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Adaptive Play and its benefits for children with Autism

Adaptive Play is play that is altered to accommodate the needs of a child. For example, some children are highly sensitive to loud noises, bright lights, crowds, or other factors. During adaptive play, lights can be dimmed, music lowered or other accommodations can be made to meet the specific needs of the children participating.

Good diet strategies for kids with learning and behavioral issues

Behavioral and learning issues like ADHD, processing disorders, dyslexia and Autism are increasing at epidemic levels with no end in sight. Here are some basic things that every parent, especially those with children with a learning or behavioral issue should know about their child’s diet.

Persistent ADHD associated with overly critical parents

For many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, symptoms appear to decrease as they age, but for some they do not and one reason may be persistent parental criticism, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

When Siblings have Special Health Needs

In any family, each sibling is unique, important and special. So are the relationships they have with each other. Brothers and sisters influence each other and play important roles in each other’s lives.

“Don’t Bother,” Challenges of the Invisible Caregivers

While we hear about caregivers of the sick, the elderly, and the older who are disabled, we rarely hear about caregivers of developmentally disabled children. Why? Because raising children comes with having children—and children are expected to have a long life ahead of them.

Justice for All: Training in autism designed to improve state’s Juvenile System

Dr. Tammy Hughes, professor and chair of Duquesne’s Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education, is training 1,000 magisterial judges in 2015-2016, meeting the recent amendments to the Pennsylvania Judicial Code that add autism training to mandated continuing education.

Special needs trust planning begins with trust

Special Needs Trusts (SNT) are designed to allow financial resources to remain available to assist an individual challenged with special needs to receive Medical Assistance (MA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and/or Mental Health and Intellectual Disability (MH/D) benefits.

Every child deserves a bed where they can sleep safely

Most parents choose their child’s bed based on such variables as size and décor. But for parents of children with physical and cognitive disabilities, bed selection is much more serious. They must be even more cautious about guarding against falls, entrapment and other safety risks. And because safety beds are a medical necessity, they must also navigate challenging insurance requirements.

A closer look at Spina Bifida

Colleges that Cater to Students with Special Needs

Dyslexia promotes unique learning

Most people know dyslexia as a learning disability that affects the ability to read, write and/or spell. But, dyslexia does not cause an inability to learn. Individuals with dyslexia simply learn in different ways.

Debunking myths and misconceptions about Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

Movies and the media often characterize or portray Tourette Syndrome and other Tic disorders as conditions defined by emotional outbursts and uncontrollable vocal obscenities. This mainstream depiction has led many to dub Tourette the “cursing disorder.” Yet, Tourette is not an emotional disorder and only a small subset vocalize socially unacceptable words or phrases. These widespread misunderstandings have served to alienate those living with TS while stunting efforts to accurately define the condition as a treatable neurological disorder, rather than an emotional or behavioral disability.