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Suicide screenings important for teens

Programs like the Fond du Lac Area YScreen are important. One out of every five teens in America has emotional health concerns. The 2011 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 14 percent of the teens surveyed seriously considered suicide in the past year, and suicide is the second leading cause of death in Wisconsin [...]

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National Suicide Prevention Week September 8 to 14, 2013

Suicide is a tragic event – one that is hard to understand, one that seems senseless and one that affects friends and family members deeply, especially in the case of youth suicide. Early identification of possible emotional health concerns and connection to supportive services are important tools in preventing youth suicide. Research shows that many [...]

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Audio Blog: Dr. Matt Doll discusses new autism services at AHC

Agnesian HealthCare’s Matthew Doll, PhD in Psychology with Doll and Associates, talks about our new autism services and how parents can identify the signs of autism on the KFIZ morning show.  

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Helping Kids Get Organized

Back to school time again! You’ve likely started out with the best intentions of helping your child get organized for the year. You’ve purchased all the school supplies and helped your child prepare for the school year. The backpack, desk and locker look great for the first few days of school. So, will it last [...]

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Getting to Know Savant Syndrome: Part VII

How often does the savant lose his or her special skills? In my experience, not very often. Indeed, quite to the contrary, continued practice and use of the special skills generally leads to greater ability, more facility and increased expertise. For many years there was a debate, in trying to help the savant, whether to [...]

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Q & A About Onboarding

Q: I have heard about onboarding. Can you tell me a little more about this? A: Thank you for a great question. Onboarding refers to, from the starting point of interviewing job applicants, the process of orienting, training and helping a new employee become part of the work group and culture. Here are thoughts from [...]

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Struggling with forgiveness?

Written by: Colleen Zietlow, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Agnesian HealthCare Behavioral Health Services Many of the patients I work with struggle with the concept of forgiveness. Somewhere along the line forgiveness has become synonymous with giving in to somebody that has wronged us. This is not what forgiveness is. Forgiveness is letting go [...]

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Getting to Know Savant Syndrome: Part VI

What causes savant syndrome? While a number of theories have been put forth to date, no single theory can explain all savants. Some of those theories have included eidetic imagery or the related but separate phenomenon generally called photographic memory; inherited skills; sensory deprivation and sensory isolation with overcompensation in isolated skills, compensation, ritualistic practice [...]

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Overcoming common children’s sleep concerns

Sleep tends to be a common concern among parents.  Many children have difficulties falling asleep and get up multiple times after they are put in bed with numerous excuses.  There are a few recommendations that can be followed to ease these difficulties. Establish a set bedtime and stick to as much as possible, even on [...]

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Back to School Tips

Written by: Jennifer Specht, PhD Outpatient Behavioral Health Services The start of school can be a stressful and anxiety provoking time for the entire family.  Going from the laid back times of summer to the routine and structure of the school year is a difficult transition for many families. Here are three simple ways to [...]

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