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8 Smartphone Apps For Better Health and Behavior

While using a Smartphone app certainly isn’t a substitute for professional care, apps can still be valuable supplements for individuals experiencing everything from sleep problems to anxiety and TBIs. You can also use apps to help track behavior, encourage new habits, or even assist with academic and life skill learning. 

Not sure where to begin? Take […]

6 Anxiety Symptoms You Might Be Ignoring

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on our nation’s mental health. For many children and adults who already struggled with anxiety-related conditions, the changes and isolation associated with the pandemic has made their conditions worse. For people who did not previously have an issue with anxiety, many have found themselves exhibiting symptoms. 

Symptoms of […]

Educating Students With ADHD During COVID-19

This new school year is bringing many uncertainties to Maryland families. With the recent decision of Howard County Public Schools to postpone in-person classes until January, parents of children with special needs find themselves in a particularly difficult position. Many parents are understandably concerned about their children receiving an appropriate education outside of the in-person […]

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, […]

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 […]