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Imagine ... being only a child and having to live with excessive stress. What do you know about &quo

Excessive activation of stress response systems affects the brain and other organ systems in many ways. When we feel threatened, our body prepares us to respond by increasing our heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones. When stress response systems are activated within an environment of supportive relationships, these physiological effects are moderated and brought back down to baseline. BUT, if the stress response is extreme and long-lasting— and supportive relationships are unavailable— it can overload multiple biological systems. Constant stress depletes precious energy the brain needs for healthy development in both children and adults. Chaotic, threatening, and unpredictable sit

13 Children from Easterseals School Visit "It was a perfect day, like no other!"

On 10/10 a group of 4 to 8 year old children from the easterseals school visited the STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center. It was sunny and warm, bright blue skies and a slight breeze; yes, it was a perfect day! Two big school buses pulled into the facility and 13 children emerged with their 1:1 caregivers. Smiles of excitement and hope filled their little faces. My staff and volunteers were excitedly nervous; we'd been planning this day for some time now. The Easterseals Western and Central PA School program specializes in providing quality individualiezd special education and therapy services to both Early Intervention (EI; ages 3-5) and School Age children (ages 5-8) with autism and multiple

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