Entries by Amy Wolok

Medication and ADHD

As a pediatric psychologist, I am often asked the question: “Do you think medications are over-prescribed in children with ADHD?”  The question is a valid one and the numbers are pretty clear: the rates of stimulant medication prescriptions in children rose dramatically in the 1990s (from under 1% to 2.7%) and have been rising at […]

Raising A Reader

Are you looking for ways to encourage a love of reading in your child?  Starting at an early age is important, but it is never too late to get your child more interested in books.  Here are a few tips to get your child to love books and to raise a reader. Tips to Raise […]

5 Helpful Hints to Get Your Child with Autism to Sleep

Children with developmental disabilities and autism are at greater risk of sleep problems (40-80% in comparison to 20% of children without developmental disabilities).  Problems can include all aspects of the sleep process, including trouble falling asleep when needed, waking frequently throughout the night, and waking early in the morning hours.  Given what we know about […]

The Diagnostic Transformation of Autism

      The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (DSM-V) brought about many changes in psychiatric diagnosis.  Among them, the criteria used to diagnose Autism underwent a number of alterations.  To begin, the previous manual (DSM-IV TR) outlined three Autism diagnoses: Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.  […]

Navigating College with Autism

More than ever before, higher numbers of teens with Autism are attending college.  Reasons for this increase are related to enhanced recognition of the condition (and therefore diagnosis) as well as greater access to early intervention services which we know creates better outcomes later in life.  Autism or not, the transition to college can be […]

1-2-3 Magic Behavioral Principles: Harder Than We Think?

The popular discipline program, 1-2-3 Magic, is based on the basic behavioral principles of reinforcing positive behavior and reducing negative.  Simple, right?  Not necessarily, especially if you are parenting a child with a difficult temperament or developmental delays.  The difficulty lies not in the conceptual understanding of the program, but in the execution.  With practice […]

Math Disability Strategies and Resources

Is your child struggling with math?  Do they have a hard time memorizing basic math facts, solving word problems or making sense of equations?  Approximately 3-5% of school-aged children are estimated to have a Math Disability.  With evolving teaching practices, electronic applications and online resources your child should not have to suffer without help.  The […]

Talking to Children about Their Learning Disorders

As we all know, children are very inquisitive and ask questions all the time.  Children with learning disabilities are often pulled out of their main stream classroom, attend after school tutoring, or receive accommodations and interventions within the mainstream setting.  Parents and schools are often quite good at identifying the needs of children; however, at […]

The Sleep Discrepancy: How Much Sleep We Need and What We Actually Get

Sleep is incredibly vital to our everyday health.  The questions of why we sleep and in the manner we do (consolidated to approximately eight hours) has been accumulating and theories surround its “cleansing” and “restoring” properties have been coming to light. Theories on Why We Sleep: One theory suggests that sleep helps to clear our […]