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 […]

Can Dance Class Make a Difference to Children With Neurobehavioral Disorders

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 […]

Helping Your Child Learn to Self-Advocate

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 […]

Reading Time vs. Screen Time For Young Children: New Research

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 […]

Why Are Some Children With ASD Overlooked In Studies About Autism

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 […]