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Autism and Your Family

autism family puzzleYour child has received an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. What do you do now? How will this diagnosis affect your daily life and the dynamics of your family? How will you cope? Read more »

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ADHD and School: Tips for Parents

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Your son’s teacher just called. He’s not paying attention in class and his grades are beginning to show it. He has trouble focusing on the day’s lesson and is disruptive. Plus he had a meltdown, something that has happened more than once. Read more »

Getting Help for Children With Dyslexia

Dyslexia written in search bar on virtual screenChildren learn to read at different paces, with some mastering the concepts in kindergarten and others showing little interest until well into 1st grade. But some kids, even those who seem eager to learn, can’t catch on. When their classmates are reading books by themselves, they’re stuck on the first page, unable to make sense of the words. Read more »

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Diagnosing ADHD

diagnosing ADHDChildren mature at different rates and have different personalities, temperaments, and energy levels. Most children get distracted, act impulsively, and struggle to concentrate at one time or another. Sometimes, these normal factors may be mistaken for ADHD. Read more »

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD)?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity). ADHD has three subtypes: Read more »

Warning Signs of ADHD

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

Warning Signs of ADHDInattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. It is normal for all children to be inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive sometimes, but for children with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe and occur more often. To be diagnosed with the disorder, a child must have symptoms for 6 or more months and to a degree that is greater than other children of the same age. Read more »

Building Resilience in Children and Youth Dealing with Trauma

RainbowEven very young children can be affected by traumatic events and have serious problems later in childhood and adulthood. But the great news is that, with help from families, providers, and the community, children and youth can demonstrate resilience when dealing with trauma. Read more »

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Nurturing Social Emotional Learning in Young Children [downloadable]

toddler-Social and emotional learning (SEL) involves the processes through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Read more »

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How Are Autism Spectrum Disorders Diagnosed?

toddler-Diagnosing autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) can be difficult, since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders. Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis. ASDs can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger; however, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older. This delay means that children with an ASD might not get the help they need. Read more »

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Learn More about Early Developmental Milestones — Interactive Quiz and Children’s Book [downloadable]

Developmental milestones are different from your child’s physical growth. When we talk about development milestones, we are referring to what a child will be able to do at a certain age. There are developmental milestones for gross motor skills, fine motor skills, language skills, cognitive or thinking skills, and social skills. Read more »

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