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Rockville, MD (PRWEB) October 07, 2014
As the nations pediatricians gather in San Diego this week for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) annual meeting, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) will be there to share an important message of early detection of speech, language, and hearing disorders. The message will be especially timely given a recent study in AAPs flagship journal Pediatrics, which reported a 63% increase in disability from speech disorders and a nearly 16% increase in disability from hearing disorders among U.S. children over the past decade.
The Pediatrics study, Changing Trends of Childhood Disability, 20012011, appeared online August 18, 2014. On a broad level, it showed that the percentage of children with disabilities rose 16% between 2001 and 2011. While childhood disability due to physical conditions declined, a significant increase (21%) in disabilities due to neurodevelopmental or mental health problems was reported. The authors cited a host of potential reasons for the increase, including biologic, familial, social, and cultural factors. Improved awareness, as well as the need for specific diagnoses to receive services such as early intervention, was additionally cited. Rising cases of autism, though not identifiable from the data, may also explain some of the increase in neurodevelopmental or mental health problems, they said.
Pediatricians are generally the first to discover a potential problem related to speech or hearing in a young child or to hear about concerns directly from parents, said Elizabeth McCrea, PhD, CCC-SLP, 2014 ASHA president. As we learn more and more about the compelling benefits of the earliest possible intervention for these disorders, we want to remind pediatricians that it is never too soon for speech-language pathologists and audiologists to assess a child. Indirectly but clearly, the Pediatrics study underscores the need for a continued and growing partnership between pediatricians and communication professionals to ensure the best possible outcomes for children who have these disorders.
The message of early detection is consistent with ASHAs ongoing Identify the Signs public education campaign (http://IdentifytheSigns.org), which launched in September 2013. Through public service announcements and a variety of other approaches, the campaign aims to inform parents about these disorders. The benefits of early identification are illustrated in this new infographic on the website. By visiting the website, parents can learn the early signs, find help, and share this critical information with their friends and families.
A wait and see approach, which is all too common, is simply not acceptable when it comes to communication disorders in young children, said McCrea. Parents and professionals must know that the earlier these disorders are identified, the more successful, the less expensive, and the shorter the course of treatment. We are now able to recognize disorders in younger and younger children and, through early assessment and treatment, we can often not only reverse communication disorders but also prevent them from occurring. This is transformative for a childdevelopmentally, academically, and socially. ASHAs more than 173,000 members are here to work with pediatricians, parents, and patients.
For more information and to locate a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, visit http://IdentifytheSigns.org.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 173,000 audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders. http://www.asha.org/.
View all ASHA press releases at http://www.asha.org/about/news.
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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 04, 2014
On Thursday, November 6, Autism Speaks is hosting the second annual Chefs Soiree, taking place at Ignite Glass Studios in Chicago. IT managed service provider Stratosphere Networks will be one of the sponsors for the event.
Autism Speaks has had success with chef tasting events across the country. From New York Citys Celebrity Chef Gala which annually raises over $ 1 million dollars to Cleveland and St. Louis, Chicagos Inaugural Chefs Soiree aims to raise $ 75,000. The event will benefit children and families struggling with autism, a neurological disorder that affects 1 out of every 68 children. Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.
Im thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response for this unique event benefiting those affected by autism, Chairperson Tom Cesario said. We have received an outpouring of support from the business and culinary communities in the Chicago area along with a team of dedicated volunteers to make the night a success!"
Stratosphere Networks has been providing IT support to businesses in Chicago since 2010 and always look for opportunities to get involved in local events and charities.
Stratosphere Networks is happy to show our support for Autism Speaks, Kevin Rubin and Steve Melchiorre, managing partners of Stratosphere Networks, said. The Chefs Soiree is a fantastic event for such a meaningful cause and were proud to be one of the sponsors this year.
Tickets for the Chefs Soiree begin at $ 100 for individuals and table-sponsorship opportunities start at $ 1,000 to $ 7,5000. For more information, please call 224-567-8573 or visit events.autismspeaks.org/ChicagoChefs.
Stratosphere Networks is a Chicago-based multifaceted IT managed service provider focused on delivering comprehensive technology services and solutions to meet and exceed the always-changing, diverse business needs. Since 2003, Stratosphere Networks has grown exponentially and continues to provide the best in-class and cost effective solutions to businesses of all industries. Visit http://www.stratospherenetworks.com for more information.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the worlds leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $ 500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
NorthStar Alarm and Autism Resources of Utah County Council Announce New Program that Provides Home Security Systems for Families with Autistic Children
Orem, Utah (PRWEB) November 04, 2014
NorthStar Alarm and the Autism Resources of Utah County Council have partnered together to create a special ongoing essay contest that provides home security systems and monitoring free of cost for families with children on the autism spectrum. The program will select three families annually from the pool of applicants to receive a NorthStar Alarm home security system equipped with the latest Honeywell technology and NorthStar monitoring services, a package priced at $ 2,500.
We have had this program in the works for quite some time now and couldn't be happier with how well it fits our companys mission, said Jason Christensen, President of NorthStar Alarm. As a father of young children, I understand that the safety and protection of my children is a constant concern. Having friends with autistic children, I understand the even greater challenge this kind of protection can be. We are excited to be able to provide these families some relief and peace of mind
The winners of the contest will receive a complete wireless home security system with door and window sensors, motion detectors, advanced protection logic, two way voice, and mobile alert capabilities through the award-winning Total Connect app. The mobile alerts are among the features NorthStar believes to be the greatest benefit for parents of children with autism because they can provide real-time text alerts when doors or windows open, ensuring additional certainty of their childrens whereabouts.
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The Glenholme School Publishes a New Brochure Highlighting an Inclusive Educational Program for Students with Special Needs
Washington, Connecticut (PRWEB) October 01, 2014
The Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school for young people with high functioning autism spectrum disorders including Aspergers; ADHD, OCD, anxiety and various learning differences, utilizes a distinctive approach to fostering student development. The school recently published their new brochure highlighting the various offerings for students with special needs including individualized education, the arts, culinary, and equestrian programs, boarding life, and therapeutic services.
While some schools emphasize the differences between students; Glenholme focuses on an inclusive experience that students not only deserve but also thrive in. By promoting inclusion and acceptance, along with teaching the significance of independence and accountability, students of Glenholme develop the skills they need for a successful and meaningful life.
At Glenholme, students are given the opportunities to experience school just as any other student would. Students are not treated as people with special needs here; they are treated as individuals who deserve a chance to succeed, states Maryann Campbell, Executive Director of The Glenholme School. The only difference between The Glenholme School and a traditional school is the students.
Glenholme instructs students how to succeed in a world that is not always accommodating of them. After enrolling their student in Glenholme, an appreciative set of parents said, Our son was suddenly faced with a challenge that could either defeat him, or make him mature into an extraordinary human being. Glenholme provided the hope, support, and education our family desperately needed, and most importantly, it assured our son that he would be accepted for who he was, and not for what he has. Our son feels safe, accepted, and valued by his school and peer community. He has made meaningful friendships, and loves school.
Inclusion and acceptance are the essence of Glenholme. All students are encouraged to join in activities that were formerly unavailable to them in traditional schools. At Glenholme, everyone is treated equally and there are no exclusions based on differences. Through a meticulously designed program, Glenholme students are provided an inclusive and all-encompassing educational experience filled with a plethora of educational, artistic, recreational, social, and community activities.
Throughout the program, students at Glenholme are taught the skills essential for independence and are held accountable for their daily responsibilities. The competencies students master are carried with them throughout their entire lives. With a comprehensive and inclusive educational experience, graduates are prepared for a post-secondary life after Glenholme and are able to pursue various career and college opportunities.
About The Glenholme School:
The Glenholme School, a center of the Devereux organization, is a therapeutic boarding school for young people with high functioning autism spectrum disorders including Asperger's; ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourette's, depression, anxiety, and various learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. The learning environment at Glenholme supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. Devereux is a leading nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit http://www.theglenholmeschool.org/.
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