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Should Therapy Dogs Used for Emotional Impairments be Allowed at Universities?A recent lawsuit got me to thinking about the use of therapy dogs at colleges and universities. I've seen therapy…

Should Therapy Dogs Used for Emotional Impairments be Allowed at Universities?

A recent lawsuit got me to thinking about the use of therapy dogs at colleges and universities. I've seen therapy dogs used through the American Disabilities Act for those with physical disabilities, such as blindness or deafness. One girl at the college I went to used one and our university had no issue with it. Well, Kearny University denied a student the use of her therapy dog on campus because they said it did not fit under the American Disability Act Guidelines.The new amendments that were made to the ADA did not recognize "therapy animals" being used for emotional support. This student at Kearny had been prescribed dog therapy from her doctor for her anxiety. What is YOUR opinion? Do you think therapy dogs should be allowed for students with emotional impairments? Do they have to have a diagnosed condition or not? Where do we draw the line? For more information on this lawsuit visit: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-12-13/therapy-pets-college-dorms/51878904/1

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Body Image - How do you love your body as-is?Something that I've been fascinated about for the longest time is body image. We all have some sort of body…

Body Image - How do you love your body as-is?

Something that I've been fascinated about for the longest time is body image. We all have some sort of body image. We have things we like about our body and things we don't. And the pressures from society and media are a lot for us to take! What do you to stay confident? I try and tell myself each day that I like the way I look. Of course some days that works and others it doesn't. But nothing like a good pep talk right?

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How do you cope when you lose a loved one?It's always hard when you lose someone close to you. My friend passed away this week and her visitation is…

How do you cope when you lose a loved one?

It's always hard when you lose someone close to you. My friend passed away this week and her visitation is tonight. I feel like when the death first happens, you go through a shock phase. I also tend to be a little quieter and more socially awkward than normal near the beginning. I almost feel bad for anyone who runs into me during this week because the conversation may fall a little short. One thing I do to cope with the loss is to just randomly smile. Sounds silly, I know. But just smiling makes me feel a bit happier. And I try and smile at everyone I see too because their smile back really helps too! I also make sure not to keep any feelings inside. I seek comfort in family and friends and give comfort to them as well. A support group is the best during a time like this. How do you cope with the loss of a loved one?

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Facebook and Kids - Should you let you kids use facebook?That is the title of an article published by fyi Living. It talks about how social networking, such as Facebook…

Facebook and Kids - Should you let you kids use facebook?

That is the title of an article published by fyi Living. It talks about how social networking, such as Facebook can really harm teen mental health if used extremely regularly. A professor of psychology believes that teens who constantly use Facebook "show more aggression, mania, anxiety and depression.” They believe that it gets worse as the teens age. It also brings up that Facebook depression is real and may some day be a clinical term. I've heard stories of teens bullying or gossiping using Facebook, instant messaging, and even e-mail. It really did affect the ones they targeted. The internet is just another vessel people use to communicate. It could be another vessel teens utilize for all sorts of communication and since bullying and gossiping happens in real life, it seems like it would transcend online as well. What do you think about this?

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