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What are SADD lights?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SADD) affects people who are extremely sensitive to winter’s increased melatonin secretions and lack of sunshine. People with SADD produce too much melatonin. This disrupts their internal body clock leading to depressive symptoms. You may have SADD if you have had episodes of depression that clearly have an onset in fall or [...]

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Imagine if you couldn’t

Written by: Vivian Hazell, Lead Autism Therapist, Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism Imagine if you couldn’t interpret what those around you are about to do or WHY they are doing it or what you should do in response…. You have just imagined being a child with autism.  Now imagine that child is in an environment [...]

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Eight Ways to Stop Bullying in our Community

Did you know that 25 percent of public schools report that bullying among children occurs on a daily or weekly basis? And that one in five high school students report being bullied in the past year? Contrary to what may have been some people’s experiences, bullying is not a normal, healthy behavior or a rite [...]

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Social Skills Video: Apologizing

The Social Skills Video project is a collaborative community project in which Agnesian’s Autism, Behavior and Communication Center and local schools have been working together to create social skills videos for use by our community.    

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Motivation for today

Live each day of your life! Get Active… Be Active… Stay Active… Run,jog,walk,trot,scamper, move,hike,swim,jump,jump rope,hop,skip,kick,volleyball, basketball,soccer,baseball, Tennis,horse back riding,roller blading,climbing,running steps… Whatever it is…do it!

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Social Skills Video: Accepting Consequences

The Social Skills Video project is a collaborative community project in which Agnesian’s Autism, Behavior and Communication Center and local schools have been working together to create social skills videos for use by our community.

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Mindfulness – A Key to Peace in a Busy World

As school gets into full swing, many families find themselves busier than ever juggling the demands of work, school, family and activities. We find ourselves running from one moment to the next, stressed and often times not enjoying the activity in which we are engaged. Though this may seem to be the reality of a [...]

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Mealtime challenges those with dementia

Many individuals with dementia and their caregivers struggle at mealtime. This can be frustrating because many of life’s pleasurable events center on food…favorite meals, backyard grilling, party food and holiday dinners. They are happy social memories with spouses and children, relatives and friends. When mealtime becomes a frustrating and negative experience, both emotional and nutritional [...]

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Changing your attitude to loose that spare tire

Are you carrying around a few extra pounds and not sure how to get rid of it? Have you tried every fad diet, bizarre food combination or late night TV gadget that promises weight loss? Well, you must face this fact – no matter what late night TV fitness guru preaches – gimmicks do not [...]

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Is the mischief in drugs or in people?

In the 1960s when I was superintendent of the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, we began to see an influx, for the first time, of a number of teenage and young adult drug abusers. This was happening throughout the United States and other countries. There were very few programs in the country specializing in treatment of [...]

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