The global organization DoSomething.org says nearly half of kids have been bullied online, with one in four saying it has happened more than once. Cyberbullying has grown as access to computers and devices that offer an online connection has grown.Read More
Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that is caused by an error in cell division. When a person has Down syndrome, he or she has a third chromosome 21, also called Trisomy 21.Read More
Helping individuals with dementia remain comfortable is a priority for caregivers, and understanding the symptoms and treatments can help caregivers make patients and loved ones as comfortable as possible.Read More
Not at all incapable, individuals with disabilities simply may need some modifications, whether in school, at work or at home, to help them be successful through their daily lives.Read More
When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.Read More
According to the CDC (2014) 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Newer research survey suggest 1 in 45 children. It affects more boys than girls at a rate of 5 to 1 which is why the color blue was chosen for Autism Awareness.
Autism Spectrum is a neurodevelopmental disorder which causes significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. To present day there is no known cause or cure for Autism. There are numerous theories about the causes of Autism, but none which have been proven.
How does Autism affect our local communities?
Here are some numbers from 2011:
- In Elk County, there were 119 individuals who have an autism diagnosis who received some sort of autism service.
- In Cameron County, there were 18 individuals who have an autism diagnosis who received some sort of autism service.
- In Potter County, there were 59 individuals who have an autism diagnosis who received some sort of autism service.
- In McKean County there were 175 individuals who have an autism diagnosis who received some sort of autism service.
Dickinson Center recognized the need for evaluation and treatment for Autism in this rural area, and the program has grown over the many years. Early identification and intervention for the disorder increases the opportunity for improvement in severity of symptoms, and reduces the life long cost of care by 2/3.
Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI), a member of the Journey Health System, was awarded $86,000 from the AJ & Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust to support their Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program in Elk and Cameron counties.Read More
“Schizophrenia” is one of those words that conjures up fear in the imagination, but most people don’t really know what it means or how to recognize it.Read More