Behavior Disorders Acronyms Behavioral Issues Abbreviations

It can be a little overwhelming when dealing with the virtual alphabet soup of acronyms one runs across when dealing kids with special needs due to behavioral issues. Whether it’s ADD, ED/BD, or ODD, parents just don’t know where to start when it comes to confronting all these abbreviations.

The first thing to do is make sure that one understands the terminology being used. We can help break down these abbreviations. The final letter D in most of these behavior related problem acronyms stands for the word “disorder.”

ADD means Attention Deficit Disorder while ADHD means the same thing with the addition of the H standing for Hyperactivity. Sometimes you see the two acronyms combined with a hypen in between. That usually means the writer is talking about concepts that apply to kids with ether diagnosis. ED and BD simply mean Emotional Disorder and Behavioral Disorder. They are frequently diagnosed and treated together. A newer term, ODD, translates to Oppositional Defiance Disorder. CD in this context means Conduct Disorder.

Total Transformation Program Review Update

Total Transformation Program Feedback Survey Offer

There has been a noteworthy development in reference to The Total Transformation Program. In the past, you may remember hearing the radio ads or seeing the TV advertising (perhaps even the lengthier infomercials) which talked about the company that publishes the program offering a 30 day free trial with a money back guarantee.

They now have a new offer that is very interesting and should appeal to parents who are searching for help with their kids and teens in difficult parenting situations and who may also be constrained by budgetary concerns.

This new offer actually allows purchasers to receive a complete refund of the program (minus the shipping & handling charges) if they fill out and return a completed feedback survey. They of course, get to keep the program materials which consist of DVD’s, audio CD’s, and a workbook and even a handy little magnet that contains the Parental Support Help Line phone number.

Company Offers Refund Of Purchase Price – Is The Total Transformation A Scam

I can imagine this whole survey offer actually causing some people to ask if the Total Transformation Program is a scam because of this. Their reasoning will be that a company can’t stay in business very long if it refunds the full purchase price of its items to all its customers.

That sounds intriguing on the surface, but the fact of the matter is that most consumers simply don’t bother to fill out and mail in rebate forms. (I do and so should you.) Anyway, most people don’t bother to do that, so corporations of all sorts can legitimately offer rebates on everything from automobiles to software purchases, from computers and cell phones to common grocery store items knowing they can honor the rebate requests they actually do receive and still make a healthy profit. Although this offer is a little unusual in that the rebate is the full purchase price, that certainly doesn’t make the entire company and its products into scams.

I haven’t seen the survey so I don’t know how detailed it is or how much work it takes to complete it. (Very Important Note: I haven’t seen the survey because it is a new marketing offer they’ve just added. I have indeed received the Transformation program materials and read them prior to writing my review. It drives me crazy that so many people online write “reviews” without bothering to read the books or materials they are purporting to review. They have opinions galore, but they don’t recognize the difference between an informed opinion and an uninformed opinion. For the record, they are miles apart.)

The Total Transformation website does say that the surveys have to be mailed back. In this day and age, I would prefer the option of being able to complete everything online, but this doesn’t actually surprise me since many companies offering rebates still require consumers to mail in the paperwork the traditional way.

How Many Families Has The Total Transformation Program Helped

While I was updating this information, I also learned another interesting fact. When you read through the Total Transformation Reviews, you’ll come across an entry which mentions how many copies of the program they had sold up to that point, which at the time was 85,000 units. That was three years ago.

I just learned the amazing new numbers. They’ve now sold over 200,000 copies of The Total Transformation Program! Doesn’t that just blow your mind? It must be very gratifying for everyone involved to know that they have had an impact on that many families over the years. As they continue to help many more parents with their children and teens, it will be interesting to that number increase even more in the future.

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I have another update to the sales numbers for The Total Transformation Program. As of the summer of 2011 (the most recent Total Transformation sales info I could find) Legacy Publicshing has now sold over 250,000 of them. I think it is really interesting to see the progression of the company and the number of products sold over the years. This update is being written in the winter of 2012 so the number is obviously even higher by now. I continue to be amazed by these facts because each sale correlates with another family that is getting the help they need to make the home a happier place.

Ice Cream Container Sizes

The other day I wrote an entry about milk price increases. That brought back memories of an entry I wrote a long time ago about how ice cream manufacturers have joined the ranks of so many other food suppliers in using smaller containers, but keeping prices the same or even raising them. See the Incredible Shrinking Ice Cream Container for details.

I had even written to one of the ice cream manufacturers a couple years ago to voice my displeasure with the trend. They wrote back in a timely manner (I’ll give them credit right there for that.) to say that they had done consumer research and found that their customers preferred the smaller containers with the same pricing as opposed to keeping the containers the same size but raising the price on them.

The reason I am bringing this topic again today is because I had to burst out laughing during a recent trip to the grocery store when I visited the ice cream aisle.

As I noted in the old entry, there are no half gallons (2 quarts) (8 pints) (1.89 liters) left. At the time, most brands had reduced the size of their containers to 1.75 quarts (7 pints) (1.65 liters) Now, almost every brand has gone all the way down to the 1.5 quart (6 pints) (1.42 liters) size. Unbelievable!

But wait, there’s more…I noticed something even more interesting. There were two brands that still had the 1.75 quart size…and they were bragging about it! One of them was advertising that they offered “2 more scoops” than the competition and the other brand said they offered “15% more ice cream” than the competition.

Yes, they are telling the truth and they are also currently offering more product than their competitors. However, we consumers who pay attention to stuff like this have to shake our heads.

In the big picture, in effect, they’re giving us less product than they used to and now they’re bragging about it. You’ve got to love those ice cream marketing people!

Children Learning To Play The Piano

Have you thought about having your children learn how to play the piano?

Most of us remember playing one instrument or another as a child. Of course, if the ideas was our own or if we liked the instrument we were playing, that would be one thing, but if the parents were forcing us to take music lessons or to practice, the memories might be a little different.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn to play piano yourself, but never got the chance and now you’re afraid that you’re too old to learn and/or it is too expensive.

Here’s an idea for you. Why not learn to play the instrument at home with your kids? You can teach them by example that it is never too late to learn something new. You can also learn the ins and outs of piano playing together. It could turn into a fun family activity that will reward you for your years to come.

Years ago, you had to purchase an expensive piano and either pay to have someone come to your home to give lessons or you had to cart the kids to a piano teacher once a week.

Modern technology has come to the rescue. You can easily to learn to play the piano at home following a DVD series. If you are a beginner, you can also purchase a keyboard very inexpensively to use to take those initial lessons. If you’re interest continues and your budget allows, you can always purchase a “real piano” later. Personally, I’d stick with the keyboard as you can do so much more with them anyway these days, including making them sound like a variety of instruments. Being able to play an electronic keyboard is like having your own private orchestra at your fingertips.