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Decreasing Anxiety and Depression Among Parents from a Low Socio-Economic Neighborhood Using Mindfulness-Parenting Education: Results of a Pilot Program

Posted On July 12, 2019
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By Josephine Ojo Mhende, MPH Georgia State University, Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD), Research Coordinator II, Mental Health First Aid Facilitator

Brief review of mindfulness-parenting education research Mindfulness is most commonly associated with meditation techniques that aim to increase an individual’s awareness in the present moment, reduce mindless responding, and enhance non-judgmental observation. In… more »

Improving Preschoolers’ Executive Functioning using Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Posted On July 11, 2019
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By Laura Wood, M.Ed. School Psychology Doctoral Candidate, Georgia State University

Importance of Executive Function Development  in Preschoolers

The preschool years (i.e., 3-5 years old) are an important stage of social and cognitive development for children. One important area that experiences dramatic growth during this time is executive function (EF) skills. EF skills are defined… more »

An Interview with Andrew “Andy” Roach, PhD: Mindfulness – An Appealing Self- Care Practice to Manage Educator Stress

Posted On July 11, 2019
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GPAD: Let’s begin by discussing teacher stress. How big an issue is teacher stress? Roach: On the national scene, one of the best recent snapshots that we get about teacher stress comes from the 2017 Educator Quality of Work Life Survey conducted by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). When asked how often their work… more »

Fifth Annual Autism Conference and Expo

Posted On July 9, 2019
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The Autism Conference & Expo (ACE) of Georgia is an annual event that provides an unparalleled opportunity for sharing knowledge and resources about supports for individuals with autism and their families in Georgia. ACE represents the collaboration and contributions of an alliance of leading self-advocates family members, community partners, state agencies, and other stakeholders. This… more »

Postsecondary Graduation – Inaugural Classes

Posted On July 9, 2019
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Inclusive postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities are growing across the nation and in Georgia.  Currently, Georgia has nine of the more than 260 inclusive postsecondary programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities at universities and colleges across the country.

In 2019, Georgia celebrated inaugural graduation classes from three different postsecondary programs across the state.… more »

CLD’s 10th Year Anniversary Events

Posted On July 9, 2019
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Atlanta, GA – The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University hosted four events to commemorate their 10-year anniversary. The speakers selected are internationally known experts in their fields and all four exude the values of leadership and inclusion that have informed CLD’s work over the past 10 years.

Dr. David Satcher, Founding… more »

CLD Co-Hosts 11th Annual Georgia Positive Behavior Support Conference

Posted On July 9, 2019
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The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD), housed within the School of Public Health at Georgia State University (GSU), co-hosted the 11th-annual Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support (GAPBS) conference on December 5-6, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The 2018 GAPBS conference had over 1,500 attendees, representing over 103 Georgia school districts. GAPBS… more »

In Review – 2019 Autism Conference and Expo

Posted On July 2, 2019
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The Autism Conference & Expo (ACE) of Georgia is an annual event that provides an unparalleled opportunity for sharing knowledge and resources about supports for individuals with autism and their families in Georgia. ACE represents the collaboration and contributions of an alliance of leading self-advocates family members, community partners, state agencies, and other stakeholders. This… more »