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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 […]

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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 […]

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Hairpulling: Part 1 of 2

There is a habit disorder that causes as much pain and embarrassment as alcoholism or gambling and generally isn’t talked about. It is hairpulling or trichotillomania (most hairpullers call it trich or TTM).  Though the name “trichotillomania” sounds Gothic and weird, it literally means “hairpulling enthusiasm.” Trich is an issue of the ages and is […]

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Social Skills Video: Losing a Game

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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Social Skills Video: Joining an Activity

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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Social Skills Video: Deciding what to do

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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Gratitude Practice To Refresh Your Soul

During the business of the holiday season coming…please take time, each day to write down 3 things you are grateful and or thankful for each day.  Focus on what you are doing right, good choices and positive things to fuel you for the next month.  This is a good practice to improve your mood and […]

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“Rustproofing” People: Wellness in Perspective

While a very welcome concept, I don’t have a particular fondness for the term “wellness.” While “sickness” seems right as a noun, “wellness” feels a bit awkward as a noun. Maybe it’s just me. The term I prefer is “rustproofing” ourselves. In 1972, I wrote an article with that title in Postgraduate Medicine listing the […]

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Social Skills Video: Asking for help

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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Child with Autism Response To Domestic Violence

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.  Children with autism strive for routine and predictability in order […]

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