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Doctor insights on: Cultural Competence Circle Time Activities For Preschool

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My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?

My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?

Anxiety/A, Phobias/P: Part of normal development. 1.Social p: fear of contact with unfamiliar people, social isolation; desire of involvement w/family, familiar peers. 2.Separation a: unrealistic, persistent worries of possible harm befalling primary caregivers, persistent avoidance of being alone, complain distress. 3.School p. 4. Generalized a disorder: worries about future events. Encourage, talk; get counselling. ...Read more

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What is the best possible way for a college student to juggle school, work, extracurricular act., volunteering, and social/family life all in one?

What is the best possible way for a college student to juggle school, work, extracurricular act., volunteering, and social/family life all in one?

Take it from Clint: One of Clint Eastwood's great lines is from the 1970's movie Magnum Force. At the end of the movie, just after his character Dirty Harry has taken out the last bad guy, he says, "A man's got to know his limitations." This applies to women as well. Also, be sure to plan well ahead, use a calendar all the time, and keep a buffer of time in case something takes longer than expected. ...Read more

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Is there federal funding for people with learning disabilities after age 18y?

Is there federal funding for people with learning disabilities after age 18y?

To get tested: To get tested for a learning disabilty mild or severe you need to find two or three good psychologists in your area who do this work regularly and ask them. The mildness ofmthe disability does not mean it will cost les it could cost more. Mild ld may be harder to pinpoint and may take more time to find. A related question is why are your trying to find this ld? What difficulty does it present? ...Read more

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Bullying happens in school, the work place, home, kids etc.. Is there a mental health diagnosis for why people bully others?

Bullying happens in school, the work place, home, kids etc.. Is there a mental health diagnosis for why people bully others?

Nonspecific: Bullying can be a final common pathway of behavior for a wide variety of reasons. There is no specific psychiatric diagnosis that matches bullying. Certainly things in such a person's history -- like being mistreated or abused at home -- may be a factor. But it's not an excuse, and bullying must be stopped. If the bully has been through trauma, s/he needs help as well as firm limit-setting. ...Read more

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Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living? Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living?  Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Yes: Most all very serious, long standing or non-curable, genetic, even uncommon conditions have support groups and links for help. Are we not blessed and cursed with the age of the internet and technology ? Start with aspergersyndrome.Org. ...Read more

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Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

Certainly no help: Whether or not this constitutes mental abuse is probably a matter of degree and definition. The obvious question is why this conversation was begun in the presence of the children, and how it degenerated into an argument. Neither party appears to be acting like thoughtful adults, and the children will certainly not benefit from observing and then potentially copying this behavior. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of a curriculum for teaching the activities of daily living to preteens with retardation?

Does anyone know of a curriculum for teaching the activities of daily living to preteens with retardation?

Darlene Mannix: Darlene mannix has written several books dealing with special needs. I believe she has a couple of books with curriculum, activity sheets, discussion points, exercises, and evaluation tips for both pre-teen and teens with special needs. Adls are included, but she covers other important life skills as well. ...Read more

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Should all kids play sports? Is no-cut policy good or unfair to top players?

Not all competitive: Childhood is not a rehearsal for adulthood. Kids should play sports to learn about team work, make new friends, learn a new skill and exercise. What is a "top player" in little league? ...Read more

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14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

Prob Ok, but watch: These do not sound like major red flags, since the language and play seem fine. There are screening tools such as MChat and CARS, that can also screen. Does he interacts well with others, make good eye contact? Eat well? Sleep well? Have normal bowel movements? ...Read more

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What is an acceptable time for a 16 year old to spend playing computer games? He does well in school, but has not outside interests, or friends

What is an acceptable time for a 16 year old to spend playing computer games?  He does well in school, but has not outside interests, or friends

Less than 2 hours: We generally suggest no more than one hour of electronics per day, and not all all 30 minutes before bedtime. ...Read more

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Is it important for adults to chaperone HS kids even on a church outing?

Is it important for adults to chaperone HS kids even on a church outing?

Kids are kids: It's always important to remember that kids are going to be kids, church or no. As a pediatrician, i very definitely know that church going kids are only a little bit less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior and sexual activity. There should always be proper adult supervision and monitoring of behavior on outings. You don't need to have "room for the holy ghost" but look for normal behavior. ...Read more

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25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

Not necessarily: I am a neurologist and to my knowledge your description of things is not sufficient to diagnose Asperger syndrome though certainly some features may be present. Other things should also be looked at and ruled out. I would be happy to help direct you in this regard. Write me-www.healthtap.com/DR-Saghafi ...Read more

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Is there an impact on therapists, pyschologists when a client gets too overwhelmed and takes their life?

Is there an impact on therapists, pyschologists when a client gets too overwhelmed and takes their life?

YES/NO: It will be frustrating for the professional to see the patient taking decisions not according to the therapy. The patient should seek spiritual help to lift his/her burden away. ...Read more

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My 2yr old is in a small family daycare we love,. His language &social skills are advanced. Does he need preschool or can we wait until pre-k?

Need? No...: It sounds like your son is in a loving environment. Children his age (and older) learn through play and connection. He doesn't "need" preschool. Read to him, talk to him, explain things to him, and most of all have fun! I bet he is already getting those things at the family daycare. My vote - if you are happy where he is there is no need to change. ...Read more

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Is there a best age for kids to start attending church service?

Is there a best age for kids to start attending church service?

Church age: I think if you want to instill the goodness of religion and it's teachings then take them to church as early as possible and get involved in church activities. ...Read more

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Ritualistic behavior provide security for which age group? Is it toddler, infant, preschool or afolescent?

Ritualistic behavior provide security for which age group? Is it toddler, infant, preschool or afolescent?

Preschool: Usually it begins in toddlers and becomes more obvious in pre-schoolers. ...Read more

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Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

I did a search: On yahoo and no relevant programs turned up. In general neuro cognitive training has limited short term benefits but people who are promoting this are trying to sell this to insurance agencies, the government and to general public to ask them to pay for these training programs which have questionable long term benefits. ...Read more

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I was assigned to find out about education requirements, licenses and certifications, salary ranges, and job opportunities for three different jobs in the health profession field. What are the positive aspects and the challenges in healthcare?

I was assigned to find out about education requirements, licenses and certifications, salary ranges, and job opportunities for three different jobs in the health profession field. What are the positive aspects and the challenges in healthcare?

Aspects of healthcar: In health care, you are delivering advice, examining and questioning others with intentful Listening and treating accordingly. The jobs offer a chance to help others and make a difference. We now live In a digital world of record and diversity which with more regulations, can be a challenge, but still rewarding ...Read more

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Does every school district use the same standardized developmental tests for students needing help?

Does every school district use the same standardized developmental tests for students needing help?

No: Every school district acts as an independent "fiefdom" in every aspect of educational care. Some are excellent some aren't. Most districts within a given state are consistent with each other in using the same protocols. Be very pro active in advocating for your child as they navigate the cumbersome school process. ...Read more