Enjoy our blog entries below to learn more about the care we provide at Flatrock, the people we serve, our dedicated staff, and the issues that are important to us as an organization.

Overcoming Communication Challenges Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder

One of the trademarks of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is communication challenges. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, about 25-30 percent of those with ASD never develop functional language or are minimally verbal.

Anxiety and Affirmations

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, and in some situations, it can be beneficial as it alerts and prepares us for dangers. Anxiety disorders, however, involve excessive fear or anxiety. They are the most common mental disorders.

Recognize the uniqueness of everyone living with autism

“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” — Dr. Stephen Shore, professor, Adelphi University

Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

“Occupational therapy practitioners ask, ‘What matters to you?’ not, ‘What’s the matter with you?’” — Virginia Stoffel, former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day

The theme for this year’s World Down Syndrome Day is “With Us, Not For Us.” This simple message is the basic tenet for those with Down Syndrome and their supporters to move to a human rights-based approach to Down Syndrome and other disabilities. World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21st this year.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month focuses on increasing awareness of those with developmental disabilities and celebrating their potential.

Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week

A woman traveling to visit a sick relative stops at a diner. Hungry and strapped for cash, she asks for prices for some of the lower-priced items: Soup? Small fries? A slice of pie? She counts her change, sighs and pays for a cup of coffee and goes to the restroom. When she returns, there is a carryout bag of food for her paid for by an anonymous benefactor.   

This is an example of the many random acts of kindness that can be demonstrated during Random Acts of Kindness Week, which is celebrated February 14-20, and beyond. 

Defeating the Winter Blues

For many people, the long, dark nights of winter take a toll on mental health. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real affliction that causes depression and is linked to the change of seasons. Many people go through this for short periods of time in the winter, where they feel “down” and then start to feel better in the spring.

Celebrating No Name-Calling Week

“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.“

We have all heard this childhood rhyme in defiance of abusive language. But the truth of the matter is that name-calling hurts.