Diagnosis

Diagnosis

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...

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...

For Parents: Getting through the Diagnosis and the Day After

There was something different about Chris from the day he was born. I have always been told that he’s an “old soul,” but he missed every infant milestone: rolling over, sitting up, babbling, talking,...

To Tell the Truth About Special Needs

To tell or not to tell, that is the question. Like Hamlet, we have a choice. As a parent, when you get the diagnosis of autism or any other special need applied to our...

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...

ASD, OCD or SPD: Which is the Best Fit?

With certain children, it can be hard to tell the difference between an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). You may see a child with just...

Advocate: Be the Change You Wish to See

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandi  Advocate instead of blaming. All too often, we are quick to point the finger and blame others.  Have you ever found...

Should I Tell My Child He Has Autism?

The decision to tell your child that he has autism is a personal one. Knowing when and how to tell your children will present differently for each family. The ultimate decision will also need...

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...