EEGs May Someday Be Able To Diagnose Autism

By KIM CAROLLO Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital used EEGs, tests that measure electrical activity in the brain, to compare the brains of children between the ages of 2 and 12. A readily available brain test could someday be used to diagnose autism in children as young as 2 years old, offering the potential for […]

Vaccinations Cleared in Babies’ Celiac “Epidemic”

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A surge in celiac disease cases among babies and toddlers in Sweden was not related to childhood vaccinations, a new study finds. Celiac disease is a digestive disorder caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten, a protein in wheat, rye and barley. The disease damages structures […]

Five Tips to Help Students With Special Education Needs Avoid Summer Learning Loss

As summer vacation approaches, students are getting ready for summer vacation. However parents and teachers often worry about the loss of important skills throughout the summer months, which need to be re-taught once school is back. Some practical tips to help students avoid summer learning loss include: Keep them reading: Studies have shown that students […]

Stealth Dyslexia – Dyslexia is Not Just a Reading Difficulty

If your child seems verbally gifted yet struggles with poor handwriting or poor math skills, it may be time to have your child evaluated for stealth dyslexia. Most people think of dyslexia as a reading disability. After all, even the experts define it as such. In 2003, for example, the International Dyslexia Association described dyslexia […]

What Are The Most Effective Treatments for Children with Autism?

Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that one in every 88 school-age children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Over the past 10 years the prevalence rates have risen steadily, from one in 150, to one in 110, and now to one in every 88 children. […]

A Dozen Tips for Supporting Early Speech Development In Children with Severe Childhood Apraxia of Speech

By: Margaret A. Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP Young children with suspected childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and children with very severe CAS present unique challenges to speech-language pathologists. When children begin to develop some volitional control over the production of syllables, the speech-language pathologist can help to shape increasingly complex speech movement sequences and support the […]

Advice From the OT, Part 6: Identifying and Helping Students with Sensory Integration Issues

by Loren Shlaes, OTR/L What is Sensory Integration/Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy assists people who for various reasons cannot meet their responsibilities and are not functioning at their highest potential. A child who is not succeeding in school and can’t meet the grownup’s expectations falls into this category. Sensory integration based occupational therapy can be very […]

Why Do Kids with Autism Do That?

Author: Lynn Vigo, MSW, LICSW When my kids were young, my son Justin was quite curious about the many odd mannerisms his sister with autism demonstrated. We welcomed his questions as well as those from his curious neighborhood friends who we were determined to include in our friendly and oh-so-unconventional home. I did my parental […]

Responding to Difficult Behaviors with a Different Approach to Time Out

By Connie All children want to be good and please their caretakers. Young children don’t PLAN to misbehave or fall apart. When a child has an emotional meltdown it signals they are having trouble controlling their emotions, especially when the demands of the environment exceed their current ability to cope. Handling emotional outbursts may seem […]

Stuttering and the Bilingual Child

By: Rosalee Shenker, PhD Montreal Fluency Centre According to the recent United States Census, one in seven, or 31.8 million, people in the United States speak a language other than English in the home. It is unknown how many people who stutter are bilingual, but it is safe to estimate that at least a half […]