Is it ADHD or Not?

ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions.  Symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, irritability, or difficulty completing tasks are hallmarks of ADHD, but they might also be signs of other conditions.

"Clever Carter": A Story About Autism

Carter, my son, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 3.5 years old. As devastating as it was, we weren’t completely blindsided by his diagnosis. The waitlist for his assessment was almost an entire year.  We received a call at the 10 month mark, due to a cancellation on the other end. That gave us plenty of time to do our own research and come to our own conclusions. The year following his diagnosis was a year of transition. Not so much for Carter, but for my husband and I.

Autism Treatments for Very Young Children

The future of autism research and treatment is focused on early childhood.  As most parents and scientists know, early intervention is key for better treatment and better results.  However, many children are not being diagnosed with autism until age 4 or 5.

Book Review: Managing Anxiety in People with Autism

Anxiety is an often overlooked or misunderstood problem, especially when it comes to children.  It’s true most individuals with anxiety are 18 years old or over, but anxiety does affect children, and it can be a major problem for individuals with autism.

Oxytocin Hormone Shows Promise for Treating Autism

Oxytocin, known as the “mother-infant bond hormone,” has shown in studies to be effective in treating the social deficits associated with autism.  Oxytocin is a hormone secreted at birth and after, and it helps with the mother-child bond.  It also affects other non-mother/child behaviors, such as feeling more open and trusting towards other people.

Can You Prevent Autism with Folic Acid?

Hungry during pregnancy?  Try a bowl of cereal.  A new research study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that women who consumed at least 600 micrograms of folic acid daily had a 38 percent lower risk of having a child on the autism spectrum.

Special Needs App of the Day: Social Skills Stories

Social skills stories describe an event, skill, or concept with included social cues or common responses.  For children with autism, these social stories can help them understand social events and appropriate ways to respond.  Social skills stories are meant to be told in a reassuring manner, so the audience easily understands and can apply the story to real life events and expectations.

Special Needs App of the Day: Speech4Good

This review is courtesy of Wynsum Arts' Every App Has a Story, the stories behind Wynsum Arts' distinguished apps.

IASO (Immature Adrenaline Systems Over-reactivity), AKA Aggressive Behavior

Aggressive or violent behavior can be a very difficult and discouraging issue to manage, especially for special needs parents and caregivers. Violent behaviors hinder progress in IEPs, in learning plans, and in becoming mature in personal independence and social skills.