ASD, ODD or ADHD? Which is the Best Fit?


With certain children, it can be hard to tell the difference between an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). You may see a child with just one of these, but it may not be clear which diagnosis would provide the most thorough and helpful way of describing […]

Thinking it Might be ADHD? Five Considerations

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


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Adjust Expectations and Retain Hope when Getting a Diagnosis


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 […]

Learn to Manage the Diagnosis


When someone in your house is diagnosed with ADHD or any other special need, there are suddenly many things that make sense.  There can also suddenly be a feeling of overwhelm and helplessness over what to do now that you know.  Hopefully you were lucky and found a care provider who is experienced with, and […]

Be the Change


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandi Too often we are quick to point the finger blaming others. “Why can’t those people understand my situation? Can’t they try walking in my shoes?” We as parents of special needs children tend to be less tolerant of our church families […]

ADHD Awareness Every Day


October is ADHD awareness month and the week of October 13th was ADHD Awareness week.  Most organizations dealing with ADHD look to spend this time getting information out to the public to help spread awareness of the disorder and to curb myths and replace them with truths.  I would like to take this opportunity to […]

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