Archive | Behavioral Health

RSS feed for this section
Christmas Stress

Enjoying the Holidays: Stress Prevention and Relief

Planning holiday parties, family celebrations, gift buying, stringing lights, decorating, school performances, and religious services: Just a few of the many obligations families have that can create wonderful memories—and extreme stress. Now that Halloween is over and the holiday season is in full swing, we are beginning to see Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations everywhere. The […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Savant syndrome: What’s in it for us?

The extraordinary musical, art or mathematical skills that persons with savant syndrome show are spectacular in their own right.  The most well-known savant of course is Raymond Babbit, played so well by Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man. But beneath the surface of these exceptional talents and minds are clues to better understanding intelligence, creativity and […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Happy Halloween tips for children with autism spectrum disorders

Halloween is right around the corner. Along with excitement, it often signals the beginning of the holiday season. The fall colors, trips to the pumpkin patch and candy galore – it’s a treat for our senses! Children with autism spectrum disorders may interpret and react differently to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
grief relief logo

Healing Thoughts: September 2015

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 […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Dr. Treffert

Savant Syndrome: Rain Man re-visited

The world’s best known autistic savant is Raymond Babbitt as so marvelously portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man.  But Raymond Babbitt was a fictional character, albeit very accurately depicted. I have been collecting examples of ‘real-life’ savants for a number of years now and published a report on 319 such individuals in […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Question Mark

How much time do YOU waste trying to answer unanswerable questions?

We all do it sometimes. We may not even notice how much time we spend thinking about something that we REALLY want the answer to. Then, we “snap out of it” and realize that 10 minutes just passed and we didn’t get anything done because we were lost in thought about a concern we have. […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
woman with dog

Gratitude Practice

Practicing an attitude of gratitude is a way of living for Christians and is becoming a more popular attitude to live by in many faiths. Studies have been done which prove the value of being grateful as a way to reduce stress and lead a more positive life in general. This attitude is one of […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Chevron bead and Indian glass bead strings

Healthy lifestyle reminder with beads

Someone gave me the following idea from their church bulletin to remind them to be healthier in their choices. I loved the idea and modified it to what I think would be a great reminder for us all to have! All you need is some colored beads and string to make  a keychain, bracelet or […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Timely Reminders: Summer Safety

Whether your children are home for the summer, on the road with you or away at camp, use these tips to keep your family safe and healthy: Riding Safe When your child is ready to roll, make sure they: • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter and skateboard, or when roller blading. […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
AHC icon only

A Sign of Health is Knowing When to Seek Help

By Jackie Block, LMFT, LCSW, St. Agnes Hospital  “A sign of health is knowing when to seek help.” It’s true you know when things are not going well, those who recognize a problem and seek solutions are much better off than those who chose to avoid and deny whatever the problem is. It can be […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }