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The Best Cup of Coffee I Ever Had

During October, images of Halloween pop up everywhere – advertisements for spooky costumes, lawns with decorations as we drive through our neighborhoods, haunted forests. This makes me think about fear.
Newsletter Signups During October, images of Halloween pop up everywhere – advertisements for spooky costumes, lawns with decorations as we drive through our neighborhoods, haunte…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/best-cup-coffee/

Hope, not Dope

Last week, the Berkeley and Eleanor Mann Residential Treatment Center (Mann RTC) students held their annual Hope not Dope assembly. The youth shared their poems, songwriting, and artwork that captures their recovery process and their understanding of the …
Newsletter Signups Awareness Drugs aren't just Alcohol, pills, and weed This knowledge is not just a want But a need... So close to the edge No one can hear my scream …https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/hope-not-dope/

Tips for Back to School Resolutions

As I opened the newspaper this morning, the Back to School Ads were the first thing that I saw. I can’t believe it is already time for summer to wind down and a NEW school year to start. Although summer can feel long for those of us with special needs chi…
Newsletter Signups As I opened the newspaper this morning, the Back to School Ads were the first thing that I saw. I can’t believe it is already time for summer to wind down and a…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/tips-back-school-resolutions/

Self-Validation: How to be Less Critical and Validate Yourself Instead

When thinking about being nicer to and less critical of ourselves, people often hear about and gravitate toward self-compassion. There are many books and online resources for building in more compassion for yourself.
Newsletter Signups When thinking about being nicer to and less critical of ourselves, people often hear about and gravitate toward self-compassion. There are many books and online…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/self-validation-how-be-less-critical-and-validate-yourself-i/

Depression is a Men's Mental Health Issue, Too

Depression doesn’t discriminate: it impacts about 14.8 million American adults each year. Five million of those are men.
Newsletter Signups Depression doesn’t discriminate: it impacts about 14.8 million American adults each year. Five million of those are men. Signs and Symptoms The hallmark s…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/depression-mens-mental-health-issue-too/

Shedding Light on Alzheimer's Disease

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and it seems fitting that it occur in the month that marks the longest day of the year.
Newsletter Signups June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and it seems fitting that it occur in the month that marks the longest day of the year. For the 5.7 million Ame…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/shedding-light-alzheimers-disease/

The Incredible, Rewarding Journey to Graduation

This year, we have more than 65 graduates from nine schools. Graduating high school means that you have all made it to the end of an incredible journey. A journey that was probably challenging in many different ways, but hopefully rewarding too. Having th…
Newsletter Signups Dear graduates:  This June, we have more than 65 graduates from nine schools; I am so very proud of each and every one of you. Congratulations to our incredi…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/incredible-rewarding-journey-graduation/

Finding Help and Hope

As I’ve written about before, just like a cold, suicide can be contagious. Youth suicide increases after a death in school settings and suicide rates often increase after looked-up-to public figures take their lives.
Newsletter Signups As I’ve written about before, just like a cold, suicide can be contagious. Youth suicide increases after a death in school settings and suicide rates often incr…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/finding-help-and-hope/

Preparing for School Transitions

For those of us who have children transitioning from elementary to middle school, or middle school to high school, we will be celebrating with promotion ceremonies, saying good-bye to teachers and schools, and looking forward to bigger and better things. …
Newsletter Signups Time flies; it is almost Memorial Day. It is hard to believe that since the weather has been so strange this year. It does not feel like summer is about to star…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/preparing-school-transitions/

Tips to Avoid Passing Your Anxiety to Your Kids

Everyone agrees that parenting is hard, but before you become a parent, you don’t fully understand the daunting task that parenting really is. Children need to come with warning labels! It isn’t just the changing diapers or sleepless nights that are chall…
Newsletter Signups Everyone agrees that parenting is hard, but before you become a parent, you don’t fully understand the daunting task that parenting really is. Children need to …https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/tips-avoid-passing-your-anxiety-your-kids/

Finding a Much-Needed Respite

We are conditioned to understand that when on an airplane, in case of an emergency we are to put on our oxygen masks first, then help others. In the moment, it makes sense as a clear case for the importance of self-care in an emergency, so that you may be…
Newsletter Signups We are conditioned to understand that when on an airplane, in case of an emergency we are to put on our oxygen masks first, then help others. In the moment, it …https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/finding-much-needed-respite/

What I've Learned From My Patients With Autism

When I was in training a long time ago, I was taught that there were only a few medicines you use to treat individuals with autism. Children with autism were all lumped into one category, and the medicines you used were mostly focused on decreasing aggres…
Newsletter Signups When I was in training a long time ago, I was taught that there were only a few medicines you use to treat individuals with autism. Children with autism were al…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/what-ive-learned-my-patients-autism/

Volunteering Can Benefit Your Mental Health

According to Dr. William Rush Dunton, founder of occupational therapy, “meaningful occupation heals mind, body, and spirit.” Volunteering is one of the most meaningful ways to occupy oneself. However, many overlook the mental health benefits that voluntee…
Newsletter Signups According to Dr. William Rush Dunton, founder of occupational therapy, “meaningful occupation heals mind, body, and spirit.” Volunteering is one of the most mea…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/volunteering-can-benefit-your-mental-health/

Speech-Language Pathologists and Autism

Learn about the role speech-language pathologists play in treating individuals with autism.
Newsletter Signups If you have a loved one with autism, you may have worked with a speech-language pathologist (SLP) during their course of treatment. We sat down with seasoned SL…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/speech-language-pathologists-and-autism/

An Inspiring Occupational Therapy Internship

My experience as an occupational therapy intern at Berkeley and Eleanor Mann residential treatment center (RTC) introduced me to the transformative learning model, which forced me to step outside of my comfort zone on many levels, resulting in personal an…
Newsletter Signups My experience as an occupational therapy intern at Berkeley and Eleanor Mann residential treatment center (RTC) introduced me to the transformative learning mod…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/inspiring-occupational-therapy/

The Positives

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, a moving poem about the positives of working with children with autism.
Newsletter Signups Look into your children's eyes Enjoy the light that's there That light’s not seen by everyone But only those who care They challenge all of us to know Wh…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/positives/

Should I Obtain Guardianship of my Adult Child with Autism?

The question of whether or not to obtain guardianship is one that sometimes does not cross the minds of parents who have children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. An 18th birthday does not change much in your day to day life. Unless you have been given a…
Newsletter Signups The question of whether or not to obtain guardianship is one that sometimes does not cross the minds of parents who have children with an Autism Spectrum Disorde…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/should-i-obtain-guardianship-my-adult-child-autism/

The Importance of Building Leisure Skills

Leisure skill building is very important for the development of both children with and without disabilities. Leisure skills are skills a child can utilize to occupy themselves when they have down time or free time; these are skills they can do without the…
Newsletter Signups Leisure skill building is very important for the development of both children with and without disabilities. Leisure skills are skills a child can utilize to oc…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/importance-building-leisure-skills/

5 Tips for Improving How You Communicate with Nonverbal Children

Some children with autism are nonverbal, but that doesn't mean they can't communicate with you. Here are a few ways to improve your communication without using words.
Newsletter Signups #1 Don’t make assumptions. Because a child is nonverbal, don’t make the mistake of assuming they cannot comprehend what you are saying to them. There are man…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/5-tips-improving-how-you-communicate-nonverbal-children/

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Treating Individuals with Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, but did you know that it is also Occupational Therapy Month? When a child is diagnosed on the autism spectrum, one of the first services they will be recommended to seek out is occupational therapy. Occupational therapists…
Newsletter Signups April is Autism Awareness Month, but did you know that it is also Occupational Therapy Month? When a child is diagnosed on the autism spectrum, one of the first…https://www.sheppardpratt.org/blog/role-occupational-therapy-treating-autism/

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