Section: Teens - posted in 2017

  • How to Tell When Someone Is Nice: Answers for Teens With Autism

    How to Tell When Someone Is Nice: Answers for Teens With Autism When people are nice, it means that they like you. When making a new friend, choose someone who is nice to you. What Do People Do When They Want to Be Your Friend? When people are nice, they may look at you and smile. They may use words to let you know that they enjoy being with you, such as "I like hanging out with you." People who like spending time with you will say yes when you ask them to do ...
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  • What to Say: Answers for Teens With Autism

    What to Say: Answers for Teens With Autism Talking to others is one way to make friends and keep the friends you already have. But talking is not just about knowing what to say. It's also important to give clues about how you're feeling — such as smiling when you're happy. Have you ever wanted to hang out with someone, but didn't know how to ask? Knowing what to say comes naturally for some people, but others need some help. Here's ...
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  • Therapy for ADHD

    Therapy for ADHD What Is Therapy for ADHD? Therapy is part of the treatment for most teens diagnosed with ADHD. If you go to therapy, you will have regular meetings with a therapist to help with the problems that ADHD can cause. In therapy, people learn skills that don't come naturally because of ADHD, like listening and paying attention better. Some people with ADHD also get another type of therapy called ...
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  • Incentive Spirometer

    Incentive Spirometer What Is an Incentive Spirometer? An incentive spirometer is a hand-held device that helps people to take slow, deep breaths. It's like exercise equipment for the lungs to keep them strong and working well. Why Do People Need an Incentive Spirometer? Breathing deeply helps get enough air into the lungs so they inflate as much as possible. Breathing slowly helps inflate all areas of the lungs, not ...
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  • Mindfulness

    Mindfulness What Is Mindfulness? Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means taking your time to really notice what you're doing. Mindfulness happens naturally sometimes. Let's say you're getting ready to take a foul shot in basketball. You carefully position your feet at the line. You look up at the hoop and feel the ball in your hands. Taking your time, you bounce the ball a couple of ...
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  • Mindfulness Exercises

    Mindfulness Exercises Being mindful helps people do better in just about every part of life, like focusing on homework or feeling less stressed out. Practicing mindfulness a little bit every day helps you to build this valuable skill. These exercises help you practice mindfulness in five different ways. Try doing all of them. As you do each exercise, you will probably find that your mind wanders after a minute or two. ...
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  • Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's Disease What Is Crohn's Disease? Crohn's disease is a condition that causes parts of the intestine (bowel) to get red and swollen. It's a chronic condition, which means it lasts a long time or constantly comes and goes. Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus (where poop comes out). It's most commonly found at the end ...
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  • Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative Colitis What Is Ulcerative Colitis? Ulcerative colitis is a condition that causes the inner lining of the large intestine (colon) to get red and swollen with sores called ulcers. It's a chronic condition, which means it lasts a long time or constantly comes and goes. Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that happens only in the colon. What Are the Signs & Symptoms of ...
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  • How to Use an Incentive Spirometer

    How to Use an Incentive Spirometer What Is an Incentive Spirometer? An incentive spirometer is a hand-held device that helps people to take slow, deep breaths. It's like exercise equipment for the lungs to keep them strong and working well. How Do I Use an Incentive Spirometer? Your health care provider has set a marker for you. Your goal is to keep the piston (the blue disc in the main chamber in the picture above) at your marker ...
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  • Ozone, Air Quality, and Asthma

    Ozone, Air Quality, and Asthma How Does Air Quality Affect People With Asthma? People with asthma are more likely to have trouble breathing in places with polluted air or smog. Poor air quality can cause flare-ups, and also may increase the chances of respiratory infections, like flu, that can make asthma symptoms worse. What Makes Air Quality Poor? You've probably heard about the ozone layer and how we need to protect it. The ...
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