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Boys Town Central Florida Christmas Tree Lighting Town Central Florida Christmas Tree Lighting<p>​​On December 1, Boys Town Central Florida hosted their Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House. Close to 400 people had the chance to participate in the amazing events throughout the night. The Carillon Elementary School Choir and the Rhythm and Blues Band led guests in carols and Santa helped light the tree. Guests also heard stories from several Boys Town youth and were invited to tour homes on campus as well as the Intervention and Assessment Center. "It was a great event that allowed the public to see what we do first hand here at Boys Town Central Florida," said Tabitha Talbott, Donor Relations Specialist at Boys Town Central Florida.<br><br></p>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="tree lighting" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/tree-lighting.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="tree lighting" height="300" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/tree-lighting.jpg" width="450" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Central Florida Hosts 13th Annual Candy Cane 5K Town Central Florida Hosts 13th Annual Candy Cane 5K​<p>On December 14, runners of all ages gathered at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs, Florida to participate in the 13th Annual Candy Cane 5K hosted by Boys Town Central Florida.</p><p>After a rainy start to the day, almost 700 registered runners gathered at the start line just as the rain started to clear. The participants ran the 5K to be greeted by Santa and receive a medal and a t-shirt. Once the last runner crossed the finish line, the Kids Fun Run started where little ones could partake in a friendly competition run.</p><p>Runners and families enjoyed food and hot chocolate provided by local vendors as well as different activities throughout the event.</p><p>Awards went to the top male and female finishers, the overall top masters male and female, and the first three finishers in every age group, ranging from 10 and under to over 70. Prizes were also given out to the largest team and the best costume. This year the fastest male ran the race in 18:08.7 and the fastest female finished in 22:13.6.</p><p>"Although the morning started out with some showers, the rain stopped and the sun made an appearance just in time for the race to start," said Tabitha Talbott, Donor Relations Specialist for Boys Town Central Florida. "It was an awesome event that gets bigger and better every year!" This year's race raised just over $20,000 to go towards helping children and families in the Central Florida community.</p><p>Thank you to Holland Pools, the title sponsor, as well as everyone else who supported Boys Town Central Florida through this race. It was a fun time had by all and we can't wait to see how this event goes next year!​<br><br></p>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="CC5k" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/CC5k.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="CC5K" height="312" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/CC5k.jpg" width="400" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Behavioral Health Clinic’s Testing and Assessment Services Help Create a Continuity of Care for Children, Adolescents Health Clinic’s Testing and Assessment Services Help Create a Continuity of Care for Children, Adolescents<p>His stomach ached. His head throbbed. Tears streamed down his cheeks. </p><p>Little Aiden cried to his mom. He felt icky and wanted to stay home from school – again. Aiden missed lots of days at his elementary school and always for the same reason. So, what was going on? </p><p>Aiden's pediatrician found no physical problems that would cause frequent abdominal pains or any of his other complaints. But the pain Aiden felt was real, and he was an anxious child, especially about school. That's why the pediatrician recommended that Aiden have a psychoeducational evaluation at the Boys Town Central Florida Behavioral Health Clinic. </p><p>For the past year, the clinic has provided psychological and psychoeducational testing and assessment services for children and adolescents. These comprehensive evaluations involve a combination of tests and measurement tools related to intelligence, cognitive abilities, memory and behavior. They are administered to school-aged youth, from kindergarteners to college students, to gain greater insight into their educational abilities as well as their emotional and behavioral strengths and weaknesses.  </p><p>When a child like Aiden struggles in school, academic testing and assessment can help pinpoint whether the underlying issue is related to a reading problem, such as dyslexia, or an attention problem, such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Likewise, if a child struggles with friendships or family relationships, the assessment can determine whether the child is experiencing emotional disorders, such as anxiety or depression. </p><p>"Evaluation and assessment allow us to get a deeper understanding of a child's underlying academic, social and emotional functioning," explained Dr. Jason Gallant, clinic director. "This information is used to customize treatment to meet the unique needs of the child."</p><p>In Aiden's case, the assessment revealed a bright child who had a significant reading problem. Aiden was trying so hard to compensate for his poor reading skills that he made himself sick. His family was able to use the results of the evaluation to advocate for the appropriate services at Aiden's school, which significantly reduced his anxiety and the stress, strain and embarrassment it caused.  </p><p>Casting a wide net and looking at the whole child is key to pinpointing exactly where a child is struggling, said Dr. Katrina Stone, the clinic's assessment psychologist. So a typical assessment involves parent and teacher interviews, reviews of relevant records and one-on-one interactions with and observations of the child. </p><p>"When I do an evaluation, I gain an understanding of the biggest challenges a child and family face. This leads to tangible next steps and interventions that can put everyone on a more successful path going forward," said Dr. Stone.  </p><p>With the addition of assessment and evaluation services, the clinic is now a one-stop shop. This is especially helpful when assessments reveal the need for therapeutic interventions. Having assessment services and therapists under one roof guarantees greater coordination, collaboration and continuity of care, delivering more efficiency and better outcomes to children and families.    </p><p>The clinic is currently working toward expanding its evaluation services to include comprehensive autism assessment for youth who have or may be at risk for autism spectrum disorders. </p> <p>The Boys Town Central Florida Behavioral Health Clinic has been serving children in the greater Orlando area since opening in 2012. To learn more about the clinic's testing and evaluation services, and other services, call 407.853.7704.</p>2019-09-30T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone<p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Central Florida’s 12th Annual Candy Cane 5k Town Central Florida’s 12th Annual Candy Cane 5k<p>Boys Town Central Florida had their 12<sup>th</sup> Annual Candy Cane 5k on December 8 at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs.  </p><p>The event allowed for runners of all ages to put on their reindeer antlers, Santa suits and race to raise money for Boys Town Central Florida. </p><p>This year the race had an attendance of 745 and was able to raise over $18,000.  </p><p>All participants received a t-shirt, the first 700 to cross the finish line received a medal. </p><p>This year the top male finished in 17:46 and the top female finished in 19:08. </p><p>Throughout the event, there were numerous activities for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to the 5k, there is also a Kids Fun Run for younger children to participate in. Local vendors provided food and of course, hot chocolate. The event would not be complete without Santa waiting at the end of the finish line. </p><p>"The Boys Town Candy Cane 5K is an awesome event for the whole family. It really brings the community together and shows the youth and families we serve that someone <em>truly</em> has their back," said Tabitha Talbott, Central Florida Donor Relations Specialist. "Plus, free pancakes…need I say more?"</p><p>Thanks to everyone who participated and helped raise money to further the mission of Boys Town Central Florida. </p><p><img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/race.jpg" alt="Starting Line" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2018-12-19T06:00:00Z<img alt="Winners!" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/winners.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent