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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Three)

Part Three: helping loved ones Helping a person who drinks too much takes knowledge, compassion and patience. Some actions are helpful and others are not. Do: Try to remain calm, unemotional and factually honest about how the person’s drinking abuse hurts you and others. Discuss the concern with someone you trust – a friend, clergy […]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Two)

Part Two: how does alcohol affect you? The reason that alcohol can cause such extensive damage to the body is because it goes everywhere. There is no body cell resistant to alcohol. Your Appearance – According to researchers, more than one or two drinks a week promotes aging. Alcohol is considered a food with non-nutritional […]

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Our senses and sensory processing

Written by: Vivian Hazell, MSE, LPC Lead Autism Therapist with Agnesian HealthCare Points to consider:The only way that any person knows what is going on both internally or externally is how they gather information through their senses (central nervous system) and how they interpret that information with their brain to come up with an adaptive […]

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