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Julie Guy & Ann Leslie of NoteAbilities – Autism Toolkit Podcast


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22Sep/140

OneAccord Proudly Commends Two Principals of Their Nonprofit Practice

Kirkland, WA (PRWEB) August 19, 2014

OneAccord, a leading provider of interim management solutions, revenue generation and operational leadership is proud to commend Denise Kuhn and Dan Peddie, two of its Principals within OneAccord Nonprofit. They are part of a growing team of former nonprofit senior executives serving in the areas of funding campaigns, interim leadership, brand development and organizational effectiveness. Our Principals form relationships with boards and executive staff to clarify strategies and stabilize leadership in order to fulfill mission and vision objectives based on an organizations core values. OneAccord Nonprofit has a strong presence in Southern California, as well as the Phoenix area, where Denise and Dan work with their clients to increase the impact of their organizations in the communities in which they serve.

We are proud to have Denise and Dan as part of our team of prominent business leaders who are instrumental Principals of the Nonprofit practice within the OneAccord family of companies, said Jeff Rogers, Chairman and CEO of OneAccord. Denise and Dan continue to bring an exceptional amount of knowledge and experience to our team, talents of which our valued customers are very appreciative.

Denise brings to OneAccord Nonprofit 30 years of experience serving organizations that are making a difference in lives as diverse as junior high students and top media executives. She knows what it is like to approach a daring and bold vision with limited resources. As an objective-driven, collaborative professional with a broad base of fundraising success, Denise is committed to helping a team stay focused on its mission, accomplish its purpose, and fulfill its hopes and dreams. Denise excels at building relationships with donors, facilitating their partnership in important and meaningful work, and training others to do the same.

Dan has 41 years of involvement in nonprofit organizations. He has worked at all levels of fundraising development capital campaigns, planned giving, annual funds, special events, outreach programs, major gift solicitations (individuals, corporations, foundations), board and volunteer development, cause-related marketing, corporate and foundation grants. His work experience includes such well-known organizations as Young Life, The Center for Autism at UCI, Forest Home, Neighborhood Ministries and Long Beach Rescue Mission. He is recognized for creative solutions that maximize resources cost effectively and in an integrative approach.

Denise and Dan have continued to positively impact many organizations and their contributions are reflective of this team of highly experienced senior leaders who are committed to organizations doing good in their communities and throughout the world, said Rick Johnsen, Managing Principal of OneAccord Nonprofit.

About OneAccord

Founded in 2005, OneAccord has worked with hundreds of for- and nonprofit organizations to solve revenue challenges and provide operational leadership, utilizing a hands-on approach and ensuring extraordinary results. A proven catalyst for growth, OneAccord changes the trajectory of those organizations with whom they partner.

Visit http://www.oneaccordpartners.com or http://www.oneaccord.co/ to learn more. For more information about this release or OneAccord, call 425.250.0883.







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Childhood Obesity, Mental Health and Infant Mortality Among Top Pediatric Health Concerns


Dayton, Ohio (PRWEB) June 20, 2014

Childhood obesity, mental health and infant mortality are the top pediatric health concerns according to the findings of the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment released today by Dayton Childrens Hospital.

Conducted every three years, the health assessment is provided by the hospital and will be used to develop new programs and strategies to impact these important pediatric health issues.

This years assessment identified health and safety issues through a four-part data collection process including a secondary data scan, parent perception survey, community physician conversations and parent focus groups. A multidisciplinary team convened by Dayton Childrens reviewed the data from all four segments and then rated the needs against criteria including prevalence, seriousness (hospitalization and/or death), impact on other health issues, urgency, prevention, economics/feasibility, acceptability and resources. The assessment was funded by the Dayton Childrens Foundation Board.

The Dayton Childrens Foundation Board has funded the study for the past 12 years, says John Slaughenhaupt, Dayton Childrens Foundation board chair. This research is important to ensure Dayton Childrens has the data necessary to identify and support efforts to address the regions most critical pediatric health concerns."

Among the findings in the 2014 Assessment:

Childhood obesity remains at the forefront of child health issues. In the 2014 parent survey, 41 percent of children were identified as overweight or obese. The majority of parents of overweight and obese children do not perceive their children as having any weight problem. Ten percent of parents of obese children believe their child is underweight and only 5 percent of those parents correctly identify their child as being very overweight.

Mental disorders are the most common inpatient discharge diagnosis for youth ages 5-14 and there remains inadequate resources to care for children with chronic mental health disorders. Of the 15 percent of parents citing chronic or congenital issues as a top health concern, nearly 50 percent of those parents cited developmental or learning disability or autism as their top chronic concern.

The regional infant mortality rate was substantially lower than the States rate over most of the study period then climbed up to the States rate in more recent years. Sleep-related deaths are a large contributor to infant mortality. According to the Ohio Child Fatality Review, 2007-2011, 41 percent of infant deaths from 1 month to 1 year are sleep related. In that same report, the 819 infant sleep-related deaths accounted for 15 percent of the 5,418 total reviews for infant deaths from 2007 to 2011, more than any single cause of death except prematurity. In Montgomery County alone, 16.67 percent of the infant deaths in 2012 were sleep-related incidents.

The assessment also identified additional needs including asthma/respiratory disorders, injury prevention, infectious disease management/vaccination compliance and access to primary care/health care costs.

Dayton Childrens is the only organization in this region with childrens health as our sole mission. The assessment gives this community an opportunity to have an honest conversation about our greatest asset, our children, and what we can do to improve their health outcomes, says Deborah Feldman, president and CEO at Dayton Childrens.

Implementation plan

Dayton Childrens will lead efforts to address the priority issues identified by the assessment. The implementation plan includes the following strategies:

Decrease the areas pediatric obesity by working with local pediatricians and other health care providers to deliver appropriate resources and education to help children and their families choose healthier lifestyles.

Create a Center for Pediatric Mental Health to increase access to mental health services and coordinate resources for pediatric mental health in the hospitals primary service area.

Dayton Childrens will invest in education for parents about safe sleep practices for their infants.

For the complete 2014 Regional Pediatric Health Assessment, please visit http://www.childrensdayton.org. If you have questions about the information in this report, please contact Dayton Childrens at 937-641-3666.







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New Studies Reporting Increases in Autism (ASD), ADHD and Dyslexia are Explained by Dr. Harold Levinson


Great Neck, New York (PRWEB) June 24, 2014

A recent study just released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) notes that the incidence of Autism or ASD rose 30% in just two years from 1/88 to 1/68. Another CDC report indicated that ADHD just increased to 11% from 8%. Similarly, the recognized incidence of Dyslexia or LD has steadily risen over the past few decades from 2% to 20%, averaging approximately 10% in recent estimates.

Many differing reasons have been given for the staggering increases in reported ADHD and dyslexia. Some like Dr. Saul suggest that these disorders do not exist. Similarly, writer Peter Hitchens considers these "alleged" disorders merely "excuses" for increasing numbers of lazy, underachieving individuals and/or poor teachers. And both blame "Big Pharma's" profit motives in marketing so-called "dangerous stimulant drugs" for over-diagnosing ADHD.

"Have these 'deniers' of ADHD and/or dyslexia forgotten to explain the huge number of successful and famous individuals driven to achieve despite their disorders as well as over a century's worth of supporting scientific evidence," asks Levinson?

In their book, The Dyslexia Debate, distinguished Professors Elliott and Grigorenko have raised valid problems with the current understanding, definition and diagnosis of dyslexia.They suggest the rising estimates of dyslexia to 20% indicate its a catchall for normal variations rather than a real disorder. Mistakenly, they view dyslexia as merely an educationally determined array of reading problems, denying the primary neurophysiological cause of this resulting syndrome comprising both reading and non-reading symptoms. Were their book read together and integrated with the medical understanding and treatment offered within A Solution To The RiddleDyslexia and Smart But Feeling Dumb," notes Levinson, the debate would be completely and accurately resolved. The increasing referral incidences of dyslexia as well as ADHD are correct; however, the traditional concepts and/or definitions have been completely wrong.

By contrast, the dramatically increasing numbers with Autism or ASD have led many to search for rising genetic and/or environmental causes. Quite clearly, autistic symptoms can't be mistaken for normal variations. And pharmaceutical conspiracies or misguided psychological/educational rationalizations for neurophysiological failures play no role in autism, even to those predisposed to somatic or neurophysiological denial.

In the face of such conflicting interpretations, those concerned with these diverse and often overlapping disorders require a sound, logical explanation. Having neuropsychiatrically evaluated and successfully treated over 35,000 children and adults with these varied disorders for more than 4 decades, Dr. Levinson's many publications have provided a simple clinically-based perspective clarifying their diverse causes as well as the prexisting problems in recognizing and diagnosing only severe cases.

"What I've always realized is that both ADHD and dyslexia or LD were severely under- diagnosed as a result of their misunderstood origins," states Levinson. "Because dyslexia and ADHD are considered by many due to primary brain damage rather than a simple and treatable fine-tuning impairment within the cerebellum and inner-ear, only the severest cases were initially recognized using inaccurate and/or overly rigid defining criteria."

Levinson also believes that only the severest forms of autism were previously diagnosed. This resulted in the illusion that this disorder occurred very infrequently. "Over the years milder and bright autistic-like individuals (e.g., Asperger's, PDD, Autistic Trait Symptoms, etc.) were recognized and included under a 'larger diagnostic umbrella' termed Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Accordingly, the recognized and reported incidence has risen sharply.

"Contrary to the current 'hysteria' concerning over-diagnosis and over- treatment," Levinson believes that "milder cases with the above disorders are now finally recognized and more accurately helped. Previously, milder cases were mistakenly denied or mislabeled, often with incorrect primary psychological diagnoses."

About Harold Levinson, M.D.:

Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or

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Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation Releases Early Research Findings Demonstrating Value of Treatment for Sensory Processing Disorder


Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) June 30, 2014

The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation has just released preliminary results documenting significant improvements in adaptive behavior and emotional functioning after intensive, short-term occupational therapy for children with SPD.

Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological disorder that disrupts the way an individual processes and responds to sensations. Individuals with SPD may over- or under-respond to one or more sensations (e.g., a loud sound, or light touch), crave sensations or may have problems with motor skills and coordination. SPD affects more than four million children in the United States alonean average of one child in every classroom.

The SPD Foundations research examined the functioning of 98 children at home, school and in the community. They were measured using the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System II, a comprehensive, norm-referenced tool for assessing adaptive behavior and skills. Intensive, short-term occupational therapy (OT) was provided at STAR Center, the premier treatment center for children with Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding disorders, and sensory issues associated with other conditions such as ADHD, autism, and a wide variety of developmental disorders. Results show that after 30 therapy sessions, 3-5 times a week, children ages 2-13 improved an average of twelve percentile points across the parent-report scale. Overall, children demonstrated significant change, moving from the below average range to within the typical range after treatment.

Behavior problems such as anxiety, attention, hyperactivity and aggression were also measured during the same timeframe using the Behavior Assessment System for Children 2nd ed., with gains of between 13 and 18 percentile points on all clinical composite scores. Overall, children were reported to have significantly fewer problematic behaviors after treatment.

The results are among the first evidence demonstrating the efficacy of the STAR treatment model, a sensory and relationship-based approach that pairs direct treatment with extensive parent education and coaching, said Dr. Sarah Schoen, Associate Director of Research, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation and Clinical Services Advisor, STAR Center. We are encouraged by these findings showing changes in adaptive behavior and emotional functioning, both of which are directly related to improvements visible in daily life."

The SPD Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with SPD and their families by conducting and collaborating in rigorous research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of SPD. The SPD Foundations research team has engaged researchers from prominent institutions who collaborate on SPD research to further the development of effective treatment for this under-represented and often misunderstood disorder.

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