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Developmental Disabilities and COVID-19: A Bad Combo

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 6, 2020 3:03:08 PM

This pandemic has taught us a lot about how vulnerable parts of our society are. It famously affects older folks far worse than folks under 50, and it hurts certain sections of the economy more than others. Now, another group has been found to be in even more danger from Covid-19, and that group is people with developmental disabilities.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

3 Tips To Help You Make The Most Of Physical Therapy Telehealth

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 3, 2020 12:17:00 PM

Over the past couple of months, many people have had difficulty traveling to their healthcare appointments. Luckily, telehealth has allowed patients to continue their therapy online. Virtual sessions are a useful addition to in-clinic visits. You are probably wondering how you can get the same benefit from telehealth as you would at a clinic. Here is how you can make the most of your physical therapy over the internet.

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Topics: Healthcare

Alleviating the Mental Health Stress of Black Professionals

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Every healthcare worker is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Black professionals are also fighting an ongoing "racism pandemic," according to American Psychological Association President Shandra L. Shullman. Witnessing recent high-profile events, such as the killings of black men and women at the hands of law enforcement, deeply affects black professionals in particular. Even when they are working, they cannot forget that their lives and the lives of their loved ones are constantly threatened. Racism has psychological consequences, Shullman states, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Topics: Career Advice, Mental Health

Engaged Employees Boost Company Morale for Those Around Them

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Gallup suggests a humbling statistic that only 34% of US employees and 15% of worldwide employees stay engaged in their workplace. Their satisfaction and happiness are integral to a company's morale, productivity, and success.

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Topics: Management & Leadership

Clear Face Masks Making a Communication Difference

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 26, 2020 1:17:53 PM

Wearing a face mask whenever you're in public has become at least a temporary reality for many of us. Wearing a mask might be inconvenient and may even cause you to cut your shopping short so you can take it off. For some people, though, face masks are causing problems beyond just being an inconvenience. They are causing an actual communication issue because people cannot see other people's mouths.

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Topics: Healthcare

Career Advancement - What You Haven't Been Told

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 24, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Whether in college, from others in your chosen profession, or from your parents, you've probably gotten a lot of career advice. Yet, a Forbes article last year shared some important career advice that you've likely never heard before. According to the article, there are five things that you should focus on to make your career meaningful.

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Topics: Career Advice

Social Worker Creates COVID-19 Coloring Book to Help Kids Cope

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

About 35 years ago, several tornadoes hit eastern North Carolina. At that time, the University of North Carolina's Child and Adolescent Program created a series of coloring books to help children and their families cope. That history inspired Lindsey Atkins, a social worker who currently serves as a clinical instructor for the same UNC program. Atkins wrote a story called Joey the Kangaroo and Her Coping with COVID Plan that includes illustrations for children to color. Like the coloring books from decades ago, the social worker's COVID coloring book is meant to give children and their families tools to deal with the pandemic's emotional impact.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Intellect Processes in Sign Language Comparable to Spoken Language

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 19, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation and went to use a word and realized "oh, that's not the word I want...this is"? This language mishap happens so quickly in conversation that it often goes unnoticed; the wrong word is quickly scrapped and replaced with the proper word that the brain was looking for and the conversation moves forward seamlessly. This all is recorded to happen at 40 milliseconds, so fast it goes undetected in the conscious mind.

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Topics: Healthcare

Strong Managers are Key to Employee Retention

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM

How many people do you know that have never left a job? The answer is probably zero. So why do people leave their jobs? Most of the time it somehow relates to their manager, either directly or indirectly. Having strong managers can help improve retention of good employees.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership

Foundation Connects Adults with Developmental Disabilities with Jobs

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Less than 20 percent of disabled adults are employed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Fly Brave Foundation, a nonprofit based in Sacramento, California, exists to create bridges to employment for adults with developmental disabilities who have aged out of the school system.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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