How a New Down Syndrome Research Center Could Improve Lives

Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition that is found in 1 of every 700 babies born in the United States.(1) Down syndrome occurs as the result of either a partial or a completely whole extra copy of chromosome 21. Since its first acknowledgment in medical literature back in 1866,(1) there have been incredible advances in […]

Considering the Future of College Admission…For Students with Disabilities

Earlier this month, federal investigators arrested numerous high-profile parents, including lawyers, executives, CEOs, and well-known entertainers, for their involvement in a college admissions scandal. The more than 30 involved parties, led by a private college admissions adviser, used bribery and deceptive tactics to guarantee the admission of their children into prestigious colleges, such as UCLA, […]

Creative Writing Resources for Dyslexic Writers

Students with dyslexia struggle with more than just reading and writing. These students are also more likely than other students to experience low self-esteem and even anxiety surrounding the school experience. Certain common teaching tactics, such as class read alouds, can be incredibly distressing for students with dyslexia. Note taking, too, can be a struggle. […]

5 Resources in Maryland For Parents of Children With ASD

If you have a child with autism spectrum disorder, you can likely clearly recall the day of the diagnosis. Parents who learn that their child has special needs or differences often quickly feel a wide range of emotions, from confusion and fear to generally feeling completely overwhelmed. Luckily, Maryland has a wealth of resources to […]

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 […]