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Getting to Know Savant Syndrome: Part V

What is ‘autism?’ What is the relationship of savant syndrome to autism? The word “autism” has lost its specificity. With respect to children the term “autism” referred originally to a group of youngsters first described by Dr. Leo Kanner in 1943 to whom he attached the diagnosis of Early Infantile Autism. These were children who [...]

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Suicide Prevention

Let’s Talk About Suicide Which is greater, the yearly number of suicides in Wisconsin or the yearly number of homicides? The answer is that in recent years, completed suicides exceeded homicides by a wide margin – almost four to one. Suicide Facts • Each year about 650 people succeed in suicide attempts in Wisconsin. An [...]

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Meeting Management

Q: Any tips for good meeting management? A: Thank you for a great question. Here are some tips: Prepare for the Meeting • Define the objectives and desired outcomes. Know what you are trying to achieve by having a meeting. • Determine if a different activity or medium could be used besides a meeting. A [...]

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Getting to Know Savant Syndrome: Part IV

What is the relationship of savant syndrome to IQ? When Dr. Down originally named the condition idiot savant, he linked its name with a classification of IQ of less than 25, but almost all reported cases have occurred in persons with an IQ above 40. However a low measured IQ score, or “mental retardation” either [...]

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Road Construction

Winter, Fall and Construction Season Is your summer plagued by the stress of construction season? Not only is construction stressful in itself, but we are more aware of the amount of time and money spent at a stand still with gas prices quickly rising. Here are some tips to help you make it through a [...]

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Audio Blog: How parents can identify signs of autism

Agnesian HealthCare’s Janet Martin, OTR, a registered occupational therapist, discusses how autism affects sensory integration and how parents can identify signs of autism in their children.

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Critical Thinking

Q: What is critical thinking? A: Thank you for a great question. Here are thoughts from Michael Scriven and Richard Paul from the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking Instruction.   A Brief Conceptualization of Critical Thinking Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and/or evaluating [...]

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Getting to Know Savant Syndrome: Part III

Why is savant syndrome seen more frequently in males than females? Savant syndrome does occur four to six times more frequently in males than females. Partly that is due to the fact that savant syndrome occurs in as high as 10 percent of individuals with autistic disorder where that same disproportionate male:female ratio is seen. [...]

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Timely Reminders: Resilience

Resilience in psychology is defined as “the mental ability to recover quickly from change, stress, depression, illness or misfortune” (wikipedia). At some time, all humans are impacted by some type of misfortune or change that challenges our resilience. Resilience is one of the ingredients that differentiates people who take a victim mentality from those with [...]

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Leading Inspiration: Q & A About Bullying

Q: I hear a lot about workplace bullying. Could you tell me what this involves, the impact and what can be done about it? A: Great question. We hear a lot about bullying of children and adolescents, especially in schools, but bullying can also occur at work. Workplace bullying refers to repeated, unreasonable actions of [...]

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