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More adults are choosing to stay in their homes as they age. If your parents have made this choice, you need to evaluate their home and take some measures to make sure they’re safe.  As they age, they tend to slip and fall more, forget to switch off the stove or take medication. Fortunately, while aging is inevitable, you can take steps to help prevent accidents, fatal mishaps and injuries. Here are some ways you can help your parents to stay safe. Remove hazards  Falls often take place outside the home. Ensure that the driveway and entrance to the home are free of hazards. Repair any cracks in the sidewalk leading to the home and make sure ...
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Self-care is vital when you’re working from home if you want to remain healthy in body and mind. It can be very easy to slip into bad habits, such as not keeping distinct boundaries between home and work, eating too much and sitting at your desk for long hours. Here are 5 self-care tips to help you thrive while working from home. Set up work/home boundaries You need to have some distinction between the hours you work and the time you have to do other things. When you work from home, work can easily bleed into other areas and before you know it, you are working late into the evening and on weekends.  Maintaining a healthy balance between ...
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I'm sure they are out there somewhere, but I don't know of any prominent female role models who came from poverty and didn't realize the value of education when they were young. I've read the stories and biographies of so many successful women. While they also overcame their impoverished circumstances, they had a leg up in a way that I don't feel ever existed for many of my peers and me. Someone told them that there was more out there, that education could help them break free, but who was it that let them in on the secret? Below, I outline six ways in which school counselors can break down barriers to higher education ...
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Childhood development is at its most important stage between the ages of three and seven. During this time, children’s brains are like sponges and they absorb all the information around them very easily. The social, language, and communication skills that a child picks up at this age can remain an influence for the rest of their life. Therefore, it is essential to provide the best stimulation to the child at this time to boost their development. Here are five ways educational robots boost child development between these ages: Learn languages Young children learn languages very easily. Language acquisition is at its peak between the ages of ...
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Being a teenager is tough. During this transition phase from childhood to adulthood, complex social development is occurring during which teenagers figure out their place in the world and how they relate to it. This process often involves testing limits and even rule-breaking. A certain amount of independence-seeking behavior is healthy, but it can cross the line into dangerous territory quickly. Alcohol and drugs further complicate teenage life, as social influences can create behavioral pressures fraught with danger. Issues regarding body and self-image often come up during this time of dramatic change as well, causing more anxiety and awkwardness. With ...
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You’d have a hard time finding someone who hasn’t had a loan or a credit card at one point or another. But despite how popular it is to borrow money, many people don’t understand much about their financing options. Unfortunately, financial advice is often overlooked by high schools and colleges. Loans and credit are simple enough to understand, and it’s important to know how they work. Even if you don’t know a thing about the subject, this beginner’s guide will get you up to speed. Loans and Credit – What’s the Difference? With loans and credit, you’re borrowing money, but the two work very differently. When you get a loan, the lender gives you a lump ...
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Starting college or university can be a challenge. High school can be quite demanding, but when moving up into higher education, the obstacles to timekeeping increase. This can leave many students feeling overwhelmed.  Time management then becomes key to getting your homework done and remaining up to date with what can feel like a tsunami of work that hits you. Take heart. Remember some of the basics from school, and keep applying these techniques as you progress, while learning others. Listening and note-taking during lecturers Make sure that you are well-rested and are looking after yourself properly in terms of nutrition and exercise . A ...
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Many people like to go into accelerated degree programs. They may go into the program for different reasons, but they all have the same end goal: to get their degree as soon as possible. If you're considering an accelerated degree program, here are some things you should consider before you make your decision. What is It? Accelerated degree programs allow people to earn their degrees in less time than a university usually allows. This involves going through the curriculum and required material for degrees quicker than the usual approaches. You can look at different programs, so click here to start looking at some options. These programs vary in length, ...
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If you don’t want to get into debt while working towards your degree, you need to have a budget and stick to it. Setting up a budget may feel like the last thing you want to do but it can help you to develop good financial habits.  Whether you receive money from your parents or you have a job, divide the money you receive in a semester by its length to see how much money you can spend each month. See how close you come to accurately estimating your expenses.  If you run out of cash during the month and have to live on cornflakes, you start feeling the consequences of mismanaging your money. Once you’ve set a realistic budget, here are some ways you ...
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Clinical trials test whether different medical drugs, devices and medical treatments are safe and how well they work. Some of them involve healthy members of the public and others may involve patients undergoing treatment and who want to take part.  Clinical trials are aimed at answering certain health questions such as how to prevent an illness, treat an illness to increase chances of survival, or to improve the quality of life for those living with an illness.  Each trial is carefully planned, detailing factors such as who is eligible to participate, the schedule of procedures, length of study, information to collect and results to measure.  Why ...
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There are many principles of product development that people abide by. Unfortunately, quick development time has not made its way into the list of top development principles. Long development time by nature creates frustration and more setbacks. Let us examine the reasons why a speedy development process will deliver better results.  Limit Functionality to What Is Needed: The software development industry had the highest project failure rate of all major industries. It wasn’t until the advent of the Agile project development process that the success rate started to improve. While it is true that not all products being developed is software, one can ...
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From classrooms and restrooms to offices and cafeterias, schools have many buildings and facilities to maintain. It is important to ensure that everything is in proper working order, including equipment and critical systems, like alarms and HVAC. This is crucial for schools to function properly and keep students, faculty and visitors safe.  Manage work orders efficiently Due to the sheer amount of equipment and facilities, maintenance departments need to process a high volume of work orders every day.  Using a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) means there is a computerized database for work requests. It is possible to prioritize ...
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Going to college is a challenge for most people, but it can be very difficult for those with physical disabilities. Many students have mobility issues or need special accommodations. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Here are some tips for you if you’re attending college and you have a physical disability. Be informed about the law Students with disabilities at colleges that are publicly funded must have equal services and benefits, according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you’re a college student with a physical disability, you have the protection of the ...
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Studying abroad is an amazing experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You will be able to learn a new language, get familiar with a different culture, and befriend locals. Because of this, studying abroad is a much bigger adventure than just visiting a foreign country. While this will definitely be an exciting time in your life, you will need to take certain steps to prepare for it. Of course, your first step should be to search study abroad programs online and figure out which one would be a good choice for you. Once you find a good program and determine what country you’ll be going to, it’s important to research whether you ...
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Greetings School Counseling Community! Reflect back to your time as a graduate school counseling student. You may have been very busy juggling the pressures of life, work responsibilities and school. You were focused on becoming adequately trained, seeking employment, and securing a position as a school counselor. Prior to your program completion, you took on the role as practicum/internship student to obtain field experience and get a taste of what was to come. For many of us, our stories are similar in this regard. We become school counselors, move on with our lives and then suddenly, a student comes to us and asks if we could supervise them for their field ...
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Hi Everyone, Hope you all had a wonderful July Fourth!  I moved to CT because I saw that there were many open positions here. And now that I’m here it’s been very difficult to even get an interview... it turns out School Counseling positions are being reserved for internal candidates only, but being advertised to everyone out there in the world.  If anyone knows anyone in CT, please let me know... or if have any tips and tricks you can share with me on how I can get my resume on the table. That would be great!!  Peace and love, Sofia
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Working hard to get a certificate and having that opportunity snatched for some reason is a pain a lot of people go through. If you have gone through this, you will agree that it’s depressing but know this, even smart people have a subject they can’t easily wrap their head around.  Even though this is true, you should try your utmost best to pass your certification exam. How can you do this? Get a Scope of the exam Knowing what you can look out for in an exam will help you understand the basics of what you should focus on during your study time. Most of the nationally recognized certification courses have information available online. If you ...
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It’s normal for your salary to change as you gain more experience. As your skills improve, you will get promoted and work on more important tasks. Unfortunately, there’s a chance you may not get the salary you deserve at certain companies. In this case, you should either look for a better job offer or negotiate for a higher salary. You shouldn’t fear losing your job or antagonizing your boss. In order to be successful in the professional world you will have to stand up for yourself. Know What You Want Before you do anything, you’ll have to know exactly the sum you’ll be satisfied with. Don’t get excited just because you’re getting a slight bump ...
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If you ask me, one of the best parts of being a school counselor is having the freedom to get creative with student interventions. There’s no denying that factors such as full schedules, limited resources, and high student-to-counselor ratios can influence service delivery, but choose to think outside the box despite potential barriers; with careful planning and willingness to endure some trial-and-error, you may be surprised at what you can make work! This year, I decided to try running a couple of book clubs with some of my upper elementary students. Using longer works of literature to teach and reinforce social skills has been a fun and challenging experience. ...
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Working as a virtual school counselor, the first question I was usually asked when I told people what I did was "How do you do that?"  And then the next was, "How did you find that job?"  I would love to tell people just how I did do what I do. My motto for virtual school counseling was that I can do what a traditional school counselor does, but I have to put a virtual spin on it. 1. Classroom guidance Yes, I did classroom guidance, just as you would in other school setting.  The difference was mine classes were done on the computer.  Me being in one place and my students being in various places all across the state.  The biggest thing was to be engaging, which ...
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