The word “neurodiversity” was coined by Australian sociologist Judy Singer in 1998. Simply put, the nonmedical term simply recognizes the fact that every person’s brain develops in a unique way. No two brains are exactly alike, and differences are just that — variations that are neither positive nor negative. The word refers to all people […]
Adult Day Training (ADT) focuses on developing and enhancing skills that adults with disabilities need for everyday life. At Heartfelt Solutions in Bardstown, the monthly ADT calendar includes activities and exercises that focus on different topics each day, from fitness and money management to careers and community outings. “We really get them involved in the […]
Though there are multiple tools available for screening autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition (ADOS-2) is considered the gold standard in diagnosing ASD in both children and adults. “One thing I really like about ADOS-2 is that it’s fun,” says Madison Jernigan, LPA, a licensed mental health clinician at Heartfelt Solutions. “Kids […]
If you are in search of care for someone with developmental or intellectual disabilities, help is available. Kentucky offers multiple, state-funded Medicaid waivers for families in need. “The Kentucky Medicaid waivers have been absolutely vital to members of the community with developmental and intellectual disabilities,” says Heartfelt Solutions director of operations Missy Hughes. “People are […]
Holidays should be merry and bright, but for some, the yuletide season can have a negative effect. In fact, 64% of people with mental illness state that the holidays make their condition worse . Unfortunately, what is already a stressful time of year also coincides with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — a condition that affects […]
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy programs can help increase language and communication skills; improve attention, focus, social skills, everyday living skills, self-care skills, academics, and memory; and decrease problem behaviors. ABA is based on the science of learning and behavior, and it applies the understanding of how behavior works to real-life situations. Ultimately, the goal […]
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists — most people are familiar with these health care professionals. But there’s a lesser known, yet essential component of effective behavioral health services. Direct Support Professionals, or DSPs, are the people who spend one-on-one time with clients to help them carve a path toward learning the skills necessary to live as independently […]
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