Autism

Stuck, Stubborn & Always Right? Change Patterns of Rigid Thinking

Rigid thinking can create conflict, struggle with transitions and anxiety.  Let's take a look at three children struggling with rigid thinking. Bobby screams if daddy makes scrambled eggs instead of mommy. For some children with...

Students Living and Coping With Sensory Differences

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I experience sensory differences. These sensory differences can and often do impact my day-to-day life. One important thing to remember is that I have always had...

Tick-Tock Breath: Teach Special Needs Children to Modulate Moods

The nervous system is the control center of our body and mind. Children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD) may already be experiencing “interference” or “overload” at the level...

Treating the Child, Not the Diagnosis

When I first began in pediatric practice back in the early 80’s, the approach to evaluating children with developmental delays was much different than today. In general, pediatricians were much more likely to take...

ABA: What IS It, Really?

Sometimes parents tell me they want to start doing ABA with their child.  I always tell them the same thing, "You already are. Not just with your child, but with your significant other, your...

Networking at Special-Ism — Seth and Chris Make a Special Connection

Special-Ism writers, Seth Fowler and Chris Abildgaard, NCSP, LPC, had not previously met in person prior to their membership to Special-Ism's writing team. Through Special-Ism's networking platform, we discovered that, unbeknownst to each of...
special needs camp

Discover Summer Camp Success for Your Special Needs Child

Happy summer, everyone! Today's topic is addressing one of the summer's most difficult challenges: summer camps. Selecting a Camp Depending on what type of camp your child attends, whether it be a typical camp or a...

Trouble Reading? Consider Vision Therapy

The function of eye movements goes well beyond vision and reflects higher brain processes. (Gauthier 1990) Through the processes of observation and elimination, we can often get to the root of a reading problem and...

Organize a Resource Fair in Your Community

Guest Post by Julie Foxx This past spring, I had the pleasure of attending the Recreation Programs for Individuals With Special Needs Resource Fair at the Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, NJ.  ...
Medications

Thinking About Medication for your Child? An ABA Approach to Med Management

Let me preface this article with two disclaimers. The first is that I am not a medical doctor. I am not the person to give advice on specific pharmacological treatments. The second is that I am...