What do we want? Ideal situations for all of our students. When do we want them? Years ago! For change to happen, better ideas have to present themselves. Sure, some school systems are catching on – but sometimes they need a nudge. How do we effectively..
An inexpensive and simple blood test to detect Down syndrome and other birth disorders is currently under research and development. This test could provide an improved alternative to current prenatal tests. (http://www.abilitypath.org/articles/article/hea..
Helping special-needs young adults transition from school to work takes commitment, communication High-school and college graduations are exciting milestones for parents of neurotypical young adults. For parents of young adults with disabilities and speci..
http://www.blindbabies.org/Pediatric Visual Diagnosis Fact Sheet ™ DEFINITION Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is an eye disorder affecting premature infants. This disorder was called Retrolental Fibroplasia in the past. ROP affects immature blood vesse..
A special experience for any child is a visit to a local movie theater to watch a film with their family. For a child with special needs or a sensory processing disorder, a visit to a local movie theater isn’t the typical fun experience and may be f..
Dealing with big physical and emotional changes in your adolescent At a parent group meeting, a mother asked “since my daughter’s mental age is about a third grade level, why is she starting her period? This doesn’t seem possible.” All children go..
In the Beginning The High School Years Now that your child is in high school, you will need to start meeting annually with the school to create your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). You may have already begun the IEP process earlier i..
Being ready for kindergarten means that your child is able to attend to and learn the information being presented in the academic setting and is emotionally able to interact appropriately with her teacher and fellow students. What are some of the skills e..
Preparation for the Journey Looking ahead, it might seem overwhelming to already begin thinking about your child’s transition from high school to adulthood. After all, he or she just started middle school. It is important to remember, though, tha..
Family members and professionals are often puzzled about what to do when an individual begins to ask repetitive questions. Like most things that involve individuals across the autism spectrum, the answer is not simple and clear cut. Instead, it is depende..