Monthly Archives: January 2012

  • Serious Mental Illness . . .

    Serious mental illnesses are based in biology and are manifested by ways of thinking, feeling, or behaving that are troubling to the individual and/or to those who are in the individual’s life. Those challenged with serious mental illnesses often feel handicapped by their condition and need support to be included in society.

  • What is “Data?”

    Data are simply pieces of information. A number on a scale or a reading on a thermometer are data. Data become very important, however, when they represent something that is meaningful to us. For example, a reading on a thermometer might tell us if our child is sick or if the medication we gave her Continue Reading

  • From the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

    “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and Continue Reading

  • Caregivers are . . .

    Caregivers are people that care for those who are dependent upon the support of others. Caregivers can be familial (e.g., parents) or professional (e.g., group home staff). Though care recipients vary across age ranges and levels of ability or disability, caregivers often share basic needs such as emotional and instrumental support. Our hopes for this Continue Reading