School nurses have one of the most important roles in the lives of children. Often, they are the first to recognize symptoms or issues when it comes to the health and well-being of their students. They must play clinician, counselor, and care provider to dozens upon dozens of young people in just a few short hours a day. Finding great online resources to help them do their job well is important, so we have compiled just a few great places that can help any school nurse to find great information, current trends, and resources for use within their school. Continue reading “7 Online Resources School Nurses Should Know”
While we are often impressed by many of the educators we employ, it is extraordinarily special to have them recognized by the school district in which we place them. We get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside knowing that we are able to match individuals to their dream jobs, and that their talent is being utilized and appreciated. Take Keshia Porter, for instance. She is a school psychologist working in the Aurora Public School District and was given the Sharp Staff Award for her exemplary work ethic and dedication towards her 7th grade students. This is what Jessica Rodriguez Bracy, the AWCPA Assistant Principal, had to say about her.
“Often times, I see students reaching out to Keshia for support, which tells me, they feel comfortable and safe around her. She has a great balance of supporting students with that they need while holding them accountable to high expectations so that they are successful inside and outside of the classroom. I appreciate her and we’re glad she’s part of our AWCPA family!”
Keshia received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Kentucky University, but she didn’t stop there. She continued furthering her education, receiving her specialty degree in School Psychology. Keshia’s career objective is to “provide a variety of psycho-educational services to students in a collaborative and creative environment.” The passion that Keshia has for her profession was obvious to us the second we met her. Soliant is grateful to be working with such an exceptional person. We congratulate Keshia on her accomplishment and look forward seeing her work as a school psychologist being recognized more and more in the future!
Did you or someone you know receive an award or other special recognition that is deserving of a pat on the back? We want to know about it! Reach out to your account executive with the good news. You could be the next feature on the Soliant blog!
In medicine, claiming the ability to perform “miracles” can understandably raise some hackles. Generally, medical professionals prefer to leave the supposed miracle-working to the likes of Dr. Oz and stick with empirically supported interventions, thank you very much. But “miracles” is exactly the word Kent, UK parents Mark and Annie Montague use to describe what they have experienced while attempting to socialize their severely autistic twin sons, Samuel and Jacob. A recent BBC feature documented how the family has found an apparent solution to their intense struggles with the twins’ non-responsive and often destructive behavior—including running away from home multiple times—in a form of social skills intervention called the Son-Rise program. Since they began participating in the immersive program—Mark and Annie went so far as to construct isolated indoor environments in which the boys could undergo their therapy—Samuel and Jacob have begun making eye contact, communicating effectively, and being less destructive.
With autism rates on the rise and in the news, the Montagues’ case may seem like a sign of hope for other families going through similar trials. However, before we begin proclaiming that a miracle cure has been found—or even that autism requires a cure in the first place—we should first examine the Son-Rise program with a healthy dose of scientific skepticism. Continue reading “Is the Son-Rise Program a “Miracle”?”
We’re proud to begin our new series, featuring stories from and spotlights on our amazing school-based professionals across the country. Stories will come from clinicians of all different disciplines, from speech pathology to sign language interpreting. Our first spotlight focuses on a school psychologist who had an interesting, unpredictable transition in her career. Continue reading “School Pro Spotlight: School Psychologist Tiffany”
One of the biggest challenges of physical and occupational therapists is keeping their patients motivated and stimulated by their therapy exercises and tasks. It can be difficult to help patients, especially younger ones, stay on track and give everything that they can in order to make progress toward their therapy goals. In recent years, many therapists have discovered that video games can hold the key to therapy progress in some patients. Continue reading “Gaming as a Physical and Occupational Therapy Tool”
There are many ways one could go about celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8th) this year. You could helpfully remind your Congressperson that the United States is virtually the only developed country on earth that doesn’t federally mandate paid maternity leave, for one. While you’re at it, you could ask them to reintroduce equal pay for equal work legislation, for another. Or, a personal favorite, you could dig up your old collection of Susan B. Anthony coins and use them to buy lunch. Here at Soliant, though, we just want to take a moment to celebrate women in the healthcare, a field in which women arguably work harder and make a larger impact than they do in any other. Continue reading “This International Women’s Day, Celebrate Women in Healthcare”