Children with autism learn about facial expressions from humanoid robot | Hollywood heroes get honors, social workers get job done | CDC data show 15% decrease in infant mortality
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March 22, 2017
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Children with autism learn about facial expressions from humanoid robot
Students with autism in St. Charles, Ill., are learning about facial expressions from a 2-foot-tall humanoid robot named Milo. Social worker Leslee Schilb notes that children with autism are often curious about technology, which makes it easier to interest them in interacting with the robot.
Kane County Chronicle (St. Charles, Ill.) (3/21) 
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Hollywood heroes get honors, social workers get job done
As society lauds celebrities for lending their prestige and wealth to humanitarian causes, it neglects the heroes in the trenches -- social workers, a member of the profession writes. "It is time that we acknowledge the challenging, tiresome, stressful, important, impactful and authentic work of social work for its humanitarian influence," writes licensed social worker Natalie Tuffield.
Social Work Helper (3/21) 
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CDC data show 15% decrease in infant mortality
The CDC said infant mortality in the US decreased 15% from 2005 to 2014, from 6.86 deaths per 1,000 live births to 5.82, and declines were seen across most racial groups. Deaths from sudden infant death syndrome dropped by 29%, data showed.
CNN (3/21) 
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Government & Policy
Arizona child welfare agency discards covert taping policy
In the wake of criticism, Arizona's child-welfare agency has abandoned a new and not-yet-implemented policy allowing covert recordings of adults suspected of child abuse. Issues of trust were raised as well as questions over the reliability of the voice stress analysis technology that would have been used.
KPNX-TV (Phoenix) (3/20) 
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L.A. County board mulls measures to prevent evictions
In light of skyrocketing rents and a 96% apartment occupancy rate, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will to look into financial and legal defense aid to help people avoid evictions. "Numerous studies have demonstrated that legal representation, particularly legal representation coupled with financial assistance, can prevent households facing eviction from losing their homes," said Board Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
Los Angeles Daily News (3/21) 
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Career Insights
Anonymous feedback can encourage criticism and blame
Anonymous feedback can encourage criticism and blame
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360 reviews and other forms of anonymous feedback have their place, but they shouldn't be a default mechanism because they have their own flaws and biases, writes Ed Batista. Anonymous feedback can result in criticism rather than critique and allows people to assign blame without taking responsibility.
Ed Batista blog (3/20) 
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Rediscover the gift of patience
Patience is a difficult concept to appreciate in this on-demand age, especially when the change effort is difficult, Scott Savage writes. He offers five questions to ask yourself when change efforts aren't going well.
Thin Difference (3/16) 
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NASW Updates
Social Work Month radio public service announcement
NASW is running radio public service announcements on the social work profession on stations across the nation during Social Work Month. The spot is airing on more than 150 radio stations. Here is a link to the audio.
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REGISTRATION OPEN -- 2017 NASW Virtual Conference!
The 2017 NASW Virtual Conference, "Aging Through the Social Work Lens" will be held on Wednesday, June 14, and Thursday, June 15. Over two days, participants will have access to 8 CEUs (including essential Ethics), professional development workshops, and networking opportunities. There will be inspirational presenters and cutting-edge plenary and breakout sessions as well as a Virtual Exhibit Hall. You can view the full agenda here. Join 1,000 of your colleagues and walk away with the best practices and renewed inspiration you need to continue serving older adults and their families. Register today!
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