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The First Points of Light Award

Date: 07/15/2013

When President George H. W. Bush gave the first Points of Lights Award, it went to a NASA employee named Frank S. Howard who was a volunteer for The Special Gathering of Indian River. Frank S. Howard The fact that Frank S. Howard was my husband and I am the area director for The Special Gathering of Indian River, I'm felt a close connection to the organization.  As President Obama an ...

Related Topics: Christianity, Developmental Disabilities, Mentally Challenged Community, Autism Spectrum, Inspirational, Intellectual Disability, Church, Christian, Spirituality, Faith, Leadership, Hope, Frank S. Howard, Simple Truths, Points Of Light

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Why Should You Care About the Controversial DSM V?

Date: 06/04/2013

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), version 5, is finally out after years of debate and posturing. This book is considered the "Bible" of psychiatry. It is the one used by all clinicians and doctors to give diagnoses so insurance companies will pay for mental health benefits and so treatment can be directed. It is part science and part art and that can be a problem. For example, in 1968, ...

Related Topics: Counseling, Psychiatry, Mental Illness, DSM-V, DSM-5, Mental Health Diagnoses, Psychotherapy, Mental Health Treatment

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Autism Risk Linked to Newborn's Placenta

Date: 05/16/2013

One in 50 children are now diagnosed with autism (CDC). Right now, there are no definitive tests to tell whether a child will develop autism, but we know that the earlier we detect autism, the better we can serve a child. So how about detection at birth? A new study by Yale researchers and UC Davis' MIND Institute discovered a tool they can use to detect who is likely at risk when a child is ...

Related Topics: Autism, Kliman, Causes Of Autism, Early Risk Factors Autism, placenta, Yale Researcher, US Davis'mind Institute, Families With Autism

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Medicine Keeps Changing But Not Well-Being

Date: 05/27/2013

By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP Anyone who regularly follows the medical news from the Associated Press or New York Times will get the impression of fickleness. Research studies sometimes advance medical knowledge, but basic findings also seem to contradict one another. Take a recent study that seemed to show that the recommended low-salt diet for preventing high blood pressure and heart disease in ...

Related Topics: Stress Management, Contradictory Health Research, Low Salt Diet, Health Care Prevention, Overweight, Lifestyle Disorders, Mediterranean Diet

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Partial payment

Date: 02/28/2013

Today I finished the final payment for a set of storage cabinets that I asked All Around Handyman and Lawn Service to do for me.  They are beautiful enough to have in my home; but they are in the garage.  When Matt began the work, I wasn't familiar with his work; and I wrote out the first partial-payment check with a bit of concern. Sure he had given me a great price and I really needed som ...

Related Topics: Simple Scriptural Truths, Christianity, Developmental Disabilities, Mentally Challenged Community, Autism Spectrum, Death And Dying, Intellectual Disability, Church, Christian, Spirituality, Faith, Hope, Simple Truths

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Hip-Hop Yoga for Healing Trauma

Date: 02/11/2013

Hip-Hop Yoga for Healing Trauma By Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Eddie Stern, Co-Director, Ashtanga Yoga New York Thirteen years ago, a man who went by the name of Black Just was shot and killed in South East Queens. He was killed trying to interrupt a retaliation killing – an assailant pulled a gun on his friend, and he jumped in between them, hoping to dissuade the man from pulling the trigger. It w ...

Related Topics: Hip Hop Movement, Hip Hop Yoga, Music Therapy, Healing Trauma, Black Just, Gang Violence, Healing Through Music, Life Camp

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Remember where you are going

Date: 02/07/2013

Each of us has been given a plan for our lives.  For most, that blueprint remains a mystery and a puzzle.  We wander back and forth unsure of our footing or grasp.  Much like a mountain climber who has no safety rope or pick, we inch our way through life fearing each move.  There is challenge and fear because we know that one wrong move will plunge us to a certain death. Yet, there is little ...

Related Topics: Simple Scriptural Truths, Christianity, Developmental Disabilities, Mentally Challenged Community, Autism Spectrum, Intellectual Disability, Christian, Spirituality, Faith, Hope, Simple Truths, Remember, Remember Where You Are Going, Road Map, Gods Plan For Your Life

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Remember--a Christian discipline

Date: 02/06/2013

Remembering is a vital Christian discipline that is either ignored or taught in an off-handed, casual manner.  Most of us know that  routine thinking  is defined by psychologists as remembering what happened in the past and rehearsing how we would change it if we could relive the event.  Perhaps that is the reason why Christians disregard the command of Jesus to “do this to remember me.” Why ...

Related Topics: Simple Scriptural Truths, Christianity, Developmental Disabilities, Mentally Challenged Community, Autism Spectrum, Intellectual Disability, Church, Christian, Spirituality, Faith, Remembering, Hope, Remember Me, Communition, Lord's Supper

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