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Special Education Meetings Can Qualify for FMLA

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 24, 2020 4:06:45 PM

On August 8, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter stating a particular parent's circumstances qualified her to take time off using the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend special education meetings. Although the letter addresses the concern's of a specific family, the principles in the letter have a broad application.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Important Career Advice Nobody Will Tell You

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 19, 2020 10:37:45 AM

Everyone who has been job searching knows the struggles of landing the ideal position. But they're probably tired of hearing the same kind of advice that's being touted over and over again; namely suggestions on how to tailor your resume or follow up with people in your social networks.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

Social Workers Are Hard-Wired to Care

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 17, 2020 10:36:48 AM

People who go into social work are by nature caring and compassionate. They have a sense of commitment to the groups and individuals in our society who don't have much of a voice, among them the poor, and especially children. Their caseloads are bloated, their hours are long and the rewards are few. But they do their jobs faithfully, knowing that they can't fix everything and accepting that there will be a degree of frustration that accompanies their profession.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

How Speech Therapy Helped This Cancer Survivor Find Their Voice Again

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Can you imagine coming out from under anesthesia only to learn that you had no voice? This is exactly what happened to one Long Beach Resident after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. In order to remove the cancer, 75% of his tongue had to be removed. Palos Verdes Peninsula News reported on Harvey Swartz's experience and the rehabilitation he received from an unlikely source.

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Topics: Healthcare

Career Advice: Learn It's Okay to Say No

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 12, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Embracing "it's okay to say no" can be difficult at any stage in your career. Learning to say no keeps what doesn't belong in your career and life from crowding out what should be there. Make room for the career you want by learning to say no.

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Topics: Career Advice

Social Worker Goes Above and Beyond to Help Kids and Their Families

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM

We all know some unsung hero in our life i.e., some person who may not have fame or fortune but who has done a great deal to help the people in their community. Every now and then, WGLT's "The Leadoff Podcast" brings you the story of one such person. One of them is Beth Beaty, a social worker at Grove Elementary School in Normal IL. Beth regularly goes above and beyond to help the kids at Grove Elementary as well as other people in the community.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Llamas: An Unexpected Friend for Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

When you think pet therapy, the first images that come to mind are probably dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, or horses. But what about llamas? Anyone can benefit from animal-assisted therapy, from children to adolescents to seniors, whether it's on a personal-level or used to improve the overall well-being of an entire community.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

7 Techniques That Will Help You Excel in Your Career

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 5, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Everyone wants to be good at what they do. When you were thinking about what you wanted to be when you were a kid, you probably never thought, "I want to be a moderately good firefighter." You always imagined yourself doing well and people recognizing you. It's human to want success, appreciation and recognition.

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Topics: Career Advice

Dispatching Social Workers for 911 Calls

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 3, 2020 4:37:58 PM

Police and fire departments in Dallas, TX have teamed up with Parkland Hospital to rethink how they can respond to 911 calls resulting from mental health crises. One way to do this is to place a social worker in the dispatch center for triage calls while sending out a special team of mental health professionals to areas with the highest concentration of calls involving mental health.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Meow Wolf's "Experience Tubes" - A Creative Experiment in Speech Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 31, 2020 8:00:00 AM

There are many creative ways to do speech therapy. Now, Meow Wolf has come up with one more which they call an "experience tube." But what exactly is Meow Wolf? In their own words, they are "an arts and entertainment group" which "creates immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. This includes art installations, video and music production, and extended reality content."

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