Autism: The Divide Between Children

Autism: The Divide Between Children

Autistic children need the same opportunities.

The CDC has reported that autism effects one in 68 American children today. Autism is a very broad mental handicap that can be clinically defined as a condition or disorder that begins in childhood which causes issues with having successful relationships and communicating in an understandable way. Many autistic children have issues with behavioral, developmental, cognitive and psychological development. Among these development issues are; compulsive behavior, speech delay, unaware of other's emotions, intense interest in a limited number of things, anxiety, and inappropriate social interaction. The severity of these issues depends on the child, as well as which symptoms the child may have.

This disability tends to cause school systems to group the autistic children with the less intelligent. Therefore, these children begin to believe that they are different or less important than average children due to the treatment they receive. Many of the autistic children are sent to do their work with Special Education teachers instead of being placed into a normal classroom. While in some instances these circumstances do work, a good portion of the time these Special Education teachers are spread too thin throughout the school system. Some school districts only having one Special Education teacher for elementary school and one Special Education teacher for the high school. Often, there are other students with more severe handicaps, such as Down Syndrome. Many autistic kids feeling neglected or not receiving the material they are capable of completing. These small things can lead these children to believe they are too different, unintelligent or disabled to achieve what average children are able to achieve.

Morgan Day, an 18 year old incoming freshman at Bowling Green State University, mentions, "One of my cousins went to school, and I never went there, but I have to say it must not have been a very good school. She was a lot to handle, so they told her mom that she was not allowed back!" Day, referring to how the public school system is not capable of handling autistic children in the appropriate way, shows the divide between average children and children with disabilities, especially autism. Autistic children who are expelled or sent to special schools are generally divided from average children, causing their already poor social skills to worsen over time.

While these special and safe areas to learn are great in theory, many of these educators have not been properly trained in how to handle autistic children. After being asked about his training as a special education teacher, Andrew Barker, a Special Education teacher in the Mineral Ridge, OH school district states that he was not really taught about how to teach and handle autistic children because, "there is no 'normal' for autism." This is the sad truth. Children diagnosed with autism all have different symptoms and issues.

So, how are we going to be able to teach our future generation of teachers to better help these children? They need experience. We need our teachers to know how to help these kids learn because they are just kids, begging for a learning opportunity.

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Taking the hassle out of your Dental vacation abroad

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Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to neglect some of the less pleasant necessities, such as maintaining an effective oral healthcare regime. Let’s face it, we’ve all been guilty of postponing routine appointments due to stretching our resources a bit too thinly!

As domestic dental fees continue to soar throughout the western world, increasing numbers of patients are being forced to explore cheaper alternatives to maintain their family’s annual dental bills at an affordable level.

Many have already discovered, and benefitted from, the huge cost savings that are readily available abroad, especially in destinations such as Thailand and Bali. And, what’s more, it’s possible to combine all the family’s oral healthcare requirements with an exotic foreign vacation – and still spend LESS than you would at your local Orthodontics dentist!

How is This Possible?

Dental tourism has become big business in recent years, and has been a cornerstone of several major Asian economies for around four decades now. Governments in places such as Bali and Thailand recognised a long time ago the huge financial benefits to be gained from attracting valuable overseas custom. As a result, massive investments have been made in both facilities and training, ensuring that their treatments and services are at least equal to, if not better than, current internationally-recognized standards.Plus, the low cost of living coupled with minimal business running costs, means that they can pass these savings onto you, the patient!

How can I Find a Reputable Dentist Abroad?

Thorough research is the key to finding a top-quality dental provider abroad. You can find out just about anything on the internet nowadays, enabling you to check out the credentials of potential clinics and dentists before you book. For example, if you are looking at dental implants, you may want to opt for a dentist who is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).

However, there’s far more to arranging your treatment abroad than just identifying the right clinic and dentist. Other factors to consider include travel arrangements, flight bookings, hotel reservations and medical insurance, not to mention ensuring that you get the best price possible for your treatment!

This can all seem a little overwhelming and time-consuming, putting many people off the idea altogether. This is where enlisting the services of an independent dental tourism booking company can pay dividends.

They can help with all aspects of planning and executing a successful dental vacation abroad, saving you valuable time and effort. You can benefit from a variety of expert services that include:

  • Booking your treatment at a quality-checked facility abroad
  • Negotiating the lowest price possible through one of their partner clinics
  • Arranging additional dental insurance at preferential rates
  • Special deals on hotel accommodation and flight bookings

You can take care of all your arrangements with one simple phone call and, what’s more, these services are usually provided free-of-charge! Now all that remains is to decide where you’d like to enjoy an exotic foreign vacation whilst you undergo your treatment. Two of the most popular destinations for dental tourists are Bali, an island province of Indonesia, and Thailand.

In Conclusion

With dental treatment prices in Bali and Thailand working out, on average, at around 60% cheaper than in your home country, you’d be crazy to ignore such substantial savings.

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5 Things To Remember On Your Weight-Loss Journey

Fitness isn't about perfection.

For 2018, I resolved to get into shape.

I recognize how cliched of a resolution this is — nearly 45% of adults in the US make fitness goals every New Years. And while it is very easy to fall off the resolution wagon, I have been wholeheartedly determined to keep myself on track. I have monitored my calorie intake, decreased my portion sizes, tried to eat a varied diet, and worked really hard to make it to the gym five days a week.

I have been dedicated, but I am also human and forming new habits is harder than it seems. So while I am continuously working toward keeping my resolution, I am learning some things along the way. (With gifs of cute animals eating food, because why not?)

1. Keeping track of calories can help you understand food in a new way, but it can also be very frustrating

Whether you're using MyFitnessPal or good old fashioned pen and paper, keeping track of calories can help you understand which meals are giving you the most energy and how much you're burning at the gym. But knowing exactly how many calories are in the 1/2 cup of mushrooms that you added to your omelet can be tedious.

The most important thing that calorie counting can provide is an insight into your relationship with food, and where you can make some much-needed changes.

2. "Healthy" eating isn't about restricting yourself, but rather about making a lifestyle change

Choosing to change your eating habits is important - whether you want to cut back on the amount of bread and pasta your consume or you're looking to reduce your sugar intake, a healthy diet is less about limiting yourself and more about changing your habits.

It's okay to eat pasta for dinner, but rather than stuffing your face full of penne alfredo, cut the normal amount you make in half and replace it with leafy greens or a lean protein. Do some research on portion sizes and eat a varied diet. It's okay to eat pizza for dinner, but maybe limit yourself to two slices instead of four.

3. Find a fitness routine you enjoy, and track your progress by inches lost, not pounds

You don't have to hit the weight machines or run five miles every day. If a strict strength training and cardio routine is your jam, then go for it. If you find that lifting 10 lb weights and running on a treadmill to be mind-numbingly dull, take a Zumba class or sign up for hot yoga.

You shouldn't have to align yourself with other people's notions of fitness, and a crowded gym can be a buzz kill. So, as long as it gets your body moving and your heart pumping, then it's perfect for you.

4. Be realistic about your expectations and give yourself a break

If you expect yourself to lose 10 pounds in one month, at the end of those four weeks, you're gonna be frustrated with yourself and your body. Seek to make smaller, more attainable goals and reward yourself each time you reach one.

Did you go to the gym five days in a row for two weeks straight? Call up your girlfriends for a night out. Did you meet your calorie goals every day this week? Go out for some ice cream with your S/O. By giving yourself little milestones to reach, you'll be able to better track your progress and you'll start to feel a lot better about yourself.

5. It's okay to take a day off from the gym and give into your cravings — fitness isn't about perfection

Life can get pretty stressful. Between work and school, and trying to manage a social life, it's easy to get run down pretty quickly. And while exercise can help boost your energy and reduce stress, it can also be hard to find the motivation to head to that 7:30 cardio kickboxing class. Sometimes, you just need to mow down some mac n' cheese and binge watch Grey's Anatomy. That's OK.

Mental health is just as important to your overall well-being as hitting the gym and eating a balanced diet. Give yourself a couple days cheat days every week to eat junk food and never leave the couch. Fitness isn't about perfection — it's about taking small steps every day to become a healthier person.

And at the end of the day, isn't that the most important?

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