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Managing Screen Time During the Pandemic

Dr. Vincent P. Culotta of NeuroBehavioral Associates and Dr. Annie McLaughlin, Ph.D. recently held a screen time management webinar , sponsored by Autism Speaks, addressing the new difficulties facing families during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the best of times, managing your child’s screen time can be a struggle, but this is especially true when so […]

Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help With Autism

According to a 2018 study, 70% of children with autism spectrum disorder experience emotional difficulties.(1) These emotional difficulties often include sadness, anger, depression, and anxiety. New research is showing that children with ASD might find it easier to manage these complex emotions after cognitive behavioral therapy. In several research studies,(1, 2) the children’s emotional struggles […]

Do You Need an IEP Advocate?

Navigating special education is a common struggle for many parents. With the changes in education that have occurred over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, these challenges have become even more pronounced. As you continue to balance remote learning with your child’s unique educational needs, you may be wondering about other resources that could assist […]

How Remote Learning is Affecting Students in Special Education

With the coronavirus pandemic, students and teachers across Maryland have had to experience a new way of learning. While no one is sure what the fall will bring, it’s safe to say that there will be a significant number of changes. Distance learning, too, will likely continue to play a role in next year’s academic […]

Is It Harder to Diagnose Girls With ADHD?

The symptoms of ADHD vary widely from person to person. Someone with ADHD can be impulsive, hyperactive, or disorganized.(2) He or she might find it difficult to pay attention in class, stay focused during conversations, or remember homework assignments. The symptoms of ADHD can be obvious or much more subtle. Over the past few years, […]

Managing Weight and an Immune Friendly Diet

With regular day to day stressors, it’s already hard to maintain your weight and a healthy diet. Now we have to try doing it during a global pandemic! Well, we’re here to help guide you in these troubled times. It can be difficult to stay on track of what you’re eating when you’re stuck in […]

Is Remote Diagnosis an Option for Autism Spectrum Disorder

The coronavirus pandemic has made it even more difficult for children who are suspected to have autism spectrum disorder to receive an official diagnosis. A delay in diagnosis can affect a child’s ability to receive essential services and interventions. 

Although Maryland’s stay-at-home order was recently lifted,  in-person services will likely still involve a longer wait time […]

COVID-19: Special Education Services and Resources for Students on the Spectrum

According to a recent PBS report,(1) around 14% of public school students in the United States are given regular special education services. With Maryland public schools closed until at least May 15th,(2) parents of students with autism spectrum disorder have been facing unique struggles. Many families have expressed concern regarding the potential for regression or […]

Depression and Self-Destructive Behaviors in Kids and Teens

We’ve all heard about childhood phases like “the terrible twos” or the rebellious teen years. Learning to manage emotions alongside increasing independence is a childhood rite of passage, but what happens when those typical stages of life suddenly seem much more extreme?

Tantrums, fears, and moments of sadness are all a part of growing up, but […]

COVID 19 and Failure to Launch

While not an official diagnosis or even a syndrome, failure to launch has become a popular and helpful term to describe challenges in the transition to adult life. Failure to launch characterizes the difficulties a young adult may face when greater independence, autonomy, and problem-solving skills are required. Depicted humorously in the Matthew McConaughey movie […]