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Benefits of Nature to Mental Health Disorders

April 2nd, 2019

Spring is here. Trees are blooming. Plants that were once asleep magically peep out of the ground. New fresh green leaves appear, slowly unfolding toward the light. Everything is awakening. It is a time of growth and birth. It can also be a time of healing. Being in nature benefits our mental health and can […]

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How to Be an Effective Caregiver

March 19th, 2019

I went back to school in January; so you could imagine how surprised I was to find myself not only as a full-time student but also as a caregiver. Becoming a full-time student was planned, but becoming a full-time caregiver happened suddenly and unexpectedly. This year, my octogenarian mother moved in with my husband and […]

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Autism—Not Normal, Extraordinary

March 5th, 2019

“Look at me!” “That phrase turned me into an eye-contact coach. I’m the mother of Ivan; he’s 15 years old. Ivan has autism, he doesn’t speak, and he communicates through an iPad, where his whole universe of words exists in images. He was diagnosed when he was two and a half. I still remember that […]

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Discarding the “Disability Mindset”

February 26th, 2019

Justin was first diagnosed with a disability in the form of ADD (attention deficit disorder, now known as ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) at the age of 5 years. The diagnosis resulted in his removal from a regular classroom environment to special education classes. Justin’s parents were informed by Justin’s educators that he probably wouldn’t graduate […]

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