Has your child ever gotten into trouble at school? Many parents do not realize that if they have a child with a disability, the child has additional legal protections in the event that he or she violates their school’s code of conduct. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), and the regulations implementing IDEA, state that schools may not remove a child with a disability from his or her current placement for more than ten consecutive school days. A removal from current placement for a period of more than ten consecutive days is considered a change in placement, which is impermissible without procedural protections.
As stated in my previous article, I have Asperger’s Syndrome, which slightly impairs my social life, but I am still capable of going through society with relative ease and minimal stares from passersby. I do know someone who is less fortunate than I am, though: my brother, Tyler Szymonik. Unlike me, Tyler has full-blown autism, so he has great difficulty speaking, interacting with others, and generally functioning in society at large.
A child’s mental health is a critical part of healthy development with long-term implications for the child’s and family’s quality of life. Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, learning healthy social skills and strategies for coping when life’s challenges and transitions arise. Children who are mentally healthy have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school and in their communities.
Tucked into the Shoppes at Westchester in Midlothian VA, is a small storefront that is making big change in the lives of children and their families. The center is Brain Balance and their mission is to create hope and help for children who struggle with attention, behavior, social or academic challenges.
Every Mother’s Day I anticipate the day with such joy and wishes for what I hope the day will be. Many times, I end up feeling a little sadness and some loss. Never really able to completely define it. I think it is for the things I wish and want FOR my son to be able to do. The little things my girls “just know”.
In my past experience as a pediatric physical therapist, I followed the traditional path, which involved patient treatments one time per week. I often thought to myself, “Am I really making a difference in this child’s life?” I then learned about an intensive therapy treatment approach that showed promise in pediatric population, and I made an effort to learn more about this program. With the encouragement and support of family and friends, I began the Richmond Hope Therapy Center in 2006, providing the Richmond area with the TheraSuit method of intensive physical therapy.
We are South River Compounding Pharmacy, Richmond’s trusted resource for customized medications, quality natural supplements, and personal health consultations. Our pharmacists work in conjunction with prescribers and their patients to decide on the most appropriate therapy for each individual.
Families find that a personalized form of treatment, including compounded medicines, can be of great benefit to a patient with autism. Nutritional supplements and biomedical treatments are effective in treating common ailments that children with autism may experience. These may be administered in the form of a gel that is easily absorbed by the skin. We are also able to produce custom medications that omit irritating or allergy-inducing inactive additives such as red dye and gluten.
We take pride in our community and thrive on giving back, building trusting relationships with practitioners, patients, customers, and friends. We welcome anyone and everyone to attend our free seminar series, Achieving Wellness with Baylor Rice, where we discuss topics such as thyroid health, BHRT, autism, and ADHD.
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Twelve years ago, our lives changed instantly when our vibrant and healthy three-year-old son suffered a traumatic brain injury. He fell head-first from a second-story window onto the asphalt driveway at our home in Powhatan, VA.
Caregivers who want to plan for the financial future of their adult dependent over the age of twenty-two who has special needs often have different issues to consider than caregivers of younger dependents. Special needs planning is sometimes very different for caregivers who have dependents in these two age groups.
April ‘s Autism Awareness has comes to an end for us and to be honest with you all, I am relieved. It can be emotionally tiring. I know our work makes a difference and I know that it will continue to impact those around us in positive ways but sometimes it can take a toll on my brain. I know i is needed and I do know it matters, so , on I go… as we all do.