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Conditions That Resemble Autism

Because doctors can’t definitively, precisely diagnose autism, they encounter several other conditions and symptoms that tend to enter the diagnostic mix. This mixture makes awareness of conditions with [more…]

Early Symptoms of Autism, and Why Early Diagnosis Is Best

Researchers are able to identify symptoms of autism at younger ages than ever before, as young as 18 months. This development leads toward more emphasis on early treatment, simply because that time frame [more…]

Dealing with the Impact of an Autism Diagnosis

Finding out your child has autism is very difficult. No one can tell you that the road ahead will be easy. You may have to rewrite the script of your child’s life [more…]

Common Characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome

People with Asperger Syndrome tend to be exceptional. Their ability to communicate, their great memories, and their intelligence often mean that teachers, doctors, and family members don't notice the real [more…]

Recognizing Bullying and Its Emotional Repercussions on a Child with Asperger's

Regrettably, bullying in school, on the playground, and beyond is a fact of life for people with differences. Most people on the autism spectrum report bullying experiences in school. Some research indicates [more…]

How to Help Your Autistic Child Learn to Think Conceptually

You can help most autistic children think conceptually by guiding them to put details together to form ideas — preferably with visual symbols. You can demonstrate abstract concepts like “more” or “less” [more…]

Bridging the Communication Gap with Your Autistic Child

Language and communication deficits are usually the most serious and stressful aspects of autism. Communicating successfully is a major challenge many people with autism face. Their ability to communicate [more…]

Incorporating Routine Into the Life of Your Autistic Child

One of the hardest things to understand about an autism spectrum disorder is the great importance many people with autism place on structure and routine. Your autistic child may shriek if she can’t watch [more…]

Why Early Treatment for Autism Matters More than Classification

If your child has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, you need to worry more about actually understanding and treating his condition more than the clinical labels he gets stuck with. The earlier your [more…]

The Six ‘A’s’ of Relaxation

Here are six ways you can manage something causing you stress (your stressor). Go through them and choose whichever one (or few!) you feel would work for you to encourage you into relaxation. [more…]

A Quick Way to Relax when Stressed

Sometimes stress may feel as if it’s overwhelming you. Don’t allow it to ruin your day – follow this quick-fix solution to calming down and getting back to feeling yourself again. [more…]

Three Attitudes that Cultivate Relaxation

Regular exercise, spending time with people you like, participating in activities you find fun, being mindful of yourself and your surroundings, laughing, being grateful for what you have, being kind and [more…]

Relaxation For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Relaxation is a skill. Relaxation doesn’t just mean sitting around watching TV. True relaxation involves activating a specific part of your nervous system which lowers your heart rate, breathing rate, [more…]

How to Prepare for Meditation

Meditation is simple to do and doesn't require any special equipment. You can, however, prepare yourself and your space in a number of ways and make sure you have some basic amenities: [more…]

How to Open Your Body, Mind, and Spirit to Meditation

Meditation is a practice that engages not only your mind, but your body and spirit, too. Use the tips in the following list to engage every aspect of your being in your meditation practice. [more…]

How to Get the Most from Your Meditation

To get the most from your meditation practice, you need to commit to it. When you start meditating regularly, you can reap myriad benefits — from lower stress and cholesterol to higher levels of satisfaction [more…]

How to Make Sure You're Meditating Correctly

It doesn't take much to meditate the right way — especially because there really isn't just one right way. If you're concerned about your meditation practice, ask yourself the following questions. The [more…]

Popular Meditation Techniques

Meditation techniques, like meditation itself, tend to be relatively simple. Following is a brief list of ten of the most commonly practiced ones. You can use one exclusively, experiment with several, [more…]

Recognising and Breaking Anxiety Rules

Everyone uses rules and assumptions to get by in daily life. These rules and assumptions offer a mental shortcut, saving time and effort in dealing with day-to-day situations. [more…]

Track Your Progress with CBT for Anxiety

When tackling your anxiety, keep track of your progress, and reward yourself regularly for your achievements. Keep a journal of your Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [more…]

Differentiating between Normal and Troublesome Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal and, in fact, helpful emotion. Everyone experiences it sometimes. At the right level anxiety can help you to focus and perform well. But it can become a problem if it persists beyond [more…]

Tackling Anxiety by Facing Your Fears and Letting Go of Worry

Set yourself some clear goals for tackling your anxiety and improving your life. Then use the methods suggested here to move forward towards your goals. [more…]

Managing Anxiety with CBT For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

If you feel that your life is controlled by anxiety, or simply want to try to stop worrying all the time, this Cheat Sheet can help. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [more…]

Remembering Some Crucial Tips for Banishing Depression

Many people bury their heads in the sand when they become depressed and hope their depression will go away. These tips can help you to banish your depression sooner and prevent depression taking hold again [more…]

Tackling a Low Mood with CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sees depression as occurring in three areas, affecting your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Therefore, to tackle your depression you need to take effective action [more…]

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