Planning a family vacation or a trip to Disneyland may be more of a challenge for a child with special needs. Parents need to take into consideration everything from nutritional and medical needs, sensory stimulation and wheelchair accessibility. But popu..
Daily tasks, demands and challenges continually test a parent’s patience, problem solving skills, and flexibility. Time to recharge, and relax is often in short supply as the responsibilities of parenthood pull for more of our energy. Stress can impact ..
Severe weather threats and other natural disasters can be terrifying experiences for any family. For families of children with special needs, as much advance notice and planning as is possible can help in gathering additional items, like important documen..
Wandering for children with special needs can lead to children getting lost and parents needing to contact local police or fireman to help locate their child. Because of core behavioral and communication challenges associated with children with special ne..
Siblings Perspectives: Some guidelines for parents There is little doubt that those of us raised with siblings have been influenced by that relationship. Living with a brother or sister with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) adds more significant and uniq..
1) Check for Potty Training Readiness Look for these signs in your child to see if they exhibit potty training readiness: Communicates needs Follows Directions Interest in underwear and toilet habits of others Simple dressing skills (able to pull elastic-..
Moms listen to the whines of their child all day and still tuck them into bed at night with a hug and a kiss. Moms joyfully accept a wilted dandelion presented between little sticky fingers. Moms loyally get up in the middle of the night to clean up after..
Dr. Grace Gengoux is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) with expertise in the clinical evaluation and ..
While other babies were babbling up a storm, Joey Wasikowski wasn’t able to form sounds or say “da-da.” In fact, he didn’t start talking at all until he was 6-years-old. Even now at the age of 10, the 4th grader can only speak in 3- to 5-word utte..
Lisa Valerio is a mother of a 6.5-year-old beautiful boy named Nathan. Nathan was a happy and easy baby that met all his developmental milestones. Then a month after his 2nd birthday, his development began to shift. Words began disappearing from his reper..