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Incorporating Special Education into Regular Classrooms

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In the past, it was thought the best way to teach those with special needs was to separate them from regular classrooms in order to provide the focused attention they required. While it still holds true that certain students do need teachers that will address their special learning needs, it is also becoming more obvious that at least some integration into regular classrooms can be beneficial, both for special ed and regular students.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Up Your Sports Performance with Physical Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For the sports-minded individual, it often becomes apparent that professional expertise is needed in order to obtain optimal performance and/or to avoid injury. While there is more professional information available than ever in the way of downloadable apps and online sites, sometimes a more hands-on approach is needed. For those who want to maximize their physical abilities, enlisting the aid of a professional physical therapist can be a strategic move.

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Topics: Healthcare

Beating Burnout: Ways to Get Back on Top of Your Game

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

So, you're burnt out. It happens to most of us at one point or another. Long hours, strenuous projects, it all piles up and suddenly it's hard to get out of bed in the morning and feel excited to head into work. While sometimes burnout and being overworked can feel like a never-ending cycle, there are ways to get back on the top of your game.

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Topics: Career Advice, Productivity

The Changing Role of Special Education in Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There have been significant changes in how special education institutions deliver therapy services to their students. In the past, speech, physical, or occupational therapy was conducted inside rooms reserved for therapy sessions. Paraprofessionals would help students with special needs, overcome their behavioral challenges and mental health issues. But general ED teachers seldom participated with students who had IEPs.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare, Education

Do You Suspect Your Child Has Language Issues? Don't Wait and See

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

When a young child's language skills seem to be developing slower than average, parents usually share their concerns with friends, family, or even the child's pediatrician. Frequently, the response to the parent's concerns are reasons not to worry.

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Topics: Healthcare

Why Kindness is the Most Important Trait in a Managerial Role

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In a leadership position, following the Golden Rule could go a long way in maintaining good relationships with your employees. Being in charge means you're responsible for training employees, conducting performance reviews, and setting reasonable goals. Of course, this is easier to accomplish if you keep employee morale from slipping, by treating them with kindness and respect. Scientific studies have shown that managers who are considerate towards their employees' well-being, tend to be perceived as more trustworthy when they make decisions that affect the workplace structure.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership

Mental Health Days for Oregon Students

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In an effort to change the stigma of mental and emotional health issues, Oregon has become one of the first states to allow students legitimate time off for a "Mental Health Day". Signed in July, 2019, the bill makes mental health and behavioral health excusable absences from school. Utah also passed a similar bill in 2018.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Occupational Therapy and World War I

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Occupational Therapy has a history that dates back as far as 100 BCE. Asclepiades of Bithynia is the first recorded occupational therapist. He used hydrotherapy, music, exercise, sunlight therapy and wine on his patients. Science and medicine changed greatly for the next 2,000 years. It was a result of World War I, however, that modern occupational therapy was born in the United States.

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Topics: Healthcare

What's Your Management Style?

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Management is the process of getting people to work together to accomplish a desired goal or objective using available resources efficiently and effectively. How the desired goal or objective is achieved is left up to the managers within an organization. A leader's management style can impact how productive employees are. Management styles have been categorized in numerous ways; but no matter the approach, the focus is on either the project or the people.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership

Pennsylvania Camps Focus on Behavioral Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Behavioral and mental health issues in children have received a great deal of attention during the past few decades. Terms like depression, ADHD and Autism Spectrum have become household terms and that's a great thing! Yet even as our awareness grows, families of children with specialized needs still struggle to find appropriate facilities and programs. Below is a resource list for families and medical professionals in search of quality programming for these kids.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

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