Tools to help your child with autism transition into adolescence and adulthood

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child playing a gameNew data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children are being identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This estimate is 60% higher than the estimate for 2006 (1 in 110) and roughly 120% higher than the estimate for 2002 (1 in 150). As the fastest-growing serious developmental disability with no medical detection or cure, there remains an urgent need for continued research. This need becomes even more dire when you consider that about half a million of these children will become adults with autism within the next eight years.…

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Let’s celebrate The International Day of Friendship

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Let’s celebrate The International Day of Friendship

Today we celebrate The International Day of Friendship – a day proclaimed by the UN General Assembly to promote international understanding and a respect for diversity. Today, we encourage you to reach out to your neighbour with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

To get you inspired, we wanted to share with you a few quotes from some wise folks that celebrate friendship and the power it has to keep us mentally sound and socially connected in a world that sometimes can feel a little scary. …

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Getting wet and staying safe: water safety for the whole family

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Getting wet and staying safe: water safety for the whole familyAs the summer gets hotter more and more of us will be spending time at the pool, beach or on the dock at a cottage. There are few things more refreshing than diving into a cool body of water as the sun beats down, but there are also hazards to consider. Drowning is a concern for everyone, but primarily for children between the ages of one and four, for whom it is a leading cause of death. It doesn’t take a great deal of water either – often as little as 2 inches can be dangerous.

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Helping yourself to feel better

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Helping yourself to feel betterFeeling awful is, well… awful! And no amount of “oh, just cheer up already” is going to help. But there are some big – and little – things that will help:

  • Know this: YOU ARE WORTH IT. YOU ARE SPECIAL. Remind yourself of your strengths and trust yourself. Remind yourself every day.
  • FORGIVE YOURSELF. Not one single person in the history of humanity was or is perfect. Really. Control negative thoughts by remembering to keep perspective and look for the positive.
  • Avoid using drugs and alcohol. They don’t help – they only numb you up for a bit, and
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Are you depressed?

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Sad older gentlemanIt’s totally normal to feel sad or low sometimes, and often we’ll describe this feeling as being “depressed.” If these low feelings endure for an extended period of time, and if they are accompanied by some or all of the following symptoms, clinical depression may indeed be the root cause:

  •     Persistent loss of interest in daily activities
  •     Loss of energy; feeling subdued or slowed down
  •     Decreased self confidence
  •     Feelings of guilt
  •     Feeling that life is not worth living
  •     Difficulty concentrating when reading or watching TV
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Half your kingdom: dealing with the financial stress of a late-in-life divorce

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Mature couple separating, cannot reconcile differences

Financially, we tend to be in the best shape of our lives in our fifties, after decades of wealth accumulation and before we start drawing on savings. Furniture bought and paid for, mortgages are paid down or paid off, the kids are managing on their own, and retirement is within sight.  Suddenly, divorce becomes an unforeseen reality and our apparent kingdom has to be chopped in half. Now what?

The key to staying financially afloat and less stressed about money really depends on your attitude. If you see your life as a ham on the …

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