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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
Kindness Is a Winning Message for Boys Town Central Florida Teen Is a Winning Message for Boys Town Central Florida Teen<p>What is one thing you can do right now to make your corner of the world a little better, a little brighter and a little kinder? That question was asked and answered in an inspiring (and winning!) speech by Edward Grillo, a resident of Boys Town Central Florida's Family Home Program<sup>SM</sup>. <br></p><p>Edward won first place in the Florida High School High Tech Speech and Research Contest sponsored by The Able Trust, an organization that promotes tech-related careers for high school students. <br></p><p>For eight minutes, Edward spoke from the heart and personal experience about the transformational power of kindness. With references to Mahatma Gandhi, Saint Teresa of Calcutta and his own life story, Edward advocated for more compassion and understanding in a world too often consumed by cynicism and callousness. <br></p><p> <em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">"The world is often a very scary place. One of cruelty, sadness and pain. Yet, in this world, there are people who are beacons of hope and show love to others in spite of those facts. You probably call them regular people, but I call them the heroes of tomorrow."</em></p><p>Edward challenged his audience to be the change they want to see in their families, neighborhoods and communities. It was a persuasive, inspiring call to action. <br></p><p>"People came up to me and said they were extremely touched by the speech," Edward said. "They felt moved and inspired to go out and do acts of kindness, which was humbling to hear."   <br></p><p>Edward advanced to the state contest in Tallahassee after winning local and regional competitions. He described the whole experience, which included tours of the state capitol building and governor's office, as "amazing." In addition to claiming first place, Edward earned a trophy and a $400 cash prize. <br></p><p>Edward credited his Boys Town Central Florida family for helping him learn how to "read the room" and use the audience's reactions to improve his tone and delivery.<br></p><p>"At the local contest, some people actually stopped paying attention to me and got on their phones. My Family-Teachers<sup>®</sup> helped me come up with ideas to keep people really engaged in the speech," Edward said.  <br></p><p> <em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">"I am a living example of what can happen when we decide to stay positive and not give in to our negative thoughts and emotions."</em></p><p>Boys Town staff also provided much-needed emotional support to Edward after his father's untimely death.   <br></p><p>"My Family-Teachers did a great job of keeping me comforted and looking forward to the competition so I didn't fixate on grief," explained Edward.<br></p><p>While Edward is grateful for the awards and accolades, he said having a platform to promote more kindness in the world is what proved to be most satisfying. His victory coincided with the Boys Town Alumni Association's mini-reunion, held in Orlando, and he was honored to share his message with visiting alumni.  <br></p><p>According to John Mollison, Senior Advisor for Alumni Matters, Edward's speech drew an enthusiastic standing ovation and was one of the most memorable reunion moments. <br></p><p>"Edward held the audience spellbound with his delivery and, more so, because of the message of people caring for each other. It was certainly inspiring," John said. <br></p><p> <em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">"Do you want to be a world-changer, or an idle bystander?"</em></p><p>The 17-year-old hopes to one day turn his passion for technology into a career. But he also wants to be an advocate for foster children and others who are in difficult circumstances.    </p><p>"A lot of the situations kids like me come from can be very negative," Edward explained. "It's not all sunshine and rainbows. It can leave you with a lot of anger. A lot of sadness. I say if you feel angry, write your feelings. If you're sad, use that to your advantage. If you use your emotions to your advantage, you're going to go a long way."<br></p><p> <em><strong>*This story features excerpts from Edward's winning speech. You can read the complete transcript </strong><a href="/locations/central-florida/Documents/edward-grillo-SPEECH.pdf?Web=1" target="_blank"><strong>HERE</strong></a><strong>.</strong></em></p><br>2018-09-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Edward Grillo" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/Edward-Grillo-Picture.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent