10 Tips To Help Parents of Special Needs Children Celebrate The Holidays

Author Deanna Picon Offers Complimentary Holiday Tips Guide For Special Needs Parents

This holiday tips guide will help special needs parents, not only survive and manage the holidays, but actually have a good and memorable season with their family and friends”

— Deanna Picon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 13, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — During the holiday season, parents of special needs children are often depressed and isolated. Many feel as though a spotlight is being shined on their lives, and that their families fail to measure up to the so-called "normal" families depicted in movies, TV shows and ads. This can create feelings of guilt, loneliness and stress that can take all the joy out of the holidays.

"This complimentary guide offers ten proven tips to help special needs parents during the holidays. With planning, realistic expectations and a positive attitude, parents can reduce holiday stress and create a better experience for the entire family," said Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC and author of The Autism Parents' Guide To Reclaiming Your Life. The guide is available at no cost by downloading it at www.yourautismcoach.com.

Parents can apply these and other tips from the Enjoying The Holidays With Your Special Needs Child guide:

• Don't isolate yourself. Your family and friends don't like or love you less because you have a child with special needs. In fact, they probably respect and admire you more than ever after seeing how difficult it can be to raise a child with a disability. Don't shut these people out of your life, and don't shut yourself in. Call for a quick chat or send a friendly text. Spending time with those who care for you will make you feel good and recharge your batteries.

• Ask for help when you need it. This season is the best time for seeking extra aid. Many people have time off from work and are full of the giving spirit, making this the perfect time to ask for a little help. Allowing others to assist you will also make them feel good about the holidays.

• Go where you're comfortable. Attend holiday events and functions where you and your family feel at ease. The same principle applies to entertaining at home. Invite those who understand your child's condition and support your family.

• Enjoy the gift of "personal time". When family and friends ask what you want for a gift, do yourself a big favor by requesting a few hours of "me time" or "couple time." Do something that you truly enjoy, or simply never get the chance to do in your busy life. Let them come over to take care of your son or daughter in your home. You'll know your child is safe and well-cared for, and there's no child care costs. Does life get any better than this?

• Give yourself permission to have some fun. Special needs parents may feel guilty for a having a good time over the holidays, even if it's only for a couple of hours. But there is no reason to feel guilty. A bit of enjoyment is good for you, and believe it or not, beneficial for your child. So make sure you've got child care arrangements you have confidence in, then go to that dinner with friends, that office function or that holiday party. It will do wonders for your emotional outlook to unload the weight of your responsibilities for a short time.

Your Autism Coach, LLC provides personalized guidance, comprehensive support programs and seminars that address the concerns of special needs parents. Now on Twitter (@yourautismcoach), look for the latest parenting tips and advice from Deanna Picon. She shows parents how to overcome the challenges of raising a child with special needs, while building a rewarding life for themselves. Deanna is the recipient of the 2015 "Top Life Coach Writer" Award from Autism Parenting Magazine.

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Consumer Lifestyles in India 2017 Market Size,Status,Analysis and Forecast to 2021

WiseGuyReports.Com Publish a New Market Research Report On – “Consumer Lifestyles in India 2017 Market Size,Status,Analysis and Forecast to 2021”.

PUNE, INDIA, December 7, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Consumer confidence is improving since the government’s decision to remove high-value notes from circulation in November 2016. At the same time, rural consumers are coming to the forefront, be it via the Internet or through their television sets. Demographic trends are dominated by two key factors—declining birth rates and a fast-growing older population.

Lifestyles in India report analyses factors influencing national consumer expenditure. Consumer lifestyles reports include coverage of: population, urban development, home ownership, household profiles, labour, income, consumer and family expenditure, health, education, eating habits, drinking habits, shopping habits, personal grooming, clothing, leisure habits, savings and investments, media, communication, transport and travel and tourism. Use this report to understand the factors influencing a nation's lifestyle choices.

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Lifestyles in India

Chart 1 Consumer Lifestyles in 2017
Top Five Consumer Trends
Consumer Confidence Up Despite Demonetisation
Indian Consumers Go Cashless
Internet Retailing Continues To Grow
Record Breaking Consumer Demand for Renewable Energy
Greater Internet Access, Faster Speeds Lead To Exploding Demand for Streaming Services
Consumer Segmentation
Babies and Infants
Chart 2 Number of Babies and Infants (Aged 0-2) and Average Age at Childbirth
Increasing Influence of Technology on Parenting
Chart 3 Number of Kids (Aged 3-8)
Chart 4 Number of Tweens (Aged 9-12)
Chart 5 Number of Teens (Aged 13-17)
Young Adults
Chart 6 Number and Priorities of Young Adults (Aged 18-19)
Middle Youth
Chart 7 Distribution and Priorities of Middle Youth (Aged 30-44)
Chart 8 Distribution, Priorities and Preferences of Mid Lifers (Aged 45-59)
Chart 9 Number, Priorities and Preferences of Later-Lifers (Aged 60+)
Eating and Drinking
Eating Habits
Chart 10 Consumer Spending, Preferences, Preparation, and Consumption of Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Drinking Habits
Chart 11 Consumer Spending on Alcohol and Consumption Outside the Home
Healthy and Ethical Living
Attitudes To Health and Wellbeing
Chart 12 Health-related Spending, Activities and Concerns, Including Obese and Overweight Population
Ethical Living
Chart 13 Eco-Attitudes and Willingness to Pay for Environmentally-friendly Product Features
Sport and Fitness
Chart 14 Frequency of Exercise Activities and Bicycle Ownership
House and Home
Home Ownership
Chart 15 Overview of Households
Household Profiles
Chart 16 Households by Type, Occupants and Pet Ownership
Running Costs
Chart 17 Household Costs and Housing-related Spending Intentions
Leisure and Recreation
Leisure Time
Chart 18 Leisure Time and Life Stress Concerns
Chart 19 Holiday Time and Domestic and International Trips
Opportunities for Celebrations and Gift-giving
the Internet
Chart 20 Digital Internet Access and Common Activities
Attitudes Towards Social Media and Networking
Chart 21 Daily Social Activities on Computer vs. Mobile Phone: 2016
Grooming and Appearances
Investing in Yourself: Female Personal Grooming and Hygiene
Chart 22 Consumer Expenditure By Men and Women and Daily Time Spent on Grooming Activities by Women
Investing in Yourself: Male Personal Grooming and Hygiene


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Parenting Hero app is out now on the App Store

Tried and tested parenting communication guide based on role-playing is now exclusively available for all iOS devices

WARSAW, POLAND, November 28, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Independent video games developer MythicOwl in cooperation with the authors of “How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen” Joanna Faber and Julie King, today launched their gamified parenting advice app Parenting Hero exclusively on the App Store for $4.99, €5.49, £4.99. One of the few parenting apps on the market for everyday problematic parent-children situations, Parenting Hero is designed to improve the family life experience making the everyday communication with children less stressful. The app brings together – useful parenting insights based on the award winning advice from internationally acclaimed experts.

“Being a parent myself I can relate to the fact that parenting is more than a full time job and it’s not always easy to communicate with your children the right way in certain circumstances“, said Tomasz Mularczyk, CEO at MythicOwl. “Offering amazing tips from the hugely successful book by Joanna Faber and Julie King, we believe, that Parenting Hero will make a difference for parents in everyday situations.”

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Parenting Hero is a comprehensive role-playing guide for parents on how to have a composed discussion with their children aged 2-7, so they feel acknowledged, understood and treated with respect, instead of tackling more challenging discussions with a threat of punishment. It’s a game with animated hand-drawn cartoon graphics, where parents have to choose the best solution out of multiple answers in order to handle the presented situation. Parenting Hero offers instant, practical, visually presented parenting advice to anyone who has little time to scour through myriad of parenting guidebooks full of detailed theoretical information.

Get Parenting Hero from the App Store for $4.99 here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/parenting-hero/id1157368189

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Warren Farrell calls Carey Linde's new book Dad: Win Without a Lawyer one of the most important books ever…

Carey Linde

Family law pioneer Carey Linde reveals 40 years of family law secrets to help divorcing parents who can’t afford a lawyer

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, October 10, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — New book ‘Dad, Win Without a Lawyer’ offers strategies to help divorcing parents survive court and become better parents

Family law pioneer Carey Linde reveals 40 years of family law secrets to help divorcing parents who can’t afford a lawyer

"Carey Linde is a brilliant attorney with not just the experience, but also the integrity, insight and courage to replace the best interests of his pocketbook with the best interests of our children. Dad: Win without a Lawyer is one of the most important books ever written for the millions of children whose dads either cannot afford to have an attorney fight for them in court or who do not wish to use their college education money to do so. "

Warren Farrell, Ph.D.
Author, Father and Child Reunion, and The Boy Crisis (co-author, John Gray)

VANCOUVER – September 29, 2017 – Just as the number of self-represented parties in child custody cases approaches 50%, comes Dad, Win Without a Lawyer, a new book by divorce lawyer Carey Linde. He pioneered shared parenting in Canada for fathers and revolutionized children's equal time with both parents.

Linde coaches fathers — or anyone caught in the psychological quicksand of any life shattering nightmare — how to recover their inner true self as the first step to succeed in the challenge ahead. The book offers up a toolbox of court tips, tactics, and strategies for fathers fighting to keep themselves meaningfully in the lives of their children.

“You wouldn't want to perform your own heart surgery, but you sure can do a great job – perhaps the best – speaking from your heart on behalf of your own children,” said Carey Linde, family lawyer and author of Dad, Win Without a Lawyer. “There is no person better at any fee. You are your own best advocate.”

Dad, Win Without a Lawyer was written with the self-represented father in mind. According to a Justice Canada Survey of Family Courts, an estimated 40% to 57% of parties in family court are self-represented. These parents are often not prepared to deal with the rigors and complexity of the court system. And almost all self-represented litigants overlook the crucial mental and psychological preparedness required to do well in a situation that, for many, is the most stressful event in their life.

“This book, though written for fathers, can also be of use to women who may find themselves in the same predicament,” said Carey Linde. “Outside of the courtroom, neither gender has a monopoly on being the most suitable parent.”

Dad, Win Without a Lawyer is organized into 4 parts. In part 1, Linde lays the groundwork to help the reader prepare themselves psychologically. Preparedness of person and mind is essential to success in court and post-separation in life. Parents have to become stronger and better than they have ever been. Part 2 delves into the inner workings of the ex-partner, their thought process, and what the reader can expect to encounter from him/her, including allegations of abuse, parental alienation, and other gotchas all too common in family law. In Parts 3 and 4, Linde explores the basics of family law, rules of the court, what judges do and don’t want to see, and legal procedures that readers will have to become familiar with. Most importantly, the author also reveals, for the first time, how the court system really works, including what the author calls the “Elephant in the Courtroom” — hidden biases that, if not navigated carefully, can threaten to undermine the entire case.

Dad, Win Without a Lawyer (322 pages, Amazon $29.99; Amazon Canada $24), available now.

About the Author
A lawyer for 40 years, Carey Linde pioneered the movement for equal-time shared parenting in the courts. He has been fighting for this idea before phrases such as “co-parenting” and “shared parenting” became popular.

Carey is a founding member of Canadian Lawyers for Shared Parenting. He is a past member of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia, the American Trial Lawyers’ Association, Vancouver M.E.N., and of Seattle M.E.N.. He obtained his B.A. in psychology and obtained a law degree from the University of British Columbia, where he was the acting president of the student body 1968-69 and president of his graduating class in law school 1970.

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Addiction Warriors A New Doc Series and Educational Tour

Parents and families don't know what to do anymore. They are scared to death to lose their loved ones. They have tried everything and nothing is working.

Parents and families don't know what to do anymore. They are scared to death to lose their loved ones. They have tried everything and nothing is working.”

— Executive Producer Mark Ehrenkranz

MORRISTOWN, NJ, UNITED STATES, October 3, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — An ongoing episodic doc series is being developed with an accompanying tour that will feature game-changing addiction warriors taking radically different approaches to the malady. Addiction Warriors will expose the latest methods and the need for a paradigm shift with causal champions. The fundamental difference being non-judgemental acceptance versus fear and resistance. The funding for this project is through supportive donations by those who want to help it happen via www.addictionwarriors.org

The pursuits are being accomplished via a strategic and fiscal sponsorship partnership with Creative Visions. They inspire and empower worldwide creative activism. Kathy Eldon and her team has established a strong network of artists and media makers who are telling critical stories about problems that need to be solved. They support activists to pilot innovative arts and education programs affecting change.

The malady here has little to do with the substance or habit, whether it be sex, gambling, food, work or money. It has a lot to do with modernity, social pressures, cultural malaise, and substitutions for feeling trapped, isolated or riddled with anxiety. It has much more to do with fear, alienation, and overwhelming stress or loss. Psychological imbalances, brain illness, and overall discomfort in one’s skin cause individuals to self-medicate to escape, be more in control, and or simply wanting to feel better.

No one plans to get addicted from natural desires to get high, “cut the edge” or from to blowing off steam with a temporary escape. What ensues is the phenomenon of wanting, and the inevitable brain alterations which render habit, cravings and then the need. Millennials and Gen Z’ers may be particularly susceptible due to helicopter parenting, device addiction, and political correctness where everyone is a “winner.” Tempering feelings along with the intensity and increased pressures of the world severely challenges healthy coping skills and healthy dealing with rejection and disappointment.

The fact is that teenagers will experiment for a multitude of reasons and will want to experience forbidden fruits no matter what. Youths from ages 11-26 are undergoing emotional maturity and their brains are still forming. They are wired for indestructability, share a cavalier attitude, and know better than anyone older than them. They are coded to share a different reality which rejects healthy fear, loves drama, dangerous feats, and outrageous stories. Parents forbidding them to try drugs simply does not work. What they fill their minds with on-line only lowers the bar for further unhealthy behavior.

The visual style will be fast paced with contemporary youthful elements for maximum engagement. This doc series will consolidate and stylishly uncover the causes, cutting-edge research, and treatment of addiction from a street savvy point of view. The value of one addict helping another is unparalleled. The creation and execution of this content will directly appeal to audiences via a deeply seated connection. The material will be developed by recovering addicts with longtime sobriety, doctors, treatment professionals, recovering families, and other experts in the field. Everyone, especially parents, teachers, law enforcement and employers need to know the truths if their skills are to be productive. The activation of a touring road-show will be an effective method of outreach and education.

About the Team

Mark Bakshi, is the former Worldwide President of Feature Production at Paramount. Most recently, he served as executive producer on the critically acclaimed Foxcatcher starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo as well as the box office giant World War Z and the Brad Pitt starring Moneyball. Prior to Moneyball, he was a consulting producer on the animated feature Rango. He enjoyed a 14-year run at Paramount overseeing all live-action and animated theatrical releases. While there, he supervised over 150 feature film productions, including titles such as Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Transformers, the Mission: Impossible franchise, Saving Private Ryan and Titanic. He also developed and produced for HBO and served as a production executive at Buena Vista Pictures and Walt Disney Television.

Mike S. Ryan is a veteran of the independent film community, who started out in the industry’s 1990’s heyday with films like Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Todd Hayne’s Far from Heaven. As a producer, he has been responsible for a remarkable group of films in the last five years, most made for under $3 million. Mike is an Independent Spirit “Producer of the Year” award nominee and one of Variety’s “Top Ten Producers to Watch” from 2007. Mike’s films have garnered nominations and prizes from the Academy Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards and many more. JUNEBUG, starring Amy Adams, made its international premiere at Cannes in 2005 and went on to be one of the lowest-budgeted feature films ever nominated for an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress, 2005). He also teaches at Columbia, Emerson and in Berlin

Mark Ehrenkranz, has been producing The NY Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®) with Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC-TV, for 21 years. He is also producing Turbulent Souls a full length feature film based on the memoirs of Stephen J. Dubner (co-author of Freakonomics ). He is the head writer on a new Rock-Doc Series INSIDE THE DEVIL’S PLAYHOUSE, The Last 100 Days of Historic Webster Hall and Untitled Sea Matthew Modine Sea Project. Mark and Mike S. Ryan are producing The Edison Papers. He recently produced Wayne’s World’s 25th Anniversary in theaters with Mike Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Rob Lowe, Dana Carvey and Director Penelope Spheeris.

Elaine Pasqua, CSP, is one of the most dynamic and effective speakers addressing positive choices for outstanding performance. Once described as “the biggest little thing I’ve ever seen,” this energetic and humorous dynamo, has been traversing the country for more than two decades, transforming the lives of more than a half a million people. Her expertise is in high-risk drinking, sexual assault, sexual health, and drug abuse. Elaine’s passion for making a difference has remarkably taken her from working with more than 600 universities nationwide, to numerous professional organizations, the military, and 30 pro athletic teams from the NFL,

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Tales of Modern Motherhood This Sh*t Just Got Real

Pam Levin

Opens Off-Broadway at United Solo Festival on Theatre Row October 2nd and 6th

Funny, endearing ‘Tales of Modern Motherhood’ explores reluctance of parenthood

This one woman show is witty, entertaining, poignant, real, raw, all in one; in short, it’s everything fine theatre should be.”

— Bonnie Priever Curtain Up

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, September 27, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tales of Modern Motherhood: This Sh*t Just Got Real, written and performed by Pam Levin, is a brutally funny comedy about the uncertainties of becoming a parent, the FEAR of being a parent, and the reservations of why she didn’t just settle for a dog. It addresses the good, the bad and the ugly truth about what really happens behind closed doors and gives a very honest perspective on the hardest job in the world, PARENTING! Director, Mark Hatfield said Levin’s show is “like lassoing a tornado, wrestling an octopus and juggling chainsaws…then she whiplashes you with tender moments that will melt your heart…”

Pam is a native of Northeast Philadelphia and a veteran in the one-woman show genre. She toured the world with the AWARD-WINNING show, The Quiet Room and performed In My Own X-Rated Words, written by Fredrica Duke both OFF Broadway and in Los Angeles. Tales of Modern Motherhood is her first original work and has had a phenomenal run in Los Angeles, playing to sold out houses ending in standing ovations. Curtain Up says: "Pam Levin is a force to be reckoned with, leaving a legacy, sure to resonate and ring true with all the women (and men in their lives)."

The show makes it's East Coast Premiere at New York’s United Solo Festival on Theatre Row, October 2nd (SoldOut) and October 6th. Be sure to check the United Solo Festival website for added performances.

Tales of Modern Motherhood This Sh*t Just Got Real opens January 6th, 2018 at Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles as the featured production at Solofest 2018.

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NorthTexasFamilies.org Delivers Families Access Most Comprehensive Database for Social Services and Resources


Dallas’ 116-year-old nonprofit, ChildCareGroup, launches NTXF, a comprehensive mobile website database to connect families with resources and social services.

ChildCareGroup uses a holistic, two generation approach in our work with families. By providing quality early child education along with access to services needed to be healthy and self-sufficient.”

— Tori Mannes, CEO ChildCareGroup

DALLAS, TX, UNITED STATES, September 26, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Children do better when parents do better. And when families succeed, the community thrives. This vision is the motivation behind NorthTexasFamilies.org (NTXF). Founded by Dallas’ 116-year-old nonprofit, ChildCareGroup, NTXF is a comprehensive database in the form of a mobile-friendly website connecting families with resources, services and benefits. NTXF provides information on community resources from: early childhood programs, education, parenting support, health, food, transportation, finance, work and legal services. There is no comparable tool in the area giving families a central access point to all of these services.
Prior to NorthTexasFamilies.org, families and service providers would become frustrated and discouraged trying to piece together accurate information on community resources that could help them build healthy and productive lives.
“ChildCareGroup uses a holistic, two generation approach in our work with young children and their families. Providing children with a quality early education is not enough; we must also ensure that their parents have access to the other services and resources they need to be healthy and more self-sufficient, stated ChildCareGroup CEO, Tori Mannes. “NorthTexasFamilies.org provides a solution for parents who need to find services for their families and for the social workers or case managers at area nonprofits who wish to refer their clients to other community agencies. We look forward to working with our nonprofit partners to expand the NTXF site and collaborate more strategically to improve the lives of North Texas families,” continued Mannes.
Established in 1901, ChildCareGroup's mission is to promote, deliver and expand the best early care and education programs for children, parents and early childhood professionals. Over the years, the organization realized that families face many separate but related challenges that impact their ability to achieve greater self sufficiency. For example, without reliable transportation and access to affordable child care, how can a parent sustain a job or pursue an education? The sharp decline in median income, lack of affordable housing and transportation has resulted in more neighborhoods with concentrated poverty.
According to Mayor Rawlings’s Task Force on Poverty, Dallas families are facing poverty.
• 31% of Dallas County children are living in poverty
• Over 50% of Dallas households make less than $50,000 per year (of which 28% make less than $25,000 per year)
• 48% of Dallas County residents have a high school diploma or less
• 61% of Dallas County households are single-parent homes

ChildCareGroup created the comprehensive database using the technology of Austin-based company, Aunt Bertha, and customized search categories to specifically serve families. Users may search the site by city, county, zip code or area of need. The search results provide program and contact information on service providers throughout North Texas. Funding for NorthTexasFamilies.org was provided by Carl & Florence E. King Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas. ChildCareGroup will partner with providers throughout North Texas to continually update their information on the site so to better serve families and increase community impact.

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Over 121,000 Investigated Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect in North Carolina

Children’s Home Society of NC – Photography by Suzanne Tucker

Rebecca Starnes, VP Programs and Quality Improvement, CHSNC

According to Children's Home Society of NC early data shows over 121,000 investigated cases of child abuse and neglect during fiscal year July 2016 – June 2017

Too many families are struggling and under severe stress”

— Rebecca Starnes, Children's Home Society of NC

GREENSBORO, NC, USA, September 19, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Early data shows there were over 121,000 investigated cases of child abuse and neglect in North Carolina during fiscal year July 2016 through June 2017. State law requires individuals or institutions suspecting child abuse or neglect to report cases to the Division of Social Services (DSS) for investigation (G.S. 7B-301).

“The high number of children impacted by neglect or abuse indicates too many families are struggling and under severe stress,” said Rebecca Starnes, Vice President of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. “Abuse and neglect can be the product of a number of issues facing families, including poverty, working multiple jobs to make ends meet, high levels of stress, unrealistic expectations of children, mental health challenges, or substance abuse.”

“DSS is an advocate and fail-safe for the more than 2.2 million children and their families in our state,” said Starnes. “This vital service is provided by dedicated and hard working staff in all 100-counties across North Carolina.”

DSS staff investigates and assesses all suspected cases of child abuse and neglect; diagnoses the problem with the family; provides in-home services to help keep families together; coordinates community and agency services; or, petitions the court for removal of the child from the home, if necessary.

Nearly 70-percent of the abuse and neglect cases were reported by educational personnel, medical personnel, law courts, and human services. Approximately 30-percent were referred by relatives, non-relatives, parents, or care providers. Child victims reported fewer than one-percent of the cases.

“There are different reasons for and levels of abuse and neglect,” said Starnes. “The hopeful news is that families have support. Parents can learn about their children’s needs and learn new, better ways to react. Parents can change their behavior, and even if they’ve had problems or challenges in the past, the majority can provide a safe, loving, and permanent home for their child.”

Following the investigation of reported cases in 2016-17, around 45-percent of the findings indicated that services were needed, recommended, or have been provided. Services were not recommended for 40-percent of the cases, and about 16-percent were determined to be unsubstantiated.

“Depending on the specific needs of children and families,” said Starnes, “Children’s Home Society and other organizations partner with DSS and provide a variety of options including intensive family preservation services (support and education in the home), family education programs, foster care, and adoption services.”

Demographically, the male-female ratio of investigated cases was virtually even at 51 to 49-percent. Almost 40-percent of the cases were ages 0 to 5, with 39-percent ages 6 to 12. Roughly 20-percent of the children were ages 13-17.

“Most of our abuse and neglect cases require intensive family preservation services,” said Starnes. “Teaming with DSS, our specialists work with the child and family daily, providing the education and resources they need to understand and overcome their problems and develop healthier family relationships.”

“The success rate of the intensive family preservation program is remarkable,” said Starnes. “Over 95-percent of the families completed the program. Six months following completion, 98-percent of the children are still in the home in a situation deemed safe by DSS.”

According to Starnes, abuse and neglect impacts rural and urban areas, crosses all socio-economic lines and includes every race.

Approximately 51-percent of the investigated cases of abuse and neglect last year were Caucasian. African-Americans made up the second largest segment with about 36-percent, followed by Hispanic at around 11-percent. All other races combined, including American Indian and Alaskan, were roughly 13-percent of the investigated cases.

“Partnerships with the staff of DSS are critical to achieving success for the child. One organization could not do the work alone,” said Starnes. “We all want children to be in safe, loving, and permanent families, and we’re working together to do what we can to help make that happen.”

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina helps support more than 20,000 children and families annually through a diverse array of services including adoption, foster care, parenting education, teen pregnancy prevention, and family preservation programs.

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Source: Data are provided by the Jordan Institute for Families, part of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

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Healbright partners with CoreHealth Technologies to bring online mental wellness courses to workforces around the world

Mental wellness programs can be delivered globally due to unique partnership between CoreHealth Technologies and Healbright.

The CoreHealth focus is on bringing the best wellness solutions to businesses, a perfect fit for the Healbright model.”

— Billl Belanger

BOSTON, MA, USA, August 23, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Healbright, a firm offering more than 300 videos led by mental health professionals on a variety of mental health topics, is pleased to announce its partnership with CoreHealth Technologies, a wellness technology company, to deliver mental wellness programs to workforces worldwide.
Healbright, which offers mental wellness videos designed to bring the many benefits of therapy into people’s homes via online videos has found “the ideal partner to work with,” according to Healbright President and Co-Founder Bill Belanger, pointing to CoreHealth’s standing as a leading workplace wellness portal reaching more than 2 million workers internationally.
"The CoreHealth focus is on bringing the best wellness solutions to businesses, a perfect fit for the Healbright model," said Belanger. "Our goal is to change the way people think about mental wellness by making therapeutic tools accessible to millions of people from home. This partnership will continue to serve that mission and is a testament to our culture's changing attitudes towards mental health."
“Healbright’s online therapy courses are a terrific addition to our network of third-party, best-in-class wellness partners. We continue to expand our network to provide organizations with innovative solutions to support employee wellbeing. These courses will assist employees with stress reduction, mindfulness, parenting, resilience, relationships and beyond – all seamlessly accessible via our wellness portal” says Anne Marie Kirby, CoreHealth Founder & CEO.
According to a recent study published in the journal of Abnormal Psychology, a stunning 80% of people will develop a diagnosable mental health issue at some point in their life. Despite the overwhelming prevalence of these issues, there is still an outdated stigma surrounding mental health interventions, a stigma that is costing businesses hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Healbright addresses this problem by focusing on mental wellness rather than fixating on mental illness, and provides evidence-backed therapeutic tools and guidance from licensed therapists.
Healbright.com makes mental wellness accessible, affordable, and stigma-free. Healbright instructors condense the best practices in the mental health field into courses that are accessible to anyone, using the latest research in neuroscience, clinical psychology, and meditation. Healbright believes everybody can benefit from working with their mind, and psychology should not be limited to fixating on mental illness but should be equally concerned with cultivating mental wellness. For more information about Healbright visit www.healbright.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
CoreHealth Technologies Inc. is the leading corporate wellness platform trusted by more than 1000 organizations, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. At CoreHealth, we believe that developing the best employee wellness programs is all about giving wellness companies the right code, design and access to the latest innovations. With the most customization, integrations and reliability of any software in its class, CoreHealth’s powerful platform lets users focus on growing great companies. For more information, explore the CoreHealth website.

James Farrell
PR First
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Five Back-To-School Tips And Parent Guide For Special Needs Parents

Author Deanna Picon's Back-To-School Guide Offers Help For Parents of Special Needs Children At No Cost

This guide offers proven techniques to help special needs parents, not only survive and manage the school year, but look forward to an academic term with less stress and better results for everyone”

— Deanna Picon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 22, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — During the hectic back-to-school season, parents of special needs children are often overwhelmed with the challenges of educating their child. Many feel that navigating the special education system and advocating for their son or daughter is a full-time job in itself. The tasks and responsibilities can seem never-ending at times.

"This complimentary booklet provides proven techniques to help special needs parents, not only survive and manage the school year, but look forward to a productive academic term with less stress, more enjoyment and better results for everyone," said Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC and author of The Autism Parents' Guide To Reclaiming Your Life. The guide is available at no cost, by downloading it, at www.yourautismcoach.com.

Parents can apply these and other tips from the "Having A Great School Year With Your Special Needs Child" guide:

• Get involved. One of the smartest and most effective things you can do for your child’s education is to simply be part of it. Get to know teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists and administrative personnel early in the school year. The teaching staff can offer advice on appropriate academic activities and lesson plans for your son or daughter. Therapists may help you develop some easy and practical activities you can do at home that will reinforce their work. If possible, attend school events, workshops and network with other parents.

• Develop a winning partnership. Your child's educators will be more helpful and involved when you come forward as an engaged partner. Tell and show them you want to collaborate. Be open, honest and approachable and they will be the same. Discuss best practices for communicating on a regular basis and building a successful team. Set realistic goals based on your child's abilities and needs. Meet periodically throughout the year to stay on top of everything.

• Know your rights. Your son or daughter is entitled to a good and appropriate education. If, for any reason, you're not satisfied with the IEP and other goals set for your child, you can seek to change the situation. Speak with the teaching team, school principal or other administrative staff to resolve these issues.

• Be the head cheerleader. Make sure you celebrate your child's achievements, no matter how small. Praise your son or daughter constantly and tell him/her you're proud.

• Have a good time with your child. Like any child, yours deserves to be a kid – to have some fun, enjoy the experiences of life and just relax sometimes. And you know what? You deserve that too. Don't spend every waking moment analyzing your child's behavior or trying to modify it. They get enough of it in school with constant observation and therapy. So have a good time. Do some arts and crafts. Take a day trip to the museum or go see a movie. Remember, every experience can create new learning opportunities.

Your Autism Coach, LLC provides personalized guidance, comprehensive support programs and seminars that address the issues and concerns of parents of special needs children. Now on Twitter (@yourautismcoach), look for the latest parenting tips and advice from Deanna Picon. She shows parents how to overcome the challenges of raising a child with special needs, while building a rewarding life for themselves. Deanna is the recipient of the 2015 “Top Life Coach Writer” Award from Autism Parenting Magazine

Deanna Picon
Your Autism Coach, LLC
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Source: EIN Presswire