‘“For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.”
“A pilot program launched a year ago to better motivate and engage autistic students who attend Glendale schools is meeting with success, teachers and administrators involved with the initiative told the school board this week… During the just-completed school year, five teachers were each trained to use one evidence-based practice under a California initiative called CAPTAIN (California Autism Professional Training and Information Network). The training was offered through the state Department of Education.”
“A set of subtle and complicated social skills is embedded into the entire school experience, from the lunchroom to the classroom. While most children naturally learn how to take turns talking with their friends and stay on topic during classroom discussions, these skills do not come easily to kids on the autism spectrum. Social and communication deficits are one of the hallmarks of this condition.”
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“In a notice published this month in the Federal Register, the IACC said it’s looking for comments from people with autism, family members, service providers, advocates and other interested parties as it gears up for its 2016 update. Comments should be related to the seven key topics that the panel traditionally addresses — screening and
“Like many children with autism, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people’s faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder. Now the 10-year-old San Jose boy is getting help from “autism glass” – an experimental device that records and analyzes faces in real time and alerts him to the emotions
“Radford University leaders are hoping this new program can help address what they believe is a growing mental health problem in Southwest Virginia. The program is happening thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.” http://wsls.com/2016/06/15/radford-university-to-offer-rare-mental-health-nursing-program/
Lynn Adams writes about quirks of child development, including autism spectrum disorders, both online and in print. In this essay, she describes her own challenges as a child psychologist and a mother in choosing to focus on developing her son’s strengths versus focusing on the limitations of an official diagnosis.