Making Changes With Vision Therapy

When my daughter began having academic problems in school and acting out, I knew that something wasn’t right. Her teachers wanted me to put her on ADD medications, but I didn’t think that that was the right course for us. I had serious doubts that ADD was what was causing her problems.

I took her to several different specialists before discovering that her issues in school were actually do to a visual processing problem. The doctor recommended vision therapy, not medication, to help correct the problem and get her back on track. The exercises are really starting to pay off, and she’s showing great improvement.

Helping Your Teen With Their Substance Abuse Problem: Tips For You

As a parent, you never want your child to find themselves suffering from a substance abuse problem. However, if you do find yourself with a teenage child who is abusing drugs or alcohol, your focus needs to shift to figuring out different ways to help them overcome their substance abuse problem and regain control over their life and well-being. Get to know more about what your role can be (and should not be) in helping your teen with their substance abuse problem and guiding them to getting the treatment and recovery that they need to keep them healthy and sober for the rest of their life. Punishing Their Bad Behavior Is Not Enough Many parents of teens who are abusing drugs or alcohol first try the standard punishment or discipline technique. They confront their child about their substance abuse and then discipline them as they would any other behavioral transgression.  This is not necessarily an effective way to handle substance abuse. While punishment may temporarily seem to curb the behavior because you have taken away their car or grounded them, they will likely resume their substance abuse once their punishment is lifted. Punishing your child could also cause them to act out even more, delving even deeper into drugs and alcohol. As such, while punishment is a legitimate way to deal with the behaviors related to substance abuse in your teen, it is not a solution to the overall problem. It is important to keep this in mind when you are dealing with your teen. Have A Professional Help You Perform An Intervention Interventions are an often popularized step...

Four Ways To Get Comfortable With Your New Hearing Aids

When putting in your hearing aids for the first time, your experience may be different than you expected. Use the following suggestions to help you to feel more comfortable as you wear your new hearing devices. Sit in a Quiet Room You may be tempted to pop in your new hearing aids and head out on the town. However, it can be difficult to separate speech from other sounds in crowded areas at first, and your brain may need some time to process all the new sounds it is getting. To ease yourself into the hearing aid experience, it might be best to sit for a while in a quiet room and try to listen for ticking clocks and other sounds. This will help you get used to your new way of hearing. Keep Them In You may only want to wear your hearing aids for going out or certain experiences, but in order to use your devices effectively, it’s important to wear them as often as possible. One reason for this is that you need to get used to the feeling of the devices in your ear.  Another reason to wear your hearing aids as often as you can is that as you wear your hearing aids, you will be better able to filter out sounds and to process what you’re hearing. If you wear them infrequently, it will take you longer to adjust to different voices and sounds, especially in loud environments. Know How to Recognize and Troubleshoot Minor Problems While it does take some time to adjust to your new devices, it is important to know...

Critical Specifications You Must Know When Purchasing A Stair Lift

When it is time to purchase a stair lift, you will need to select from a narrow set of options that meet your specifications. Stair lifts need to be selected based on the dimensions of your flight of stairs, the shape of your stair case and the weight of the individual who will be using the stair lift. The Dimensions It is best to have two individuals perform the measurements for a new stair lift. If the measurement turns out to be wrong, the stair lift will not fit properly and you may need parts with different dimensions. Begin at the top of the stairs and hold one end of the measuring tape. Then, have your helper extend the measuring tape all the way down the stairs. Record the measured length. Then, measure the width of the stairs and record the value. Finally, measure the height. These dimensions will need to be given to the company that will install your stair lift. You will need to decide whether the stair lift will need to allow for foot traffic around the stair lift. This is especially important when the user lives with other individuals. The stair lift should only be used by the intended patient because the overuse of the stair lift can cause it to wear down more quickly. Some stair lifts have carriage seats designed to curl around the top and bottom of the stairs, placing the carriage out of the way of the steps. The Shape Of The Stairs The type of stair lift you ultimately select will be partially determined by the shape of your stairs....

Annoying Keloid Scar? 2 Ways A Dermatologist Can Help Minimize Its Appearance

If you have a red, raised scar that seems to keep growing even though the original injury has healed, then it may be a keloid scar. Keloids are the most difficult type of scars to get rid of, because keloid-prone skin will often generate a brand new one if the original scar is cut off. However, you don’t have to just live with any unsightly, annoying keloid. A good dermatologist can help you keep it from continuing to enlarge and flatten it to a point where it is much less noticeable. Here are two techniques dermatologists use today to flatten stubborn keloids.  1. Steroid Injections Don’t let the word steroid scare you, because having your keloid injected with a cortisteroid is very safe and doesn’t produce the side effects that cortisteroids taken by mouth can. A cortisteroid called kenalog is most often used for keloids, and just one careful injection of this medication can flatten a smaller keloid completely. Cortisteroid injections also keep the keloid from growing larger and becoming even more cumbersome.  If you have a larger keloid, your dermatologist may first opt to remove it by excising it, which means cutting it off. While just cutting off a keloid alone often leads to it returning, by first excising it, and then injecting kenalog into it, your dermatologist can make it much less likely to return. They may have you come back into the office for further injections, often every two weeks or every month, until they are sure that they keloid is gone for good.  2. Cryotherapy Cryotherapy is used to remove any array of stubborn skin...

Are You Pregnant? 2 Eye Problems Your Baby Could Have

Not only can adults and children have eye problems, but babies can too. It is much more difficult to notice eye issues in a small baby, and in many cases problems can go undetected until your baby is much older. This is why it is beneficial for you to be aware of some of these things. Read below to learn about two problems your baby could have with its eyes. Cataracts It is not a common thing, but babies can be born with cataracts. This could be due to things like you having an infection, such as from rubella or the measles, while you were pregnant, low birth weight, and just plain genetics. A newborn baby’s vision develops very quickly in the last few months, so if your baby is premature, they may have an increased chance of developing cataracts. Some things you will notice if your baby has this problem include: It will not look directly at you It does not respond to images, such as large, colorful objects or faces. One of your baby’s eyes may appear white Your baby’s eyes may look cross-eyed. If you notice any of these symptoms, take your baby to the eye doctor. If treated very early, they can have a much better outcome. Retinopathy of Prematurity If your baby is born prematurely, they could have an eye condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). ROP damages your baby’s retinas and is often caused by your baby getting too much oxygen. Other things that may cause ROP are you having poor nutrition, blood transfusions, and anemia. If your baby has this, it will...

Reducing The Risk Of Heart Disease From Noise Population

It is estimated that approximately 30 million Americans work in jobs that expose them to hazardous noises. Since up to 60 percent of these persons suffer from hearing loss by the time they reach 50-years-old, that is often the most focused on concern. However, it has been suggested that the incidence of heart disease also increases with the levels of noise pollution. Outside of the work environment, noise levels from everyday sources such as automobiles, aircrafts and other machinery, can extend the number of at-risk persons to about 100 million.  So if you are among those in danger of noise-induced heart disease, here are some ways that you can help to alleviate your risk. Precaution at work Workers in consistently noisy environments are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer from serious heart conditions than their counterparts. Should your job place you in direct reception of this type of hazardous noise, then you need to practice precautionary measures to reduce your constant exposure. Sound reducing cabs should be used when operating noisy vehicles. Machinery should also be kept well lubricated so that friction and its resultant noises can be lessened. In addition, you should take your breaks in locations which are as far away from the noise as possible. If your job allows it, you should make use of the ear protectors or noise-cancelling headphones to help reduce the noise that you hear. Noise cancelling headphones come with the option of providing access to pink noises such as that of rushing water or wind, which are able to promote relaxation and regulates brain waves. More stable brain waves promote stable blood pressure and...

Dermabrasion For Scar And Wrinkle Removal

Whether you have scars on your face, or you’d like to have wrinkles removed, your dermatologist can provide you with a variety of options. One of these options, called dermabrasion, is a popular method of dermatological procedures that can help smooth out your skin. If you’ve considered getting a dermabrasion procedure, there are several things you need to know in order to be prepared. Read on to understand how the process works and what it can do for you. What is It? When you undergo a dermabrasion procedure, your dermatologist uses a small instrument called a dermatone. This tool looks like an electric razor. It contains a blade that oscillates like a fan, moving back and forth across your skin. As it moves, it delicately yet effectively sloughs off layers of the facial skin. This helps to even out the surface of your skin, smoothing out scars or wrinkles. This can be performed safely on delicate facial skin, and can also be used in addition to other procedures like laser treatments without issues.  Are There Side Effects? While generally safe, dermablasion does have a few side effects, but these will not affect all patients, and could have no implications for you. It really depends on your personal skin type and what you may be prone to. For example, the procedure can irritate or worsen cold sores or fever blisters for some people. It can also cause slight skin discoloration, particularly in patients with a darker skin tone. Others may end up with thicker skin in certain areas of the face, but this can typically be treated with a variety...

How To Take Your Arm Cast From Boring To Extraordinary

If you broke your arm, then you are probably wearing a cast. You are stuck with wearing that plain white cast for the next couple of weeks. Of course, everyone is going to ask a bunch of questions when they see your broken arm. You can take the focus away from your injury by dressing up your cast. Here are four ways to take your cast from boring to extraordinary. Arm Covers An arm cast cover is worn over your cast. It keeps your cast more hygienic, smooth and clean. These covers come in a variety of patterns and colors. They take your cast from plain to stylish. Arm covers work really well for children. Most children are not happy about being limited because of a broken arm. A stylish cover can make this ordeal a little more enjoyable.  Get Signatures One of the most traditional ways to decorate your cast is to get people to sign it. If you have a fiberglass cast, then it can be hard to sign. It helps to use a thick-tipped marker to get the best signatures. These signatures can help you remember the experience as a positive memory. After removal, you can package the signed cast in a box to preserve it.  Ask Your Doctor for Color Most doctors offer a variety of colors for your cast options. They usually have dark colors because patients prefer colors that will not get dirty quick. You are going to be wearing the cast for a while and it can get dirty. A dark color does not get dirty as quick as a light one. Common colors...

Forms Of Headaches That Physiotherapy May Ease

In most cases of headaches, the cause determines the treatment course to take. For example, there are forms of headaches that are best managed by physiotherapy, perhaps alongside other treatment methods. Here are four examples of headaches that may be managed by physiotherapeutic techniques: Stiff Neck Joints A malfunction of the musculoskeletal and neurovascular structures in your upper neck, which you may recognize as a stiff neck joint, may result in a headache. This is a cervicogenic headache, which occurs when pain signals from your stiff neck joints travel to your brainstem. Physical manipulation of your neck, to reduce the tension, may help to relieve this form of headache, too. Weak Muscles It is surprising that both tight and weak muscles may cause headaches. This is especially the case if the affected muscles are in your neck. Causes of muscle weakness include prolonged bed rest, diseases such as muscular dystrophy, and chronic fatigue. Exercises that strengthen the affected muscles may help to ease headaches. However, a permanent solution should include dealing with the root of the muscle weakness. For example, if it is a disease, then it should be treated accordingly. Poor Posture Poor posture causes tension in almost all parts of your body. However, it is the tension in your shoulders, neck, and back that are most likely to lead to headaches. These are the kinds of headaches that appear as painful throbs at the base of the skull. While a physiotherapist can help you to alleviate poor-posture-based headaches, you also have to do your part to prevent reoccurrence. You need to correct your posture to prevent further...

My Child Is Afraid of Doctors: What to Do

A doctor’s visit is important for your child’s health, but it can be hard to bring your child into the office when you know that they are afraid. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you calm a child who’s afraid of the doctor. Never Break Promises It can help to walk your child through the appointment and let them ask questions about what will happen during the visit. If you know that something painful will happen during the visit don’t lie to your child; this can further your child’s mistrust and fear of doctors. Instead, only offer things that you can guarantee, such as the fact that you’ll be there to hold their hand during a shot or other uncomfortable experience. Use a Children’s Clinic If you’re using a general family practitioner as your main care provider, you might consider switching to a childrens clinic. A pediatrician’s office is designed to make children feel more comfortable from the time they enter the office. The pediatricians at children’s clinics receive special training to deal with treating child patients, and this includes fearful children. Your child will also get to see many other children playing and waiting for their doctor’s appointments, which might help to calm your child’s nerves about what’s happening to him. Talk to Your Doctor If your doctor knows that the child is uncomfortable with an upcoming appointment, they can prepare to welcome the child and take a more supportive demeanor. Your doctor might also be able to recommend books or movies that you can watch ahead of time that explain certain procedures that could come up...
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