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AMATS, An Organization for Change: When Transportation Without Consent is Necessary

The Association of Mediation and Transport Services (AMATS) serves as an umbrella organization that brings together industry leaders committed to maintaining high standards in teen transport services. Founded with a mission to ensure ethical practices, safety, and effectiveness, AMATS fosters collaboration among its members to continuously improve and innovate the field.  The reason this group […]

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Neurodiversity Explained: Exploring the Evolution of The Term

Judy Singer, an Australian sociologist, coined the word “neurodiversity” in 1998 in her thesis to speak to mild forms of autism what use to be labeled Asperger’s.   The word was created to recognize that everyone’s brain develops in a unique way. Neurodiversity is a term that has gained prominence in recent years, sparking conversations […]

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Unveiling the Effectiveness of ABA Therapy Across the Autism Spectrum

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition characterized by a range of challenges in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors. As families explore intervention options, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy has emerged as a widely used and evidence-based approach. However, a common question arises: What level of autism is best suited for ABA […]

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7 Signs Your Child Might Need Treatment Outside the Home

I have been a therapist for 15 years working with families and adolescents in various clinical settings. During the last 10 years, I focused exclusively on helping families gather around loved ones to help them begin residential treatment. I was exclusively doing work with family systems to assist with getting anxious children (under 18) out […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Partial Hospitalization Programs: A Comprehensive Guide 

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs) have been utilized as a mental health treatment option since the mid-20th century, gaining prominence as part of the evolving continuum of mental health care. The concept of PHPs emerged in response to the need for a structured and intensive level of care for individuals dealing with acute mental health issues […]

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Unveiling the Reality: Key Facts and Stats About Teen Mental Health from the CDC

In the dynamic landscape of adolescent well-being, understanding the most recent facts and statistics is crucial for developing informed strategies to support teen mental health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serves as a cornerstone in providing valuable insights into the current state of teen mental health. Let’s delve into the most important […]

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What does “SH” mean in Mental Health: Navigating TikTok Trends and Teen Texting

In the rapidly evolving landscape of digital communication, where trends on platforms like TikTok shape the way teenagers express themselves, it’s essential to stay informed about the various acronyms and abbreviations that emerge. One such abbreviation that has gained attention, especially in the context of mental health discussions, is “SH.” In this blog, we’ll explore […]

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Understanding Sober Living Houses- Ultimate Guide

Recovery from substance abuse is a journey that requires a supportive and structured environment. Sober living houses, also known as sober homes, have emerged as a crucial component in the continuum of care for individuals transitioning from addiction treatment or mental health treatment  to independent living. In this blog, we will explore what sober living […]

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Understanding The 3 Levels of Autism

When I was in graduate school, the first thing I learned about Autism was, once you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with Autism. Fast forward to 2013, when the DSM-5 was published, how a child, adolescent, or adult with autism was diagnosed changed overnight. Previously,… […]

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Why Emotional Intelligence is Essential for All Adolescents (Not Just Students with Learning Differences)

What kind of person were you in high school? Take a moment and try to think beyond the old labels and stereotypes popularized by movies and television: jock, nerd, princess, perfectionist. Were you ever impatient as a teenager? Impulsive, anxious, driven, or dreamy? Unrealistic or unmotivated? Think back to thirteen, sixteen, eighteen. How well did […]

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