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Lessons for Parents of Children with Autism

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

When he was three years old, Mark Macluskie was diagnosed with autism. At the time, his parents were told that their son would one day need to be institutionalized. Instead, the 19-year-old is now majoring in mechanical engineering and doubling minoring in electrical engineering and mathematics at Arizona State University, where he is attending college on a full ride scholarship. Plus, based on research conducted by the National Institutes of Health, Macluskie no longer meets the criteria for an autism diagnosis.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Speech Language Pathologist Evaluations for Children

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Your child was referred to a speech-language pathologist for an evaluation. Evaluation is key in determining the speech-language areas that need addressing. But now what? How should you prepare your child? What are the speech-language pathologists evaluating? What will the evaluation tell me?

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Topics: Healthcare

Soft Skills for Career Success

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

Learning a new skill or two or gaining experience is something that you'd expect out of just about any job that you can imagine. Continued learning of new skills or abilities is a good way to move up in your career or job and makes for a well-rounded resume. While gaining a skill of any sort is useful, often the skills built at work emphasize improving hard skills rather than soft skills. Today we'll take a look at the two different skill categories and explore some of the soft skills that are most useful for professional success.

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Topics: Career Advice

Seeking a Job as a Developmentally Disabled Grown-Up

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

One of the most difficult things to find for an older developmentally disabled person is a job. People living with a label are often rejected and can't find a job at all, or they are ridiculed so much in a job they already have that they end up quitting. This can plunge them into poverty, shame and depression.

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Topics: Career Advice, Behavioral Health

Speech Therapy - Different Approaches for Different People

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When people think of speech therapy, they often imagine a child who stutters or otherwise has a speech disorder. While people who stutter or who have a speech disorder can benefit from therapy, there are a variety of other reasons people may need the help of a speech therapist.

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Topics: Healthcare

Asserting Yourself Effectively in Your Career

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

Have you ever found yourself dialing it back at work to avoid seeming pushy, aggressive, or overly assertive? Or maybe asserting yourself feels uncomfortable or unnatural. If you've ever taken the Big Five Personality Test you probably have a good idea whether your individual personality leans more towards assertiveness or agreeableness. Whatever your natural personality tendencies are, chances are finding a level of combination that promotes your own professional goals without frustrating those around you will be good for your career.

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Topics: Career Advice

Recognizing a Potential Mental Health Problem

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

Everyone has their good days and their bad days. One day you might feel really happy. Then the next day, something may happen to make you feel sad or discouraged. While being sad once in a while should not be a cause for concern, your mental and emotional health is important. If there is a real problem, it should be dealt with quickly and appropriately. Unfortunately, some people fail to recognize a mental health issue.

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Topics: Mental Health

Benefits of a Career in Physical Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you are interested in working in the healthcare industry and want to help other people, a great career to pursue would be to become a physical therapist. There is a range of different benefits that come to those who work in physical therapy.

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Topics: Healthcare

Career Advice: Tips to Help You Dress Appropriately For Work

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 29, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Knowing what to wear for a new job can be difficult. You want to dress professionally, but you also want to avoid being too formal in your clothing choice. While not every workplace is going to have the same dress code, a recent Forbes article shared some basic dress code tips.

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Topics: Career Advice

Mental Health - Too Poor For Treatment?

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

With mental illness, in the best circumstances, waking up in the morning can be a struggle when you suffer from any kind of mental distress. Whether it is PTSD, Bipolar or depression, sometimes putting on your shoes seems daunting and tedious. Having to awaken and shower and dress and go to work can seem impossibly difficult. As if wading through mud, you would make your way to your car, flop into the driver's seat and go to work, only to return in the evening, sludge through dinner and then repeat.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

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