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 Series: Connecting with Nature Can Help You Manage Stress

A friend recently told me that, after a stressful week of Zoom meetings, social distance, disrupted schedules, students at home, and hours spent indoors, he had enjoyed a good weekend and was still feeling better than the week before. What was the reason? He had gone for a long walk on a nearby trail. That’s […]

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 […]

COVID-19 Series: Parenting Anxious Children

With schools and workplaces closed and public life suspended, parents are struggling to juggle childcare and remote work, while also managing their child’s anxiety and their own anxiety about COVID-19. There are a variety of different expressions of anxiety in children, including: reassurance-seeking, reluctance to separate from parents, physical symptoms like headaches or stomachaches, trouble […]

The Mind-Body Response to Stress

In these uncertain times, many people are experiencing fear and worry related to COVID-19. According to a poll conducted by the American Psychiatric Association, 36% of Americans reported that the virus “is having a serious impact on their mental health (1).”  The increase in anxiety has translated into other behaviors for some people, including difficulty […]

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 […]

Talking With Your Kids About the Coronavirus Pandemic

Staying home from school presents a unique challenge for students with neurobehavioral and learning differences. To help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Maryland’s public schools are currently expected to remain closed through at least most of April. 

This has caused children with special needs to spend a great deal of time away from their […]

Can You Rewire Your Brain?

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 […]

4 Topics Currently Trending in the Neurobehavioral World

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 […]