Children and Parents

Substance Abuse - Safeguarding Your Special Needs Teenager

The case earlier this year in Temecula CA, of a special needs teen being entrapped and arrested for supplying illegal drugs to an undercover police officer has highlighted that as parents of a special needs child, the need to safeguard them in the community is as important as ensuring their security and well-being at home. We need to ensure they are able to interact in social situations; however, we also need to do our best to protect them from possible manipulation, both by other kids and by adults in the outside world.

Finding Employment and Settling into a New Job: A Time of Transition for Young Adults with Special Needs

For many adults, the work they do is an important part of the way they see themselves and their place within society. As well as providing a means for them to gain money, which gives them more independence to do as they wish with the rest of their time, the job they do may also give them a sense of pride in their skills and abilities as well as a reason to socialize and meet friends on a day to day basis. This is no less true for young adults with special needs as they take their first steps into the job market.

Substance Abuse - Safeguarding Your Special Needs Teenager

The case earlier this year in Temecula CA, of a special needs teen being entrapped and arrested for supplying illegal drugs to an undercover police officer has highlighted that as parents of a special needs child, the need to safeguard them in the community is as important as ensuring their security and well-being at home.

Who is Watching Your Child?

In 1992 I entered the world of expert witness. As an expert witness I complete organizational autopsies. I work with attorneys all over the country. They call to ask if I will provide my opinion about the propriety of an interaction between an employee of an organization and a consumer receiving support services from that organization. They call because I am an expert in the field of developmental disabilities based on my education, training and experience. I am paid for what I know.

Easing the Transition Back to School for Special Needs Children

Due to their unpredictable nature, transitions in general, can be very difficult for our children with special needs. The new school year creates a whole host of transitions that made me want to devote this month’s column to tips for helping your child make a smooth entrance into school.

The Rise of Inclusion Education in the United States

The United States education landscape has evolved substantially over the past 50 years. Issues of civil rights -- some of which the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education addressed -- and the government's role in education ushered in an era of "inclusion" in the United States' education system. Inclusion education addresses problems with the integration of individuals who require special needs in a learning environment.

 Know the Signs. Fight for Victory!

Know the signs, fight for victory!  This is the new tagline for The Marfan Foundation.  My daughter, Hadley, and I had the opportunity to attend the annual Marfan conference in Hollywood at the beginning of this month.

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Becoming Friends with Poop

Autism has now become a household name, that wasn’t the case not too long ago.  It seems we all have someone near and dear to us with an affected child. I have both a sister-in-law and close friend who have boys with severe Autism.  At the ages of 9 and 13, they are both non-verbal and still in diapers. Their homes are like Fort Knox because they are always in lockdown mode due to the fact that they attempt to “escape,” sometimes out the front door and even worse, out second story windows.