What is Asperger's?

Discovering the Truth About Asperger’s -- What Is Asperger’s?

Among many special needs children and disorders, one that is commonly misunderstood is Asperger’s Disorder.  In fact, many children with Asperger’s can go many years, even into their teen or adult years, before they are properly diagnosed.

What is Asperger’s?

What is Autism?

For a parent of a child with autism, it can be a confusing time when it comes to getting the proper diagnosis.  However, as many parents that have children with autism will tell you, learning about their child’s diagnosis did not rob them from the joy of parenting.  In fact, many parents are relieved when they discover their children has autism because it answers a lot of questions and concerns they had since the child was an infant.

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Ahh…Reactive Attachment Disorder.  It didn’t mean much to me when the therapist made that diagnosis of my then 8-year-old daughter.  After all, I already knew her problems stemmed from the neglect she had suffered as a baby.  From being left in soiled diapers, to eating out of garbage cans, even the act of me showing up with the sheriff’s deputies to take custody left a huge impression.  She missed her mother -- who wouldn’t?   Every little girl wants (and deserves) a mother who w

Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

It is not uncommon for parents to welcome home their adorable, newborn baby and finding out a year later that their child has cerebral palsy.  New parents are not to blame.  Cerebral palsy is very difficult to diagnose until the infant is at least one year old.  In some cases, cerebral palsy cannot be detected until ages three to five.

The Road to Diagnosis

Many parents of children diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome follow a long, twisting path as they try to find out what is going on with their child.  Many children with AS are initially diagnosed with everything from ADHD to mood disorders.

I Was Diagnosed with Diabetes as a Teen

When the doctor came back into the room and told me I was a diabetic, my reaction was similar to being told I had a sinus infection. I expected the doctor to just write me a prescription, and send me on my way, but instead I was on my way to the hospital. I was only 15-years old and knew nothing about what was going on. I had no idea that a few weeks from then I would be stared down by strangers while trying to take my medication.

New Mental Health Manual Could Be "Dangerous"

Millions of people, including shy or defiant children, may be wrongly labeled mentally ill according to an upcoming revision of the influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Many experts are calling new categories in the book "silly" at best. At worst, they are "worrying and dangerous," categorizing people who are grieving or who have unconventional romantic lives as having mental disorders.

New Definition of Autism Worries Some

One in 110 children in the U.S. are currently estimated to have autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the rate of diagnoses skyrocketing in recent years, some newly proposed changes to the definition of autism would likely slow the rate of diagnoses but would also make it difficult for families whose children would no longer fall under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders.

Respecting Autism: A Talk with Dr. Gil Tippy

Dr. Gil Tippy, co-author of Respecting Autism and a founder of the Rebecca School in New York, talks to SpecialNeeds.com about his book and the philosphies that the school was built upon, many of them Dr. Greenspan's legacies.

The Impact of OCD on Kids in a School Setting

Oh, man. There goes the bell for the end of 4th period. I hate this bell. It means I have to go to my locker and unload all my stuff from the first four periods and pick up everything else I need through the end of the day. I only go to my locker once a day and have to cram everything I need in my backpack, because my stupid lock combination has the number “6” in it. Six is a terrible number " it’s associated with the dev… well, you know what I mean. And it’s right up there with “9” " which is 6, flipped around.