Why Can’t Johnny Sit Still? ADHD and How it Affects Your Child’s Classroom Behavior

  A parent asked me this the other day:  She and the teachers were so frustrated with her son’s behavior.  It turns out that “Johnny”, as he is known in this blog, is a bright child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Luckily for him, his parents, and his teachers, he is not alone and […]

Does Your Child Have Bad Behavior at School, or Is it Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory integration (SI) is the organization of sensory input and sensations (touch, sight, sound, smell, taste, movement, body awareness, and the pull of gravity) in order to produce appropriate responses to situations, events, emotions, and expectations throughout the day. Sensory input flows constantly into our brain from our body and from the environment at a […]

Picky Eating: How Common Is It, And Is It More Prevalent in Children With Autism?

A recent study from The Journal of Pediatrics discovered that children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are more likely to be picky eaters and may be at risk for suboptimal nutrition¹.   Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders were found to have increased occurrences of food refusal and more limited food repertoires.  Other research has estimated that one […]

Alternative Therapy: If it sounds too good to be true…. guess what?

Several weeks ago I attended a library lecture at which a gentleman was discussing his therapeutic company.  The individual was describing how his intervention can “miraculously improve” learning disabilities, ADHD, and Autism.  I found myself thinking, “Wow, this guys is good.”  And what I mean is that he was good at being a salesman.  Parents […]

Autism Signs Appear in Babies’ First Year: What that means for Parents and Doctors

A Chicago Tribune Article states: “In its detailed comparison of 50 babies – half of whom would go on to be diagnosed with autism – the researchers in this new study found a steady loss of sociability and responsiveness in the babies who would progress to an autism diagnosis. Those babies’ loss of social skills […]

The IEP Meeting: Let’s Make it a Sense of Relief Instead of a Sense of Pain!

The Chicago Tribune has recently published several stories about concerns that parents have faced when getting help for their children who have special needs.  Currently, the Chicago Public School System spends approximately 850 million dollars a year on special education services. Although a tremendous amount of money is spent on the services, parents are often […]

What are I.E.P and 504 Plans: Untangling the Web of Disability Services in the Education System

When you have a child with a developmental disability, the lingo can seem confusing and overwhelming.  Depending on your child’s diagnosis, he or she may qualify to receive either a “504 Plan” or an “Individualized Education Plan” or “IEP” as it is commonly referred to.  I am often asked by parents what these are and […]

BULLYING AND SUICIDE. WHO’S FAULT IS IT AND HOW CAN YOU HELP?

According to a recent USA TODAY survey, one third of Americans are bullies or bullied at some point in school.  In addition bullying these days is most often done in groups and  through the Internet, which makes looking away much harder. Why would a child bully?  Why would a child get bullied?  Behaviors are learned, which means parents […]

Behavior Vision Therapy? Do your Homework!

Here’s an excerpt from the Abstract: Learning disabilities are complex problems that require complex solutions. Early recognition and referral to qualified educational professionals for evidence based evaluations and treatments seem necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. Most experts believe that dyslexia is a language based disorder. Vision problems can interfere with the process of […]

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: Tremendous in theory BUT implemented all wrong!

This article Definitely hits the key issues: http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/2119457,CST-NWS-savage24new.savagearticle  Children with special needs need to be included in mainstream classrooms and held to the same standards as their “typical” peers.  If this standard isn’t kept, won’t it be difficult to accurately determine children’s progress and hold educators accountable?  What if we kept programs like these in […]