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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Early Signs of Autism can be caught by parents if they know what to look for

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

Despite evidence that screening tests given to toddlers aged 16 to 30 months are a good predictor for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there is no universal screening program in the US at this time. Therefore, it is imperative to give parents information about typical and atypical preverbal behaviors in the very young.

Even babies younger than 12 months of age who will eventually be diagnosed with autism are demonstrating differences in eye gaze, babbling and feeding behaviors.

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Settling my workers’ compensation claim: Compromise and Release

submitted by Kevin M. Bradway, Esq. Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law, www.Stark-Stark.com

The Workers’ Compensation Act provides that an employee’s workers’ compensation claim may be resolved, in whole or in part, through a Compromise and Release of the individual’s workers’ compensation benefits. Compromise and Release (“C&R”) is the name given to the settlement documents when an employee settles his or her claim. C&R settlements provide you with a lump sum payment in exchange for some or all of your workers’ compensation benefits.

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Thinking about going gluten-free? Here’s what you need to know

submitted by Alex Buccino, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite of Yardley

You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about “gluten-free” on the news and maybe you’ve noticed “gluten-free” labels on some of the products you usually fill your cart with. But if you’re like most people, you may be wondering exactly what it means if a product is considered “gluten free” – and should you adopt a gluten-free lifestyle?

Below are some answers to commonly asked questions I often hear from shoppers about gluten:

What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Pure oats do not directly contain gluten, but often oat products are at risk for gluten due to cross-contamination issues.

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Solar energy systems add value to a home

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

The streets are once again alive with nature, festivals, yard sales, and open houses. This is the start of what Realtor.com calls the prime home buying season, which typically begins in April and peaks in June.

Buying a home is often seen as an investment, and for both buyers and sellers, there is no better way to invest in a home than to install a solar energy system. Adding a solar energy system to a home is typically seen as a long-term investment, but even those looking to sell in the near future can reap great financial benefits from going solar today.

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Workplace harassment and discrimination leaves employers exposed to lawsuits

submitted by Bianca A. Roberto, Esq., Stark & Stark Litigation Group

Workplace harassment and discrimination can be unlawful and actionable in a court of law. Under federal law, workplace harassment is defined as unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on race, sexual orientation, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, age, national origin, genetic information, or disability. It is unlawful for an employee to be required to endure the harassment as a condition of continued employment or to endure a hostile, intimidating, or abusive work environment.

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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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Five easy ways to get more whole grains into your diet

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

If you’re like most people, you already know that whole grains are good for you and adding them to your diet can make a huge difference in how you feel and might even boost your energy levels. But, do you know why whole grains are good for you?

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Understanding delays in cancer diagnoses

submitted by Michael Ksiazek, Esq. and Jeffrey Krawitz, Esq., Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law, www.Stark-Stark.com

Sadly and all too often, we hear about individuals who have been diagnosed with late-stage cancer, potentially losing the window of opportunity for positively effective treatments. Research shows misdiagnoses account for as much as 14% of late diagnoses, 75% of which involved negligence by a physician.

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Know the signs of speech and language disorders

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

When it comes to speech and language, it is often difficult for parents to determine if their children’s development is on target. YouTube and Facebook toddlers speak so well, but lots of the kids on the playground sound like they make mistakes.

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