If it wasn’t bad enough being a teenager, it’s a real bummer if you are developing symptoms of Bipolar. As parents, if we’re honest, we want a bit of rebellion in our children. It’s healthy for them to be reprobates — within reason of...More
Our Special Lives – A Child With Blindness
CaféMom introduces the YouTube series Our Special Lives. Each episode features a different family with a special needs child and we’re able to take a look into their lives, their challenges and their joys. In the second episode we...More
Communicating Who I Am With Autism
Happiness is something that everyone searches for in life. But when you reach the point in your life in which you can truly feel and believe you’ve found it, it’s a very sweet moment. After being diagnosed with Asperger’s...More
What is ADHD?
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What is ADD and ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also commonly called ADHD, is a condition that affects children and adults and is characterized by hyperactive, overactive, or impulsive behavior. Individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity...More
What is Down Syndrome?
Down syndrome, also called Trisomy 21, is a genetic condition in which an individual has 47 chromosomes instead of 46. In most cases, an extra copy of chromosome 21 is the cause of Down syndrome. This extra copy of the chromosome...More
Welcome to the Land Special Needs
Imagine this – you and your child step off a cruise ship and are greeted by a group of people in colourful clothes, holding signs, flowers and balloons. Some are playing musical instruments. They shout and sing joyously...More
Clues and Symptoms of Dyslexia
In the previous blog, we discussed what dyslexia is — difficulty with words — and what it isn’t, which is permanent. So how can you tell if your child may have it? According to Scientific Learning Corp, here are clues you may notice...More
What is ADD or ADHD?
Do you suspect ADHD? Do you really know what Attention Deficit Disorder is? Bonnie Terry, America’s Leading Learning Specialist is on FOX Morning News talking about ADD and ADHD.More
What Exactly IS Dyslexia?
The word dyslexia was coined in 1895 but didn’t come into common usage until the 1960s. The word comes from the Greek roots dys, meaning “abnormal” or “difficult,” and lexis, meaning “word” or “speech.” At its most basic level, dyslexia literally...More
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...More
What is Hyperactivity?
Hyperactivity is the state of excess activity and might be manifested by fidgeting, jumping, nervousness, or inability to sit still. Hyperactivity is a common symptom of ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.More
When is it Attention Deficit Disorder?
Attention deficit disorder, commonly called ADD amongst the general public, is a disorder characterized by distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Attention deficit disorder is the same as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...More
“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...More
Testing for ADHD
While there is no single tool for testing for ADHD, psychologists and physicians do use a standard set of guidelines for testing for ADHD. These healthcare professionals will use subjective and objective information from parents...More
Healing Tyler: Awareness for Nephrotic Syndrome
Bravery, down to earth nature, and love of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) — well, that’s a start for describing Tyler Ransom, but it’s not all-inclusive.More
Auditory Processing Disorder in Children
Almost every school activity, including listening to teachers, interacting with classmates, singing along in music class, following instructions in physical education, etc, depends on the ability for students to process sounds and have a strong...More
Announcing: Shannon Rose and Triumph Over Adversity
From his voice, you wouldn’t know Shannon Rose has a life-threatening disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. And after speaking with him, you’d know that he doesn’t let this diagnosis get in his way.More
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...More
What Triggers Asthma?
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and as asthma affects 25 million Americans, 7 million of them children, it is important to know what triggers asthma.More
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...More
Learning Disabilties and the Juvenile Justice System: Some Food for Thought
Imagine what it must be like for a young person with learning disabilities to be apprehended and questioned by the police.More
Early Diagnosis and Independent Assessments: Paving the Path for Your Child’s Success
• Autism topped President Obama’s 24-point medical agenda, calling for increased funding, and screenings for all infants.• The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for all children to be screened for autism twice before the age of two.• The...More
Diagnosing and Treating ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neuro-biologic health conditions seen in school-age children through the adult years.More