Entries by Dr. Pete Dodzik

New Definition of Autism for DSM

Another firestorm of controversy was unleashed recently as experts continue to argue over proposed changes to the diagnosis of autism and related disorders. The American Psychiatric Association has proposed changes to the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) for the fifth edition that would effectively consolidate Autism, Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder […]

How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Child

Many parents struggle with issues related to getting their children to sleep and helping them to stay asleep. I have probably been asked the question “How much sleep does my child need?” more than any other question in my career. Parents are frequently more aware of the impact of their child’s sleep on their own functioning […]

When To Screen Children For Autism And Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Popular media is now teeming with stories about the dramatic rise in autism. Several celebrities have spoken publicly and advocated for increased research on assessment methods and treatment options. Parents are now more keenly aware of even minor deviations in their child’s developmental milestones, and they worry that these delays could be the first signs […]

Sleep Disorders in Children

Most families think of nighttime as a period of respite from daily activities of their children, a chance to reconnect with their spouse, relax and unwind. However, for families who are dealing with sleep issues in their children, nighttime is often one of the most difficult and challenging times of their day. Children who have […]

Vaccines and Autism: Science or Hoax?

The controversy surrounding the relationship of common childhood vaccines and autism has been raging for nearly two decades. However, the debate is comprised of about 10% science and 90% politics and media exposure. In the wake of the most recent revelation that Andrew Wakefield, MD, the original author of the 1998 article linking autism to […]

What is DEVELOPMENTAL DYSLEXIA?

Dyslexia is one of the more common conditions to affect school age children. It is estimated that between 5 and 10% of children between the ages of 5 and 20 meet criteria for the disorder. The definition of dyslexia is an inability to read; however, while this is a disorder that is very easy to […]