Tips for Improving Reading Fluency

The following tips are a summary from the National Reading Panel’s Report on reading fluency. When your child reads out loud, does it sound choppy or broken up? Does your child have trouble understanding and remembering things he has read out loud? Your child may benefit from some tips on improving reading fluency. What Is […]

ADHD Linked to Oxygen Deprivation Before Birth

Story Source: The below story is reprinted from materials provided by Kaiser Permanente, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. Dec. 10, 2012 — Children who had in-utero exposure to ischemic-hypoxic conditions, situations during which the brain is deprived of oxygen, were significantly more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder later in life as compared […]

Bedwetting and Special Needs Children

Author: Austin Sheeley Bedwetting can be frustrating for both children and parents, whether or not they have special needs. But don’t worry–there are several things you can do to help your child overcome bedwetting. 1. Be Supportive! Perhaps the most important thing is to simply be supportive. Children put great trust in their parents’ beliefs. […]

The Science and Art of Listening

Author: SETH S. HOROWITZ Published: November 9, 2012 (A version of this op-ed appeared in print on November 11, 2012, on page SR10 of the New York edition with the headline: The Science and Art of Listening.) HERE’S a trick question. What do you hear right now? If your home is like mine, you hear […]

Traveling with a child with Special Needs- Testing Autism and Air Travel

The Following are highlights from an article on travelling with a special needs child: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder, health officials say. And for the parents who struggle to navigate the nation’s airports and airlines with these children, […]

Tips for Parents on Purchasing Toys for Children with Special Needs

Author: Timothy Benson October 25, 2012 in All Blogs, Autism, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Conditions, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Education and Parenting, Guest Posts, Our Blog, Stroke In certain cases, toys can be helpful tools to help a child learn and develop. To help you with choosing toys that suit your child’s needs and skill […]

Oxytocin Improves Emotion Recognition in Autism

Published on October 16, 2012 by Joshua Gowin, Ph.D. in You, Illuminated Oxytocin helped Autism Spectrum Disorders recognize some types of emotions. Earlier this year I posted on a study showing that oxytocin administration improves ability to detect the emotions people display through facial expressions. The authors of the study suggested that oxytocin may play […]

Baby Communication Gives Clues to Autism

Baby Communication Gives Clues to Autism ScienceDaily (Oct. 1, 2012) — Approximately 19 percent of children with a sibling diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop Autism due to shared genetic and environmental vulnerabilities, according to previous studies. For that reason, University of Miami (UM) psychologists are developing ways to predict the occurrence of […]

U.S. Kids Exposed to 4 Hours of Background TV Daily Reduces Cognitive Functioning

Written By: Michelle Healy U.S. kids are exposed to nearly 4 hours of background TV a day. Younger kids, blacks and poor kids are exposed to more. Pediatricians say kids under age 2 should not be exposed to TV. A number of studies have found evidence that too much television is bad for children’s development, […]

Benefits of Yoga for Kids with Special Needs

By Sari Ockner, OTR/L Occupational therapists help children with special needs build the underlying skills necessary to promote their success and independence in daily activities. This includes building their physical strength and endurance, while regulating their activity level, behavior, and emotions. Additionally, occupational therapy facilitates and feeds each child’s creativity and imagination. Now lets talk […]