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Special Olympics Issues Dance Off To Support Developmentally Disabled

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 31, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The Special Olympics works hard all year to spread their message of inclusion. Through their competitions they shine the light on many amazing athletes with developmental disabilities, and just putting a little focus on these incredible people spreads hope and excitement throughout the disabled community as well as people from all walks of life all over the world.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Top Three Managers' Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Career

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 29, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Not everyone is cut out to be a great manager. You will come across some amazing managers who go above and beyond to bring employees together as a team. On the other hand, you will also have to work with managers who do not possess leadership skills, make bad decisions, waste their time on micro-managing the most insignificant tasks or create conflicts within the team they are supposed to manage.  Here are three common mistakes made by managers that could impact your career and some tips to help you deal with these difficult situations.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership, Employee Relations, Self-Improvement

Self-Improvement: Tips for Confidence Building

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 26, 2014 8:00:00 AM

With the prevalence of bullying these days, we often wonder what we can do to avoid having our children or someone we love fall victim to bullies who dominate through intimidation. The key, it seems, is relatively simple: confidence. The truth is, people who are confident are rarely the victims of bullying-- because they don't allow themselves to be.  So, what if your child isn't confident? What if you aren't? Luckily, confidence isn't one of those things that you either have or you don't. Thankfully, with a lot of determination and dedication, confidence can be built.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership, Self-Improvement

Improving Behavioral Health At Work Improves Your Business

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 24, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Everyone knows, work can be stressful. However, when people are happy and healthy at work, the entire office is more productive and runs more smoothly. This is why major companies spend time and money every year trying to improve company morale and engaging in team-building exercises. They know that if people can work well together, their business will be better off in almost every way.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Productivity

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Your Mental Health: Tips for Coping

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, many Americans find themselves feeling blue. In fact, 10 to 20 percent of Americans report feeling a bit more tired, sad, and unmotivated during the winter months. Additionally, 2 percent of adults suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mental health condition characterized by fatigue, overeating, and a loss of interest in daily activities.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Self-Improvement At Work: What Bad Workplace Habits Could You Fix?

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 19, 2014 8:00:00 AM

We have all had those jobs that would have been perfect, if only it weren't for the people we had to work with. Even less than ideal jobs can be pleasant as long as your co-workers are fun to be around.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

When It Comes To Healthcare Jobs: Pharmacist Tops The List

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM

When high school graduates begin to think of possible careers and fields of study, a smart career counselor will encourage them to look at the growth projections in the industries they are considering. Healthcare jobs are amazingly stable, because you can find healthcare jobs in every town in the country. Plus, as the baby boomers age, a higher percentage of the population will have more frequent health needs, which means that health care jobs will see growth across the board in the next few decades.

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Topics: Career Advice, Healthcare

The Benefits of Running For Children With Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Currently, one in 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of developmental disabilities that can result in social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Autistic children often have great difficulty communicating and interacting with others. Additionally, many autistic children feel overwhelmed by sensory input, which can make them uncomfortable in everyday situations.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

How Your Desk Job Might be Affecting Your Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It's no secret that living a sedentary lifestyle can lead to a host of physical ailments, such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. This includes employees who spend the vast majority of their time at work seated at their desks with little physical activity. A more recent discovery, however, is that sitting all day at work can do more than just harm your physical health-- it can also take a toll on your mental well-being.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Our Veterans and Their Silent Mental Health War

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 10, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Driving down the interstate, it's not uncommon to see bumper stickers displaying a simple yet powerful message: Support our Troops. Yellow ribbons tied to trees and mailboxes also serve to provide a sense of support and solidarity to those men and women serving overseas. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, flags fly high above countless American homes and businesses. Despite these public displays of support, however, many veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to fight a new battle alone: adjusting to life outside of a warzone and coping with the mental health issues that are rampant among veterans.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Standing Out in Your Job: Tips for Separating Yourself From the Pack

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Job, Standout, Stand Out From CrowdAll employees want to be recognized as someone who is competent, capable, and gets the job done. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to stand out among your colleagues-- particularly in larger companies.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement, Productivity

The Role of the Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 4, 2014 8:00:00 AM

An occupational therapist is tasked with assisting individuals perform the activities of daily living. These include things like feeding themselves, dressing, bathing and basic hygiene. OTs often work in concert with both speech therapists and physical therapists. They may see patients for rehabilitation after a stroke or traumatic brain injury or for habilitation which applies to most children referred for OT.

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Topics: Career Advice, Healthcare

Celebrating Special Education: How You Can Get Involved

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 3, 2014 8:00:00 AM

On December 2, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed legislation that would revolutionize the way children with exceptionalities are educated in this country. The law, which later became known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, was the United States' first federal law pertaining to special education. This past December 2nd marked the 10th anniversary of the celebration of Special Education Day in the United States.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

7 Quick Tips For Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 1, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Certainly, there are times when anxiety or depression can't be entirely avoided-- either due to circumstances, such as the death of a loved one, or perhaps because of a genetic predisposition. However, there are certain habits that can negatively impact a person's mental health. Being aware of these destructive habits and making a conscious effort to break them can have a significant impact on a person's mental health and overall feeling of well-being.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Self-Improvement, Mental Health

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