Diagnosis

Boost Self-Esteem – Eliminate the Label

Have you noticed that special needs diagnoses have negative terms like deficit, hyperactive, pervasive, disorder, and syndrome? Would having these terms used to describe you help or hinder your self-esteem? How do you think...

HELP! I’m a Dad with a Special-Ism Child…What about ME?

MOMS, you are not off the hook from reading this article!  This is not an article just for dads…this an article for everyone, but I want to speak from experience and from the heart…and...
developmental delays

What Your Child’s Pediatrician May Be Missing!

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...

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...

Redefining Success for A Special Needs Child

It took me many years to realize how successful my ADHD/Asperger's son really is. We measured Clark by the yardsticks we had been measured by. Did he make A's? Was he a good athlete?...

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...

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:...

A Public Letter to my Special Needs Son

I will pass this way but once if there's any good that I can do Let me do it now for I'll never pass this way again … Tomorrow may be too late my friend...

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...
advocating autism diagnosis

Why We Need to Advocate Against Our Children’s Labels

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...