World Topics

There are many topics of controversy surrounding the world. These range from legalization of Marijuana, to Cloning. Whether the subject involves medicine, religious views, political stances, celebrities, terrorism, or gender quality, the truth is that people will always find reasons to talk, debate, and even protest against issues that they do not seem fit, or acceptable to society. I have listed a couple of these controversial topics below, as well as my personal views and opinions on them.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

My view on children playing organized tackle football in light of the medical documentation surrounding the risks of “CTE” (Chronic traumatic Encephalopathy) and concussions.

In my opinion, decisions pertaining to the health of a minor should be carefully made in accordance with various factors including but not limited to: the preference of the child (taking age and maturity into consideration), the personal preferences of the parents, religious beliefs (if applicable) and the health condition of the minor. These decisions are very personal and while they may lead to negative consequences, there are every day factors that do so as well.

Currently, while there is no cure for CTE, it is preventable as it is associated with repeated numerous concussions. Steps to avoid Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy from happening, include the use of special sporting helmets, proper monitoring of visible dangerous signs and observation of potential symptoms.

I do not oppose of my children playing organized tackle football today in light of the medical documentation surrounding the risks of CTE.

 

My views on Beyoncé’s controversial performance during the 2016 Super Bowl.

I believe that Beyoncé’s performance at the Super Bowl was a reflection of multiple factors. These may have been related to: Sociopolitical concerns, personal beliefs and individual experience. As a result, I don’t believe that it was neither appropriate or inappropriate.

Looking back at videos and images of the half time show, the vast majority of the crowd appeared to be enjoying Beyoncé’s performance and there were no evident signs of crowd disruption, riots or public disturbances. It wasn’t until after the show, when people found an opportunity to attack and criticize the show based on their own political views, background and ethnicity.

In either event, I don’t feel as if the performance was offensive. The aforementioned publication was an enforcement of freedom of speech under the first amendment. While there may be an argument as to whether the performance was content-neutral or not, many seem to have interpreted it as an act that enabled negative social association.

It is for the above reasons that I am also neutral as to whether or not public figures have a responsibility to weigh-in or be involved in sociopolitical issues. I personally do not deposit faith in celebrities and non the less when they have such a tendency to create drama and be involved in reckless behavior and negative impacting scandals.

Most celebrities, should limit their job to entertaining rather than trying to be the ambassadors of the world. While I understand and agree that most of this is done as a marketing or campaign strategy; I’d place more confidence in a stranger who has a strong back-ground and education experience than in a celebrity.

I understand the importance and responsibility of having a voice but I don’t feel like there is a cookie cutter answer for this topic or any other controversial world topics. Ideally, people are able to handle controversies in a subtle and respectful way. Understanding that each person has the right to a different opinion, is key when debating on topics such as these. Many harsh circumstances, arise from the behavior of people towards these topics, thus causing even more damage, and detrimental consequences to the human race, and to the world.

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Beauty of Psychology

The following is a strong message from Ana, please read and let me know what you think.

My name is Dr. Ana Maria Holder, I am the director of a local community center, that was established to help families in need. While we tend to many different patients, we strive to help who are in most financial need. We provide therapeutic services to children, teens, elders, and families, through art therapy, counseling, career development services, developmental evaluations, and more. Below, are some of our services.

Cognitive Development

Cognitive testing for Sensory-motor, Pre-operational, Concrete operational, and formal operational development stages. Our child development team, consists of social workers, psychologists, and educational specialists, who will serve as a liaison between schools and families by identifying and meeting the needs of the child.

Parents who are concerned regarding the cognitive development of their child, or have noticed a delay in the cognitive development of the child. Areas assessed under cognitive development include but are not limited to the following: memory, information processing, fine motor skills, visual acuity, and speech.

The center offers age-appropriate cognitive development testing. Currently eligibility determination for our services is based on individual assessment results. The recommendation & results of our Social worker, family counselor, and DAS-II, and WPPSI-IV test results; are all considered when determining eligibility.

Candidates who are found eligible for services, will receive the respective therapies between once and three times per week. In addition, families who do not have transportation and/or have other minor children living at the home, may be eligible for in-home therapy services.

Our education specialists, have experience with IEP processes, rights, and regulations. Our team will serve as mediators to the families receiving assistance, and will provide schools with referrals and recommendations, in an effort to meet the educational, and cognitive needs of the child.

Social Development

Our center for children, offers a safe and dynamic environment for children ages 0 months to 5 years. We strive to tend to the individual needs of each child, while encouraging development of creativity and individuality. At our center, we understand that each child has unique talents and challenges. Each child is matched with a para-professional, in an effort to strengthen areas that may appear to be problematic. Furthermore, the interaction with other children and the creative approach that we take towards learning, will assist each child in developing the necessary social skills for their respective age group.

Many parents come to our center, expressing concern for the social development of their child (children). Parents whose children are either in play groups, day care, homeschooling, or have other siblings at home; at times worry about the social development of their child when compared to those of others. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for parents with more than one child, to notice that both children are not developing the same. While this is usually considered normal behavior.

While there are guidelines for stages of development, it is important to note that all children develop differently. Many factors, can attribute to a slower, faster, or on time development. Items such as cultural background, siblings, home environment, genetics, social & medical history, etc. are all factors to consider when evaluating the social and emotional development of a child.  It is not uncommon for families who have more than one child, to have a completely different experience with each child. Furthermore, some psychologists suggest that children born after the first child, tend to develop at a slightly lower pace.

These are just a few examples, of the services that our center offers. Proper development, is imperative for the health and well-being of children and families. Through the use and implantation of proper assistance, we can help build a better community, and a better environment for everyone. Our priority is helping others without discriminating based on social, political, spiritual, cultural, or financial basis. We warmly welcome all of those in need of help, and extend our services to assist as many families as possible.