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Demanding School Age Years: Maternal Depression and Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Mental health and motherhood are most often thought of in conjunction to newborn babies. At this stage there is risk of PPD. There are sleepless nights and endless sessions of guessing how to figure out and calm your baby's cries. However, the demands of motherhood mutates as a child grows. This can cause anxieties, depression and exhaustion to exist even as the child gets into their school-age years. Postpartum Depression can last long after giving birth, and new depression can form in mothers who did not experience PPD.

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Topics: Mental Health

Lost Weight Lost Voice: Speech Therapy and Weight Loss

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A Belfast woman, Terri Keith age 30, ended up in the hospital suffering from malnutrition after losing 84 pounds. She went all the way down to a size 10 from a size 16. And she was unable to speak. Speech therapists attributed it to the stress she had put her body through from the fast weight loss.

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Topics: Healthcare

Three Tips for Balancing Motherhood and a Career

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Whether you are a new mother or you have several children, sometimes it might feel like you are experiencing an internal battle between being a great mother and doing your best job at work. If you are struggling to balance your career and motherhood, consider some of these tips for working mothers.

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Topics: Career Advice

Mental Health: Reframing Your Teen's Negative Thinking

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Let's face it. Teens can be a bit moody and negative at times. While this moodiness and negativity are normal for teens, they can also lead to mental health issues, including depression and chronic anxiety. A recent NPR article discussed how helping teens to reframe these thoughts can help teens avoid facing mental issues now and as they transition into adulthood. There are four steps parents or others who work with teens can take to help prevent these negative thoughts from harming the teens.

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Topics: Mental Health

Allied Health and Other Treatments for Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

According to information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, 1 in 68 children in the United States identifies as having some form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is right in line with the average in Asia, Europe, and other North American nations, where roughly 1 to 2 percent of individuals have ASD. These numbers appear to be increasing in recent years. Whether you are a parent of a child with autism or you work with children with autism, it is important to understand some treatment options within the Allied Health field.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

Career Advice: Helping Yourself by Helping Others

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Recently, Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, offered career advice for anyone hoping to be a great leader. Weiner, who is the highest rated CEO on Glassdoor for 2017, said "Inspire, empower, listen & appreciate. Practicing any one of these can improve employee engagement; mastering all four can change the game." Weiner's focus is on developing these qualities as a leader, whether as a CEO, manager, or other leader in a company. These qualities, though, can and should be developed by anyone wanting to progress in their career.

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Topics: Career Advice, LinkedIn Resources

Police Need Better Training on Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

“It made me feel sad.” That’s what Connor Leible, a 14-year-old boy with autism said about a confrontation with a police officer who mistook his mannerisms for signs of drug use. What Connor was doing was a form of self-stimulation called “stimming.” It’s a practice that many autistic individuals do to calm themselves.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Helping Your Child Develop Speech Therapy Skills at Home

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If your child receives speech therapy services, the help the child gets from a speech therapist should be only the beginning of the process of helping your child develop speech and language skills. These speech therapy services should continue at home. If you are unsure how to help your child with language skills, consider some of these things suggested by the mother of a child who receives these services.

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Topics: Healthcare

Invest in Yourself During National Self-Improvement Month

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

January 1 is a popular time to evaluate our lives and think about the areas we want to improve before the new year ends. We think of broad goals: lose weight, get a new job, eat better, learn a new language, etc. But for many of us, September and October can also be a catalyst for change and renewed focus on self-improvement.

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Topics: Self-Improvement

Telemedicine: A Lifeline for Behavioral Health Following Harvey & irma

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

September was a devastating month for people across Texas and Florida following two historic hurricanes. We've seen the damage played across our television screens: lives lost, homes and jobs lost, families huddled together in shelters, thankful to be alive, but wondering what their next steps should be. After the physical danger of a natural disaster has passed, and after the news cameras have gone away, the people of the community still have a long road to structural, physical, economic, and emotional recovery.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Three Reasons Children Sometimes Need Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When people think of occupational therapy, they often think of adults getting help after a stroke, surgery, or an accident that left the person unable to perform essential tasks. However, this form of therapy is not just for adults. There are several reasons children may need it.

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Topics: Healthcare

From Self-Discipline to Self-Improvement

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Whether it is losing weight, focusing better at work, making more friends, or something else, most people want to improve their lives. Unfortunately, sometimes our own self-discipline is holding us back from self-improvement. Yet, there are several things you can do to improve your self-discipline.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Productivity

Autism in the Workplace: Taking Advantage of a So-Called Disability

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, roughly one out of every 68th child born is said to fall somewhere along the autism spectrum. Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is the name for a group of developmental disorders that include a wide range, or spectrum, or symptoms, levels of disability, and skills. Let's key in to that last word there: Skills. Roughly 80 percent of adults currently diagnosed with ASD are either unemployed or underemployed.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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