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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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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