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  • Pete Saunders

    The Evolution of Communication

    • Pete Saunders
    Jan 24, 2011
    My 4-year old son no longer communicates the way he used to. I have shared in previous articles that he has Cerebral Palsy which primarily affects his speech and mobility. Up until a few months ago, he communicated mainly by gesturing and sometimes with incoherent speech. While his mom and I encourage him to use words, we understand him quite well when he gestures, so I don’t mind it too much. For example, when he is hungry, I simply take him to the refrigerator or cupboard and ask him to show me what he wants to eat. It never fails.
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  • David Diana

    Left on a Park Bench: Why Your Success Matters

    • David Diana
    Jan 06, 2011
    His name was Michael, and at 14 years of age he already lived longer than you and I combined. The first day I opened his case file it read like a Stephen King novel. Michael’s story began years earlier and unfolded like a bad movie that should never have been made. At the age of six, he lived alone with his drug-addicted mother, drowning in a sea of chaos.
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  • Carol Whiteley

    Never Too Late

    • Carol Whiteley
    Sep 08, 2010
    There was an article in the newspaper today about Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the old legends of rock and roll. He just cut an album. He is 75 years old. By some people's standards, he should have retired decades ago. Frankly, I didn't even know he was still amongst the living. What makes some people keep creating and learning and striving? I think the answer is passion. They have passion to use their unique gifts and talents. They are always looking for new ways to further their talent.
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  • Karen Bates

    Old Is The New Young

    • Karen Bates
    Aug 31, 2010
    Do people really change? Or is it more of a problem in adapting or transitioning from one developmental stage to another? I ask this question because of the recent behavior of the elderly that I have been noticing of late. Upon vacationing at my mother’s retirement home she had build 7 years ago in a well populated and popular adult community near Hilton Head, one of the discussions was the rise in sexually transmitted diseases. She is a retired public health nurse but she didn’t find this out by reading her professional publications that she still subscribes to. And NO she did not contract one. Her twin sister’s physician raised an eyebrow while making small talk when my mother and her sister (my aunt) were there for a follow-up visit for my aunt who was having some recent health problems after some exploratory procedure she had. My mother accompanies her to a lot of these as they are very close; well they are twins so that’s part of it. So back to the subject of my mother’s community now known as a “city” of ill-refute.
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  • Carol Whiteley

    I Can't Do That, I'm Too Old

    • Carol Whiteley
    Aug 31, 2010
    Many people feel they are powerless to do anything effective with their lives.* It takes courage to break out of the settled mold, but most find conformity more comfortable. *This is why the opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity. *As quoted in Think and Grow Rich by Dennis Kimbro and Napoleon Hill
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  • Carol Whiteley

    Over The Hill?

    • Carol Whiteley
    Aug 04, 2010
    I am a student and a retiree. I taught special education for 27 years, but I always had the desire to be a counselor. So as soon as my retirement papers were signed, I looked for a suitable program of study. I am now attending Argosy University full-time. At times I feel like I'm 20 again and just starting out on a long road towards a career. At other times, I realize that I have a lot to give to this profession in terms of life experience and education.
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