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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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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 […]

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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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