Assistance dogs can bring independence, safety, comfort, dignity, companionship, (and cuteness) to the team. However the process is quite lengthy and choosing the right organization is important.
We see it in the news all the time. Physical and verbal abuse of special needs individuals caught on camera. Should cameras be the first line of defense in keeping those with differing abilities safe? Is it that simple? What does the law allow? Who has access to the recordings?
This episode is a must listen from beginning to end for parents, educators, and providers.
Restraining someone against their will or placing them in an area of seclusion where s/he can not get out are still widely used methods in the special needs community.
Today’s episode addresses this question.
Wandering and elopement are stressful and scary scenarios that, unfortunately, can end tragically. Today we are taking a proactive approach and putting plans in place so our loved one with special needs can be found quickly should he or she go missing.
When 911 is called and an individual with special needs is on the scene, it can be at best confusing and at worse fatal.
It is important for caregivers and providers to prepare in advance. Today we learn how.
Identifying and recovering from trauma can be complicated for our loved one with special needs. There are only a handful of professionals in the country providing therapy for individuals with disabilities who have experienced trauma. Dr. Daniel Hoover of the Kennedy Krieger Institute (a partner of John Hopkins School of Medicine) is one of them. In this episode, he shares with us 3 red flags indicating trauma may be happening or may have happened and 3 things parents can do in partnering with the doctors to begin the recovery process.