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Monday, April 25, 2016

My Story: Samantha Lucky #anxiety #ADHD


What were the signs that prompted you to look into it?
ADHD - I was very active in school when I was younger. I was always getting into trouble because I could not sit still. I would always ask questions that were "outside" of the box. I had old school teachers in elementary school. A teacher suggested, more than once, that I should have been on medication. I did not make friends easily, I always felt left out. I also needed to be challenged in school to stay engaged. I was easily distracted, and my mind moves at a very quick pace. I also forget easily.

Anxiety - I have always had anxiety. But I never knew what it was. I always thought it was normal. I would always second guess myself, wondered what others thought, questioned myself, and was afraid of my environment. I was experiencing a lot of life changes in a small amount of time; graduating college, moving back home, moving in with my boyfriend, finding a job, finding a full time job, and adjusting to that new job. The anxiety was LIFE CRIPPLING at one point. I considered suicide to provide relief. I was living minute by minute, I was miserable, and unstable.

What kinds of treatments have you tried? Were they successful?
ADHD - Nothing. I was not put on medication when I was a child. I am VERY thankful that my parents did not do that. As an adult I have learned how to cope with my ADHD without the help of medication. To cope I exercise, read, complete puzzles and try to stay busy.

Anxiety - Therapy! I have had tremendous success with therapy. It was worked wonders being able to talk to someone who was not in my life on a regular basis. I have been able to work through issues that I have been experiencing. I have had 3 different therapists. I started with one though my medical insurance, we did not fit well together. So I moved on to another, I loved her, but I had to change when I moved from the area. Now I am with a therapist who I love, and I have been seeing her for 9 months.

What kinds of changes have you seen since starting treatment?

I have tremendously improved! I have been able to experience life without feeling afraid all the time.

What has been your biggest struggle?
Having small relapses and feeling like I am going to go back to where I was.

What has this experience taught you?
That I am much stronger than I think. I let go of the small stuff and focus on the big things :)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

UC Davis Mind Institute Toy Drive April 4th-29th

Early Start Lab
The UC Davis Mind Institute is currently administering a study to compare the effects of two different treatments for young children with Autism.  One Type of treatment is Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT); many research studies show that this is an effective type of treatment for children with autism.  The second type of treatment is Play Based Teaching (PBT) based on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Research also supports the effectiveness of ESDM treatment for children with Autism.
The UC Davis Mind Institute hopes to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of using one treatment over the other. They’re also hoping to compare the number of hours (15 vs 25) of treatment that young children with autism receive. Both amounts of treatment have been demonstrated to result in significant child progress. They hope to learn how the number of treatment hours children receive affects children progress in treatment. This research is being done because there are no well controlled clinical trials ( a type of research study) that demonstrate differences between the two different types of treatment and the different number of treatment hours for young children with autism.
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The research focuses on teaching very young children, ages 18-30 months old.  Young children learn about their environment through play and toys, so those are the primary teaching tools used when teaching young children with autism.  In order to keep the cost down for families participating in the research, the toys are provided at no cost to the families for the duration of the study.  But they get a lot of love and don’t last too long, which is why we need your help!
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For more information on the Toy drive please see below.

UC Davis Mind Institute

New & Gently Used Toy Drive


The MIND is in need of new & gently used toys and art supplies for Babies and Toddlers participating in the Tadpole Study.

Where: Star Academy Front Office

When: April 4th-29th


Examples of items needed: baby toys, toddler toys, puzzles for 2yr-3yr olds, Shape sorters or blocks, bubbles,trains/cars, ball mazes, gears, art tools- brushes, stencils, kid scissors, crayons/markers/paints (gently used is OK), stickers, and books. 


We would like to avoid the following toys:

Stuffed animals

Barbie Dolls and Barbie Accessories

Please contact Diana Patterson for tax deduction forms. 

Contact: For questions or more information please call/email/text Diana Patterson at (916)730-8503 or eli.irie.taliyah@gmail.com