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Have you done any good in the world today?

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By Stephen C. Schultz


I recall a song from church that started out, "Have you done any good in the world today? Have you helped anyone in need?"


In today's society, media outlets generally operate on a 24 hour news cycle. The standard operating procedure within that 24 hours is that, "If it bleeds...it leads"! Because of this, we in the general public are literally bombarded with sensationally driven "negative" news! Every once in a while, there is a "Human Interest" story, but they seem to be far and few between.

Take a break from all the bad news and check out some of the more subtle acts of kindness we rarely hear about. Below is an example where teens, struggling with their own issues of substance abuse, self harm and family relationship concerns are learning that "Self Esteem" has less to do with "Self" and more to do with serving "Others".



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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Teenage Sexual Development - Where Can A Parent Turn With Concern?

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By Stephen C. Schultz


I recently sat in a meeting with Oxbow Academy. It was actually a very productive meeting. Much of the discussion was around the treatment of students who struggle with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While Oxbow Academy specializes in working with students who have some sexual development concerns, over the years it became apparent that there is a sub set of teens that need special attention and a refined therapeutic approach.



There are many therapeutic aspects to Oxbow Academy, but this post will focus mainly on the treatment of students with ASD. Nearly 50% of the students we work with suffer from ASD, NLD, ADHD or demonstrate co-morbid issues of some kind. Many are also navigating very sensitive adoption issues including reactive attachment disorder (RAD).

In our work with teens that have been diagnosed with ASD, we use a variety of treatment methods known to be effective, and individualize our approach based on the client’s needs.  Our therapeutic efforts ar…