Archive | Behavioral Health

RSS feed for this section
Dr. Treffert

Hyperlexia: Children Who Read Early

One of the most valuable lessons I learned from a wise and seasoned professor in medical school was, “The first step in treatment is to make the correct diagnosis.”Nowhere in medicine at present is that sage advice more applicable than in making the diagnosis of “autism.” While Autistic Disorder certainly does exist (I met my [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
New Year Resolutions

New Year, New You?

Written by: Lauren Turner, MA., NCC., LPC-IT Predoctoral Intern at St. Agnes Hospital in Outpatient Behavioral Health As I write this blog, I’m reflecting on how quickly time passes. To think that it is almost 2015 is pretty startling. Where did 2014 go? Where did last winter, spring, summer and fall go? At the beginning of each year, we [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
stressed out

Recognizing Depression

It’s easy for many of us to identify what depression looks like based on what we have seen in the news and other media. Images of individuals who are often tearful, distant and isolative, or just seem to be “down in the dumps” are usually what quickly comes to mind. However, there are many “faces” [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Autism Awareness

Autism and winter clothing

Written by: Vivian Hazell, MSE, LPC Lead Autism Therapist at Agnesian HealthCare Many children with autism find it hard to shift to different clothes at change of seasons. The most stressful for parents is shifting to winter wear because of the need to keep exposed skin from the cold temperatures. Many times the sensory processing [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Lights of Love

Holiday Tips for Families Living with Autism

Written by: Vivian Hazell, MSE, LPC Lead Autism Therapist at Agnesian HealthCare For many children with autism, holidays are full of stressors, such as a bunch of people gathered together (like for Thanksgiving dinner), different routines, (like no school), changes, (like a tree in the living room) and surprises (like opening gifts).  Here are some [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

You’ve got your connections

It is astounding to me that with 7.2 billion people on earth,  no two faces are exactly alike. They all have a nose, eyes, lips, chin, teeth, cheekbones and foreheads, but how those parts are particularly connected makes each face unique. The same can be said about the brain. While each person has a cortex, [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Hairpulling: Part 2 of 2

Last week, I discussed the reasons for hairpulling. In this blog, I will focus on challenges, prevention, and treatment. The hurdles The biggest hurdle in beating hairpulling is flagging motivation. In a therapist’s office, many folks with TTM believe they can conquer their habit. But sometimes the shine goes off the penny after they leave [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Social Skills Video: Waiting for an Adult’s Attention (How to Interrupt)

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.

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Christmas Stress

Surviving the Holiday Season

Written by: Lauren Turner, Predoctoral Intern with St. Agnes Hospital Behavioral Health While the holidays are a time of cheer, spirit and warmth, this is also a notoriously stressful time of year. Finding that perfect gift, hosting family dinners and dealing with often unpredictable weather can make the holidays a time of anxiety rather than [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
family (11)

How to Raise Grateful Children

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, we are all reminded of the importance of having gratitude.  Being a thankful person helps us to be mindful of the good things, even in stressful times.  Using a grateful thinking style has even been shown to have psychological benefits.  So, how can we help our children to develop a [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }