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Getting Guidance (Part 2)

submitted by dramberbrooks

A few weeks ago I did part 1 of this blog to bring awareness to parents with special needs children and the importance of getting guidance. So, lets dive in and answer these questions so you can get started tomorrow.
Does the type of testing matter?
Each doctor has a toolbox of testing they do and all are not equal, neither is the interpretation of the results. I will touch on this more next month but in the mean time find someone that treats and sees children with special needs and make sure they have the knowledge in functional medicine (treating the core issues) to treat your child.

The Simple Beauty of Making Friends

submitted by lawilcox

Raising a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, I’ve learned to take nothing for granted and I’ve found myself grateful for experiences which might be commonplace for my friends raising neurotypical kids.
This past weekend, my niece was in town playing in a volleyball tournament at the Dallas Convention Center. Ethan was thrilled to have an excuse to ride the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) Train into downtown. I was excited, but also a little hesitant, because we would be in a new environment with potentially challenging sensory input and no car to “escape” to if things took a turn for the worse.
As it turns out, Ethan did beautifully during our day trip into Dallas and even made a new friend!

Getting Guidance (Part 1)

submitted by dramberbrooks

It is Autism Awareness month and it makes me think most about those parents and families that are without guidance on their journey. In a blink of an eye your life changes and your child is diagnosed, this overwhelms every family and most all have little guidance. The maze of the internet becomes the constant as you search online for hope. Some parents get the care they need and others spend 10 years following dead ends. It is my mission to see parents get ALL their options for treatment. I cannot count the number of parents that have cried in frustration and in joy.

Adults Who Bully

submitted by lawilcox

While this series was initially going to be three parts, it has become five as we explore how some adults can be bullies, too. If you missed Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 with Dr. Lisa M. Elliott from Cook Children’s Medical Center, be sure to click over and read them. If you missed Craig Gibson’s powerful response, make sure to read it, too. Directly below, Dr. Elliott shares her take on "Adults Who Bully." Following her response, look for a few additional thoughts and questions from me.
Dr. Elliott: You would certainly like to think that children and teens outgrow bullying however there is ample evidence and research that supports adults often employ bullying tactics as well. It is not uncommon for childhood bullies to become adult bullies, which is frequently discussed and reported in workplace bully literature. Bottom line, bullying is absolutely wrong regardless of the age of the person who is bullying and every single person is responsible for how they choose to treat others.

Doctor Addresses the Environment's Impact on Children's Health

According to the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch, Dr. Maida P. Galvez, M.D., of Mount Sinai Medical Center recently addressed the League of Women Voters (LWV) regarding the environment and the state of children's health today.

From the article: “Children are more vulnerable than adults, pound per pound,” said Dr. Galvez. “They process toxins differently, and have windows of vulnerability. Their brains are developing, and they have more years of future life after the exposure, meaning a longer shelf life for the risk of disease later in their adult life.”

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 11:27

Autism in the genes

“Neural signatures” may point to a genetic vulnerability to developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The findings, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could eventually lead to earlier and more accurate diagnosis.

“This study may contribute to a better understanding of the brain basis of ASD, and the genetic and molecular origin of the disorder,” says first author Martha Kaiser, a postdoctoral associate at Yale University.

Read more about this breakthrough study here http://tinyurl.com/2clh8p8

Thu, 11/18/2010 - 17:09

Why do I care about yawning?

Don't fall asleep just yet. Hear what Emily Sohn has to say about the latest research regarding yawning and how it might be used by medical professionals in identifying developmental disorders.

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 16:38

Autism: Can being rich make your child Autistic?

Can being rich make your child Autistic? An interesting study shows there is a correlation between the two. Another site, Neuroskeptic, a blog written by a Neuroscientist, discusses this study and provides insight into the question.

So what do you think? Can being rich make your child Autistic?

Mon, 07/19/2010 - 11:21

Summer Fun: Scavenger Hunts

submitted by kidspeak

Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep your child engaged while having fun! Here are a few ideas to help your child participate within scavenger hunts while working on increasing their language skills and social skills.
If your child is non-verbal, here are a few ideas:

The Single Parent Three Ring Circus

submitted by Mika

The Single Parent Three Ring Circus

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