Finding care for young children suffering from ADHD, anxiety and other common issues can often be a difficult process. Naomi Allen knows firsthand just how hard it can be, having struggled with finding therapy for her five-year-old son. “It was just a black box,” she says.
Now thanks to Allen, there's literally an app for that. Spurred on by her experience, Allen co-founded Palo Alto, California-based Brightline to bridge the gap, and provide families with a virtual behavioral health solution. The Brightline app provides a portal through which children can meet with clinicians to work on problems including ADHD, anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior and more. And this week, the...Read more
Posted on 08/19/2020 at 01:19 PM
When Tarrant Cross Child was suicidal and fighting addiction, running was his lifeline, making a critical difference when he had nothing else to reach for. Afraid of losing everything, Cross Child, who is Blackfoot from the southern Alberta Blood Tribe of Saskatchewan, used running as therapy to recover.
Today Cross Child works to bring that inspiration to kids in similar trouble, through his Prairie Run Crew Outreach Program. There is a serious youth suicide crisis among indigenous young people in Saskatchewan, and he is determined to make a difference. “I want these kids to experience a victory, something good,” Cross Child explains. “Something positive in their life that ...Read more
Posted on 08/10/2020 at 03:58 PM
The founder and CEO of Making Authentic Friendships (MAF), a web-based app that helps kids and adults with special needs to make friends, Juliana Fetherman has always had a uniquely strong motivating force: her younger brother Michael, who was diagnosed with autism and ADHD. Michael struggles with forming friendships, a common problem among those with his diagnosis.
Like many new entrepreneurs, Fetherman faced a steep learning curve when she started out. But she stuck with it, and MAF is currently serving the special needs community in 30 states, 12 countries and 5 continents – and all this from a 23-year-old with no prior business experience.
In the recent Forbes feature, the young entr...Read more
Posted on 04/30/2020 at 03:04 PM
When Devin Nakano of Boise was only three years old, he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. At the time, his mother was told that the chances of her son living a successful life were "slim to none."
Miraculously, today Nakano is the founder of Y Stem and Chess, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by teaching at-risk kids chess, math and computer coding. Nakano has been at it since 2017, and is just getting started. “It builds critical thinking, it raises your IQ, it builds math scores," Nakano says. "It helps you communicate, it builds self-esteem, the list really goes on and on and on.”
To read more about this remarkably gifted educator, check out the recent...
Posted on 02/20/2020 at 10:05 AM
In today's America, it can often seem like our biggest problems have become part of our way of life, and that they are simply here to stay. The woes of the American family top this list: for years divorce rates have climbed, and the family institution has at times appeared to be critically, and chronically, endangered.
But there's good news on the horizon. According to the most recent figures, the American family is on the rebound. And this is especially good news for our most valuable resource--our children.
As outlined in the recent article in USA Today, the past decade has shown promising signs of a resurgence in childbearing, along with a marked decline in divorce rates and an increase in ...Read more
Posted on 01/07/2020 at 05:22 PM
Despite the fact that standards of life in the U.S. are generally far higher than those in Africa, social scientists puzzle over the fact that suicide rates in Africa are much lower than in the Americas–and nearly half those in Europe. In a culture that is objectively cleaner, safer and more orderly, what breeds this desperation?
For Chigozie Obioma, a Nigerian writer and professor at the University of Nebraska, the bigger mystery was in Africa. What accounted for the boundless hope of so many Africans living in difficult, poverty-ridden conditions?
Obioma’s work charts the tensions between between tradition and modern life, and their impact on people's happiness. The professor has...Read more
Posted on 06/30/2019 at 10:16 AM