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Peer Solicitation Helps Children With Autism

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Recently, researchers studied playground interactions between children with autism and their peers. They found that peer solicitation—specifically, a child inviting another child to play—can improve reciprocal social interaction among autistic children. The study was published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

While the children with autism did engage in less play than their ...

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New Year’s Eve Tips For People in Recovery

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Pouring_two_champagne_glassesThe holiday season can be a trying time for people in recovery for alcoholism or drug abuse. New Year’s Eve is especially difficult, as the holiday is known for drinking. If you’re in recovery or planning to stay sober, here are some tips to help you make it to 2014 without a slip:

  • Make ...
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ADHD And The Holidays

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The holiday season is a busy time. Between traveling to visit family, entertaining guests and going to seasonal events, your family routine is bound to be disrupted. To a child with ADHD, the excitement and anticipation surrounding holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah can be overwhelming.  The combination of your ADHD child’s excitement and the schedule changes can lead to behavioral issues.

Here are some tips for helping your child enjoy the holiday festivities on their best behavior.

  • Maintain as much of a ...
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Pay It Forward: Random Acts Of Kindness Make You Happier

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We are always advised to “pay it forward,” meaning commit random acts of kindness for strangers and friends. Not only does a random act of kindness make the recipient feel happy and grateful, but it has been said to make the givers feel better about themselves, too. The holiday season is a time ...

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How To Prevent Sibling Rivalry

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As siblings grow and learn together, they are bound to have conflict. And while arguments between siblings are common, a new study on the long-term effects of negative interactions between siblings has garnered surprising results. Researchers found that sibling rivalry can be filled with psychological and physical aggression. This can lead to higher instances of anger, depression and anxiety later in life.

There are a lot of factors involved in sibling rivalry. The oldest child may feel burdened with responsibilities for ...

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Other Conditions Associated With Autism

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When a child is diagnosed with autism, certain traits are to be expected: sensory issues, language development delays and lack of social skills, for example. Unfortunately, there are also a number of other conditions that can accompany someone on the autism spectrum. While these conditions are rare, they are certainly worth mentioning to your child’s Orange County psychiatrist and pediatrician if you have any concerns.

Seizures. One in four children on the autism spectrum will develop seizures, often starting early ...

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How To Create Healthy Behaviors For The Holidays

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The holiday season can be a wonderful time. Families are reunited, parties are thrown, meaningful gifts are exchanged and there is an abundance of delicious food available. But to someone prone to stress and anxiety, or anyone with a mental illness, the holidays can be terribly triggering and can lead to some unhealthy behaviors. It’s very important to form healthy habits, both for our physical and mental health, that carry us through the holiday season.

First, if you have an eating ...

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New Autism Treatment Turns Symptoms Into Strengths

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An innovative method of treating people on the autism spectrum is currently being studied, and it shows a lot of promise. The autism treatment, developed by Dr. Laurence Sugarman, will attempt to turn autistic children’s symptoms into strengths, leading to a productive adulthood and better quality of life. This method teaches affected children how to control their psychophysiology and behavior using computerized biofeedback and clinical hypnosis.

Dr. Sugarman developed his method in response to the recent increase in autism spectrum ...

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Holiday Tips For Parents Of ADHD Children

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Beginning later this week with Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year’s Day, sticking to a strict family schedule may be impossible. With all of the parties, events, visitors, gifts and food, the holidays can be a stressful time for children with ADHD and their parents. Here are some mental health therapist approved tips for helping your ADHD child thrive this holiday season:

1. Set aside time before holiday visits begin to talk to your child about your expectations. They can ...

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The Health and Therapeutic Benefits of Women’s Group Therapy

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Going to see a mental health therapist for the first time can be scary for some women. For this reason and many others, women’s group therapy is often regarded as the treatment of choice. Women’s groups offer a loving, supportive environment where honesty is encouraged and accepted. They help women realize they can nurture themselves as well as others. They also have some excellent therapeutic and health benefits that traditional therapy may not be able to provide.

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Meditation May Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

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One of the most frustrating things about Alzheimer’s Disease is the inability to cure or prevent it. Until we find a way to stop it from happening, the best we can do is attempt to slow its progression. A new pilot study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that brain changes associated with meditation may play an important role in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

It is well known that meditating causes change ...

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How To Get A Friend To See A Mental Health Therapist

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Whether they’re going through a crisis or they have unresolved issues or erratic behavior, you probably have some friends who would benefit from therapy. And while it’s certainly not your place to solve your friends’ problems, if someone you love needs help, suggesting they see a mental health therapist could really improve their life. But since it may offend them or cause them to get defensive, approaching the topic can be scary and difficult.

The key is to be sensitive ...

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