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Tracking Your Child’s Development

Playing with his parents in the backyard, Leo displayed an impressive ability to kick the soccer ball. Even though he was only a few months past his second birthday, they thought he was ready for an organized soccer program for children ages three and over. When he got to the class, Leo was as good […]

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Social Skills: Following Directions

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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.

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