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10 Books for Children With Anxiety or Special Needs

Even in an age of technology, books can help children feel less alone in their conditions and more connected to the world. Books that detail the experiences of characters with anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, and other conditions can also help entire classrooms of students to better understand their classmates. Fiction books, in particular, have […]

Easing Back-to-School Anxiety for Students

Next month marks the beginning of the new school year for most Maryland students, with some students starting as early as the end of August. It isn’t easy for anyone to transition back to school following the lazy days of summer. For some students, however, the arrival of the new school year brings more than […]

Why Self-Care Is Important for Parents of Children With Neurobehavioral Disorders

Flight attendants regularly remind the parents on flights that, in the event of a crash, they should remember to put the oxygen mask over their own faces before placing them on their children. As a parent, your first thought is always about the wellbeing of your child. However, you cannot care for your child without […]

Dispelling 8 Myths About ASD

Autism spectrum disorder is not recognized as a rare condition, with 1 in 55 Maryland children receiving an ASD diagnosis early on in their lives. In fact, Maryland has the second highest rates of autism spectrum disorder in the country, likely due to an increase in physician awareness of the signs of ASD. Despite this […]

4 Ways to Make Your Organization or School More Inclusive

From accessible amusement parks to local summer camps for students with special needs, inclusivity is, slowly but surely, beginning to gain ground here in Maryland and across the country. This past June, the CBS network signed a pledge vowing to regularly include performers with disabilities in auditions for their productions,(1) while Nike unveiled para-sport mannequins […]

6 Myths About IEPs

This school year might be over, but the summer break provides a prime opportunity for you to learn even more about your student’s needs. The summer is a great time to read essential neurobehavioral development books, as well to plan and prepare for next school year. If your child has never been in school, or […]

4 Currently Trending Topics In the Neurobehavioral World: May 2019

Legal and therapeutic changes affecting conditions from dyslexia to ASD have been in the news this month, as well as growing calls for more recess time in schools and a glimpse at how the court system is affecting families fighting for their children’s educational rights in Maryland. Here’s a closer look at some of this […]

Putting Together a Sensory Toolkit for Summer Travel

Planning a summer vacation for a child with a sensory processing disorder involves careful planning. While popular vacation spots are becoming more and more autism spectrum disorder and special needs-friendly, families still worry about their child becoming overwhelmed during the roadtrip, flight, or even the trip location itself. One helpful planning trick is to prepare […]

10 Parks That Are Becoming More Accessible For Children With ASD

In 2014, 1 in 50 Maryland children were identified with autism spectrum disorder according to the Maryland Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Program.(1) With the 2nd highest rate of autism in the country (2), many Maryland families are looking to the rise in sensory-friendly theme parks for potential vacation options this summer. Planning a trip […]

How a New Down Syndrome Research Center Could Improve Lives

Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition that is found in 1 of every 700 babies born in the United States.(1) Down syndrome occurs as the result of either a partial or a completely whole extra copy of chromosome 21. Since its first acknowledgment in medical literature back in 1866,(1) there have been incredible advances in […]