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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.

Pitt students host special program

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

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.

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.
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