Tips For Mental And Physical Health

The state of being well is all about mental and physical vibrancy, when you can throw yourself enthusiastically into anything you do. Being well, you accept problems as challenges and opportunities, your mind is free from worries and your days are always better than the previous ones.

Here are some tips for a pregnant mental and physical health.

1. Be Active- We can do anything if we really want to. This applies to physical and mental well-being as well. You should have a good reason for being active instead of forcing yourself. It should reflect an alert mind and a dynamic body. Whether you like to be the cynosure or being singled out for that valuable opinion and piece of advice-unless you have a good and solid reason to back these, you are less likely to reap benefits.

2. Believe that you can have better health and live longer-Vibrant health is not something we acquire by luck. It is the reflection of the way we think and the way we live. We make more sacrifices with an ailing body than with a vibrant and healthy body. A bit of mental discipline is called for to gain better health and live longer. Would not it be well if all that excesses are replaced by moderation, with regard to smoking and drinking? The belief itself should be backed by action to achieve the desired result.

3. Calm your mind-Remember things never got better by just getting worried over it. Worry can best be defined as visualizing things that we do not want. Worry impairs health and is a big stumbling block to happiness. If you could find the root cause of your worries and devise ways to overcome it, then you really have mastered yourself.

4. Learn the things that you should do- Your objective of a vibrant health should be preceded by an awareness of you present body condition. That way, you could learn things that you should do for that vibrant health. Conceive a plan of action which would include the activities you should do.

5. Be enthusiastic- Develop an enthusiasm for putting into operation all the plans which will ensure radiant mental and physical health. Do not miss the workout just because your friend called on you. If you were to read, switch off the TV to avoid distractions until you have finished with it.

6. Act young- When we act young, we feel young and nature will work towards making us young. Befriend children and emulate their activities.

7. Shun negativity and anger- Discipline yourself to think in terms of health and happiness. Avoid men, women and materials that exude negativity. Anger and reason do not go together. We do and say things we later regret, when we are angry.

8. Share information about mental and physical health with as many people as you can. Set yourself as an example.

9. Be happy always- Happiness comes from within. To be happy is to sincerely express happiness.

To your glowing physical and mental health.

Is ADHD Protected Under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The answer to the question is somewhat long and complicated. So we will begin with writing that while someone with ADHD may qualify for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act, not everyone with the diagnosis of ADHD will qualify. And that may include you or your child.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was established by Congress in 1990. The purpose of the Act is to end discrimination against persons with disabilities when it comes to housing, education, public transportation, recreation, health services, voting, and access to public services. It also aims to provide equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The ADA was written to offer protections to individuals with disabilities, not individuals with any particular diagnosis. The Americans with Disabilities Act seeks to protect individuals with significant impairments in function.

By the way, it is estimated that the population of the United States is over 300 million persons. And it is estimate that about 19% of persons have some type of long-lasting condition or disability. That would be somewhere near 60 million persons. This includes about 3.5% with a sensory disability involving sight or hearing, about 8% with a condition that limits basic physical activities such as walking or lifting. It also includes millions of people with mental, emotional, or cognitive impairments.

Since Congress enacted the ADA courts have had several challenges in defining the scope of the Act.

  • What exactly is a disability?
  • Who would be defined as having a disability?
  • Is having a diagnosis the same as having a disability?

These are some of the questions that the courts have had to wrestle with, not to mention the questions related to how schools, work places, public transportation agencies, and more, are to implement the Act in daily operations with both employees and customers.

So, to the Question: Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity – ADHD – included in the ADA?

The answer is “Yes, No, or Maybe.”

The ADA defines “disability” as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits

one or more “major life activities,” such as walking, seeing, hearing, or learning. Having a

diagnosed impairment, such as ADHD, does not necessarily mean that an individual is disabled within the meaning of the ADA.

The ADA does provide for “mental” conditions or mental illnesses, and potentially ADHD fits in this category. But as with physical impairments, the diagnosis of a mental illness or mental impairment such as ADHD is not sufficient by itself to qualify for protection under ADA. Again, having a “diagnosis” is not the same as having a “disability.”

We are not lawyers, and our readers probably are not either, but it is interesting to look at some of the recent court cases regarding the ADA that directly related to children or adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

These two cases seem to expand the definition of “major life activities” to include concentration and cognitive functions:

  • Brown v. Cox Medical Centers (8th Cir. 2002), where reportedly the court stated that the “ability to perform cognitive functions” is a major life activity;
  • Gagliardo v. Connaught Laboratories, Inc. (3d Cir. 2002), where reportedly the court held that “concentrating and remembering (more generally, cognitive function)” are major life activities.

But the courts have placed limitations on the scope of the Act as well, and have not just tried to accommodate everyone with ADHD. The court has its limits, and they have ruled that the ADA has its limits.

For example Knapp v. City of Columbus (2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 17081) is the story of three firefighters with ADHD who wanted the City to make accommodations for them in their jobs. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit declined to extend ADA coverage to three firefighters who had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Three firefighters had claimed that ADHD substantially limited their ability to learn, so the City should make accommodations for them. But the court held that the firefighters failed to establish that their ADHD met the standards to qualify as a disability under the ADA.

A very important limitation of Act involved a ruling from an earlier Supreme Court case with Toyota in 2002 which the Sixth Circuit Court used in this case with the firefighters. The Sixth Circuit applied the U.S. Supreme Court’s test in Toyota Motor Mfg., Kentucky, Inc. v. Williams, 534 U.S. 184 (2002).

Under the Toyota Motor ruling the courts must consider whether the person making the claim is unable to perform the variety of tasks central to most people’s daily lives, not whether the claimant is unable to perform the tasks associated with his or her specific job.

When applying this test, the Sixth Circuit wrote that when a person who is seeking protection or accommodations under the ADA can fully compensate for an impairment through medication, personal practice, or an alteration of behavior, a “disability,” as defined by the Disabilities Act, does not exist.

In other words, if a child, teen, or adult with ADHD can “get the task done” or “get the job done” by using medications, applying behavioral management techniques, receiving counseling, using biofeedback, using Attend, or other treatment interventions, then they do not have a disability that is protected under the ADA.

In this court case, all three firefighters testified that taking Ritalin controlled their symptoms, and that they were able to fulfill their family and work obligations. Thus, an ADA disability was not found.

So, it would follow that if you, or your child, could function pretty well at work or in school when taking medication or Attend, or using some other treatment, no disability as defined under the ADA would exist – at least according to the 6th Circuit Court.

Also, it seems that as a result of this ruling, employers under the Sixth Circuit do not need to make accommodations for employees with ADHD under these conditions:

  1. When the disorder has not been shown to substantially impair their ability to perform tasks central to daily life;
  2. When the ADHD symptoms can be improved by medication or other treatments.

Here is a pretty good list from a major university of the conditions that must be met for ADHD to qualify for coverage and protection under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990:

  • The ADHD must cause significant impact or limitation in a major life activity or function;
  • The individual must be regarded as having a disability;
  • The individual must have a record of having been viewed as being disabled;
  • The applicant must also be able to perform the essential job functions with or without accommodations to qualify as an individual with a disability under the meaning of the Act.

To establish that an individual is covered under the ADA, documentation must indicate that a specific disability exists and that the identified disability substantially limits one or more major life activities. Documentation must also support the accommodations requested.

  1. The evaluation must be conducted by a qualified professional, such as psychologist, neuropsychologist, psychiatrist, or other medical doctor who has had comprehensive training in the differential diagnosis of ADHD and direct experience with an adult ADHD population. The name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator should be clearly stated. All reports should be on letterhead, typed, dated, signed and otherwise legible.
  2. Documentation must be current. The diagnostic evaluation must adequately address the individual’s current level of functioning and need for accommodations. In most cases, the evaluation must have been completed in the last three years. A school plan, such as an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan, is insufficient documentation for a university, but can be included for consideration as part of a more comprehensive evaluative report.
  3. Documentation necessary to substantiate the diagnosis must be comprehensive and include:
    • Evidence of early impairment. Historical information must be presented to demonstrate symptoms in childhood which manifested in more than one setting.
    • Evidence of current impairment, which may include presenting attentional symptoms and/or ongoing impulsive/hyperactive behaviors that significantly impair functioning in two or more settings. In addition, the diagnostic interview should include information from, but not limited to, the following sources: developmental history, family history, academic history, medical history, and prior psycho-educational test reports.
    • Alternative diagnoses or explanations should be ruled out. The evaluator must investigate and discuss the possibility of dual diagnoses and alternative or coexisting mood, behavioral, neurological, and/or personality disorders that may confound the diagnosis of ADHD.
    • Relevant testing information must be provided and all data must reflect a diagnosis of ADHD and a resultant substantial limitation to learning.
    • Documentation must include a specific diagnosis. The diagnosis must include specific criteria based on the DSM-IV, including evidence of impairment during childhood, presentation of symptoms for at least the past six months, and clear evidence of significant impairment in two or more settings. The diagnostician should use direct language in the diagnosis of ADHD, avoiding the use of such terms as “suggests,” “is indicative of,” or “attentional problems.”
    • An interpretive summary must be provided that demonstrates that alternative explanations have been ruled out and that explains how the presence of ADHD was determined, the effects of any mitigating measures (such as medication), the substantial limitation to learning caused by the ADHD, and the rationale for specific accommodations.

Obviously, dealing with government regulations with their specific definitions can be very frustrating and difficult. It would be important to have realistic expectations in regards to the American with Disabilities Act and ADHD.

We would recommend getting legal advice from an attorney who specializes in educational law, or has expertise in the Americans with Disabilities Act, to learn more about how the ADA may apply in a specific case to a particular individual with ADHD.

Mini-Retirement: You Can Boost Your Productivity With Small Travels

Ever had the opportunity of attending a party meant for retirees? These are parties that are organized for people who are at least 60 years old. With their working days over, all they think of is how they can play golf or perhaps get a condo at the beach.

I may not be such a great fan of golf, and I am already living at the beach, but there is nothing like missing in action for a while. I had recently undertaken a seven month trip to Europe for that single reason.

Majority of persons will likely call my trip an extended vacation, but I instead see it as a mini-retirement. I got maximum satisfaction from my visit to Europe which is unlike what most tourists do because they don’t take out time to enjoy their stay. If this is your first time of coming across the word, then let me tell you what it is and how it can be of help to you.

With mini-retirements life always has more to offer you

Vacations are different from mini-retirements it is because while holidays are short, these are very long. It is any trip between one month and six months, though I spent up to seven months in my case. During my mini-retirement, I had the opportunity of participating in so many European activities.

How to plan for a mini-retirement

Planning your first mini-retirement, know your objectives, and it is very essential. That was how I got off with mine. I never rushed the process. I made up my mind that Europe was a place to go and spend some time. As such, I had to work very hard for my dream to come true. I had to be 100% sure my online businesses were running as I expected, coupled with enough savings to help me foot any unexpected bills.

With the current harsh economic climate, it is challenging trying to plan for a one. But nothing good comes easy. Therefore I think now is a good time to start planning in this regards.

Enjoying your life to its fullest

My reason for trading my corporate life for being on the internet is because I want to live it to the fullest. Being your boss is all you want in life. I intend to take another mini-retirement if I have the cash. And a trip to the Croatian / Greek island or a road trip in the U.S will be just perfect. I have a feeling I can equally make this happen since my first ever plan was a complete success. Hence, am ready to work hard now so I can make it happen.

When a Man is Distant After Sex – Why This Happens and How to Change It

When a man is distant after sex, it leaves the woman he’s involved with full of questions. She wonders what’s going on and what exactly she did wrong. In most cases, if she tries to talk to him about it, he’ll act surprised or say he has no idea what she means. If you are in this position with the man you’re interested in, you know it can leave you second guessing yourself. You’ll feel unsure of everything. You’ll question whether he didn’t enjoy himself when you two were making love or if he ever really cared for you at all. It’s difficult and if you leave it unaddressed, chances are that the distance he’s trying to attain will be a permanent thing. You don’t want that so you need to first understand why he’s acting this way and also it’s important to learn what you can do to change it.

Understanding what it means when a man is distant after sex isn’t nearly as complicated as you may think. Some women automatically assume it means that he’s withdrawing because he’s so overcome with emotion. That’s not the case at all. Typically if a man starts to pull back after you two have slept together it’s because he’s questioning the timing. If you two just started dating and you were already intimate, that may impress him in the moment, but afterwards it won’t. As soon as it’s over he’ll start wondering whether your willingness to share yourself so openly is something you regularly do.

Men don’t want to feel as though the women they are with are promiscuous. They don’t ever want to wonder whether you’ve slept with other men as soon in your relationship with them. If you did it with him, he’s going to assume you’ve done it with other men too.

Obviously you can’t go back and undo the intimacy. That line has been crossed already. If this man is someone you believe you want to build a relationship with, you have to get to work changing his image of you.

To begin with it means no more sex until you’ve established a new dynamic with him. You’re going to take a step backwards and date the man. Since he’s become distant, don’t count on him asking you out again. He may but chances are that he’s doing it because he wants to be intimate, and little more. You have to set the new guidelines for the relationship. Meet him at your date destination instead of him picking you up. Don’t go back to his place for now. Just steer clear of any situations that would put you in a position of him expecting you to have sex.

If you can do this for a few weeks, and get to know him on a basic level, the rushed intimacy will become a thing of the past. Work on establishing a real emotional connection with him and the fact that you slept with him so soon won’t seem so unflattering anymore.

Why Am I Losing My Hair

A undeniable fact is that people lose their hair. What a lot of us do not know is that it is normal and natural process. You see, hair follicles only grow for two to six years and then they go dormant or die. Occasionally, the hair loses its strength and when put under any type of stress such as combing, brushing or sometimes just running water in the shower, it will release the dead, unstable hair. Keep in mind that this is considered normal hair loss. Due to the brilliant makeup of our bodies and reproductive abilities, the dead hair is replaced with a bran new hair follicle. In most cases, this process leaves us with the full looking head of hair that we enjoy.

Unfortunately there are unnatural reasons for people losing their hair. In some cases, self-inflected. Some of these include …

1. Excessive heat to hair, caused by blow drying
2. Over processing with hair dyes
3. Tightly braided hairstyles
4. Improper diet

In other cases it is brought on by circumstances out of ones control such as certain types of illnesses …

  1. Thyroid, kidney and liver disease, cancer and lupus
  2. Prescription drugs given for blood thymes, acne, arthritis, and heart disease.
  3. High fever, serious infections, major surgery
  4. Alopecia Areata
  5. Anorexia and Bulimia

Fortunately for many of us who have lost or are losing our hair, there are remedies that can help us. Some are in the form of doctor prescribed medication in which many cases have unpleasing side effects to deal with. Others deal with natural products such as the herb Saw Palmetto, which when formulated into a essential oils and herb solutions can be an effective method to restoring hair growth.

We highly recommend when dealing with routine hair thinning or loss that you start with the natural and least expensive remedies first. If the natural procedures work, it will be easy on your body, and your pocketbook.

Discover How to Revive Dead Hair Follicles Naturally

Dead hair follicles sounds like something that cannot be fixed, but in reality dead hair follicles can be revived naturally. There are many products on the market available to the general public in pill or capsule form that are proprietary blends of natural herbs and minerals that are proven to help regrow and stimulate dead hair follicles.

Ingredients such as saw palmetto and magnesium oxide are known to help stimulate growth in the follicular areas, therefore it makes no difference if hair is in the pore or not.

So for bald spots and areas where no hair is currently present, as long as there was hair in the follicular area before, it can be regrown from dead follicles.

Using over the counter supplements for men and women that offer natural ingredients that the hair is known to need for stimulation will help to grow new hair in the place of dead hair follicles.

There is a difference between what a male’s hair needs and a female’s hair needs. Women still need the same amount of vitamin B6, biotin and magnesium oxide, but their hair also needs horsetail silica and para-amino benzoic acid to help grow.

The horsetail silica is known to give a shine and strength back to the hair that is not needed in men’s proprietary blends because of the styling regiments that women put their hair through on a daily basis.

In women, thinning hair is normally seen beginning in the front of the head, where much of the stress and pressure takes place during styling.

On men, dead hair follicles are first seen near the center of the head, where baldness generally begins due to the wearing of hats or the aging process. With the supplements available with all natural ingredients, there is no reason that your bald areas have to stay bald.

Drugs Don’t Work!

That sounds like a pretty bold statement. Maybe it is. But frankly, if drugs worked there’d be no more chronic disease like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and so on. Sadly, chronic disease is the leading cause of death of Americans. The treatment of those diseases is reported to also be among the leading causes of death.

Maybe in one sense drugs do work in that they might provide temporary symptom relief. However, their purpose is to fool the body so that it responds inappropriately to certain conditions. By altering your body’s normal function, drugs cause problems for other systems that may not be revealed for years to come.

Everyone’s heard about Vioxx and Celebrex and the risks those prescription drugs carry, including death. In recent months the popular diabetes drug, Avandia, has been shown to also put you at risk of heart failure. Kids diagnosed with ADD/ADHD who take drugs like Ritalin and Adderol are at risk for problems ranging from stunted growth and insomnia to suicide. Anti-depressants have been implicated in numerous mass murders, including Columbine and Virginia Tech. Even common over-the-counter drugs for colds, arthritis, allergies and headache carry significant health risks.

What is this fascination we have with drugs? Granted, Mankind has been self-medicating itself since the beginning of time. However, that was on an individual basis and self-limiting. But I’m afraid our societal love affair with drugs is having (and will have) a long-term negative impact on the health of our economy, health care system and well being of our nation as a whole.

Have we evolved (or devolved) as a species to the point where we can’t tolerate any discomfort, whatsoever? If so, how can we ever survive? I’ve never seen a dog or cat complain of a headache or depression. When they’ve eaten something bad, they don’t reach for the Pepto Bismol. They simply throw up and move on. But we humans, having dominion over all the Earth, can’t survive without taking a pill to manage a headache, a fever, diarrhea, constipation, blood pressure or whatever.

By this time, you’re probably thinking I’m some sort of nut. Drugs have all been researched and approved by the government and wouldn’t be on the market if they weren’t safe. Right? Well, I would only ask that you check out the facts and compare them with what you know or what you have seen. Some of you will probably say, “I’ve been taking drugs all my life and have never had a problem”. But, a good many of you will honestly “You know, I’ve been taking drugs for so long, I can’t remember. But, he’s got a point. I’ve STILL got my problem!” And there’s a reason why you’ve still got that problem.

For the most part, drugs have only one purpose, managing your symptoms. While temporary symptom relief is not a totally bad thing, it’s never a permanent solution. Think about the addict that continually escapes from their problem by getting drunk or high only to find their problem has worsened If he’d deal with his real problem his life would take on new meaning, power and significance. So it is with you. Find the source of your problem and correct it.

OK. So what can you do to get off some of your medications? The first thing I recommend is to take some time to consider your lifestyle. Are you overweight? Do you exercise, at all? What do you eat? Got stress? After you’ve taken a serious look at some of the things you might be doing to make yourself sick, make a plan to begin to change some of those habits. Even better, think about the life you want to live and start living it. As you begin to pursue health, it will pursue you. As you clean the crap out of your system, your body will function better and you’ll feel better. Find a good wellness chiropractor, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, drink tons of water and maybe even find a family doctor who will help you get off the drugs. Live the life you want and you’ll rarely need to cover up the parts that don’t work perfectly.

Can I Use a Cat Deworming Treatment On Dogs?

After giving a deworming treatment to your kitty, she gets worm free, but your pooch now has them. If there is still a part of the treatment left you can be tempted to just give it to your tyke. But that works all the time. Although you may find that the ingredients of dog and cat deworming treatments are mostly the same. Active ingredients like praziquantel are currently available under different brand names. They can be found in both dogs and cats deworming treatment.

Just because the active ingredient is the same does not mean that it is a good idea to give your canine your feline’s deworming treatment or vice versa. The difference is in the amounts of ingredients utilized. The dosing amount may also vary contingent on the size of the pet.

There are a wide array of preventative treatments available for heartworms for dogs and cats. But while dogs can be treated with the aid of an injection once they are infected, cats cannot be treated the same way if they get heartworm. There are certain cases, where the treatment that is effective on dogs can be poisonous for cats. So, it is always the better option to let your veterinarian suggest worming treatments for your dog and cat rather than treating them yourself. Worming treatments for kitties is available but heartworm treatment is a different ball game altogether. Remember, prevention is better than cure. The treatment not only is very tedious but also quite expensive.

It is also very important to understand that there are different worms that can affect your dog and cat. So, never give one treatment that is specifically for treating a particular worm for another worm. For example; if your kitty has roundworms and your dog has tapeworm, never give the treatment that works to eradicate roundworms to treat tapeworms. Hence, before getting a deworming treatment, consult with your veterinarian who would determine the type of worm that has affected your pet and then provide appropriate treatment and advice on dosage amounts.

The best possible way to counter the worm problem in dogs and cats is by taking preventative measures to keep them from getting any type of worms in the first place. Remember, kittens and puppies are born with worms. They get it from their mothers when they nurse. That is the reason routine veterinary puppy and kitten care includes worm treatment. After a year, ask your veterinarian to test your pet’s stool to ensure that there is no presence of worms. Also ensure that they do not eat birds, mice or other animals that could be carrying worms. Also get rid of fleas because that is the first big step to prevent worms in dogs and cats.

The Best Strategy For Winning Back Your Estranged Wife – Leave it to Her to Decide

You always thought that your dedication towards your wife and the love you never hid from her were enough motivation for your wife to continue to stay with you. Times have changed indeed. Today, anyone can walk out of a marriage within a short notice, without batting an eyelid. Be that as it may, the tragedy is double for you as you are still in love and feel that winning back your estranged wife can bring back the happiness which you so long for.

The human mind is one strange and complicated entity. It is like peeling an onion with endless layers. The more you try to know an individual, the more confused you get. This makes a job like winning back your estranged wife tougher and more complicated than you would like to believe. Simply sending her flowers, saying sorry a thousand times or doing any such love-struck calisthenics typically fall on deaf ears and blind eyes. Want to know what is the best strategy for winning back your estranged wife? At the risk of sounding crazy, let me tell you – it is to leave the matter to her to decide!

Follow these points carefully and you would know the ratione behind this statement:

o Do you think anyone can force you to call in love? Similarly, you can not change someone's mind that fast, once it has resolved. If you experience a quick change of heart, either the person is fickle-minded and does not know her mind or the patch up is temporary, only to show cracks soon.

o What does it mean to leave the decision to get back to your estranged wife? It means that you simply vanish from the scene. Do not respond to her mails or messages and you too refuse from sending such suggestions of a patch up.

o You are becoming conspicuous by your silence! Not only does your wife get overpowered by curiosity about you, she is also getting a calm moment to re-think about the relationship and whether it makes sense to come back or not.

o The silence also gives your wife the chance to realize your worth. If she finds you worthy of her time and affection she gets back, if otherwise, what are you going to do with an unwilling and unloving partner, anyway?

o One of the proven ways for winning back your estranged wife is to lie low and not throw tantrums, appear depressed or beg for mercy. Appear calm and collected and make genuine efforts to move on. Meet old friends and try to live life in a light-hearted manner. Your nonchalance is going to have a striking effect on our estranged wife.

o People naturally become curious when they see a happy-go-lucky person who keeps his or her emotions under check. Therefore, even when you are desperate inside for winning back your estranged wife, you do not have to show this to the rest of the world, leave alone your ex wife. The more aloof you are the better chances you have to win her back.

Speech Therapy Worksheets

Speech therapy sessions can be an extremely useful tool to help facilitate parents of children who are either suffering from a speech impediment or which expressive language is lagging behind where theyought to be with respect to their peers.

It is not enough to simply send your child to see a licensed speech pathologist once or twice a week. Parents also play an extremely vital role in helping their developmentally challenged children overcome their speech delay. By devoting just a little bit of time each and every single day with your child, you can make a difference in helping to accelerate the process of bringing your child up to speed in terms of his or her language development.

And that is where speech therapy sessions can come in handy. Parents will need some kind of "syllabus" to follow. They will need some kind of guidebook that will help them formulate lesson plans and coordinate games and activities for their child. Plus they will need a way to track, monitor, and gauge their child's progress in terms of speech development.

Tracking your progress is one way to measure the success of any speech therapy program be they in an office with a professional or at home between parent and child. This way you can ensure that you are covering all necessary bases to ensure your child is receiving the proper focus and attention he or she requires. Speech therapy sessions designed for home use by parents are the way to go.

One of the questions that is often raised, when it comes to speech therapy sessions and other at-home "do it yourself" speech therapy curriculum is whether or not the use of these types of worksheets and syllabi can be used as a substitute for the need for having your child undergo toddler speech therapy from a licensed pediatric speech pathologist?

And the answer to that should be the use of speech therapy sessions and other related materials should only be used as a supplement to receiving professional therapy. In other words, the use of these works should be proctored by a licensed speech pathologist. They should be used as your child's "homework" assignments to be completed in between your weekly speech therapy sessions.

While it may be possible for you to do a lot of the work on your own, in a "do it yourself" fashion, it is always wise to have your efforts overseen by a professional who can guide you and steer your efforts in the right direction, and who can monitor and evaluate your child's progress at regular, routine intervals.

While your child's speech therapist will be able to provide you with all of the jobs that he or she wants to use, you will also find that there are numerous speech therapy sessions online that are available to download for free from various websites.

If your child's speech therapist provides you with his or her own worksheets, it is best to use them. If you wish to use worksheets that you have found online on some third-party website, then it would be best if you clear that with the therapist first, as you do not want to confuse your child, in case the approaches to therapy different between what you find online versus what your child's therapist has recommended for you.

Again, it can not be emphasized enough, that if you have the means to have your child be seen by a licensed speech pathologist on a regular basis, you should consult with him or her in tandem with using any type of speech therapy sessions to help you conduct your own at-home sessions.

Overcoming Stuttering

If you are overcoming stuttering problems or looking for information to get rid of stuttering then this article is going to be very beneficial to you. This is because I had a stammer for most of my childhood and teen years and realize all the drawbacks associated with this speech problem. Read on to learn how I overcame my stutter.

It is hard for someone who is not over stuttering or someone who has never stuttered before to understand what it's really like to live with this condition. This is why speech therapists often have trouble obtaining consistent long term results from their patients because they fail to address the root cause of stammering.

For example, when I stuttered, I was terrified of picking up the landline phone. I was very scared of stuttering on the phone and the fact I did not know who was on the other end made me much more nervous, making my stammer worse. I also found it hard to order drinks in a bar because I had trouble with certain letters and words and it was so embarrassing!

Not to mention my interactions with the opposite sex, this was when my stammering was at its worse. There's already great pressure to make a great first impression and impress girls with your conversational skills, and having a stutter made this task like swimming with hungry sharks!

It got to a point where I was sick of this problem which was really affecting lots of other areas of my life so I decided to seek help. For about a month I did spend several hours each day reading books, watching DVDs and listening to webinars on this subject and I managed to pick up some great stuttering advice.

I realized that when I was in the process of overcoming stuttering I needed to effectively change the way I was speaking. Simply put, I had so many bad speaking habits that I needed to get rid of in order to achieve fluency.

One of the problems I had was that I was not releasing my breath at the right times when I was speaking. For example I would normally hold my breath as I spoke. This was a bad mistake because I was rushing my sentences to try and get the words out so I could breathe again! Actually, I needed to exhale whilst I spoke.

I would also mumble my words and I needed to move my lips and mouth about more as well. These were a few simple techniques I learned but what I needed was something concrete that was going to completely get rid of my stuttering.

Take Care of Your Voice and Improve Its Quality

If you use your voice professionally, for example, as a singer, actor, teacher, lecturer, presenter, or a journalist, you should perfectly understand the needs of your speech organ. Below you will find some tips that will help you introduce healthy changes and habits into your life and will positively affect you voice.

Your body, your soul, your mind are one. They are like communicating vessels. Your voice should also be in perfect harmony with your body. Everything that concerns you, concerns also your voice. Remember that your entire body is an instrument, which is unique in its kind. What determines its uniqueness is the realm of your mind, the sphere of your spirit and your emotions. Be in harmony with your voice. Listen to your body, contemplate your thoughts, emotions, and analyze your experiences. This will provide you with the knowledge about how to take care of your voice and how to protect it. This contemplation will let you know the real potential of your speech instrument and unlock its real sound.

Each day allow yourself to relax. You can use one of many relaxation techniques, for example, practice yoga, tai chi, or martial arts. You might as well go for a walk, read, listen to music, meditate in silence, or dance. Even a few moments of relaxation can bring your voice unbelievable effects. Try to stop for a moment and focus your attention on your breath. Think about something pleasurable, about some delightful moments and experiences that happened to you. This detachment from reality will help you calm your thoughts, relax your muscles, make you feel at ease. This, in turn, will allow you to produce sounds with the lightness of a butterfly. Find a relaxation technique that works best for you and use it whenever your voice refuses to obey you. This will also help you deal with the stress, stage fright and all the negative emotions that have a negative effect on your voice.

Healthy body and mind are also linked with a better voice. Exercising regularly and being in shape helps your mind stay healthy. Physical activity is an excellent form of eliminating stress and physical tension. Through exercising you supply your body with strength, vitality, and appropriate dose of positive energy. Find a type of exercise that suits you best, do it regularly, and soon you will notice the differences in the level of your energy. Your voice will also start to sound more energetic.

To make most out of your speech organ, you need to learn about its structure first. You need to know a little bit of theory which will give you some knowledge about the functioning of your voice in different situations. Look for any information you can find about different speech and vocal techniques. Find some books for actors and singers, consult with experts, attend voice classes, courses and exercise regularly.

Here are simple steps you can take today to improve the quality of your voice:

Speak more slowly. The slower pace will help you produce calm, healthy and more accurate sounds.

When you speak or sing, try to open your mouth wider. This will help you avoid any tensions of the muscles responsible for the formation of sound.

Think about something pleasurable when you speak or sing. This will make your voice sound more gentle.

Regardless of what profession you use your voice for, remember to properly warm it up first. To avoid straining your voice, do some simple physical exercises, like squats or jumping. Relax your body and calm your mind. Take a few deep breaths. You can also yawn, stick out your tongue, make silly faces or snort like a horse. After you finish using your voice, it is also important to let it cool down. Do some voice exercises like you did before. Relax your articulation muscles and stretch your body.

Protect your voice against sudden temperature changes. It causes changes in your blood flow and makes your voice sound unnaturally. Try to maintain a constant temperature that is convenient for you and ventilate the room where you work as often as it is possible. If you work in a room with air conditioning on, drink more water to keep your mucous membranes hydrated. Avoid talking, singing, or shouting outdoors, especially at low temperatures or strong winds.

What you eat can also affect the quality of your voice. It is important to maintain a balanced and healthy diet that will have a positive impact on your body, as well as you speech organ. Poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits (except citrus) and herbal teas are recommended for a better sounding voice.

Drink lots of water. Water hydrates your whole body, which also positively affects your mucous membranes and vocal folds. How much water you should drink depends on your lifestyle and also on your health. If you suffer from any disease, especially kidney problems, you should consult your doctor first. Drink water, not only before using your voice, but also during and after your work. Remember not to drink water which is too cold.

Coffee, strong tea and alcohol are bad for your voice. You should drink no more that one cup of coffee a day. If you have to drink more, drink decaffeinated coffee instead. You should also limit to a minimum consumption of any other beverages containing caffeine. Avoid drinking strong black tea brewed for a long time as it may dehydrate your mucous membranes. Do not drink larger quantities of alcohol directly before or after using your voice. Alcohol dries up your mucous membranes, slows down your muscles and lowers your level of energy needed to produce good quality sounds.

Cigarette smoking is your throat’s greatest enemy. Smoking not only damages your overall health but also dries your vocal folds and bombards them with chemicals contained in cigarette smoke. This also applies to passive smoking. As a result your voice may sound flat and your breath may become shallow.

Sinus Drops for Bad Breath

The use of sinus drops for bad breath is a novel approach to an old problem. The theory behind this idea is that sinus problems, and the resulting constant drain of mucus down the back of the throat, is a contributing factor to halitosis. Sinus drain, often called post nasal drip, is rich in proteins – proteins found in inflammatory cells, sloughed off mucosal cells from the lining of the sinuses, blood cells, antibodies, and other things. And proteins are what bacteria in the back of the mouth need for nutrients: a group of bacteria that live on the back of the tongue, and other secluded oral locations, break down protein for food, and produce bad smelling sulfur compounds that cause bad breath .

When bad breath is associated with post nasal drip, tonsiloliths (tonsil stones) are often a problem as well. These are hard little accumulations of decaying material from the sinus drain that lodge in the tonsils. They quickly became colonized by the bacteria from the back of the tongue – the same bacteria responsible for bad breath, and can be the source of a nasty odor. Treatment with sinus drops for bad breath, often in combination with other oral care products, is aimed at decreasing the numbers of bacteria and preventing the formation of tonsiloliths.

The very back of the mouth is the site of most of the problem. In that relatively small area, we have tonsils and adenoids, mucus draining from the sinuses, and many odor producing bacteria living primarily on the back part of the tongue. Conditions are perfect for the proliferation of the bacteria and a buildup of waste materials in the form of tonsil stones. Oral preparations for treating bad breath may not adequately contact all the tissues in question – contact with the tonsils and the higher areas where the sinuses are draining is limited with these products. Sinus drops for bad breath, however, take the same route to the back of the throat that the drainage takes; thus, it provides for maximum contact with the affected areas and the troublesome bacteria.

It's recommended that sinus drops for bad breath be used in combination with other bad breath products. If you have tonsiloliths, this is even more strongly advised. A daily program of good oral hygiene with an appropriate toothpaste, mouthwash, regular tongue cleansing, and, of course, sinus drops, is often very effective.

Business Meeting Thank You Note Samples

After just about any meeting, successful or note, it never hurts to follow up with a thank you note. It shows you respect your client’s time and even if your product wasn’t a good fit this time, your client knows you’re a courteous, professional colleague he’d like to do business with again.

Email or snail mail? You know best; think about the client’s company culture. Usually email is fine, especially if you’re thanking for something informal like time.

Your tone is also something only you can gauge. When in doubt, more formal is better. You don’t have to be cold or stuffy but do be respectful.

Here are a few examples you can customize to your own situation.

Example 1:

Dear Todd,

It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday. Your ideas on new approaches to sales in our region were insightful and a great help to me. Thank you for making time to meet with me and for sharing your thoughts.



Dear Dr. Price,

Thank you for seeing me yesterday. I appreciated the chance to discuss our new products with you. Your opinions are always helpful and interesting. I hope the latest product will fit your needs.

It’s always a pleasure to see you!

Best Regards,



It was a pleasure to finally get a chance to meet you today. Your research project sounds very interesting and offers a compelling value proposition to to the mobile phone carriers. As discussed, my team has done extensive work in the type of data collection that your research requires.

Please let me know if I can provide you with more details about how we would work on the project.

Look forward to speaking with you soon.


Dear Paul,

Thank you for your time today. Jack and I very much appreciated your input on our new business development strategy. I know that you have a number of demands on your schedule right now so the fact that you took as much time as you did to guide us is even more welcome.

We will be sure to circle back with you when the plan is finalized in order for you to provide your stamp of approval as well as any final comments.

What Are the Advantages of Using Custom Stickers?

Many people degrade the importance of custom stickers for product promotion. Probably, small-sized stickers don’t have any practical use for them. Due to this concept, only few businesses use promotional labels to create their brand advertisement. They don’t even realize that these little ornaments can in fact do great things for them. The use of printed stickers will definitely escalate the popularity of their services and products.

Benefits of custom-tailored stickers

1. The use of tailored stickers for business logo provides the effective tool of marketing. They can be seen and found everywhere and anywhere. You can stick them on mugs, bags, books, laptops, notebooks, and on other things. Compared to other popular marketing items, these stickers are unlimited. They can market your product, brand, and business in unthinkable ways. You can stick them on any visible product you want.

2. Because custom-made stickers are neither handy tokens nor gadgets, the cost is not really expensive. Furthermore, stickers and decals will last for years compared to other corporate giveaways like calendars, hats, and umbrellas that get worn out in time. Once these labels are attached to any item, they will stay there for a long time and can’t be easily destroyed.

3. They can be used on any matching product you like. Never underestimate what they can do to advertise your products successfully. What is required is a small amount only and you can already produce huge marketing materials, allowing your product to be recognized for years. Indeed, giveaway marketing items like stickers is a perfect way to spread out your business brand name instantly.

4. Personalized stickers are also useful during political campaigns. The greatest benefit they provide is that they are not wasted when being used. The moment they are glued at one area, they start doing your promotion and will be kept in place for some time.

How to make your own stickers?

Making your own production of stickers is not even hard to do. Most printers have options to produce custom labels and stickers just instantly. There are even free templates available to create your own design.

First, avoid cluttering your labels with bunch of photos and words. The human eye can understand the information fast if there is a white space surrounding the graphic design. Also, people will not forget what message is set on, rather than packing them with loads of information. Be sure that the purpose of the marketing is conveyed on the label. If you want to promote a certain product, concentrate on that particular product. Avoid combining irrelevant messages that will bring confusion to the people. If you wish to stick them to a certain surface, have matching colors and designs to complement the item.

Many online companies have presented stickers as a tool for sales and marketing. They have different types of printing for various kinds of advertising purposes. They have decals designed for walls, doors, automobiles, and outdoor and indoor promotions. Stickers are also durable and can withstand the environmental effects like the cold, wet, and hot climate conditions.

People have always been using stickers for personal needs and business requirements. Their use and application are both domestic and commercial. Who wouldn’t use them for inexpensive marketing and yet giving effective approach for sales and marketing!