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 […]

Easter Holiday, The Last Supper, and Pediatric Obesity. Let’s Help our kids grow up and live longer and healthier lives!

Researchers reported today that the food in famous paintings of the Last Supper meal has grown by biblical proportions over the last millennium.  The researchers conclude, If art imitates life, we’re in trouble.  The size of the main dish grew 69 percent; the size of the plate, 66 percent, and the bread, 23 percent, between […]

How will health care reform affect pediatric therapy?

Is this health care bill revamp a positive or negative move for families of children with autism and other predominant and growing special needs?  What will this do for children needing occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, applied behavior analysts, psychology?  Is insurance up for grabs now?  I hear everyone is going to have access […]

When the “WHY” is big enough the “HOW” will come

When the WHY is big enough the HOW will come when we work for it. When you believe in a cause and work hard for it, you WILL make a difference. This is true for a world cause, or for a more personal cause in your community, at your workplace, and within your own family. […]