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Category : Autism

Relax, Take a Deep Breath

Most of us have probably heard, or made the suggestion to someone, to “relax, take a deep breath” as a way to help calm down and reduce stress or anxiety. Breathing techniques have long been used as part of traditional stress reduction practices and their use is supported by much research. Practices involving consciously controlling and focusing on your breathing can be powerful tools for relaxation, stress reduction and mental health.

Parental Involvement in Therapy Key to Helping Children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Most children are disruptive or defiant at times, but disruptive and conduct disorders involve more severe problems that last longer than normal occasional acting out behavior. New research identifies specific parent training as the most effective way to help children with these disorders.

Mental Health Month and Prevention Week: Focus on Teen Behaviors and Warning Signs

May is Mental Health Month, and the third week in May is National Prevention Week, an annual health observance focused on raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. You can join online to view the live kickoff event for National Prevention Week on May 15, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Targeting Pre-Teens to Fight Mental Health Stigma

The stigma, prejudice and discrimination of mental illness can be a major barrier for many people living with mental illness seeking and getting the help they need. It can make people avoid disclosing a mental health condition at work over concerns of being treated differently or even losing their job. Internalizing these negative stereotypes and perceptions (self-stigma) can further contribute to challenges.

New Characters with Autism Join Sesame Street and the Power Rangers

April is Autism Awareness Month, drawing attention to the issue of autism, raising awareness and promoting inclusion, acceptance and appreciation of children and adults on the autism spectrum.