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How do we help our children understand their issues and teach them to advocate for themselves? Demystifying a child’s condition—that is, telling children what their issues are and helping them come to grips with it—is an important and often overlooked part of parenting an atypical child.
From anger and denial to acceptance and joy, parents of children with special needs are sure to experience a mixed bag of emotions. Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D. explains what’s normal and how parents can manage feelings in a healthy way and accept diagnosis.
Learning that your child has special needs can be overwhelming and coping with the diagnosis can daunting. Rockland County mom Debbie Bertrand shares her experiences as she navigated life after her daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
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.
Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, often mistaken for shyness, that robs a child of the ability to speak in certain social situations. Here, learn about the diagnosis and treatment of selective mutism and how it will affect your child's life.
Sharing a diagnosis with your child is one of the scariest things a special needs parent faces—and all sorts of questions arise. Where? When? How? Here’s how to get the conversation started, and remain positive in the process.
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.
Speech disorders, which include stuttering, affect five to 10 percent of all kids, can have affects on social interactions and behavior as well as self-esteem. Boys are about four times more likely to have speech disorders than girls.