Parents: Are you Sensory Defensive with a Sensory Seeking Child?

Parental Sensory Overwhelm

We often work with families where there is a significant mismatch between one or both parents and their child. Understanding not only how their child experiences the world, but also how they do is the first step towards creating a more harmonious home life for everyone. Are You Sensitive and/or a Significant Introvert? Do loud […]

Thinking it Might be ADHD? Five Considerations

ADHD Diagnosis

So, you have seen them; the list of signs and symptoms.  Maybe you had a teacher mention that it might be worth looking into.  You have dealt with the frustration yourself, and helplessly watched as your child struggles through what should be seemingly simple tasks, and impulsively exposes to the world a lack of filter […]

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Taking a Break, Giving Breaks…Respite Care

Take Care of Yourself

The summer is in full swing and that means that children have been home 24/7. As caregivers, it is important to be sure to take a break OFTEN enough to maintain a healthy balance between caregiving and personal needs. Many times, people want to help, but they don’t know what to do that will help. […]

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Treat the “Symptoms” or Treat the “Diagnosis”?

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I often get asked how important it is to have a “correct” diagnosis to treat the associated symptoms, since the symptoms of many diagnoses are similar. This comes up frequently in my office regarding treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), since this is my area of specialization. Focusing on the “Symptoms of Concern” As far […]

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Lessons from A Tragedy: The Death of Alex Spourdalakis

Alex Spourdalakis

My heart broke when I read the tragic story of Alex Spourdalakis, the fourteen-year-old child with autism and severe behavioural challenges killed by his mother and godmother as part of a murder/double-suicide pact (Zennie, M.). The two women survived the suicide attempt after being discovered by authorities who were contacted after Alex’s dad tried repeatedly […]

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Disability Benefits for Children with Special Needs

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Parenting a child with special needs comes with a unique set of challenges and obstacles. Among these obstacles are the increased expenses that come with specialized medical treatment, supportive care, and assistive devices. While these are often necessary to keep your child comfortable and healthy, they can quickly become very expensive. If your child has […]

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Why We Need to Advocate Against Our Children’s Labels

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One of the quieter moments in the much maligned Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace, is the first conversation between Padme and Anakin. Listening to him talking about his past, she suddenly exclaims in shock, “You’re a slave?”, to which Anakin indignantly replies, “I’m a person and my name is Anakin”. That understated moment highlights […]

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What Your Child’s Pediatrician May Be Missing!

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Early detection of a developmental delay is an art. Small children don’t always respond on command.  Pediatricians do the best job they can in the limited time they have with patients, but getting a detailed assessment from a parent’s memory about their child’s progress is tricky (Committee on Children With Disabilities).  It is not wise for a parent […]

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Shift Your Focus During a Tantrum: God Spoke to Me

God-Speaks

It was a beautiful day as I cheerily loaded my kids in the car to take my youngest son, Jake, to Occupational Therapy.  He eagerly climbed his 7-year-old body into his car seat.  Jake LOVED to “go see Amy,” his therapist,  because there is an indoor gym area, lots of fun swings and large motor […]

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Adjust Expectations and Retain Hope when Getting a Diagnosis

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When I was a parent new to an autism diagnosis, I went through a lot of different emotions. Some of them were useful, and some of them were not. Among the useful ones were relief: at least I knew what it was, why he had missed every infant milestone, why he didn’t speak much. Then […]

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