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Back to School Tips

Written by: Jennifer Specht, PhD Outpatient Behavioral Health Services The start of school can be a stressful and anxiety provoking time for the entire family.  Going from the laid back times of summer to the routine and structure of the school year is a difficult transition for many families. Here are three simple ways to [...]

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Acquired Savant Syndrome: Accessing our ‘inner savant’

About one in ten persons with autism is a savant.  Savant syndrome is a remarkable condition in which extraordinary musical, artistic or mathematical skills exist side by side with autism or other serious mental disability.    It raises questions about how often dormant potential goes undiscovered in persons with handicaps.  But recent cases of ‘acquired savant [...]

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To Delete or Not Delete: That is the Question

The other day, I was going through the texts on my phone. I have the phone set so that it automatically saves incoming texts. I often delete texts that I send right away to save space on my phone. (Believe it or not, I don’t have a smart phone.)  As I was looking at past [...]

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Healing Thoughts: August 2014

Through Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services, support is available during this grieving process to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one.  All services are offered at no charge and are available to any individual or group who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Check out this month’s Healing [...]

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14 Things to do with your kids yet this summer

 Find a farm with raspberries, tomatoes, flowers, anything, and get picking. Play outside in the rain: Smell the rain, splash in puddles, make mud pies. No rain? Set up the sprinkler up outside instead. Go camping: Try backyard camping, or set up sleeping bags on the floor in your house and have a family sleepover. [...]

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Beating the Thoughts that Fuel Procrastination

Below are some typical errors in thinking that we make when we approach a task that overwhelms, bores or bothers us.  Try to spot your favorite thinking errors so that you can talk back next time you are attempting to put something off! I.  “I am not in the mood right now” When your boss [...]

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14 things to do with your family yet this summer

Go picking: Find a farm with raspberries, tomatoes, flowers, anything, and get picking. Play outside in the rain: Smell the rain, splash in puddles, make mud pies. No rain? Set up the sprinkler up outside instead. Go camping: Try backyard camping, or set up sleeping bags on the floor in your house and have a family [...]

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Road Construction

Winter, Fall and Construction Season Is your summer plagued by the stress of construction season? Not only is construction stressful in itself, but we are more aware of the amount of time and money spent at a stand still with gas prices quickly rising. Here are some tips to help you make it through a [...]

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Developing mental toughness during training

We have all been there – those mornings when we want to hit the snooze button instead of hopping on the bike, the moments when we think maybe it would be OK to turn our long runs into a shorter workout. But the folks at Speedo really summed it up best with their campaign slogan, [...]

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My marvelous journey with incredible savants: What have I learned?

I met my first savant when I developed a Children’s Unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute in 1962.  In the 50+ years since that time I have had the privilege of meeting so many persons with this extraordinary talent superimposed on some underlying limitations demonstrating the remarkable juxtaposition of incredible ability and disability within the [...]

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