Diagnosis

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

The Journey of Acceptance and Self-Advocacy

I have always known I was different from others; ever since I was a little girl I knew that I had special needs. I knew that I went to therapy, I knew that I...

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...

Accepting Your Child’s Diagnosis

Whenever I meet a parent of a newly diagnosed child, I find myself recommending the usual bibles of autism parenting. The books that one reads to and clings to with such great hope those...