A holiday dinner everyone will love

submitted by Alex Buccino, Registered Dietitian at the ShopRite of Yardley

So you have a big holiday dinner coming up, but you have just discovered that some of the guests who will be attending have a multitude of different food allergies and dietary restrictions. What’s a gracious host to do? Instead of stressing, here are a few great tips:

PLAN AHEAD

One great suggestion is if you are sending out invitations ahead of time, ask your guests to respond back in advance with any dietary restrictions they may have. It is definitely better to be prepared with a variety of dishes to meet your guest’s needs than to be surprised when people arrive.

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Neurofeedback overcomes head injury

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

Shirley, (not her real name), is a 30-something mother of one. She sustained a head injury when she was hit by a vehicle more than two years ago. Besides her physical injuries, the effects of the “brain damage” persisted after the initial neuropsychological treatment phase was complete.

Despite the two years of treatment, she began experiencing severe anxiety and struggled with her normal routines at home and work. She was unable to go anywhere alone for fear of another panic attack. Sleep was elusive and she felt very helpless and alone.

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The language of giving thanks – Ideas for children’s language stimulation

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

From now until Thanksgiving, you have a great opportunity to stimulate language development with your children of all ages. All you need is a Thankfulness Jar and some one dollar bills.

At dinnertime (or some other time when family members are present), have each family member think of something they are thankful for, proclaim what makes them feel blessed or lucky, and pop a dollar into a large jar. Answers can range from being thankful for grandparents and friends to luxuries we take for granted, like electricity or even toilet paper!

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Neurofeedback calms childhood anxiety

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

Collette (not her real name) was a very sad eight-year–old child. She struggled in school, had difficulty focusing, completing her class work and considered herself “dumb.” She was easily distracted and often misplaced things.

Because of panic attacks she asked to be home schooled. She reported feeling rejected on the playground, complained of stomachaches and cried easily.

Her mother was concerned that she was quickly losing confidence. Her mother reported a forehead injury when as a toddler, Collette fell down a few stairs on to a ceramic floor. Her mother brought Collette for an evaluation, at the recommendation of a friend, because she believed an accommodation plan at school was not enough for the behaviors being observed.

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Halloween language learning activities

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

Halloween is a great time for language development for kids of all ages. Here are some easy ideas for you to try with very little preparation required:

Mr. Pumpkin Head: Let your little ones use their Mr. Potato Head pieces to decorate their pumpkins! Of course, you should poke holes into the pumpkins first (if your pumpkin is hard, carefully try a drill, otherwise, potato head pieces work). Build vocabulary for body parts, facial expressions (i.e. smile vs. frown), and emotions by talking as they create their funny pumpkin faces.

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Time-saving secrets for dinner

submitted by Phyllis LoDuca, RD, LDN, Retail Dietitian of ShopRite

There’s nothing more satisfying then gathering with friends and family for a home cooked meal. But this time of year, between school, work and the impending holiday season, finding the time to squeeze in a family dinner can be a Herculean challenge.

Luckily, there are some great suggestions for time-strapped cooks who want to create fun family mealtime – but don’t know how (or where to start).

“Taco Tuesday” is a huge trend that has continued to grow in local city restaurants. Swap those salty restaurant meals with a “Create Your Own” taco bar at home. Head to the grocery store and look for a salt-free or low sodium taco mix. Stick with sodium values below 200MG per serving.

To set up your taco night station, be sure to include hard and soft shell tacos to add variety. If you are trying to cut back on carbohydrates and calories in your diet, you can substitute taco shells for iceberg or romaine lettuce to make lettuce wraps.

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A new light on Pennsylvania’s horizon

by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

There’s a new light on Pennsylvania’s horizon. A sky that has long been clouded by the darkening dust of burning coal is brightening with the dawn of the state’s solar energy industry. With the cost of going solar at an all-time low that continues to plummet, even in PA, a state with few solar incentives, solar is now a low-risk, financially attractive option.

Utility bills are a monthly reality for most and, if we don’t do anything differently, we’ll pay the utility company month after month, ever-increasing prices for the electricity we use, for the rest of our lives. Many are realizing that there is a way out – and an increasing number of PA residents are choosing to go solar.

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Fair Share Act has eliminated joint and several liability in Pennsylvania

submitted by Ian S. Abovitz, Esq., R. Tyler Tomlinson, Esq., and Joseph A. Cullen, Esq., Stark & Stark

The enactment of the “Fair Share Act” on June 28, 2011 marked the end of joint and several liability in Pennsylvania. Prior to the enactment of the “Fair Share Act,” all injured Plaintiffs seeking to recover civil damages in Pennsylvania benefited from the rule of joint and several liability.

Any Plaintiff bringing a civil lawsuit against more than one Defendant could recover their full amount of damages from any single Defendant found at least 1% responsible. Under the new rule, joint and several liability only applies where a Defendant is found at least 60% responsible for Plaintiff’s injuries.

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Is your medical malpractice claim actionable under law?

submitted by Edward S. Shensky, Esq. and Leslie A. Mitnick, R.N., Esq., Stark & Stark

Medical malpractice, a fairly common legal claim, requires four elements that must be met to prove the case. These four elements are duty, breach, causation and damages.

Duty refers to the responsibility that the healthcare provider has to the patient to act both reasonably and appropriately in providing care or treatment to said patient. In a healthcare provider/patient relationship, the provider has a duty to act within the “standard of care” for the patient and must act as would any other provider, in his or her area of expertise, given the circumstances.

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Early social communication skills predict success into adulthood

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

Back to school time is both exhausting and exciting. A million details, including clothing, pencils, folders and aftercare need to come together to get your kids off to a good start. When the stars align properly, you put your child on the bus, wave “goodbye” and relax.

Sort of.

Will he like his teacher? Will she make friends? These are thoughts most parents have, and for good reason.

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