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A new year’s resolution that lasts the whole year

Written by: Tara Schmitz, Wellness Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Weight loss, quit smoking, and reducing debt are only some of the most common news year’s resolutions. Setting these goals or resolutions is often easier said than done.  Use these eight tips to accomplish your goals this year! Be realistic. It is great to dream big, however if […]

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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 2016 is pretty startling. Where did 2015 go? Where did last winter, spring, summer and fall go? At the beginning of each year, we […]

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Outgrowing Autism? A Closer Look at Children Who Read Early or Speak Late

The headlines read “New study suggests autism can be outgrown”, or “outgrowing autism: a doctor’s surprise and wonder.” The stories are based on studies reporting that 7-9% of children with a documented early autistic syndrome disorder (ASD) have no symptoms of the disorder on follow-up later in childhood or adolescence. That is good news. The […]

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Eight keys to maintaining health during the holiday season

Written by: Terra Braatz, MSE, NCC, LPC Key #1: Expectations Let go of unrealistic expectations as you cannot plan a “perfect” holiday or recreate the past. Key #2: Feelings Acknowledge and express your feelings honestly by giving yourself permission to feel grief, sadness, and loneliness. Key #3: Socialization Whether you tend to isolate or are […]

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The autism “epidemic” in perspective

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name. And in medicine that means “the first step in treatment is to make the correct diagnosis.” With respect to autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), early identification produces better outcomes; the earlier the better. But that makes accurate diagnosis in early childhood all the more […]

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Enjoying the Holidays: Stress Prevention and Relief

Planning holiday parties, family celebrations, gift buying, stringing lights, decorating, school performances, and religious services: Just a few of the many obligations families have that can create wonderful memories—and extreme stress. Now that Halloween is over and the holiday season is in full swing, we are beginning to see Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations everywhere. The […]

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Savant syndrome: What’s in it for us?

The extraordinary musical, art or mathematical skills that persons with savant syndrome show are spectacular in their own right.  The most well-known savant of course is Raymond Babbit, played so well by Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man. But beneath the surface of these exceptional talents and minds are clues to better understanding intelligence, creativity and […]

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Happy Halloween tips for children with autism spectrum disorders

Halloween is right around the corner. Along with excitement, it often signals the beginning of the holiday season. The fall colors, trips to the pumpkin patch and candy galore – it’s a treat for our senses! Children with autism spectrum disorders may interpret and react differently to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, […]

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Healing Thoughts: September 2015

Through Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services, support is available during this grieving process to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one. All services are offered at no charge and are available to any individual or group who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Check out this month’s Healing […]

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Savant Syndrome: Rain Man re-visited

The world’s best known autistic savant is Raymond Babbitt as so marvelously portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man.  But Raymond Babbitt was a fictional character, albeit very accurately depicted. I have been collecting examples of ‘real-life’ savants for a number of years now and published a report on 319 such individuals in […]

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