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In the past, there were a number of articles posted about the value of service dogs for those with a variety of disabilities including PTSD and Depression. However, this article will discuss the value of owning a pet, particularly a dog. This is based on the fact that not everyone is in need of a...
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Communication skills can be described as the ability to express ourselves clearly and confidently in all aspects and areas of our lives. Communication is for transferring information to other people and understand what is said to us, producing greater understanding among people. Good communication skills will possibly guarantee better understandings among individuals, lessen conflicts and...
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Psychology is a subject that fascinates academics and the public alike, seemingly bridging the gaps between science and the human soul. When discussing the applications of psychology, UCT Professor Johan Louw described psychology as the hub of science that connects almost all of the biological, social, mathematical and behavioral sciences, making it an incredibly large...
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You may come across many disabilities in your work life. Some examples of common disabilities you may find are: vision Impairment deaf or hard of hearing mental health conditions intellectual disability acquired brain injury autism spectrum disorder physical disability. If your staff member’s disability is not clear to you, ask how it effects their work...
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Music therapy is an evidence-based approach that uses music within a therapeutic relationship to address a patient’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. Historically speaking, the healing principles of music have been around for some time. From the biblical scene of David playing the harp in the Gnaoua ritual to 18th-century psychiatrist Philippe Pinel pushing...
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Overview Tourette (too-RET) syndrome is a disorder that involves repetitive movements or unwanted sounds (tics) that can’t be easily controlled. For instance, you might repeatedly blink your eyes, shrug your shoulders or blurt out unusual sounds or offensive words. Tics typically show up between ages 2 and 15, with the average being around 6 years...
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Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language. People with dyslexia have normal intelligence and usually have normal vision. Most children with dyslexia can succeed...
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The first IQ test wasn’t invented to measure IQ. In 1905, French psychologists developed the Binet-Simon test to identify children who needed individualized help outside of school. Yet, as time went on, psychologists refined the Binet-Simon test and developed many more — and started to attribute performance to someone’s “general intelligence.” But are IQ tests...
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When it comes to Autism parents get special advice from educational experts, pediatricians, and even scientists. As a parent, you must be always worried about your child’s overall well-being and behavior. Most of the children with autism issues tend to gravitate towards entertaining activities and toys to spend their time. The most important thing that...
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Psychotherapy, talk or talking therapy, counseling, or simply therapy—no matter the name it’s known by, mental health counseling can benefit people struggling with emotional difficulties, life challenges, and mental health concerns. Therapy can help improve symptoms of many mental health conditions. In therapy, people also learn to cope with symptoms that may not respond to...
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