Understanding Anxiety Disorders: 5 Signs to Recognize

It’s quite likely that at some point in your daily life, you’ve heard someone reference anxiety. Unfortunately, these references often don’t truly represent an actual anxiety disorder, and can be confusing, or even damaging to those experiencing signs and symptoms of an actual anxiety condition. We’re all familiar with casual phrases like, “I’m so OCD,” […]

Who Is Qualified to Diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder?

If you suspect your child may have autism spectrum disorder, your first plan of action will be to seek out a highly-qualified professional for potential diagnosis and subsequent therapies. In 2018, the CDC determined that Maryland has the second highest rate of autism spectrum diagnosis in the country, with 1 in 55 children having been […]

5 Books About Neurobehavioral Development to Read This Year

The winter months provide an ideal opportunity to read one of the many valuable books available on neurobehavioral development, but it isn’t always easy for parents of children with special needs to find the time to read. It doesn’t help that the sheer number of books on the shelves, when parents do finally have some […]

Are Boys Reading Less Than Girls?

Years of research has found that boys tend to enjoy reading far less than girls. Even beyond simply enjoying reading, these studies have consistently shown a large gap between the actual comprehension and literacy skill of male children when compared to female children of the same age — regardless of grade level. This isn’t just […]

Are We Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?

Reading is one of the most essential life skills that a child learns in school, but statistics from the National Assessment of Educational Progress have shown that a third of U.S children can’t read at a basic level.1 This is, of course, an alarming statistic. Children who continue to struggle unassisted with reading are less […]

Autism Is On the Rise

Over the past ten years, studies from the Center of Disease Control (or CDC)  have indicated an increase of over 50% in autism diagnoses among children in the United States. In their latest biannual report for 2018, the CDC reported a 15% increase since the 2016 report. (It is important to note that each report […]

Avoiding Sensory Overload During the Holidays

It’s easy to forget, as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season gets underway, that children and adults with sensory processing and attention disorders, as well as anxiety and related conditions, aren’t necessarily looking forward to the holidays. These individuals often thrive on routine and structure, and the holidays are filled with changes, noise, […]

3 Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety at one time or another. It’s common to be nervous for a job interview or to struggle with a particular fear. However, the difference between these common emotions and an anxiety disorder is the persistence of the anxious feelings. For a person with an anxiety disorder, these thoughts and emotions […]

Preparing for Your First IEP Meeting

An Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, can feel like uncharted territory for a parent or guardian who is unfamiliar with the document. If you are preparing for your first IEP meeting, you may be filled with questions. If so, you are not alone. Having an idea of what to expect and being prepared can help […]

Autism Speaks Walk

Sydney Krebsbach is a young professional who lives in Alaska and just so happens to have Autism. She was formally diagnosed at age 8 and with the help of early intervention, she was equipped with the resources she needed to successfully graduate. However, her story does not end there. Sydney’s struggles, and her ability to […]