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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time for us to celebrate people living with Down Syndrome, and recognize their unique abilities and contributions to our society. People with Down Syndrome, as we know from our own Flatrock residents, are...

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September is National Self-Care Awareness Month

Fall is a beautiful time in Michigan, but for many it is also a very busy time — with children returning to school and upcoming holidays to plan for.   At Flatrock, we are always in awe of our staff and the great care they take of...

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Sign language an important tool in communicating with deaf, nonverbal residents

According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages. American Sign Language (commonly referred to as ASL) is a visual language used...

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Better Communication with Autism

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) vary greatly in how they communicate. Some may be extremely articulate and some may be nonverbal. One of the core characteristics of ASD is difficulty understanding social communication and interaction. This...

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Essential Workers Continue to Toe the Line

Our essential workers, especially those in the health care field, have had a particularly difficult time these past 18 months working through the COVID-19 virus.  Unlike many of us, they never had the opportunity to work from home, and their jobs...

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A Positive Look at Autism

  What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done. –––Temple Grandin, The Way I See...

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August is National Wellness Month

August is National Wellness Month, a time to think about our health and how we can improve it or to reflect on how our healthy habits throughout the year has enhanced our lives. At Flatrock, the wellbeing of our residents and staff is our first...

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National Disability Independence Day

In 1990, a historic bill was signed that changed the lives of millions of American who live with disabilities.   The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ensured that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to...

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Depression and Intellectual Disability

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently funded a study that found that those with intellectual disabilities (ID) had a higher rate of depression – and typically experienced more severe depression --  than the general population....

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What is Occupational Therapy?

When we hear the term “occupational,” our minds usually goes to jobs, careers and professions. While occupational therapy certainly can aid people in performing their jobs better, this type of therapy isn’t necessarily...

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