Neurofeedback easily calms oppositionality

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Andy (not his real name), a 12-year-old, had difficulty at home and school with anger and rage issues, as well as ADHD. Behaviors were often defiant and uncooperative.

He was destructive from a young age. Besides always seeming restless and even anxious, he could not stay on task and was very disorganized. He often reported stomach discomfort. Medication did not seem to be helping all these troubling behaviors, which were negatively affecting him at home and school, both socially and academically.

Parents expressed concern for depression at such a young age. A family friend whose child was benefitting from neurofeedback recommended Andy try this treatment.

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Renewable energy growth in Pennsylvania

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

With only four percent of Pennsylvania’s energy currently coming from renewable sources, achieving 100% renewable energy can seem like an impossible feat. But the state is moving forward and away from dirty fossil fuels.

Pennsylvania has a long road ahead to 100% renewable energy, but the Wind Energy Foundation is working to shed light on how far the state has already come. Through a project called A Renewable America, the nonprofit is raising public awareness of how each of the six major sources of renewable energy – solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro, waste-to-energy, and wind power – are already powering the state of Pennsylvania.

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Am I getting enough protein?

submitted by Alex Buccino, RD, LDN, Retail Dietitian, ShopRite of Yardley

Below, are some common questions asked about protein:

  1. Why is protein important?

Most often protein is thought of as something that helps build muscle mass. However, protein does so much more for us than just build muscle! Protein is a critical component of every cell in our body. Your hormones, enzymes, blood, skin, hair and bones all are comprised of protein. Another important role of protein is that it is essential for building, maintaining and repairing muscles. Lastly, protein is much more likely to keep you full after eating it, which is beneficial for anyone looking to lose or maintain their weight.

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Autism turns the corner with neurofeedback

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Meg (not her real name), a cute six-year-old girl, was diagnosed with autism. She had difficulty interacting with others including her younger sister, feared being touched, had sensitivity to loud noises, resisted baths and hair cuts.

She hardly noticed the family pet. She demonstrated limited language skills and frustration communicating her needs. She was asocial at school.

Parental concerns for cute little Meg were her inability to interact satisfactorily at home and school, academically, socially and emotionally. She was an island to herself. Her mother felt a need to do what she could to help her daughter live a more normal and happy life. Mom was willing to give neurofeedback a chance.

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Summer home-cooling tips

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Long, sunny days have arrived, and the kids have swapped homework and studying for swimming and summer camp. But while the change of season brings fun in the sun, the constant hum of air conditioners working to combat the summer heat can sound like money going down the drain.

On the bright side, there are free and inexpensive ways to keep summer electric bills under control without sweltering in the heat. A programmable thermostat is key. Keep the thermostat set as high as comfortably possible while at home.

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Spring is here, get ready to grill!

submitted by Alex Buccino, RD, LDN, Retail Dietitian ShopRite of Yardley

Spring is here and you know what that means! It is time to start firing up the grill again.

Grilling is an excellent choice as a healthy cooking method, so don’t limit your selection to only burgers and hot dogs. Lean proteins like chicken breasts, fish, such as salmon and tuna, turkey or veggie burgers, and skewers of shrimp are all great, healthy options for a spring cookout.

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Potential impact of decreasing ‘Talk Time’ in favor of ‘Tech Time’

submitted by Jennifer Niemeyer, M.S. CCC-SLP, Yardley Speech and Language, www.yardleyspeechandlanguage.com

With new data showing that a majority of speech-language pathologists say children’s preoccupation with today’s personal technology is qualitatively different from past generations’ distractions of choice, such as television – with greater potential for harm – the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association urges parents to implement some basic tech rules in their households to make time for verbal communication.

Among the top concerns for surveyed speech-language pathologists is that excessive technology use by children is replacing conversation and human interaction. The most basic of activities, such conversation and interaction is essential to children’s speech and language development as well as future academic and social success.

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It isn’t always ADHD

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Lucy (not her real name), as an intelligent and energetic high school freshman, enjoyed the non-academic school atmosphere more than her studies. She began neurofeedback with a long history of ADHD treatment with stimulant medication.

Initially, neurofeedback treatment addressed many areas of ADHD, but she still lacked the academic focus that matched her ability. Her parents expressed concern because she seemed to lack purpose, initiative, motivation and real goals for all things academic despite her ability.

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One million solar installations

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Sometime in the final days of February 2016, an incredible feat was achieved in the American solar energy industry. Without a single flicker of light, the millionth solar electric system was turned on. For some perspective, that’s enough systems to power all of the homes in Pennsylvania!

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) decided that this accomplishment was deserving of some recognition and launched the #MillionSolarStrong campaign on May 3rd. The campaign aims to raise awareness of how common solar energy is in America, as well as the important role it plays in making the nation’s renewable energy revolution a reality.

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Neurofeedback calms impulsive outbursts

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Judy (not her real name) is an 11-year-old student with autism whose unpredictable impulse controls were challenging to those around her. Her outbursts were sometimes aggressive, causing the adults to have concern for the repercussions from her behaviors.

Behavioral management programs were ineffective in preventing the impulsivity and aggression, which generally seemed unprovoked. The calming strategies she learned were often helpful after the fact. Parents and teachers were searching for something that would help prevent the frequent overreactions.

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