I strived for years to help my daughter form meaningful relationships—from her own twin brother to future romantic partners.
A mental health counselor and board-certified ADHD coach explains the correlation between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.
The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute offers psychotherapy resources for kids, teens, and adults in NYC. NYPSI is now offering a lecture series about raising children with behavioral issues.
Conduct disorder, a "disruptive behavior disorder," can seriously impair the way a child reacts to certain situations and people. We asked experts for advice on diagnosing and treating the disorder so kids can effectively improve their functioning in school and with peers.
Confident Kid Club offers social skills development for Pelham children in a group setting. The program is for kids who are anxious, shy, have low self-esteem, and other issues. Confident Kid Club also offers teacher workshops, private special education itinerant teacher work, and consultations for teachers and schools.
Sometimes telling a lie is the polite thing to do, right? One mom whose son doesn’t quite grasp the delicate art of social “glossing over” riffs on the theme—and hopes you’ll remember her words when the time is right.
Night terrors, also referred to as Sleep Terrors Disorder or Pavor nocturnus, is an emotional sleep disorder characterized by episodes of fear, flailing, and screaming while asleep, and is often paired with sleepwalking.
Young children don't always understand what it means to have special needs. One mom shares how she explained her son's special needs to the young kids in his class, and how the children then brought tolerance to the classroom.
Forty percent or more of kids with ADHD also have significant oppositional behavior. These guidelines will help you manage your child’s acting out—and help you remain calm in the tough moments.
On YouTube the most disturbing phenomenon is kids doing hurtful things to themselves and then sharing the videos. A study in the March 2011 issue of the "Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics" highlighted these often graphic videos of adolescents engaging in what we as clinicians call “self-injury” and kids call “cutting”—on camera.
Learn why pretend play is important to development and how you can help it come more naturally to your child with special needs.
Imaginative play may be elusive for the youngest autistic children, but it has an important place in your child's life.
Children with social and pragmatic deficits often have difficulty making friends and generally succeeding in social situations. Find out how to recognize a deficit in social language skills and how targeted help can be effective for your child.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene funds nine Family Resource Centers (FRCs) throughout New York City, which opened last fall and now offer a full menu of services to local families.
Information for parents on the early signs and characteristics of an autism spectrum disorder, plus advice on how and why you should act early.
Children on the autism spectrum need special kinds of surroundings, says interior designer Carolyn Feder. The registered interior designer owns Sensory Interior Design, a Dallas based design firm that specializes in organizing, arranging and designing residential (among other) spaces to fit the needs of special needs children.
Autism service dogs are providing families with much needed assistance, peace of mind, and a big doggy dose of unconditional love.
While children and teens with learning disabilities are often “diagnosed” in middle school or high school, many disabilities can actually be prevented by intervention at a much earlier age. Read these tips from the experts to find out how.
When Jodi Liston’s children, were classified as emotionally disabled, she enlisted the help of an advocate to help her navigate the system and get the services her children needed. But it was no simple task. After a long and arduous process, 17 years of research, volunteer work at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, and assisting other families struggling with similar issues, Liston, decided to start her own firm. The two-year-old Liston Advocates helps the growing number of parents who are following similar paths to get suitable services for their children.
It may sound cute when a pre-school child says "wuv" instead of "love", or "go potty" when they need to use the bathroom. But if it's your child who can't pronounce certain sounds, isn't talking in understandable sentences, or is very quiet, it becomes a concern that may require speech, language or hearing early intervention.