The Future of Diagnosis with DSM-5

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the text for diagnosis the array of mental illnesses.  The manual covers everything from an overview to lists of specific symptoms individuals must meet in order to be given a diagnosis by a licensed professional.  The publication of the new DSM-5 (the DSM-IV TR, or text revision, is the one in current use) is the most anticipated document in the mental health field.

Is Organizing and Sorting Normal for Children?

Many parents are often overly conscious of their child’s behavior -- when one thing seems odd, some parents jump to conclusions like “my child must have autism.”  Many children might seem “obsessed” with behaviors such as organizing and stacking objects, which is a normal behavior for toddlers and children.

"I Wish I Didn't Have Asperger's" Response

Many blogs and special needs supporters are writing responses to “I Wish I Didn’t Have Asperger’s.”  These supporters do not know who this person is, but someone typed “I wish I didn’t have Asperger’s” into Google, and now floods of parents, caregivers, therapists, and others are writing their own responses to this query.

Living with Trisomy 13

Raising a special needs child is by far not an easy task.  Your daily life changes in ways that no parent can ever imagine possible.  Now add into that the fact that your child has a genetic syndrome that doctors and medical professionals term “incompatible with life."  Trisomy 13 is one of the syndromes, which was thought at one point to be fatal in all cases.  Well it’s not, our site is filled with over 100 albums of living survivors some who are in their teens and older.

Do you know what an infant seizure looks like?

Until a year ago, just like many of you, I would have answered no.

Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder

Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder -- An Overview of One of the More Misunderstood Conditions Affecting Child Welfare

What is Angelman Syndrome?

Angelman Syndrome is a neuro-genetic disorder that is often misdiagnosed as autism or cerebral palsy.  Symptoms include developmental delay, seizures, lack of speech, and motor disorders.  Named after Dr. Harry Angelman, who first noted and described the symptoms, Angelman Syndrome does feature many of the same characteristics of other developmental disabilities, but it has a certain genetic component that distinguishes it from other disorders. 

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a chronic disease in which the protein product of a defective gene produces thick and sticky mucus, which clogs the lungs and prevents the pancreas from helping the body break down food.

Symptoms of cystic fibrosis include:

What is Pervasive Development Disorder?

Pervasive development disorder, often called a developmental disorder or PDD, is another term for autism spectrum disorders.  PDD includes autism, Asperger’s disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and PDD-NOS, or pervasive development disorder (not otherwise specified).  Children with PDD often have difficulty with certain developmental processes, such as socialization, language, communication, and motor beh