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Fire Safety for the Special Needs Population-Training starts from school to home

 According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are approximately 1,700 home fires involving people with mental disabilities. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking, or […]

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The Importance of Soft Skills in the Special Needs Population

 Soft skills are the everyday interpersonal skills that employees need to succeed on the job. Soft skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and adaptability enable one to express ideas, plan, organize, understand directions, and get along with others. Soft skills are far more important than pure academic and technical skills training for […]

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): What Parents Need to Know

CBT is considered one of the most effective treatments to help anyone better manage common stressful situations, depression, anxiety, or mental health disorders by teaching them healthy coping mechanisms. In CBT, the child works with a counselor, licensed social worker, or therapist in one-on-one sessions or in groups with family members or people with similar issues. […]

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ABA vs CBT: What is the difference?

Two commonly used treatment models for children with special needs are Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). You may have heard of these and wondered what is the difference, and which is best for your child?  What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)? Applied Behavior Analysis focuses on improving specific behaviors, such as social […]

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Severe Challenging Behavior Budget Recommendations–New Jersey

Governor Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget proposal allocates $9.5 million in state and federal dollars toward addressing the needs of individuals with severe challenging behavior. Many children and adults with autism frequently engage in severe challenging behaviors, such as aggression, self-injurious behavior (SIB), and property destruction. These behaviors can range from skin-picking and slapping to […]

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