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International Stuttering Awareness Day 2016: Advice from Speech-Language Pathologists Around the World

Active Play as a Non-Medicated Approach to Therapy for Kids with ADHD

To honor ADHD awareness month this October, we are focusing on non-medicated treatments for ADHD that stimulate parts of the brain through appropriate rewards and active play.

Your Child’s Been Diagnosed with a Mental Illness—Now What?

At first you thought it was cute that Jimmy wanted to be clean. After all, you practically had to force his older sister to take a bath, brush her teeth, and wash her hands.

By Marguerite Elisofon, Author of MY PICTURE PERFECT FAMILY: What Happens When One Twin has Autism

What does it mean to be a “conscious capitalist?” While making money is essential for the financial sustainability of any business, conscious capitalists don’t make profit their only raison d’etre.

The Woodlands and Open Up Pittsburgh Spotlight Creativity

Pitt students host special program

Special Olympics Young Athletes™ is an inclusive sports play program for children age 2-7 with intellectual disabilities.

Back to School, Back to Stress: 5 Tips for Autism Parents

Dining Out Tips for Autism Families

Whether your family is eating at McDonald’s or dining at a white tablecloth restaurant, manners are a must. Appropriate behavior varies depending on the venue, but all children –neurotypical or on the spectrum—need to learn to express themselves respectfully and politely.

A Mom's Story of Restraint and Seclusion Abuse in School

Zachary’s laughter has been called infectious. One specialist even said it sounded much like Charles Schultz’s famous character, Snoopy

Autism and College: Helpful ideas for sending a teenager with autism to college

Sending a teenager who has autism to college can be complicated.

Patriotic Sensory Bottle Craft

Do you need a fun activity to keep the kids occupied during summer break?

The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up

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.
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