New Office Offers Support for Children & Adults with Autism!

New Office Offers Support for Children and Adults with Autism:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 17, 2014) – The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) has announced a new Office of Autism has been established at the agency.

The Office of Autism will create a centralized location to coordinate statewide and regional efforts to enhance the quality of life and independence to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and to support their families and caregivers.

The office will improve coordination of autism resources within the system of care supporting both children and adults with autism and help make those resources available to families and self-advocates. The office will provide administrative support to the Advisory Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders to unify and promote initiatives aimed at improving Kentucky’s system of care.

The CCSHCN has a long history of serving as a coordinator of services in the sometimes fragmented health care system to help ease the burden of chronic conditions for families and individuals. CCSHCN’s new autism office will work to coordinate throughout the cabinet with others that currently provide services and supports to families and individuals coping with behavioral manifestations of autism spectrum disorders. These agencies include the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities; Department for Medicaid Services; Department for Community Based Services; Department of Public Health; and Family Resource and Youth Service Centers. The CCSHN will also coordinate with other state agencies, such as Kentucky Department for Education.

Amy Cooper-Puckett has been selected as the director for the new office.

“Kentucky has an opportunity to integrate physical and behavioral health services for persons on the Autism Spectrum and it is my privilege to participate in this initiative as the Director for the Office of Autism,” she said.

For more information about the Office of Autism, please contact Amy Cooper-Puckett, LCSW, at the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, 333 Waller Ave., Suite 300, Lexington KY 40504, 859-252-3170, ext. 3003.

Photo: New Office Offers Support for Children and Adults with Autism:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 17, 2014) – The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) has announced a new Office of Autism has been established at the agency.

The Office of Autism will create a centralized location to coordinate statewide and regional efforts to enhance the quality of life and independence to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and to support their families and caregivers.

The office will improve coordination of autism resources within the system of care supporting both children and adults with autism and help make those resources available to families and self-advocates.  The office will provide administrative support to the Advisory Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders to unify and promote initiatives aimed at improving Kentucky’s system of care.

The CCSHCN has a long history of serving as a coordinator of services in the sometimes fragmented health care system to help ease the burden of chronic conditions for families and individuals. CCSHCN's new autism office will work to coordinate throughout the cabinet with others that currently provide services and supports to families and individuals coping with behavioral manifestations of autism spectrum disorders. These agencies include the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities; Department for Medicaid Services; Department for Community Based Services; Department of Public Health; and Family Resource and Youth Service Centers. The CCSHN will also coordinate with other state agencies, such as Kentucky Department for Education. 

Amy Cooper-Puckett has been selected as the director for the new office.

“Kentucky has an opportunity to integrate physical and behavioral health services for persons on the Autism Spectrum and it is my privilege to participate in this initiative as the Director for the Office of Autism,” she said.

For more information about the Office of Autism, please contact Amy Cooper-Puckett, LCSW, at the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, 333 Waller Ave., Suite 300, Lexington KY 40504, 859-252-3170, ext. 3003.





PBSS of the Month: July – Kayla Sanchez & Stephanie Green

CLiK would like to highlight Positive Behavior Support Specialists of the month, Kayla Sanchez & Stephanie Green:

 

Kayla Sanchez, MS

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Kayla Sanchez

“Hailing from ‘Nowhere in Particular’, Kentucky, I studied Applied Behavior Analysis in Louisville, Kentucky. A lot of my focus in study was within school curriculums, designing classroom structures around a verbal behavior approach. With this, I worked on language acquisition with children between the ages of 6 and 14 in a specially designed classroom. On the sly, I have trained lab mice for Rat Races. What I enjoy about this field is the almost immediate results. In the past, I have seen children learn signs to request food within 30 minutes or a child generalize a 1-2-3-My Turn Program within a day. At the end of the day, what makes it all worth it is when the families see the changes in their loved ones.”

 

Stephanie Green

Stephanie Green

Stephanie Green

“My name is Stephanie Green and I am a recent addition to the Positive Behavior Support Specialists for CLiK. I grew up in Mayfield, KY with my amazing parents and two older, yet hilarious, sisters. I attended college at Murray State University and began my college career in the Elementary Education area. Once I took the introduction to psychology course, I knew that I had found my true niche. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts from Murray State with a major in psychology and a minor in Spanish. I applied and was accepted into the Masters Clinical Psychology program at Murray State, from which I graduated in May 2014. Now, I have the opportunity to work for CLiK to provide support to families with individuals who have disabilities. I feel very privileged to be able to give back to the community in which I grew up. Each family is truly inspiring and I am thankful for the services that I am able to provide through CLiK.”

 

** If you would like to contact Positive Behavior Support Specialists Kayla Sanchez or Stephanie Green, please call our office at (270)843-5300!**



Congratulations to Nicola Ritchie for passing her BCBA Exams!

CLiK would like to say congratulations to Positive Behavior Support Specialist Nicola Ritchie for passing her exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst! Congrats to Nicola…. Your hard work has paid off!

If you would like to contact Nicola Ritchie or learn more about Board Certified Behavior Analysts, please contact our office at (270)843-5300!

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Nicola Ritchie, BCBA, Ed.D.



American Sign Language Day- Tuesday July 29th at SKY Dentistry

CLiK would like to share this message & great opportunity from Mandy Ashley DMD, MsEd, MS at SKY Pediatric Dentistry:

“Hi!

My pediatric dental office, SKY Pediatric Dentistry, is hosting our second American Sign Language Day on Tuesday July 29th from 12pm-3pm.

I have attached a flyer with more information on our 2nd ASL day. As a board-certified pediatric dentist, I am dedicated to increasing access to quality dental care for all children and also adults with special needs.

Please feel free to contact our office and speak with our Office Manager Paula Aydt or our WKU Intern Ellen Vice for more information on scheduling an appointment for our ASL Day. Kids and adults are also welcome to just come by and take a tour or a ‘Smile Safari’ on that day to check out our office and see if it is the right place for their dental care.

Thank you very much!

Mandy Ashley DMD, MsEd, MS
SKY Pediatric Dentistry
727 US-31W Bypass, Suite 101
Bowling Green, KY 42101
www.skypediatricdentistry.com <http://www.skypediatricdentistry.com/>
Toll Free 855-SKY-KIDS

Click here to Register your Child!
https://skypediatricdentistry.dentalsymphony.com/patient/newpatient.aspx



A National Webinar Co-Sponsored by NCDB, HKNC, & NFADB

CLiK would like to share information on this webinar being provided on the Impact of Technology in the Life of a Person who is Deaf-Blind:

A National Webinar Co-Sponsored by NCDB, HKNC, & NFADB

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 3pm EST

In celebration of Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, (June 22nd – 28th), the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) and the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) are co-sponsoring a national webinar to highlight the importance of technology in the lives of individuals who are deaf-blind.

This webinar will be an interactive conversation among three panelists, each of whom will offer their unique perspectives and experiences with technology:

Maricar Marquez, who is the Support Service Provider (SSP)/Volunteer Coordinator at HKNC, is deaf-blind and will share how technology has become an integral part of her life. She has presented on an array of deaf-blind issues. Skydiving, rock climbing, parasailing, competing in triathlons, and the NYC Marathon are just some of the activities that Maricar has enjoyed over the years.

Dinell Stuckey is the mother of three children, including a wonderful seventeen year old daughter who is deaf-blind. She is the Family Specialist for the Kansas State Deaf-Blind Project as well as a member of the KS Assistive Technology Statewide Task Force. Assistive technology plays an important role in her daughter’s life.

Betsy McGinnity is the Director of Training & Educational Resources Program at Perkins, in Watertown, MA. In addition to overseeing the Perkins Training Center, Betsy coordinates the national iCanConnect program funded by the Federal Communications Commission’s National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Joe McNulty, former Executive Director of the Helen Keller National Center.

This webinar will be available in various formats.

  • American Sign Language.*
  • Voice
  • Closed captioned
  • Video recorded
  • Screen readable HTML transcript will be available on NCDB website after the webinar.

* For those who prefer to use a Video Relay Service (VRS) provider, the call-in number and participant code are listed below.

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No registration is required. This webinar will be closed captioned and recorded.

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Prior to the meeting:
Adobe has recently updated Adobe Connect. Prior to the meeting, please run this meeting test and follow any instructions as needed.
http://hknc.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

On the day of the meeting:

HKNC
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
www.hknc.org

iCanConnect
http://www.icanconnect.org
Telephone: 800.825.4595/ TTY 888.320.2656

NFADB
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050

Telephone 800.255.0411
Fax 516.883.9060
NFADB@aol.com

 



Free Summer Food Program!

Warren County Schools is offering a Free Summer Food Program! Please see the attached flyer for further details:

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Positive Behavior Support Specialist of the Month: Christine Little, BCaBA, MS

CLiK would like to highlight Positive Behavior Support Specialist of the month, Christine Little, BCaBA, MS:

 

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Christine Little, BCaBA, MS

“I attended my hometown community college (Olney Central College) right out of highschool. It was during this time that I was blessed with the opportunity to work as an implementer of a DTT program for a local family. I completed my Associates Degree & transferred to Southern Illinois University, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree is Psychology. I then attended the Behavior Analysis & Therapy program following a recommendation by a friend. I had been married for about four years at this time & was very excited to be able to attend such an important program so close to my new family. I knew right away that I wanted to attend this program. I was excited to get the chance to work with individuals with developmental disabilities and autism.

This program offered a variety of opportunities for experience. I completed my practicum at the Autism Center & my internship at Project Ways (a program to train parents basic child care & behavior management, in order to prevent continued involvement with the Department of Children & Family services). I graduated from the program with a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis & Therapy.

I worked for a year with the Developmentally Delayed & Autistic population in St. Louis, Missouri. Although it was a wonderful company & I truly loved my participants, I had to move on after one year due to the difficulty of traveling. During this time I passed the BCaBA exam & then was able to work for a company whose primary population of service was individuals with traumatic brain injury. I worked there as a Behavior Therapist for 3 years, then accepted a promotion to Program Manager of the Day Treatment program. Following the birth of my third child, I resigned as program manager in order to reduce my stress & spend more quality time with my family. I have 3 beautiful boys, ages 8, 3, & 9 months. I plan to take the BCBA exam in the fall of 2014. I love working with this population & am truly excited & grateful to have found a company that shares my dedication & enthusiasm.”

If you would like to contact Christine Little, BCaBA, MS, please call our office at (270)843-5300!



2014 Regal Summer Movie Express : Admission Only $1.00!

Check out the 2014 “Summer Movie Express” at Regal Cinemas!

Admission is ONLY $1

– Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:00 A.M.

– Regal Bowling Green 12:

6/3 & 6/4 Hotel Transylvania / The Smurfs 2
6/11 & 6/12 The Pirates: Band of Misfits / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
6/17 & 6/18 Arthur Christmas / Despicable Me 2
6/24 & 6/25 Lego / Free Birds
7/1 & 7/2 Adventures of TinTin / Rise of the Guardians
7/8 & 7/9 Kung Fu Panda 2 / Madagascar 3
7/15 & 7/16 The Croods / Epic
7/22 & 7/23 Turbo / Walking with Dinosaurs
7/29 & 7/30 Mr. Peabody & Sherman / Rio 2

Clik the link below to watch a teaser video about the 2014 Summer Movie Express!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CXCwwJ-U9g#t=19



Mental Health Awareness Month- Featured Providers Mary Kennedy & Lucas Hall

May is Mental Health Awareness month!!! Clik would like to give a big thanks to all of our mental health providers for their outstanding service to our clients, agency and community. We will be highlighting our mental health providers this month to show our appreciation for all they do. 

 

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Mary Kennedy, LCSW

Mary is a Co-Founder and Co-Owner of CLiK. With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University and Master’s of Social Work from the University of Kentucky, she began her career as a hospice case manager in 1995. Mary eventually created her own company, Kennedy Counseling, which developed into an effort to provide innovative mental health service to over 150 young children in Central and Western Kentucky. In the process of transitioning from this company, she co-founded CLiK with Candi Bainbridge in October 2010. Today, as then, her focus remains on delivering a complete array of services for children, adults, and their families, including individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Thanks Mary for all you do!!!!

 

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Lucas Hall, MSW, CSW

Lucas Hall, MSW, CSW holds a BSW from Murray State University and a MSW from Western Kentucky University. Lucas is currently under supervision for his LCSW. Lucas recently completed Brainspotting Level I training and will complete Level II later this year. Lucas primarily works with children and families through the Impact Plus program providing individual and collateral therapy services. Lucas has also worked with adults and the aging population in the past. His current practice areas include: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, attachment disorders, family issues, child welfare issues and spirituality. Lucas is an avid Hot Yoga practitioner, runner and swimmer. He enjoys being outdoors, water sports and music. Lucas also enjoys spending time with his Black Lab.

 

To Contact Mary Kennedy or Lucas Hall, please call our office at (270)843-5300!