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  1. Two Brief Interventions Reduce Distress in Mothers of Children with Autism

    Two Brief Interventions Reduce Distress in Mothers of Children with Autism

    Researchers from Vanderbilt University investigated the impact of mindfulness practice and positive psychology practice on mothers of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. These mothers are known to live with extra stress, depression and anxiety, from the burdens of caring for their children.

    A total of 243 mothers of children with disabilities were randomized into either a 6-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (mindfulness practice) intervention or a 6-week Positive Adult Development (positive psychology practice) intervention.

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  2. How Cognitively Acute Does a User of the TBI Imagery Have to Be?

    Hi Belleruth,

    I have used your tapes, CDs and mp3s for years, both personally and professionally.

    Now I have a family member with a severe TBI and am so grateful that you have a new guided imagery for that.

    However, I (and the neuropsychologist) want to know at what level on the RANCHO scale does a person need to be in order to begin to benefit from this.

    Please let me know. Thank you.

    LG, PhD, LCMFT

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  3. Can My Developmentally Disabled Brother Use Guided Imagery?

    Dear Belleruth,

    I have a 22 year old brother with mental retardation/developmental disability.  He lives in a group home and holds down a job at a local supermarket as a stock boy.  Every now and then, he gets stressed, just like the rest of us.  My question is this:  can you use guided imagery with people like my brother?  Would he be able to get something out of a guided imagery CD? I’d like to give him a pre-loaded iPod for Christmas.

    Thank you in advance,

    Martin T.

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  4. A Caregiver for Seniors Asks about Imagery for Her Client with Dementia

    A caregiver for seniors asks: My alert, very pleasant and remarkable 95-year-old client has been diagnosed with dementia and just had hip surgery. What guided imagery would you recommend I share with her?
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