We all know that the brain grows and changes rapidly during early childhood, but it was only in the past decade that researchers appreciated that these changes can continue throughout adulthood. The changing, or “rewiring,” of the brain is known as neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is a complicated topic that scientists are still beginning to understand, but […]
The new year is already bringing new research into autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and down syndrome. From an eye scanner that could potentially guide early ASD diagnoses to new findings in down syndrome genetics, here’s a glimpse at some of the most popular topics that are trending this month in the world of […]
Learning that your child has a neurobehavioral or developmental condition understandably results in a typically exhausting search for the right therapies. The list of potential interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, and related conditions grows longer each year as more research is uncovered by scientists. The value of dance class, and general […]
Advocating is an essential part of being a parent. When you find that your child has a learning difference, advocacy becomes even more important. From enforcing IEPs to navigating difficult experiences, parents of children with special needs spend a great deal of time acting as a voice for their children.
As your child grows, it becomes […]
The impact of reading on brain development is a topic that has been researched for decades. Now that smartphones and tablets are more likely to be placed in the hands of a young child than a book, research has also been taking a look at the impact of screen time on developing brains. The result […]
Our understanding of autism has changed greatly in recent years. Instead of being a singular disorder, autism is now understood to be a spectrum condition with symptoms that vary wildly from person to person. While ASD always plays a significant role in any person’s life, the research on autism tends to focus on those children […]
The holiday season can be an overwhelming and confusing time for children with special needs. During the holidays, comforting routines and familiar structures tend to go by the wayside. School is out for an extended break. Everything is louder, brighter, and more social. Children with sensory differences are often particularly affected.
Of course, this time of […]
The majority of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are diagnosed with the condition around second grade, with most parents spotting symptoms well before age 7.(1) As a result, ADHD is commonly thought of as a disorder of childhood. This is, of course, untrue. Children with ADHD grow up to become adults with ADHD, as well, […]
Language is such an essential part of every aspect of our lives that we experience a range of negative emotions and experiences when we find it difficult to communicate. For people with dyslexia, traumatic brain injuries, or other barriers to usual communication, being unable to communicate in the same way as others can understandably lead […]
Experiencing a traumatic brain injury is a life changing event. Studies have shown that just under half of people who experience a TBI return to former jobs, but many who return to the workforce ultimately find those former jobs too difficult to continue longterm.(1) Changing careers after experiencing a TBI is an understandable and common […]