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So far Jim Dalton, Psy.D., HSPP, CSAYC has created 12 blog entries.

Respite Care Is Essential

For parents, guardians or other caregivers, the occasional break from pressing responsibilities can be a real treat. For parents, guardians or caregivers of children or adults with special needs, such breaks are more than a treat. They are essential.

Estimated read: 4 min

November 23rd, 2018|

Trauma-Focused Classrooms

Trauma is an increasing presence in our children’s lives, whether it’s personal trauma such as serious illness, physical abuse or poverty, or “secondary trauma,” such as witnessing domestic violence, having an incarcerated parent or living with an addict. As a result, we can’t expect children to come into the classroom ready to learn, behave and function “normally.”

Instead, we must view their behaviors in light of possible trauma, and adapt our thinking to accommodate it.

Estimated read: 4 min

August 13th, 2018|

7 Essential Things to Know When Interacting with Children with Autism

Minutes Autism, while prevalent in our society, is often misunderstood. If you’re looking for ways to support and accommodate the people in your life who are affected by it, read on—you’ll quickly learn it’s easier when you have the right tools at your disposal.

Estimated Read Time: 4.5 min

April 16th, 2018|

The Autism Evolution: The More We Know

Along with this improved understanding of autism has come better approaches for treating children with autism. While institutionalization was for decades the primary option for children with autism, new approaches opened doors to less dramatic treatments that allow children to stay with their families and in their communities.

Estimated Read Time: 5 min

April 2nd, 2018|

No Place to Call Home

A place to call home is generally accepted as one of life’s most basic needs. For many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – and the people who care for them – it’s also one of life’s most pressing challenges. Barriers ranging from affordability to discrimination can block them from the long-term security and happiness a home can bring.

February 19th, 2018|

High Impact, Low Pay, Ongoing Frustration

It’s one of the great frustrations of our industry: Some of the people who have the greatest impact on our society – supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities - receive the lowest pay.

February 6th, 2018|

Sex Trafficking’s Vulnerable Targets: Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Once upon a time, Americans thought of sex trafficking as a tragedy that happened in other countries. When they did begin to recognize that it happens in our country, too, they assumed it was only happening in the shadiest areas of big cities. Recently, we’ve learned that sex trafficking is a reality across the U.S. Victims are found not only in big cities, but also in small towns, suburban communities and rural areas, and they come from all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. In other words, sex trafficking can happen anywhere, to anyone.

January 10th, 2018|

A-List Celebs Learn About Damar Family, Autism and Hope

I recently enjoyed a very special moment: I saw pictures of a young man who was smiling and laughing. That might not sound like a big deal, but for some of the children I see on a daily basis, smiles and laughter can be hard to come by … and they had been particularly rare for this young man.

November 28th, 2017|

Tips for Successful Change Initiatives

As Damar celebrates its 50th year, we look back on a lot of changes. It only makes sense: Simply surviving for a half century requires an organization to adapt, but an organization like Damar, which strives continually to innovate and improve, must do more than adapt. It must embrace change as a part of its mission.

October 31st, 2017|

A Challenge – Aging with Disabilities

As individuals with developmental disabilities age, they encounter the same aging problems as the general population—physical limitations, degenerative conditions, etc.—but they also face challenges unique to them. Read on as Dr. Jim Dalton provides insight into this aging population.

September 5th, 2017|