Academy award-nominated film producer Peter Guber once said, “Your body language, your eyes, your energy will come through to your audience before you even start speaking.” Meanwhile, according to Albert Mehrabian, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UCLA, approximately 55 percent—more than half—of communication is nonverbal. This is true in all areas of communication, particularly when communicating with patients. As soon as you walk through the door, you have begun a conversation without speaking a word, and that silent dialogue can have serious repercussions. Unconscious behaviors the physician may not even realize he is exhibiting can make patients uncomfortable and make communication more difficult.
Posts Tagged 'Autism'
September is Cerebral Palsy (CP) awareness month. Cerebral palsy is caused by an abnormal development or damage in the brain that controls movement. It affects motor function and can be classified into three groups of motor impairments; Spastic CP, Ataxic CP and Dyskinetic CP.
Swimming is an extremely popular sport for children with disabilities – a fact that I have witnessed first-hand on many occasions. In particular, I have found it to be a particularly beneficial activity for children with learning difficulties, and many whom I have taught have gone on to become exceptional club – and even national-standard – swimmers.
Using the RADIO as a tool to help students with Autism spectrum disorders learn to take part in a conversation
The Temple Gradin School at the University of Colorado in Boulder is offering a summer program for youth aged 11 – 16 on communication skills. The students are learning how to give recorded interviews of each other on the radio, as a technique for learning how to understand another person’s perspective in conversation.
A government study recently reported an increase of 17% of developmental disabilities in the past decade rise. The two disability that have led this increase are autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “Developmental disorders rose to 15 percent of U.S. children, or about 10 million, in 2006-2008, from 12.8 percent, or about 8 million, in 1997-1999, according to the study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — published in the journal Pediatrics.”
Karen Meyers, Contributing Reporter for WLS-TV Channel 7, dropped in for a visit to Right Fit Friday, May 20, 2011. Karen’s primary purpose was to see our facility and observe the “Raise the Bar” class, which is our award-winning 60-minute fitness class for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. What a great opportunity we now had to share with WLS-TV’s viewers what Right Fit does to help these children increase their fitness levels.
For the past two years, Marie Myung-Ok Lee has been giving her son with autism, J., legalized marijuana to reduce his violent behaviors and gastrointestinal pain. Medical Marijuana has replaced the powerful psychotropic drugs that mute his violent behaviors but do nothing for his pain. There are also harsh potential side effects from such drugs including “permanent tics, diabetes, and death”. Mrs. Lee believes that medical marijuana has been a “qualified success”. She is now able to enjoy her son’s company instead of dealing with what she calls “being held hostage by his autism in a house full of screams, destruction, and three very unhappy people”.