Treatment Options for Adult with Autism

Two people hug at an Autism group therapy session.

Children, teens, and young adults with Autism are eligible for in-home or in-school services through IBHS (formerly known as BHRS or wraparound services). We offer this service through our Community Psychiatric Center’s (CPC) offices; however, these services end at 21 years of age. So, what are the options thereafter? In that respect, in this post I’ll describe four primary options […]

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Let’s Talk About “IBHS”

Father and son discuss IBHS with his son's therapist.

What is this “IBHS” everyone is talking about? Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) is a transition from Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS), or “wraparound” services. IBHS officially began January 17, 2021. How is it different from BHRS? From a parent’s perspective, there is not much difference from BHRS. You’ll have essentially the same staff but with different titles. For example, […]

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Is “Oppositional Defiant Disorder” a Diagnosis or a Symptom, and How is it Treated?

Young girl with ODD looks angrily at the viewer.

In my latest book, Managing the 5 Most Challenging Childhood Behavioral Health Conditions of Our Day, I write about behavioral challenges and some of the overlapping conditions. In today’s post, I want to share more about the idiosyncrasies of the condition referred to as “Oppositional Defiant Disorder,” or ODD. What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder? Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a disorder […]

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Autism Spectrum Disorder vs Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder: What are the similarities and treatment strategies?

Mother and father with young boy have a successful meeting with a Therapist

What is this new diagnosis, Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder? In my new book, Managing the 5 Most Challenging Childhood Behavioral Health Conditions of our Day, there is a chapter on autism explaining the nature of this condition and treatment strategies. However, since DSM-V, a new diagnosis has come into play, Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder (SPCD) that is increasingly being used […]

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Is Your Teen Depressed, or Is It The Lock-down, or Both?

Teen boy with depression struggles to focus on homework.

I write about improving self-esteem and academics in my new book, Managing the 5 Most Challenging Childhood Behavioral Health Conditions of Our Day, and clearly we face a particularly difficult situation with our present-day pandemic and school-hybrid/lock-down situation. The impact of lock-down I am seeing more kids and teens struggling with their ‘down’ mood, lack of productivity, declining grades, and […]

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Dyslexia: Six Points to Make a Difference

Young boy struggles with reading at school

I’ve written extensively about how to effectively treat and manage dyslexia in my new book, Managing the 5 Most Challenging Childhood Behavioral Health Conditions of Our Day. For this post, I worked together with Mrs. Cynthia Postell, our wonderful Reading Specialist/Online Tutor at DyslexiaTreaters.com, to develop six important points about this common academic difficulty: 1. Early Diagnosis It’s rare for […]

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