Grafton Matters Blog

The Show Must Go On

With the holidays well behind us, there are several fond memories of family and friends that I will take into the New Year. However, the one moment that has stayed with… Read More

The Power of the Parent

By Jessica Judd, Grafton Adult Services Community Engagement Program Manager Parents are fixers. It’s what we do. If something isn’t going right for our children, we take the bull by the… Read More

Meeting Behavioral Health Goals is Both Art and Science

*This article was originally published on the HuffingtonPost How do you define success? For individuals with intellectual disabilities, establishing goals and measuring success is complex. It requires a thoughtful balance;… Read More

Happier Mind, Healthier Body

By Bethany Deitz, MS, BCBA, LBA, Director of Adult Services   “I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means… Read More

Molding a Child’s Mind—To Censor or Not

It makes sense, given the range in popular opinion about children and media (music, video games, social media, television and movies), that there would be differences in view about these in the psychiatric residential treatment (PRT) setting. Grafton’s PRT in Berryville tends to take a fairly restrictive approach that is directed by therapeutic professionals. For example, clients are not allowed to access social media, have limited use of sports-centered and nonviolent video games, and watch minimal television and movies that are monitored for sexual, profane and violent content. But do these restrictions make sense given the clients will return to a community and environment where these medium will be widely accessible?

Change: It Begins with Our Thoughts

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” Amelia Earhart

Change can be scary. All of us have experienced this in varying degrees – whether we initiate a change or life makes that decision for us. Unchartered territory and the “what if’s” seem to consume our fears and before long, we are living in a parallel universe of doubt and anxiety rather than true reality.

Resilience–The Art of Bouncing Back

I was lucky to have been raised by two of the most resilient people I have ever met. My dad was injured in a body surfing accident when I was 21 months old, but somehow my parents rebounded stronger than ever and showed me a life I could never have imagined without my dad being in a wheelchair.