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Halloween Safety For Kids With Special Needs

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Halloween can be a very fun time for children. But for kids with special needs like ADHD, autism and anxiety, it can also be scary and difficult. If your child falls on the autism spectrum, talk to an autism specialist about handling holidays like Halloween since the disorder is so diverse and every child is different. Here are some general tips for helping your special needs child enjoy this holiday:

  • For children with ADHD, the biggest obstacles they will face ...
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Boys with Autism Demonstrate Surprising Capacity for Grammar Processing

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One of the most prevalent characteristics of kids with autism spectrum disorder is a challenge with language and communication. But a study by neuroscientists found that boys with high-functioning autism were significantly faster when producing past tenses for regular verbs, one of the main tenants of English grammar. Look for a Autism Specialist as soon as possible.

The findings, which were published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, state that children with ASD may have a surprising strength in language use. Dr. ...

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Maternal Iron Intake linked to Autism Risk

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A new study released from researchers at the University of California, Davis’ MIND Institute in Sacramento and subsequently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology has found that mothers of children who have autism spectrum disorder are less likely to have taken iron supplements than mothers of children without ASD.

Rebecca J. Schmidt, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and a researcher with the MIND Institute stated in the study that an iron deficiency, and its subsequent ...

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Text-to-Speech Apps Bring Help to Students with Dyslexia

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Speech synthesis, which is often abbreviated TTS for text-to-speech, has been helping individuals for decades. Take, for instance, scientist and great mind Stephen Hawking who communicates through a speech-generating device every day. TTS has become so common that it’s available for just about everyone through apps on smartphones and more. But it wasn’t until those ...

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Pregnancy Intervals and Autism

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Pregnant_woman2A study that was recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of their prior sibling were more likely to be autistic than children who were conceived between two to five years ...

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October is ADD/ADHD Awareness Month

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In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the month that the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to coffee shops everywhere, October is also ADD/ADHD Awareness Month. In fact, 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of ADD/ADHD Awareness Month, which started as ADHD Awareness Day back in 2004. To commemorate the month, here are a few ...

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Your Autistic Child and Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner and just about every family is getting ready to celebrate with costumes, candy and festivities. But for families that have a child facing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it can be overwhelming. A child with ASD might be in for anxiety and more when they’re exposed to more interaction with ...

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Ann M. Martin, Author of Baby-Sitters Club, Tackles Autism with her New Book

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It’s been 15 years since the last meeting of the Baby-Sitters Club, but that doesn’t mean that author Ann M. Martin hasn’t been writing. Since the series ended, Martin has been tackling tougher issues with her young adult novels, including dyslexia and bullying along with the standard topics of first love, school dances and sisterhood. Martin’s latest novel addresses autism. “Rain Reign” features a fifth-grade narrator with high-functioning autism.

Rain Reign’s narrator Rose Howard isn’t Martin’s first character with autism, but ...

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Moving Past Inertia: Make a Decision, Any Decision

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We’ve all had moments of feeling stuck, unsure and unable to make a decision. But what happens when that feeling grows and magnifies and an initial feeling of being stuck gives way to avoidance and you soon find yourself mired in the quicksand of indecision?

Sometimes, we can push out of it by exploring it and asking ourselves what could possibly be causing the inertia? Is it a surface fear? Is there a deeper underlying reason? But there are times when ...

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Relaxing The Mind

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In today’s harried and always-connected world, it’s often tough to simply find a few minutes to unplug. But doing so is vital to our mental health — whether you are already working with someone for behavioral health services or just need in need of daily re-fresh. While therapy and medication are wonderful resources ...

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Decoding The Different Types of ADD/ADHD

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Sometimes, it’s obvious when someone has ADHD…there’s the constant fidgeting, getting easily distracted and leaving things unfinished. But sometimes it’s a lot more difficult to tell when someone has it. That’s because ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. As any child psychiatrist will tell you, there are actually several types of ADHD and they all require different treatment plans.

Dr. Daniel Amen, an MD, psychiatrist and ADHD expert, has divided the types of ADHD into seven. His seven subtypes were ...

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Food: A Real Addiction?

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Unlike alcohol and drugs, an addiction to food is not fully recognized by all treatment professionals. But recent evidence suggests that high calorie comfort foods like burgers, fries and macaroni and cheese may have an addictive potential that can contribute to overeating. Impulsivity and over-consumption of such foods have been associated with addiction-like eating behavior not unlike a binge eating disorder. People with food addiction report more frequent food cravings, higher eating disorder psychopathology and more depressive symptoms ...

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