Feb. 10, 2009 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 39 Autism bill passes Senate A measure requiring private health insurance companies to cover autism treatment passed the Senate Monday. If the House and Gov. Bill Richardson sign on, autism coverage would include screening and treatment through speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and applied behavioral analysis, according to the Senate […]

Living with autism

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Courtesy photo Brenden Webb, 5, relaxes in a swing. Brenden has autism, and though he is able to participate in many activities typical for a child of his age, his condition presents challenges as well. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Brenden Webb just celebrated his fifth birthday. The curly-haired bundle of energy likes finding […]

Doggie Howser, MD: Therapy dog

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Casper the therapy dog visits with surgical floor nurses at Plains Regional Medical Center. “The staff and the patients, they love having him here,” his owner David Kelso said. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A practiced calm settled over Casper as he stood ready to make his rounds. As the […]

Poetry doubles as therapy

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Nico Barela, of Las Vegas, N.M., says “my poems are my life story.” By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer On paper and off, Nico Barela, 17, can break your heart. “Have you ever lived my life? Spent one minute in my shoes? If you haven’t, then tell me why you […]

There is no shame in seeking therapy

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist I see a psychologist. Perhaps, I see nothing unusual about this because of my background. My mother, sister, aunt and cousin are psychologists, and most of my extended family saw a therapist at one time or another. I grew up thinking that going to a psychologist was just like going […]

College update: Point guard finds her voice

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer New Mexico Highlands point guard Chelo McElrath has always had a quiet, introverted demeanor. After two years at Clarendon Junior College in Clarendon, Texas, the 2003 Clovis High graduate went to Highlands and walked on at the Division II school in Las Vegas. It was at Highlands where McElrath […]

Ant colonies: Therapy for working man

By Grant McGee: local columnist Have you heard about that movie called “The Ant Bully?” It’s that age-old story of a little boy destroying an ant hill. The kid ends up being shrunk and having to help the ants rebuild their home. I think most of us have obliterated an ant hill with water, fire […]

Commissioners donate to horse therapy program

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commissioners opened their wallets and their hearts during Tuesday’s meeting to assist a local horse therapy program obtain nonprofit status and grant funding. Mini Blessings spokesperson Lexie Myers presented a slide show set to inspirational music. As the pictures unfolded, they revealed smiling children waving and […]

2/12 honors

Daniele Baughman was awarded a master of occupational therapy degree Dec. 17 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She was awarded the degree after she completed her clinical fieldwork experiences at Advance Therapy Services in Fort Worth, Texas, and in Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Four Clovis students wee named to the South […]

Community garden offers therapy for mentally ill

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Diane Watts, a nurse for Mental Health Resources INC, views the productive garden that has been cultivated by patients. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The garden is called many names — “community garden,” “therapeutic garden” and “living garden” — and it serves as many purposes as it has names. The […]