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Autism Is On the Rise

Over the past ten years, studies from the Center of Disease Control (or CDC)  have indicated an increase of over 50% in autism diagnoses among children in the United States. In their latest biannual report for 2018, the CDC reported a 15% increase since the 2016 report. (It is important to note that each report […]

Avoiding Sensory Overload During the Holidays

It’s easy to forget, as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season gets underway, that children and adults with sensory processing and attention disorders, as well as anxiety and related conditions, aren’t necessarily looking forward to the holidays. These individuals often thrive on routine and structure, and the holidays are filled with changes, noise, […]

3 Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety at one time or another. It’s common to be nervous for a job interview or to struggle with a particular fear. However, the difference between these common emotions and an anxiety disorder is the persistence of the anxious feelings. For a person with an anxiety disorder, these thoughts and emotions […]

Preparing for Your First IEP Meeting

An Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, can feel like uncharted territory for a parent or guardian who is unfamiliar with the document. If you are preparing for your first IEP meeting, you may be filled with questions. If so, you are not alone. Having an idea of what to expect and being prepared can help […]

Autism Speaks Walk

Sydney Krebsbach is a young professional who lives in Alaska and just so happens to have Autism. She was formally diagnosed at age 8 and with the help of early intervention, she was equipped with the resources she needed to successfully graduate. However, her story does not end there. Sydney’s struggles, and her ability to […]

How To Get More Out of Screen Time With Your Child

Deciding how much screen time to allow your child, and how to use that screen time, is an increasingly common concern. Children are learning to use smartphones, tablets, and computers at younger and younger ages, leaving parents to wonder how best to use these devices in a healthy way.

While the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests […]

How the Internet Age Can Affect Memory

Now, more than ever, cutting edge information and technology are right at our fingertips. With the growth of the Internet Age, scientists are giving thought to the effects Internet use may have on cognitive functioning. A variety of opinions surround the question of ways Internet use could affect cognition, specifically memory. Some researchers believe the […]

Sleep Patterns & ADHD

Challenges pertaining to sleep loss are common among children and adults diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, there seems to be a cyclical relationship between poor sleep and the behaviors associated with ADHD. Poor sleep can lead to problems with behavior and cognitive functioning which, in turn, may lead to further disturbances in sleep patterns.

The […]

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 […]