Sensory-Friendly Santa For Kids With Autism – Week In Neurodiversity (12/24/16)


The Week in Neurodiversity

The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by Mike Nickas.

In this episode, kids are meeting Santa in malls all over the country in a sensory free environment, kids with ADHD get to run around to help them learn, and NFL Hall of Famer Charles Haley talks about Bipolar Disorder. These stories and more in this week’s episode!

[00:12] Action-based learning is helping kids with ADHD stay focused in school.

[00:45] A retired neurologist who specialized in Parkinson’s was actually diagnosed with the same disease at the age of 36.

[01:14] Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Brandon Brooks spoke out about his diagnosis of anxiety.

[01:35] NFL Hall of Famer Charles Haley discusses his battle with Bipolar Disorder in his new book.

[02:08] A high school sophomore out of Bismarck, ND, educated his peers on concussions.

[02:36] Autism Speaks is working with malls around the country to help kids with autism meet Santa in a sensory-friendly environment.

FOR THE FULL-LENGTH STORIES AND VIDEOS:

Action-based learning is helping kids with ADHD stay focused in school. http://abc13.com/education/alief-isd-is-helping-kids-with-adhd/1655611/

A retired neurologist who specialized in Parkinson’s was actually diagnosed with the same disease at the age of 36. http://www.newswest9.com/story/34054864/retired-nacogdoches-neurologist-doesnt-let-parkinsons-hold-her-back

Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Brandon Brooks spoke out about his diagnosis of anxiety. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18279284/philadelphia-eagles-guard-brandon-brooks-diagnosed-anxiety-condition

NFL Hall of Famer Charles Haley discusses his battle with Bipolar Disorder in his new book. http://cw33.com/2016/12/13/charles-haley-super-bowl-champ-tackles-bipolar-disorder-in-new-book/

A high school sophomore out of Bismarck, ND, educated his peers on concussions. http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/St-Marys-High-School-sophomore-educates-peers-about-concussions-406371325.html

Autism Speaks is working with malls around the country to help kids with autism meet Santa in a sensory-friendly environment. http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/new-initiative-gives-kids-autism-chance-meet-santa-n695161

 

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Mike Nickas received his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University in December of 2015, and is currently pursuing an education in the fields of neuropsychology and special education. He is the host of the online news show The Week in Neurodiversity, and author of the column Notions by Nickas. He also currently works as a camp counselor at Dr. Mike Rizzo’s Child Provider Specialists in Weston, FL.

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