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Special Needs

Child’s mouth breathing can be misdiagnosed as ADHD

Diagnosis: Children who breathe through their mouths because of a dental issue may be easily misdiagnosed with the disorder. Read more…

What to do when motherhood doesn’t turn out to be your idea of perfect

Motherhood is a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. So here are some tips when you feel your ride is not what you expected. Read more…

The misunderstood child: Living with sensory processing disorder

Children with sensory processing disorder can find everyday experiences overwhelming. Read more…

Understanding the ‘Pandas’ disorder

Health: This rare pediatric autoimmune disorder is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Read more…

Tips for playdates with children with special needs

Friendship: Children with special needs benefit from playdates just as much as their peers. Here are some tips for hosting a playdate with kids with disabilities. Read more…

Diagnose and ‘adios’: The landscape of diagnosing and treating autism

Diagnosis: In her new book, autism scientist and psychologist Bryna Siegel, PhD, explains the current practices of autism — and why they need to change. Read more…

What a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis means for your family

What a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis means for your family

Family Health: How will your lives change when your child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes? Read more…

Unlikely heroes teach kids about kindness in ‘The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso’

Autism: Marie Unanue’s book stars an autistic boy and his animal friends and sets out to teach kids important character skills and how to be kind. Read more…

Pros and cons of homeschooling kids with special needs

Schooling: Important benefits and drawbacks to think about if your are considering homeschooling your child with special needs. Read more…

Smart moves: Reduce your risk of having a child with a neurological disorder

Nutrition: Women who plan to be pregnant should educate themselves and prepare their bodies with better sleep, nutrition, and stress management — even before conception. Read more…
Hot Topics: In part two of our interview with Maxine Rosaler, a mother of an autistic child who uses her real-life experience as inspiration for her book “Queen for a Day,” shares more insights and hopes for other parents. Read more…
Safety: The Center for Disease Control has seen a 57 percent jump in brain injuries in children ages 19 and younger between 2001 and 2009. Read more…

Pregnancy superhero: Study ties mother’s folic acid intake to lower autism risk for baby

Autism: A new study found that women taking multivitamins with folic acid before and during pregnancy may lower their baby’s risk of autism. Read more…
Some companies are beginning to examine their human resources practices to better access and accommodate a neurodiverse talent — meaning more job openings for our intellectually or developmentally disabled children. Read more…
Education: When this mom had to decide whether her son would repeat kindergarten, she found little information and help on the topic online. So, she wrote her own book. Read more…

A mother’s intuition: Autistic son improves with his mom’s own therapeutic approach

Therapies: In the second part of our story on Whitney Ellenby’s book “Autism Uncensored,” Ellenby feels that her son’s doctor-recommended therapy was not helpful to him, and opts for an open and honest approach. Read more…
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