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Why Hire A Direct Support Professional Service?

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The Three Most Important Things To Consider Before Hiring A DSP Service(In Our Experience)

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The Fundamentals of Life

The past few months living amidst a global pandemic have been hard. In such trying times, it often forces us to look at our lives and see any voids

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The Choices You Didn’t Take

Life is a series of decisions you make. Each day we make things happen for us with a stream of decisions. Most are mundane but some are crucial and

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Three Things that Make Up the Christmas Spirit

Christmas Day is right around the corner. Those who celebrate it are busy putting up trees and switching on Christmas lights. It’s the season

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The Best Antidote to Work Stress

The global pandemic has shown us how unpredictable our world can be. It has forced us to become adaptable and flexible given our new work environme

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Take the Good with the Bad

The work of a direct support professional is not for everyone. Caring for people with developmental disabilities is difficult. Our direct support p

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Your Timing is Always Perfect

At some point in our lives, we probably have felt left behind. It’s easy to feel that way when everything around us moves quickly. We doubt o

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The Binding Rule of Reciprocity

The rule of reciprocity explains the universal tendency for humans to feel compelled to reciprocate or repay when an action is done in generosity.

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The Developmentally Disabled: Born Into Negative Roles

In society, whether or not we admit it, the developmentally disabled are somewhat placed in boxes and kept away from the world. They are kept in th

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The Anatomy of a Great Direct Support Professional

Direct support professionals don’t get enough credit for the life changing work that they do. They commit their lives to the primary role of

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Patience is Key

We often hear people say “patience is key” or “have patience” whenever we’re in an anxious state, or we’re nerv

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It Only Takes One Person

You have probably read this line or saw a post on it in social media “Sometimes it only takes one person to believe in you to change your lif

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Life in Times of Crisis

We would never be able to appreciate the bliss of good days if we never experienced the misery of bad ones. This often gets magnified at ceremonies

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Your Normal Is Not Everyone Else’s Normal

The year 2020 has been one rollercoaster ride. We jumped right on board and welcomed the new year with festivities and wished for another prosperou

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Ray of Sunshine on Their Clients Stormy Day

When people describe you as their ray of sunshine it means that you are considered a happy person who makes other people feel happy, especiall

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Be The Light in Someone’s Life

In this world full of darkness and uncertainties, be that candle that can light up the whole room. You don’t need to light up the whole world

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Not Being Able To Read The Signs Can Cause Harm For People With Disabilities

There are at least two types of people with disabilities. There are those who have been disabled from birth or for as long as they can remember. Th

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Where Do Direct Support Professionals Fit into This World?

Most have forgotten the point of their existence and so they peer through the mist with nearsightedness, grasping at things hoping their choices yi

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There Are Different Types of People In This World, What Type Are You?

Challengers

Often you feel as if you must be in control of your environment. You use strength to improve others’ lives

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Life Is How You Make It

We are fully in charge of our own viewpoints, moods, and goals. When we are not feeling great, for example, we sometimes fake it to ourselves. Forc

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How to Deal with Gossipers – The Professional Way

What would be the best thing to do if people talk behind your back? Ignore them. Remember the saying “Dogs bark if they don’t know the

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Envisioning a Paradise

It’s a maternal instinct to make sure that their children are always safe. Building a safe world for them, away from all nightmares and harm.

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The Love We Share with other People 

Love is often the strongest emotion that we feel. There are times that we get to experience a series of emotions that we cannot control. Some peopl

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Master the Skills Of being a Direct Support Professional and be Successful

Our lives are supposed to be moving forward, not backward. We have to face each reality with a positive mindset and eagerness to learn and level up

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Trick and Treat them Right: A Halloween Special 

Halloween is the one day a year when it becomes normal to recognize the dark side of life. It’s the time of the year where being different is

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Stepping out of the Comfort Zone by Becoming a Direct Support Professional

Every individual has their weaknesses. Even the superheroes we’ve been looking up to as a kid have their weaknesses. Superman who is describe

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We call for a change! Implementation of the EDS program to secure our loved ones’ safety

Change is inevitable. We cannot escape the changes that occur in our life because it is a part of our existence. Changes may either be positive or&

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People with Developmental Disabilities: Capturing the Hearts of their Support

It’s not every day that we wake up on our day off, still thinking about our jobs and our clients. It seems weird to feel that way don’t

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The Greatest Lesson We Can Learn by Interacting with People with Disabilities

People pass in and out of each other lives all the time, but you are stuck being you. Try to make the best of it. There’s a lot of things we

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How this Job Changed Me

Have you experienced any changes in your life that lead you to a whole level of different perspectives? Something that you did not expect to do, bu

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You can be proud of yourself as a Direct Support Professional

Waking up every day with a purpose helps keep us going. Sometimes, we stop for a moment and look at ourselves in front of the mirror and ask: &ldqu

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How to Create a Safer World

We want to create a safe world for our loved ones. A world free from diseases, pain, troubles, and violence. Such a perfect world to

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Direct Support Professionals: The Beacon of Hope

We are now living in a world that is increasingly hard for people to comprehend and predict, and people of all ages are finding it hard to see hope

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How Direct Support Professionals Can Help You Live a Better Life

There’s a lot of things you can do to make other people live a better life. You can be an obedient son/daughter to your parents, which would

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A call for the EDS program to be implemented in law enforcement

What can radically change our way of thinking is the belief of some wrong doing or the realization that things we thought to be true are false. Wit

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Direct Support Professionals as Future Leaders

 

“One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A lead

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My Life, My Job, My Career: Becoming a Direct Support Professional has changed me!

Have you read Paulo Coelho’s novel, The Alchemist? If not, well don’t worry. I’ll give you an insight about the story.

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Signs that you made impact as a DSP

No matter what we do, we make an impact on the lives of people we meet. The impact is either good or bad. The things that we do will make an impact

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DSPs: A Passion for Helping People with Disabilities

There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you

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DSPs: Extended family members

We all need people to help support us throughout our lives. Most people have a lot of support systems that are especially important during the form

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Making the right career move by becoming a Direct Support Professional

It’s important to do meaningful work. For many people meaningful work is not sitting behind a desk, doing paper

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How the lack of awareness about people with disabilities can lead to violence

Police, guns and violence

It is alarming to know that each year there has been an increase

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More than a Job: Direct Support Professionals (Overcoming Challenges)

 

Overcoming challenges as a direct support professional

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A Direct Support Professional’s Success Story

 

Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.&rdqu

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Qualities of Direct Support Professionals

 

Direct support professionals do more than just look after people with disabilities. They set high standards in their work and su

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Five Compelling Reasons Why Direct Support Professionals Are Needed

 

Some of us are fortunate to start out with a good support system – our family. From learning how to walk, eat and talk and

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Incident In Salt Lake City Raises Questions About Crisis Training

 

When people call for an officer, they’re in their most vulnerable state. It is a time they no longer know what to do and t

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The Importance Of Support Groups For People With Developmental Disabilities

 

From the day we are born, most people have a family as the main support system, from childhood to adulthood. We have acquired va

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Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

 

When we hear the word “celebration” what comes first in most of our minds are parties, which includes drinking, eati

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Every Mother’s Nightmare

 

13-year-old boy with autism disorder shot by Salt Lake City Police

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Research About Down Syndrome

Keep Calm and Carry on, it’s just an Extra Chromosome.”

 

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Understanding ADHD

What is ADHD?

 

 

 

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Is There Really Such A Thing As A Dream Job?

A job beyond compare

 

In a perfect world, we want a job that is so

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Strong Bonds Between Clients And Direct Support Professionals

A glimpse in the life of a direct support professional

Author, 1st Choice Fam

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The Most Common Myths About Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Most Common Myths About

Autism Spectrum

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Impact on the Lives of People With Intellectual Development Disabilities

Direct Support Professionals:

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Domination in the Fields of Social Work, Human Psychology and Self-Determination

Direct Support Providers:

Domination in the Fields of Social Work, Hu

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Direct Support Professionals: Their Point of View

Direct Support Professionals:

Their Point of View

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Direct Support Professional: A Trifecta of Love, Career and Money

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Why More People Should Consider a Career as a Direct Support Professional

Why More People Should Consider a Career as a Direct Support Professional

Author, Aonist Coles

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Reasons Direct Support Professionals Have the Best Job

Reasons Direct Support Professionals Have the Best Job

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: July 9th, 2020

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Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

 

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How The EDS Program Could Help Law Enforcement

How The EDS Program Could Help Law Enforcement

Author: Aonist Col

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: July 1st, 2020

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Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

 

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: June 26th, 2020

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Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

 

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Challenges Faced by the Police When Dealing With Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

Challenges Faced by the Police When Dealing With Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: June 10th, 2020

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DSP’s Life and Responsibilities

DSP’s Life and Responsibilities

Author, Jordan Ferguson

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: June 4th, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: May 28th, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: May 21th, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

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Life of a DSP

Life of a Direct Support Professional

Author, Jordan Ferguson

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: May 15th, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: May 8th, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Robin Holliman-Smith, Autho

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: May 1st, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: April 24th, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: April 16th, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: April 9th, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Robin Holliman-Smith, Author

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: April 2nd, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Dr. Robin Holliman-Smith, A

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: March 25th, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) cont.

Dr. Robin Holliman

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1st Choice Weekly News Article: March 18th, 2020

The Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)

Dr. Robin Holliman-Smith, Author<

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

What is the Coronavirus?

Normally, the Coronavirus typically causes the common cold or other mild r

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