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Understanding Your Child’s Learning Disability

Discovering that their child has a learning disability can be fear-provoking for parents. If they lack prior experience with learning disabilities, parents may feel as though they are facing uncharted territory. However, understanding the dynamics of what is happening in the mind of a child with a learning disability can help diminish fears.     
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Do Girls and Women Camoflauge Autism?

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new estimate of the number of children living in the United States with autism spectrum disorder, a condition that affects many aspects of development. There isn’t any one test to diagnose autism, but a person with autism may exhibit marked communication differences, such […]

Dispelling Myths About Left Brain/Right Brain

Perhaps you have wondered, at one time or another, about your unique characteristics as a person.  Maybe you have contemplated the experiences that led you to a favorite hobby or questioned why your greatest challenge is someone else’s strength.  Often these self-reflections lead to thoughts of left-brain versus right-brain dominance such as, “I’m bad at […]

5 Steps to Improving Memory

Memory is at the center of everything we do. From routine daily tasks to the unique components that make up our individual personalities, humans constantly tap into their memory “banks.”  For that reason, the idea of losing access to the important details of life through memory loss can be fear-provoking. Luckily, there are ways to […]

IEP vs 504 Plan

Parents wish for their child to get the most out of their education, to excel at what they enjoy, give their best effort to what they find challenging and to discover their own success. Knowing the best route for doing so can be a daunting decision for any parent, especially for those of students with […]

Reading Out Loud Improves Memory

With the school year winding down, end-of-the-year testing and final exams are in full-force throughout area schools. If you’re looking for ways to improve your young person’s memory of learned material, reading aloud is a simple, surprisingly effective skill to add to their studying tool box. In several studies, reading materials aloud has been shown to […]

What Are Special Needs Trusts and Why Do You Need Them?

When preparing your will with the intention of leaving money or property to a family member with special needs, it’s vital to consider the impact of such bequeathals on their ability to receive assistance from important government programs, like Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid. There are also other financial circumstances beyond wills that could impact […]

College Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Going to college is a stressful situation on its own, even without additional factors added in. For students with disabilities, the transition to a new, faster-paced environment can be a challenge. Fortunately, universities in the US are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to make reasonable accommodations when a student reports a disability of […]

Local Summer Camps for Students with Special Needs

As the summer season grows closer, parents of children with neurobehavioral disorders often find themselves in search of a camp or a program that will allow their children to continue to learn, grow, and socialize with others during the break from school. Luckily, Baltimore and its surrounding counties offer numerous selections to provide the ultimate […]

SAT/ACT Accommodations for Students

With just a few months left in the school year, many students and families remain focused on important standardized tests, including the SAT and ACT exams. For students with disabilities, this pressure is heightened by the need to apply for and receive appropriate testing accommodations.

In past years, students with special needs found themselves submitting […]