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Hear Today Gone Tomorrow – The Benefits of Using Hearing Aids

The loss of hearing is most common in older people but it is a problem which can affect anyone at any time in their life. Hearing aids are no longer those unattractive devices you have seen your granddad wearing. You can find them in all sorts of styles and designs and can even go completely unnoticed if you desire. If you are struggling to hear, it is time to consider wearing a hearing aid and there are many benefits to choosing to wear these devices.

Improved Hearing

The most obvious advantage of wearing a hearing aid is to improve your hearing. You will soon start to hear all this little sounds you have been missing out on and will feel alive again. The faint sounds you can still hear will become a lot crisper and clearer through using a hearing aid and you will soon wonder how you survived without it.

Make You Unique

The flaws we have are what make us different and unique from other people and wearing a hearing aid can show off your individuality. These days there are all sorts of styles of hearing aids to choose from, so you can pick a design which suits your own personality. There is no longer any need to feel embarrassed about wearing a hearing aid; you can even wear designs which will go completely unnoticed by others.

Better Well-Being

A hearing aid will not only help your hearing, it can also improve your confidence and make you feel more comfortable in social situations. If you are hard of hearing it can make you less likely to want to be around others as you don’t want to constantly ask people to repeat themselves. Wearing a hearing aid can really help to improve your whole life and make awkward social experiences a thing of the past.

Improved Success

It may be difficult to carry out your job as well as you would like if you have problems with your hearing, which is where a hearing aid can help. You will be able to concentrate better and interact with others more successfully if you can hear better and your increased confidence will also be beneficial. It may not seem like a huge problem to have difficulties with your hearing but you will notice some dramatic differences when you wear a hearing aid. The world can become your oyster if you deal with your problem head on, so don’t let it get worse before it gets better.

Wear your hearing aid with pride and discover all the many ways you can benefit from improved hearing. 

How to Make Your Home Disability Friendly

When you design your home, one of the most important things on your mind is definitely the convenience of living. A breathtaking design is, of course, a major plus, but without “livability”, it will do no good. A home that makes us want to “go home” is a comfortable house, designed according to our needs and habits. An idea of installing adjustable table legs will probably not cross you mind.

However, there are unfortunate circumstances that might hurt us or our loved ones. A design for those who are disabled is a serious topic that will not be covered here. Thus, we will be not talking about designing a house for a disabled person living in it. What we will discuss is several features that will make a house in which you, a completely healthy person, live more accessible for the disabled. These additions will make your home much more enjoyable for those family members and friends with disabilities

Easy Additions to Make Life Easier

The most important in making the house more disability friendly is empty space. Large entrances (do you really need those doors?!) and wide passages will make the person in the wheelchair much happier. Another idea is adjustable table legs. These allow you to lower the table to a height that is perfect for the wheelchair occupant, allowing him or her to eat and drink comfortably. There are also other add-ons for the disabled: special toilet-seat cover that is connected rigidly to the base, shower handles that allow easier access to the shower cabin and might assist during the shower, telephones with BIG numbers, adjustable leg rests and much more.

There is no reason not to employ at least some of the above accessories at your home as they do not cost much. You will have absolutely no problem locating these items in a local store, dedicated to the disabled needs; moreover, many of the products can be easily ordered from numerous online retailers. The goods will be delivered right to your front door, all you will need to do is install them or at least store them securely and take them out when a disabled person visits you.

Our community is recognizing the needs of disabled people more and more over the years. Most public areas in the US are already adjusted to meet the unique needs of the disabled. Maybe the time has come for us to do the same in our private properties.

Stephen Craig is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites. Follow him @SCraigSEO.

Duties of A Caregiver For Special Needs

caregiver Austin TxPeople with special needs need regular attention to ensure that they go about their lives comfortably. Such persons normally include elderly people who are handicapped or suffering from a chronic illness. They may also comprise young people who are struggling with severe emotional or physical challenges. In order to live normal lives like normal people, these individuals need to have able-bodied companions around them.

Such able-bodied companions exist in the form of caregivers. These professionals help those grappling with these challenges to overcome them. Caregivers can conduct their duties while living in patients’ home. Alternatively, they can carry out their functions from outside. In Austin TX, there are many professionals specializing in caregiver services. These people assist residents struggling with disabilities in Austin Texas.

Duties of caregivers

In most instances, the duties of caregivers are usually tailored to suit the needs of their patients. Nevertheless, some of the common roles of caregivers including caregiver Austin TX include:

· Dressing and bathing

Caregivers are usually responsible for the hygiene of their patients. This includes ensuring that the latter gets a bath everyday. Caregivers must also ensure that the individuals are dressed in clean clothes. When preparing a bath for the patient, it is their duty to walk them to the bathroom. In cases where the patient is bedridden, a sponge bath would be appropriate.

When dressing the patient, logic requires that caregivers must conduct this exercise with caution. This is to spare the patient from any excruciating pain in case he or she has undergone surgery. Also, due to few movements, such patients have stiff arms.This would increase the pain two-fold when dressing.

· Provision of meals

A caregiver Austin TX, just like other caregivers, bears the responsibility for the meals of their patients. Expectations are that these professionals will provide their patients with healthy meals. This involves planning for the meals, shopping and cooking the delicacies. It is their duty to ensure that the meals are easily digestible. This is in addition to the fact that the meals must be served on time.

· Communication

Those who wish to land special education jobs in Austin TX must possess exemplary communication skills. These skills are mandatory if they are to communicate well with their patients. This is especially true when caring for children with special needs. Communication is also a necessity when relating to family members of the patient. The caregiver will have to consult regularly with the family about the welfare of the patient.

· Medical assistance

Caregivers are important companions when it comes to administering patients’ medication. Such patients like the elderly or disabled children may have a hard time keeping up with their dosage. Caregivers will ensure that these people adhere to their medications by administering them at the right time. They are also expected to take these patients for doctor appointments.

Did Your Medical Care Meet Appropriate ‘Standards of Care’ levels?

If you are concerned about medical Standards of Care that you or a loved one recently received, you are also probably wondering whether or not you have grounds to potentially file a medical malpractice case. These types of cases often take some time to sort through, but understanding the basics around ordinary care should give you a better idea on how best to proceed.

The top two questions that have probably already crossed your mind include: If I proceed with filing a medical malpractice case, how legitimate or frivolous might is it?  How hard or easy will it be to prove and/or win my case?

Your first step would be to get a general understanding of what is meant by appropriate or ordinary care.  If you do some quick online research on the definition of “Standards of Care”, you will see how answering this question is not so simple.

What needs to be determined is whether or not an inappropriate or insufficient level of care has occurred which directly resulted in the causing of harm, injury, or even death.  You will be looking for “dereliction of duty to the patient”, i.e., deviation from “ordinary” care. This could include incomplete or incorrect actions or even inaction.  This may or may not have been due to incompetence. This however would exclude errors in judgment made “in good faith and honest belief”.

Who decides what a “reasonable person” or “ordinary care” looks like? Three things that go into the final determination of negligence, including: the doctor’s documentation; determination of commonly accepted standards of care for medical practices and customs for the condition in question; and peer review and/or medical legal testimony.

“Standards of care” or “ordinary care” is based on what a “reasonably prudent professional” with the same training and experience would do in the same or similar situations. For this, often expert witness testimony is critical, such as from a nursing expert witness. “Standards of Care” apply to diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.

Regarding treatments, it is not uncommon for more than one treatment option to be available.  “Ordinary” care does not mean the “best” or most expensive treatment. Then there is also the question of new versus common treatments, for example, the more controversial case of a commonly accepted practice of an off-label use for a prescription medicine or medical equipment.

Other determinations that muddy the waters include determinations of:  the physician’s duty to inform of risks and costs; likelihood of risks; potential seriousness of harm; availability of alternate treatments; and likely results of maintaining existing care levels.

While there are many subjective determinations that go into medical malpractice lawsuits, it is the specific details and circumstances of each case that makes each case quite different and not so easy to generalize about.

Helen Hoefele is a professional writer who likes to write on topics that share useful information with readers.  Follow her @figmentations.

Dyspraxia and ensuring your child doesn’t struggle

For any parent of a child diagnosed with dyspraxia worrying about their child’s emotional, educational and physical development seem never ending.

Usually, dyspraxia is considered to be an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement, but many find that with this comes with other problems related to language, perception and thought.

Yet it’s important to not feel lost, this syndrome is widely acknowledged and as result many networks and organisations exist to support and help families cope. Talking openly about the condition with your partner and relatives means that it is also not ignored and the whole family can improve their understanding, help and support too.

In fact, involving the whole family in everyday activities helps your child have practical understanding of how to perform daily tasks and activities that they might otherwise find difficult alone. They can also share and develop reading and writing skills. And by seeing how their relatives and siblings act, it can help them assess and modify their own behaviour to suit.

Many parents are constantly seeking ways to aid their dyspraxic suffering child’s development at home, whilst supporting their learning at school. I’ve had many parents raving about trampolines, which seem to be a staple in most homes nowadays, as the physicality of the bouncing releases tension and increases their awareness of body movements.

For children who become frustrated with activities that non-sufferers often take for granted such as writing, drawing, art and craft; many parents are finding special needs resources to help their child overcome these difficulties such as writing slopes, pencil/pen grips and easy grip scissors. (More and more of these are coming onto the market and are easy to find online). Enabling your child to continue to participate in such activities, unhibited, helps them to feel more accepted by their peers and boosts their confidence.

Dyspraxic children can also display difficulties co-coordinating muscle groups to perform simple tasks such as walking, as well as balancing and spatial awareness.  Resources such as tactile tiles/stepping stones are readily available and perfectly suited to develop gross motor skills and don’t need to be restricted to use by them, you, friends and family can all have a go.

Whilst providing your child with inspirational times to learn and share, it is just as important, as with autistic children to create routines and calming environments to encourage your child to relax, focus and take control; sensory bubbles, swing seats or simple dens are perfect for this.

As a parent of a dyspraxic child I know myself and other parents of children with any special need find that they are constantly thinking, worrying and planning around it, but it’s vital that you do not forget yourself or your relationship with your partner and other children (if you have any). Creating special time, dedicated to these other important family members and giving yourself some free-time ensures no one feels neglected, and I know, helps you to take time out, relax and focus on something else. It helps keep me sane!

Notes: Other names for dyspraxia include Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), Perceptuo-Motor Dysfunction, and Motor Learning Difficulties. It used to be known as Minimal Brain Damage and Clumsy Child Syndrome.

Carlo Rossi is a freelance writer and blogs on special needs learning resources covering everything from sensory equipment for autistic children to chatter tracker. He is a parent of a dyspraxic child and has contributed to several special needs blogs in the last year.

The Effects of Bullying

Everyone knows that kids can be mean. As parents, we do not teach them to be this way. We teach them to be honest, generous, respectful and forgiving, but when our kids go to school, unfortunately, they tend to pick up bad habits. However, when your child goes to school, he or she may also witness or even be subjected to bullying. As parents, we can only hope that this never happens to our children, but it is so important to know about bullying and the effects it can have as well so that we can work to put a stop to it. 

The Golden Rule

We teach our kids to treat others the way that they want to be treated, but some kids just don’t follow this golden rule. Children bully other children for one reason or another. Many times, bullies are insecure and feel the need to put others down to make themselves feel better. Bullies will pick on children who are smaller than they are as a way to feel more powerful. Bullies may pick on you if you have something that they want out of pure jealousy. Many times, someone who bullies others has problems at home, so they feel that it is okay to take their anger and pain out on others because they want others to feel the same way. Bullying does not have to be just physical, however. Bullying can be emotional and can even take place online as well. Cyber bullying is one of the most popular forms of bullying because people think they can hide behind a computer screen and target others. Many times, this is how rumors get started and racial or slurs about someone’s sexual orientation get spread. 

It Isn’t Easy

Bullying isn’t something that is easy to deal with. Children who get bullied may be afraid to tell because they have been threatened. Bullying can make someone hate their life and just want a way out. Statistics show that many teens who committed suicide were in fact bullied and just couldn’t take it anymore. All they wanted was to fit in, but bullies constantly had them feeling like outcasts. No one should have to deal with bullying, however and many schools now have zero tolerance policies. If you or someone you know is being bullied, do the right thing and tell someone before things get worse. 

Kids can be mean, especially in high school. Chances are that at some point in time, you or someone you knew or are friends with was a victim of bullying. However, we all need to work together to put a stop to bullying. If you see someone being bullied, don’t be afraid to speak up and go to the school office to report the bully. You could be doing the victim a huge favor and you could even save a life. No matter how hard things may be, never turn to bullying. It’s not the right way to solve your problems! 

Tany C. is a writer for http://www.mybusinesscareers.com/. Take a look at this site to learn more about business careers. 

5 Outdoor Activities to Try this Spring

It looks as if after several false starts, spring has actually arrived in most parts of the country. Increased energy levels are a natural part of this season, and smart people take advantage of that. Spring is the perfect time to experiment with activities and develop new interests. If you’re looking for different things to try this spring, here are five ideas for you to consider:

Go on Walking Tours in Your Own Community

Many people only see their own communities through the windshield of their vehicles. If you get out and walk, you may be rewarded with discoveries about your area that you’d never be able to experience while driving a car. One of your neighbors may have a gift for gardening with exotic plants, for instance, or that elderly person down the street may be a an encyclopedia of local history.

Go to the Shelter and Bring Home a Friend

Of course, bringing a furry friend into your household should only be done after the matter is given serious consideration and you are sure that you can provide well for it. Spring is a great time, however, to get a dog. Walking your dog on a regular basis will provide both physical and emotional benefits.

Start Your Own Culinary Herb Garden

Whether you’ve got a sizable garden space in your yard or just a patio or balcony with room for only a few containers, growing your own culinary herbs has both aesthetic and physical advantages. Fresh herbs will flavor your meals, scent the air around you and provide eye-pleasing scenery to your outdoor living space. Your dietary goals will also be easier to meet if you’ve got a good supply of fresh herbs on hand.

Learn to Prepare Quality Meals at Home

You can eat better and save money if you learn a few basic culinary skills. Information on preparing healthy and flavorful meals is readily available from many online sources, and spring is an excellent time to experiment with different styles of food. Fresh spring vegetables can provide inspirational ingredients for your new adventures in the kitchen.

Join a Sports Team

Even small communities have some kind of opportunity for local residents to participate in sports teams. If you’re unsure about where to look, try your municipal parks and recreation department. They often have listings of available teams as well as contact information for the organizers. Many bars and taverns also sponsor softball teams every year.

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What To Do If You Think Your Child Is Dyslexic

Dyslexia is not something that is preventable or treatable as such, but even so it is important that if you suspect a child has dyslexia you find out for certain so that you can take positive action sooner rather than later. Dyslexic children have different needs than other children and not addressing those needs can cause them to fall behind in their education and miss out on other things in life.

The good news though is that if you discover that your child is dyslexic there is plenty you can do to help and most dyslexic children are able with a little help to do just as well in life as non-dyslexic ones.

Dyslexic doesn’t mean stupid

Dyslexia is a very specific condition relating to your ability to read and spell. Many extremely intelligent people are dyslexic and it is not uncommon for a dyslexic child to later become a very proficient mathematician, scientist or whatever else.

If you think your child has dyslexia (or any other learning disability) you should not despair, just follow these steps and your child will soon be getting the help he/she needs.

Talk about it with teachers

Your child’s teachers are the ones closest to your child’s educational progress, so start by talking to them about tracking your child’s progress in school and whether they think there might be any problems.

Often dyslexia can lead to frustration which might manifest itself as acting out and poor behaviour so it is important to consider whether this might be the cause of any other problems (or whether the poor behaviour is causing the acting out).

Record everything you find out and start paying attention to the quality of work and your child’s ability to concentrate and study.

Seek professional testing

If you think there is a chance that your child is dyslexic (no matter how small) you should get him/her tested. The school should be able to organise this if you request it and professionals will be able to assess the cause of the problem.

The testing process doesn’t just attempt to discover your child’s weaknesses but also their strengths and should help to find ways to give them better support with their learning.

How to help

Once you know that your child is dyslexic there are a number of ways you can help and the best options depend on the severity of your child’s disability and which areas are most problematic.

The first step should be to talk to your child and reassure them that it is not their fault and it does not mean they are not clever, just that their mind processes words a little differently to most children. This process can actually bring you much closer to your child and that bond will help to avoid bad behaviour in the future and will help you both work to improve his/her educational progress.

Other options

Your more practical options include things such as home-schooling if only for a short time, or spending time outside of school helping your child. If you do not home-school then you should speak to his/her teachers and come up with a plan. Trust his/her teachers to do their job but also ask how you can help. Hiring a private tutor to help with problem areas can also be a big help and will ensure your child keeps up with the class and does not get left further behind.

Please visit this website for more information about learning and helping your children to get a better education.

Independent Lives – Adults With Disabilities

Advances in neonatal medicine have meant that the number of babies surviving with serious disabilities has increased a lot in the last few decades. Children born with disabilities in the 70s and 80s are now adults, and it’s natural for them to want to try to live an independent life.

Some adults survive with minimal support in the home.  An adult with mobility problems may need a stair lift installed, or to have the bathroom converted into a wet-room with plenty of space, and rails for them to grab hold of if they lose their balance.  Adults with learning disabilities may need more long term support, however.

Support Doesn’t Mean Doing Everything

Starting down the road to independent living can be intimidating, especially for adults with mental disabilities.  For example, an autistic child that did not go to a mainstream school, and that has been sheltered from the outside world for most of their life, may struggle to move in to their own home, deal with a landlord, pay bills, take responsibility for their own laundry, and generally deal with a lot of strangers.

A young adult in this situation may want to join an autism support group and spend some time getting used to new routines, meeting new people, and exploring the world beyond their family home.

At first, they may feel like there’s simply too much to get used to, and too much to do, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As a parent, you may feel like you’re doing your child a favour by always cooking for them or doing the laundry, but in the long term you’re hindering their path towards independence.  Instead of doing everything for them, consider offering some support in the home, but letting them try to do things for themselves.  If they can learn ways to work around their disability in a safe environment, it will give them the confidence they need to become independent.

Government Support Takes Time

Most local authorities have some form of support network in place for disabled adults, however there are often long waiting lists for even the most basic of aid.  If you, or an adult you care for, qualify for support from a local group, it’s worth contacting them even if you don’t need help right now.  Sometimes, just being on their books can make it easier to get help in a timely fashion when it is needed.

Support for Serious Disabilities

While many disabled adults can enjoy a good degree of independence with just a few small changes to their home, there are others that may need more support.  An adult with a disability that requires regular medical treatment, or one with a learning disability that severely impairs their ability to deal with day to day routines may need to live in a supported housing area with easy access to residential care services.

Autism support services can do a lot to improve the quality of life of adults that want to make the first step towards independence, but running a home is a big step, and something that should be approached slowly, with careful consideration.

This article was written by James Harper on behalf of Voyage Holdings, providers of autism support and support in the home for people with disabilities. Follow this link to find out more about support in the home or autism support services.

Disabilities In Austin Texas

Disabilities In Austin Texas It can be challenging to find a facility with reliable services for disabled adults. There is a facility that provides excellent activities for people with disabilities in Austin Texas. A short description of the best day habilitation services can be read below.

Exercise

Disabled adults need things to keep their minds off of negative thoughts. A reliabe facility will provide a number of activities to keep them from getting bored. For example, a light, non-impact exercising program has proven to be very beneficial. A Caregiver Austin TX employee can teach the clients how to move their muscles and breath properly. Stretching is also essential to keep them from getting injured. One of the main highlights of the service is the ability of the staff to integrate the exercices with fun activities. Instead of allowing bordem to consume their lives, the clients will see improvements in their physical conditions gradually.

Relationship Building

One of the most important skills for disabled adults to learn is relationship building. The members of the staff will make efforts to teach valuable social skills, which the individuals can use throughout their lives. They will spend most of their time with people that are in the same positions. As they participate in various activities together, they may become friends. This can be one of the greatest joys to experience at the facility.

Music Therapy

Music therapy has proven to be a powerful form of treatment that does not rely on any expensive medications. It can be used to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a professional in the facility. The client’s abilities can be strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives simply by listening to music. The treatment typically involves creating, singing, moving to and listening to pleasant tones that resonate with the disabled adults. The therapy offers many benefits, which will ultimately lead to improvements in all areas of their lives. For example, chronic symptoms of depression can be eliminated with frequent sessions. Music therapy has also been shown to reduce anxiety in patients receiving radiation therapy.

There are many day habilitation services operating in Texas, however many locals have difficulties determining the ones that are right for their family. A good facility will provide activities to keep the clients from getting bored. In addition to this, there will also be proven therapeutic methods that can help rehabilitate them. Being aware of these qualities will help families locate the best services for disabled adults.