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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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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Presenteeism: when going to work just doesn’t work

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co-workers standing at water cooler“80% percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

If you’ve ever shown up at work without being physically, mentally, or emotionally equipped to work, then you know what ‘presenteeism’ feels like. It’s normal to have ‘off days’, days when we’re ill or otherwise unable to focus on our work, but attempting to work on days like this may mean you are only able to give 20% of your ‘all’ to the job (with ‘just showing up’ accounting for the remaining 80%). You are certainly not achieving all that you otherwise could, and, depending on …

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The guilt stops here: 3 ways to make amends after sharing office gossip

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man listening to two women gossipingThe oh-so-familiar two-headed monster known as gossip is something we’ve all caught ourselves engaging in. On the one hand, it can be extremely satisfying to indulge in a gossip session, and in the heady rush of the moment it may feel absolutely harmless. But gossip’s nasty two-headed nature is such that you may feel a ‘hangover’ effect after that rush has worn off – feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment often sneak up once you are no longer surrounded by your friends or colleagues. Like in most cases, these feelings of guilt from hurting someone are …

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Four steps to relationship bliss. Part 2

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A couple reading togetherEver since I started out as a counselor, my primary area of interest has been couples. Today, I am able to define a four step process to help people work on their relationship issues. In part one of the series we discussed the first two steps of the process: resolving resentment and bringing warmth back into the relationship. Once you and your partner have dealt with any lingering anger, and have rediscovered the beauty of your relationship, steps 3 and 4 are good cooperation and communication.

STEP 3: Cooperate

Cooperation will ensure that together you are an …

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Four steps to relationship bliss. Part 1

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WOman smiling at her partnerAs I started working as a counsellor with more and more couples, I began to see an emerging and natural pattern, or four-step process, to help people work on their relationship issues, whether they were dealing with infidelity or communication issues, and anything in between. The first three steps must happen sequentially, and the fourth happens throughout the duration of the process.

Let’s take a look at the first two steps in the process and how they can help you start to improve your relationship.

STEP 1: Resolve resentment

Resentment is usually the most difficult and lengthy …

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