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Sanding Wood Shabby Sheek

One of the most successful activities in my day program is refinishing furniture and sanding wood. The task is to transform old wooden furniture into a shabby sheek piece ready for a boutique shop on Ventura Blvd.

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Social Skills via Tea Party

For many years I have been involved in teaching Social Skills to consumers in my day program. I discovered that a top-down approach of the trainer giving instruction seldom translates into real change in social behavior.  After a trip to England and drinking lots of tea, I realized the value of Tea Time. The act […]

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300 Online Practice Questions and Jeopardy Games

The exam is administered online and is an open book test which means you may reference handouts or Title 22 during the exam. The exam has 75 questions. You must obtain 70% to pass. Be prepared and study by working through over 300 online practice questions. Each question is followed by the an  excerpt from […]

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People with developmental disabilities overlooked in COVID pandemic.

Watch this video on a recent announcement made by Governor Gavin Newsom regarding upcoming restrictions devised to slow the spread of the new COVID-19 variant.

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Administrator Re Certification Penalty Fee Increase

For existing administrators the ACS section has increased the penalty for late re-certifications. Here’s what you need to know.

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Autism and Depression

Recognizing depression in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder can present many challenges as some characteristics of ASD can resemble some of the signs of depression.

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Down Syndrome and Congential Heart Disease

Children with Down syndrome are at a much higher risk for congenital heart disease. As a comparison: the incidence of congenital heart disease in the general population is 0.8 percent. The incidence of congenital heart disease in children with Down syndrome is between 40-60 percent.

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HIV and Drug Use

National Institute of Drug Abuse Drug abuse and addiction have been inextricably linked with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic.  While intravenous drug use is well known in this regard, less recognized is the role that drug abuse plays more generally in the spread of HIV by increasing the likelihood of high-risk sex with […]

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Epilepsy in the Elderly

It’s common for older adults in their seventies and eighties, and even in their sixties, to feel confused and  forgetful.  But that’s not a normal part of aging. Often, it can be a sign of epilepsy. Epilepsy affects some 300,000 elderly people in the United States.  Older adults are the fastest growing population group with […]

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