Finding a Way to Live with Pediatric MS

On the first day of fifth grade, Bryan Yglesias woke up feeling weaker on his left side. He walked with a limp, and over the course of the day he felt worse and his speech began to slur. His parents, Nick and Kathy, took him to the hospital, but the doctors could only give him steroids because they were not sure what was causing the problem.

My Child Has Dyslexia: Now What?

“When do I tell my child he or she has dyslexia?” Many parents agonize over this question. Susan Barton, creator of the Barton Reading & Spelling System and founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, says that children with dyslexia know by the first month of first grade that there is something that makes them different. “Every adult I’ve ever talked to said that the best day of their lives was when somebody told them they had dyslexia and they understood what it meant,” says Barton.

New Treatment Guidelines for ADHD

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) created some controversy with their recently released updated guidelines for diagnosing and treating ADHD. The guidelines recommend medication treatment for children as young as four years who have academic or behavioral problems and difficulties with attention, hyperactivity or impulsivity.

Spina Bifida: From Patient to Parent

Spina Bifida is one of the most common birth defects, occurring in 1 out of 2,500 babies. Also termed a “cleft spine” or “open spine,” it affects the lower back and in more severe cases, the spinal cord. Carla Lohr was born with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele and grew up wearing leg braces and struggling to fit in. She now finds herself in the unique position of being a parent to a son with Spina Bifida Occulta, a less severe form. 

The Problem of MD Chronic Joint Pain

Is there a long-lasting, little risk, minimal side-effect solution to chronic joint pain for the Muscular Dystrophy (MD) patient? The answer is yes, and the main "medicine" in this treatment is sugar. Muscular Dystrophy, sports related injuries, and injuries related to years of wear and tear all share in common that the chronic joint pain they cause is a degenerative disease.

Diagnosing Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that attacks the central nervous system, including the spinal chord, optic nerves, and brain. MS most frequently occurs in adults, but it can also be diagnosed in children and teens. It is estimated that at least 8,000 children in the United States have multiple sclerosis, but pediatric MS is more difficult to diagnose due to the common occurrence of other childhood disorders with similar symptoms. 

Girl with Down Syndrome Signed as Model

Urban Angels, an elite UK child modeling agency, opens their books only twice a year in search of new talent. Little Taya Kennedy was one of 50 children chosen out of 2,000 applicants. The fact that she has Down syndrome “did not enter the equation,” says Alysa Lewis, owner of the agency. 

Taya’s mother, Gemma Andre, told the Daily Mail that she was overjoyed when she heard the news, “not because Taya was going to be a model. More importantly, she had competed on equal terms with every other child and succeeded.”

Autism: How to Discern the Symptoms . . . and What to Do Next

Have I been living in a cave? This was the thought that went through my head when I first learned that both of my children exhibited “poor social skills and autistic-like behavior.” I had them tested at the local public school and that was their conclusion. 

I felt overwhelmed, dismayed, and frightened at that time. I was a Registered Nurse and yet I had missed this. I didn’t know what to do.

Learn the Early Signs of Dyslexia

One out of every three children entering first- grade lacks the basic skills for success in school. The National Center for Educational Statistics shows that as many as 20% of our nation’s children have substantial difficulties learning to read, and in California 57% of fourth-graders cannot read at a basic level. The problem may be dyslexia. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical for minimizing the impact of dyslexia.

Visual Processing and the Special Need Child

“My son has been diagnosed ADHD and OCD, might be bipolar, and he is having the hardest time socially and academically. His school said to have his eyes examined, even though our pediatrician reported 20/20 and healthy eyes. The pediatric ophthalmologist confirmed 20/20, healthy eyes and strong eye muscles. The psychiatrist referred us to a psychologist for a comprehensive battery of testing, which resulted in referral to a developmental optometrist.”