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Autism and Treatment – Therapy and Training Approaches

Living with a patient suffering from autism can be grueling and extremely distressing for the parents and siblings of a person suffering from autism. The worst part really isn’t the realization that the patient has the disease, but that the patient will never fully recover from the condition.

As a result, no matter what you do to treat them, they either show little improvement throughout their lives, or they just remain the same way. There are times when a glimmer of hope is seen in a slight change in the behavioral patterns of the autism sufferer, but these are more often false positives in the recovery arena, more often contributing to the anguish felt by family and friends.

This has however not stopped people from seeking out treatments for the disorder. Various techniques and formulas have been propounded and perfected over time for the treatment of the mentally debilitating condition and some of them have been shown to yield marked improvements in the suffering of the patients. There are also some medications for the treatment of autism that you should know about, but basically they address some specific symptoms of the malady and are by no means a cure.

The first treatment practices you may want to consider for an autism patient are the therapy and training approaches. The Behavioral Modification System is one of such that is used to educate an autistic child by rewarding good behavior and punishing a bad one. These rewards are always immediate so that the patient can connect them to their most recent actions.

Sometimes, you may have to go as far as treating the child to mild electric shock when they exhibit self-destructive behavior. As such, it is not an easy thing for a parent to do to their child and more often than not, a caregiver is better to carry it out. It does help in its own way.

Questions To Ask Before Enrolling In A Real Estate Investment Education And/Or Coaching Program

If you are like me, then you have an interest in real estate investment and want to do the right thing by educating yourself so that you can obtain your first real estate investment cheque. I have spent thousands of dollars over the years trying to find the company that would help me accomplish this goal. So what did I do? I watched various infomercials on the television with amazing testimonials of real estate investment success. I quickly found that once I registered to attend, my information was sold to various marketing companies, and I was in receipt of invitations to other investment opportunities that I didn’t even know about. Okay. Now I have sifted through all the invitations and I am on my way to a one-day seminar.

For the most part, the information delivered is tantalizing and I am hungry for more knowledge and the opportunity to start working on my first deal. I also find that the information delivered in the one-day seminar is in bits – for a beginner investor, it is not enough material to be useful. But what do I hear? I now have to register for a weekend workshop to learn more. Full of excitement and determination, I pay the $1500 to $2500 cost for the workshop and off I go. Again, the information presented is titillating and at least one of the presented methods is immediately implementable. The other participants and I followed the instructions given, but no results – we could not find a property matching the given search criteria. Therefore, the audience was not taught what the next steps would have been had we done so. Still filled with hope, I took careful notes and listened intently for the remainder of the workshop. What’s this I hear? I can have advanced training if I want, a coach to work with me one-on-one, and the almost guarantee that I would make money at that level? What’s the cost? Oh, only between $10 000 to $100 000. This is where I hit the proverbial brick wall. Where was I to find all that money, and for some of the workshops, the money had to be paid the very weekend! The long and short of the model is this; one has to spend anywhere from $1500 to about $100 000 without even doing your first real estate deal! It didn’t make sense.

Wait a minute. I now found that most of the real estate investors, who were calling themselves and each other gurus, were doing a massive on-line marketing campaign during the market’s downturn, only this time downplaying the ‘guru’ title. They were all offering one-on-one coaching. Why? No one was attending the conventions and workshops as before. The personal coaching idea sounded good. I decided to check out a few of them and tried one of them. I tell you the truth, because I was a rookie, I didn’t know what to ask for or what to expect from this coaching. As you can imagine, I did not get my money’s worth. By the way, the coaching was through e-mail and sometimes instant messaging only, at a cost of USD $1000 per month. Now, I could have allowed all these disappointments to derail my vision and cause me to be bitter. I refuse. Instead, I decided to use the experience to help others in similar situations make better decisions, spend less, and actually make money in real estate investment.

The sum of it all is this: not having the right real estate investment education will cost you money and just as truly; obtaining the right real estate investment education will cost you money. However, obtaining the right education is an investment, not a liability. What should one look for in a real estate investment coach/coaching program? What questions should be asked? Here are a few to consider:

• Before any money exchange hands, an outline should be provided to the student to ensure that both parties/sides understand what will be offered.

• Costs should be clearly defined and explained.

• Discuss funding. Will the coach/organization provide funding for your real estate deals? If not, will the coach/organization provide you with information that will allow you to access funding? What type of funding can you expect? Will it be transactional funding, hard money, private money, other?

• Discuss if there will be or is there an option to partner on deals. Will the coach/organization put up the funding for the real estate deal while the student does the ‘ground’ work? If partnership is an option, discuss and agree on the split. Will it be a fifty-fifty split?

• Discuss availability of the coach: Does the student have telephone, e-mail, and/or text access? What response time might the student expect? Does the student have to pay the fees for services like Skype or is it included in the coaching fee?

• What are all the things included in the coaching fee?

• If the coach is not available, is there a mentor or someone else that will be available?

• Is this a stand-alone coach or is there a professional team available to the student? Is there a lawyer, accountant, contractor, et cetera that are a part of the team? If the coach is a one-man-band, then this might not be a good option for you.

• Is there creative financing for property acquisition?

• What are the payment options for the coaching costs? What are the financing terms?

• How will the education be delivered? Will it be delivered through webinars, CDs, mp3′s, other? For how long does the student have access to the education?

• How current are the strategies being taught? Is there proof?

• Relative to the cost, how long is the coaching? How many hours of one-on-one coaching?

• Will the student be provided with a virtual assistant?

• What peripheral costs are entailed in the program? For example, LLC, websites, 800 numbers, et cetera. What other additional costs might the student expect to pay/cover?

• What real estate investment qualifications does the coach have? If the coach is reticent to discuss this, then that might be a cue to not sign up with that particular coach/organization. Also, if the coach has a bad attitude, then you should reconsider using him/her.

• Research the coach on-line. Look at reviews. Check out Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, LinkedIn, et cetera. Also use these sources to review his/her profile. Hint: If the coach has less than five hundred contacts in their profile, then that could be proof of inexperience.

• What is the approximate turn-around time from the time the student signs up and follows all coaching instructions, to the time the student does his/her first deal?

• How many hours per day/week is the student required to invest?

• How are deals analyzed? Does the coach personally review them? How many exit strategies does the coach utilize per deal?

• What is the coach’s real estate investment specialty: wholesaling, fix and flip, buy and hold, et cetera?

• What real estate strategy are you expected to start with? Will this complement or go against your current financial situation?

• How much money is the student expected to have on hand to do his/her first real estate deal?

• If student does not make any money in say the first three months of the coaching, what is the next step? Will the current real estate investment strategy be changed or adjusted?

• What guarantees does the coach/organization provide?

• Is there a rescission period? What is it?

• Can the student do the coaching with his/her spouse or business partner at no additional cost?

With these points to consider, you should be well on your way to making the right decision as to your real estate investment education and coaching. I am sure that as you read through the points, they caused you to think of other questions that you might ask. Good.

All in all, I am very thankful that I have finally found an organization that is indeed the complete package for real estate investment education and coaching – and the price is right! Working with a team of experienced real estate investors does make a difference in performance and results! For more information please visit

The Education and Training of a Chiropractor

Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to diagnose and treat problems of the spine. They are also formally educated to examine and diagnose the entire body. Training is comparable to that required of osteopathic or medical doctors, making this an educationally-intensive career. Training to be a chiropractor involves coursework, clinical applications, and ongoing education.

Chiropractor Degree Programs

Programs of chiropractic study include anatomy, physiology, pathology, and other basic sciences. According to a Center for Studies in Health Policy, Inc. report, only medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, and doctors of chiropractic focus on health care interventions that contribute to the well-being of the entire person. Doctors of Chiropractic are considered generalists regarding primary health care services and specialists in chiropractic treatment methods.

Most chiropractic colleges do not require a bachelor degree for admission but four years of undergraduate study in the sciences is recommended. Chiropractic education includes at least four years of professional study, two years of which must include basic sciences and two years of training in the clinical sciences. Part 1 of the National Boards must be successfully completed following the initial two years and Part 2 must be passed following the second period of study. Individuals who plan to use physiological therapeutics must complete Part 3 of the National Boards chiropractic training. On Part 4 of the National Boards, students must demonstrate their skills in chiropractic technique, diagnostic imaging, and case management.

Chiropractor Internships and Post-Graduate Requirements

Students who aspire to be licensed practitioners must complete a one-year internship at a college clinic. This usually takes place after taking the National Boards but before completing the licensure requirements. During the internship, the student learns skills that are necessary within a private practice setting.

At the post-graduate educational level, requirements vary by state. Many states require at least 40 credit hours of approved course work every two years. Post-graduate residency programs are available for practitioners who wish to attain board certification. These span from one to three years and may be taken at a chiropractic college while actively practicing in the profession.

In the United States, chiropractic school graduates receive a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and are eligible for licensure in all jurisdictions. The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) establishes the minimum guidelines that chiropractic colleges must follow and all 18 chiropractic institutions in the U.S. have CCE accreditation. Classroom-based and clinical training prepare the individual for a career in this medical specialty. Chiropractic license requirements are determined by jurisdiction.