Category Archives: For Parents

  • How to Survive an Outing With Your Child

    With today’s busy lifestyle, it seems we spend more time running around than just hanging around. Every parent has experienced the challenges of getting the family where they need to be with a minimum of disruption and meltdowns. But there are things you can do to maximize success. Try these simple tips for helping both […]

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  • Exercise and the Brain: How Exercise Can Improve Academic Performance for Your Child

    Think a treadmill is only good for your heart and lungs? Think again. Turns out that a mere half hour jogging on one can help a student solve problems up to 10 percent more efficiently. In fact, the more physically active that children and adolescents are, the better they perform academically. Want your child’s literacy […]

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  • Sending a Child with Autism Back to School

    Autism spectrum conditions show a wide range of symptoms and severity in their presentation, but common aspects are developmentally poor motor skills, difficulties coping with change and labored social interaction. Direct and consistent behavioral therapy, both physical and social, is extremely important in helping children overcome the challenges presented by their autism spectrum condition. Earlier […]

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  • Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

    Being able to effectively communicate is crucial for people of all ages. It is especially important while a child is still growing and developing. There are several signs you should be aware of that may indicate your child needs speech therapy. Is Your Child Difficult to Understand? This is often the first sign that a […]

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  • How to Help Your Child Cope with a Traumatic Event

    Traumatic incidents can happen to anyone. A child, however, lacks the coping skills that adults have and are particularly vulnerable to traumatic events. You may feel powerless when your child goes through a traumatic event such as a death in the family or a violent attack. A child may often feel confused and overwhelmed when […]

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  • How Good Nutrition Can Manage Your Child’s ADHD

    There is no “miracle” cure for ADHD, but giving your child a well-balanced, nutritious diet goes a long toward helping him improve his focus and curb behavior problems. Just as most kids’ behaviors are impacted by food choices, a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder becomes more patient and less impulsive when eating more of […]

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  • 7 Tips to Surviving the Holidays with your Special Needs Child

    For many parents of children with special needs, the stretch of time between October and January can feel like one big inhale. Between dressing up for Halloween, socializing over Thanksgiving, turning back clocks for Daylight Savings, and of course, the countless festivities associated with Hanukkah, Christmas, Ramadan and other holidays, there are a lot of […]

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  • Helping Your Child Cope with a Traumatic Event

    Traumatic events can happen to anyone, however, children lack the coping mechanisms that adults have developed and are especially vulnerable to the effects of trauma. As a parent, you may feel powerless to help your child pull through a traumatic event such as a serious accident, a violent attack or the death of a loved […]

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  • Planning for the Holidays

    The holidays can be a stressful and over-stimulating time of year for everyone. This can be particularly so for children with ADHD, autism and special needs. Here are some helpful tips to lessen your child’s anxiety and increase your family’s enjoyment of the holiday season: Decorating Decorating can be a lot of fun, but you […]

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  • Having Guests and Visiting Others

    For parents with children of Autism, Asperger syndrome or special needs, having guests or visiting others can be stressful. However, with some simple planning and tools, these times can be more of the joy they should be. Set Expectations Whether children are going to another person’s house or people are coming to their house, let […]

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