By Dr. James O'Day, Audiologist, AVH Surgical Associates
Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) is now offering the general public a FREE hearing screening test. This is a telephone test which should be taken in quiet over a good telephone connection. This test is the first step toward hearing better, and instructions are given over the phone. However, put simply, if you hear the 4 tones in each ear, then you have at least fairly good hearing; if you don't, then you need a diagnostic hearing test.
The great thing about this public service test, which is provided by AVH, is that it can be taken at home with no pressure to push you toward getting hearing aids. Also, if you don't believe the findings, have your kids or the best hearing person in the family take it so they can assure you that there really are 4 tones to be heard in each ear.
So if you are having:
people repeat often;
think people can no longer speak clearly;
have difficulty hearing in noise;
have trouble hearing the tv;
have ringing or a constant noise in your ears;
have balance problems,
then take this Dial-A-Hearing Screening test by calling 1-800-222-EARS (3277).
Behavior analyst Tom Caffrey to present at August conference
BERLIN — Board certified behavior analyst Tom Caffrey, who has presented at over 300 conferences all over the world, is coming to White Mountains Community College in Berlin, on Aug. 20 and 21 to share his knowledge and experience with autism.
"He's coming right to Berlin from Thailand," says Heather Day Holt, former Director of Autism Network-Guiding, Educating and Learning in Ireland, who attended over 200 hours of workshops and hands-on training with Caffrey. "My background is in communication disorders, counseling and play therapy and this approach to teaching is a bridge between all three!"
The cost of this workshop has been drastically decreased to ensure every individual in the North Country who has a child with autism or another developmental disability can attend and gain this life changing knowledge. Specifically, participants will learn about practical strategies that can help them to: engage a child that shows little or no interest in interacting with others, expand a child's interests and activities, teach functional communication skills to vocal and non-vocal learners, engage children in meaningful social situations with their peers, decide if a child should be a vocal or non-vocal learner, shape cooperative behavior and decrease escape motivated problem behavior, use research based teaching procedures to establish and maintain instructional control during structured teaching, develop an effective schedule to maximize learning opportunities, and implement reinforcement-based approaches that reduce problem behavior.
"No matter what areas of difficulty a child presents, first and foremost they are children," says Holt. "They are in need of fun, natural, play based interventions, especially when they have deficits in the area of social pragmatic skills, and Tom's presentation will address this beautifully."
BERLIN — Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, a member of the Northern New Hampshire Health Care Collaborative, is offering a Foot Care Clinic at the lower level of the AVH Professional Center every Friday in August from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, please call 800-750-2366.
CONCORD – The officers and members of the N.H. Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association voted to end their long and devoted 109 year history with a grand reunion titled, 'Celebrating our Legacy'. According to the program chairperson, Stanley Plodzik, Class of 1964, the final early afternoon event will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Grappone Conference Center in Concord, on Sept. 12.
N.H. Hospital School of Nursing was one of the oldest psychiatric based hospital diploma schools of nursing in the United States. The school was founded in 1888, at the New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord, closing in 1983. The school provided a total of 95 years of continuous operation and nursing education. Graduates have held positions in every field of nursing in most states, and many foreign countries as well. Many of the graduates are proud veterans who served a commissioned officers in our military organizations serving in the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and more current areas of conflict.
Most of the schools of nursing in the state of New Hampshire, as well as schools from the New England states sent students for a three month affiliation. In total, 8855 students affiliated and completed their psychiatric component curriculum required for Registered Nurse licensure.
The event committee hopes to reach as many of the 1195 graduates along with faculty, friends and nursing affiliates associated with the school during its long history. For those would like to participate in this historic event and did not receive an invitation, please call (603) 219-6956.