items for individuals with severe intellectual and physical disabilities (SIPD), which is great information for parents, therapists,