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Show your spirit of giving

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by Melodie in Blog - (0 Comments)

‘Tis the season to show your spirit of giving. Our team here at New Horizons Wellness Services is joining together, along with our families and others is in the community, for a day of giving back. On December 2nd, we will come together to help complete a project to help brighten the day of those in need in our community. We will be supporting the Good Neighbor Center, by helping to decorate and make the facility festive for the holiday season. The Good Neighborhood Center is dedicated to providing safe emergency housing and services to families in need. The center is a 36 bed facility serving up to 9 families at a time. There is space so that each family has a private room where they can live for up to six weeks. For additional information visit their website at www.goodneighborcenter.org.

 

There are so many great people that we interact with in our clinic and in our community. Please share with us your story of giving this holiday season.

 

Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 30th, 2017 | Posted by Melodie in Blog - (0 Comments)

 In 1945, Congress designated the first week of October as” National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week”. In the 1970s, there was a historic shift in disability public policy and the exclusion of peoples with disabilities was viewed as discrimination. This led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. This month recognizes the potential of American’s million working-age people with disabilities.

“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.”

This year’s theme is Inclusion Drives Innovation. To find out more, visit the United States Department of Labor

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 20th, 2017 | Posted by Melodie in Blog - (0 Comments)

To raise awareness and dispel misconceptions, here are a few facts and statistics about Dyslexia.

  • It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia

  • Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability or disorder that includes poor word reading, word decoding, oral reading fluency and spelling

  • Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels

  • Dyslexia has nothing to do with not working hard enough

  • Dyslexics may struggle with organizational skills, planning and prioritizing, keeping time, concentrating with background noise.

  • Dyslexis may excel at connecting ideas, thinking out of the box, 3D thinking, seeing the big picture

  • People with dyslexia excel or even gifted in areas of art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, math, mechanics, music, physics, sales and sports

  • Many famous people are dyslexic including: Orlando Bloom, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Spielberg, Kiera Knightley. Albert Einstein and Patrick Dempsey

AAC Resources from Brigid

October 12th, 2017 | Posted by Patrick in Blog - (0 Comments)

Credit to Speaking of Speech.com, Inc for infographic

Thanks to Brigid Crotty, a fantastic member of the clinical team at new Horizons Wellness Services, Llc for providing information about AAC month:

Access to multi-modal communication with AAC allows individuals to fully express their thoughts, needs, feelings, and so much more. As communication partners, we can support AAC users by valuing their communication methods the same way we value speech. Here is a video describing Aided Language Stimulation, which is one strategy we can use to support language development in AAC users. Here is an infographic describing AAC Do’s and Don’ts for the communication partner, and an article with helpful hints about AAC.

To celebrate AAC Awareness Month, many AAC app developers are providing limited time discounts on their communication apps (including Proloquo2go, TouchChat, Pictello, and much more): AAC app discounts

ADHD Awareness Month 2017

October 11th, 2017 | Posted by Patrick in Blog - (0 Comments)

It is officially ADHD Awareness Month (October 1 – 31), and there are so many ways to you can help spread awareness! While awareness about ADHD has certainly grown, we have a long way to go before we’re able to help individuals with ADHD everywhere. New Horizons Wellness Services believes one of the best ways we can extend the benefits of awareness is to provide the community with helpful resources. This year’s theme is “Knowing is Better: ADHD Across the Life Span.” Throughout the month we will be providing helpful information and resources, so stay posted!

Here are some websites that provide resources:

  1. CHADD–  is a membership organization with national and local resources.  The National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC)  is a program of CHADD and is a funded national clearinghouse for evidence-based information about ADHD.
  2. ADDA– The Attention Deficit Disorder Association. Adults with ADHD working together to reach for the stars.

Empower your workforce

October 7th, 2017 | Posted by Melodie in Blog - (0 Comments)

Save the date!

FREE EVENT!
Thursday, October 19th, 2017
8:00am-11:00am at the Nike World Headquarters

Amplify! is a FREE event designed to empower and encourage Oregon employers by helping them create a stronger workforce and community through improving disability inclusiveness in the workplace.

October is AAC Awareness Month!

October 4th, 2017 | Posted by Melodie in Blog - (0 Comments)

What is AAC?
AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) is a set of tools and strategies that an individual uses to solve everyday communicative challenges. Communication can take many forms such as: speech, a shared glance, text, gestures, facial expressions, touch, sign language, symbols, pictures, speech-generating devices, etc. Everyone uses multiple forms of communication, based upon the context and our communication partner. Effective communication occurs when the intent and meaning of one individual is understood by another person. The form is less important than the successful understanding of the message.
Credit to Linda Burkhart for text, https://www.isaac-online.org/english/what-is-aac/

Credit to AAC Connection for graphic inspiration

ADHD Awareness Month, October 2017

September 29th, 2017 | Posted by Melodie in Blog - (0 Comments)

Our clinic will be sharing information all month to support understanding, empower people with resources and inspiration, and help our clients affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to thrive.

Explore with Us Under the Sea

September 26th, 2017 | Posted by Melodie in Blog - (0 Comments)

During the month of September our clinic is full of projects and activities exploring life under the sea.  Our multidisciplinary team is using the theme as a starting point for treatment activities such as playing fishing games and making fish crafts in speech therapy and finding sea creatures in the tactile bin of home-made “sand”.  Our walls are swimming with all types of fish and jelly fish!

Pack it Light, Wear it Right!
We celebrate American Occupational Therapy Association’s National School Backpack Awareness Day annually on the third Wednesday of each September.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is sponsoring National School Backpack Awareness Day, an annual national educational event to call attention to health problems in children and adults caused by backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy can help to provide organizational strategies  to reduce the need to carry as many supplies each day. Education can be provided about finding the right size and style pack to fit the child’s body. In OT, children can learn exercises to develop core strength and good posture with and without a backpack on.