Diagnosis

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...

Finding the Common Ground…How Dads can Relate to Their Special Needs Child

One of the hardest hurdles that I had to overcome as a dad with a young son diagnosed with autism was figuring out how I could relate to him. It’s not as easy as you...

Resisting the Urge to Rewrite Your Child’s Future

Life can be tough for children with special needs.  As parents we often grieve for losses which were never an option. For example, an athletics-focused parent of a wheelchair-bound child may grieve the loss...

Help Kids with ADHD Become Self-Aware

All month long, organizations have been celebrating ADHD Awareness Month. Most organizations supporting ADHD look to spend this time getting information out to the public to help spread awareness of the disorder and to curb...

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:...

Special Needs and Ignorance: Please Get To Know Me, Before You Judge Me!

As an individual who has autism, I have unfortunately came in contact with quite a few ignorant people throughout my life. People who judge me before they get to know me. People who tease...

Prepping the Public

There comes a time when you just want one easy day. Whether it be a trip to the grocery store or just running through the bank, everything doesn’t have to be a big ordeal....

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...

Special-Ism’s Q & A: Communicating a Diagnosis to Your Special Needs Child

One of our readers writes in, "Hi Chloe, first of all, I want to say a huge thanks for sharing the tips and inside of what it is like to be on the spectrum...my question...

A Psychotherapist’s View On Upcoming DSM Changes

by Barbara Lester, LCSW As a whole, I support the proposed changes to the DSM despite the controversy surrounding the potential shift. About the Clinician or the Client?  My professional experience with the current...