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A Rare Diagnosis, Sonya’s Story with CDKL5

A Rare Diagnosis, Sonya’s Story with CDKL5

On February 11, 2015 we welcomed our fourth child into the world about two weeks early. She appeared completely healthy, weighing 6 lbs. 6 oz. We were surprised she was a girl, as my husband and I spent the entire pregnancy preparing for a boy….

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Neurodiversity: A Quick Primer

Neurodiversity: A Quick Primer

For a very long time, autistic children were seen as broken versions of “normal” kids. It hurts my heart to type that sentence, but I’m so grateful to live during a time when that paradigm is shifting. Thanks to the tireless work of writers with…

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My Child Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder: 6 Behavioral Signs to Look For

My Child Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder: 6 Behavioral Signs to Look For

I knew my son was different when his tantrums lasted hours at a time. We knew we needed more help than our pediatrician could offer. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is like having a child who never grows out of the terrible twos—it is a constant,…

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How to Throw a Sensory Friendly Birthday Party

How to Throw a Sensory Friendly Birthday Party

Birthdays. They come once a year and are usually met with much anticipation and excitement—balloons, cake, ice cream, friends and presents. These are all wonderful traditions, but what happens when you have a child who has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)? These are the very things…

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The Best Gifts for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

The Best Gifts for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

Gifts can be tricky for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), like my son Dylan. Sure, they like all the same things that other kids do, but when their world already seems overwhelming, a calming sensory-activity toy is really what they crave. Think simple. Check…

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10 Halloween Tips for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

10 Halloween Tips for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Preparation and planning can help you stay stress-free. Whether this is your child’s first Halloween or not, here are some tips every parent and caregiver…

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Dysgraphia: Make Sure Your Child has the Write Stuff to Succeed at School

Dysgraphia: Make Sure Your Child has the Write Stuff to Succeed at School

Does your child avoid homework or become distressed when homework involves printing or writing? Does he have an awkward pencil grasp? Is his printing or handwriting difficult to decipher? Can he communicate his ideas verbally but struggles to organize thoughts on paper? If any of…

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Parenting a Child with ADHD: One Parent’s Journey

Parenting a Child with ADHD: One Parent’s Journey

Parents of children with special needs often struggle with support of others, finding reliable information about options and moving through the grief of parenting a “less than perfect” child. Here is our experience with our son with ADHD. Imagine arriving in a different destination other…

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Diabetes: Do Not Let Symptoms Go Unchecked

Diabetes: Do Not Let Symptoms Go Unchecked

Seven million people develop Diabetes every year. Type I Diabetes can strike people of any age, even babies, so if your child has any of the symptoms listed below, seek medical attention. Type I Diabetes Type I Diabetes is an autoimmune disease whose cause is…

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Bring the Joy of Team Sports to Athletes of All Abilities

Bring the Joy of Team Sports to Athletes of All Abilities

Adaptive Sports – Bring the Joy of Team Sports to Athletes of All Abilities When Hunter Pochop was 3 years old, he was an introverted preschooler with spina bifida. During the past five years, Hunter, now 8, has flourished, thanks to his participation in the…

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