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What to do When Family Doesn't Believe Your Child's Diagnosis

What to do When Family Doesn't Believe Your Child's Diagnosis

An associate psychologist with the DHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute shares how to deal with family that doesn't believe a child's special needs diagnosis, and how to help them understand.

Yes, You and Your Child with Special Needs Can...

Yes, You and Your Child with Special Needs Can...

It's easy to get used to hearing about all the things your child with special needs can't do, but there are so many within their grasp with the right modifications and help. We spoke to various experts, parents, and even kids themselves for tips on how you can turn 'can't' into 'can.'

Targeted Genome Sequencing: The Future of Personalized Medicine

Targeted Genome Sequencing: The Future of Personalized Medicine

With targeted genome sequencing, doctors are able to determine the proper course of drug treatment for patients to prevent adverse drug reactions. Doctors hope to use such personalized medicine to change the landscape of treatments for children with special needs.

Is a Health Care Proxy Right for Your Child with Disabilities?

Is a Health Care Proxy Right for Your Child with Disabilities?

If your child has a disability and is about to turn 18, you should know about options such as a Health Care Proxy and the more involved legal guardianship, both of which allow you to stay involved in your child's medical care once he reaches adulthood.

'The Best Advice I Ever Got': How to Cope with a Special Needs Diagnosis

'The Best Advice I Ever Got': How to Cope with a Special Needs Diagnosis

Eleven parents of kids with special needs, all of whom have become experts in the special needs field, share the greatest wisdom they received that helped them cope after their children were diagnosed with disabilities.

Ask the Expert: What is Functional Disconnection Syndrome?

Ask the Expert: What is Functional Disconnection Syndrome?

Mark Goldenberg, DC, DABCN, FACFN, a board-certified chiropractic neurologist who specializes in the treatment of learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD, and autism spectrum disorders, describes Functional Disconnection Syndrome, as well as some of its symptoms and treatments.

Ask the Expert: What Anger Management Tools Work for Children with Special Needs?

Ask the Expert: What Anger Management Tools Work for Children with Special Needs?

Does your child with special needs need help managing their anger? Certified peer mediation specialist David Wolffe shares what anger management techniques help children with special needs manage and express anger in a positive way.

Ask the Expert: How Does Yoga Help Kids with Special Needs?

Ask the Expert: How Does Yoga Help Kids with Special Needs?

Lindsay Malejko, co-founder of Prasanthi Studio in Westchester, explains how yoga can benefit kids who have special needs, how yoga classes are modified for children with special needs, and why she recommends yoga for parents of kids with special needs.

The ABC's of Advocacy

The ABC's of Advocacy

A is for advocate, B is for b*&#!, C is for communication, concern, and compromise. One mother of a child with cerebral palsy taps 20 years experience to offer tips for getting results for your child without, well, becoming a "B."

Ask the Expert: Why Is My Son Less Focused in School Than at Home?

Ask the Expert: Why Is My Son Less Focused in School Than at Home?

If a young child who is focused at home becomes distracted and unable to answer questions in school, there may be several explanations. An expert on ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders offers his insight and advice.

Ask the Expert: How Do Neurofeedback and Brain Mapping Help Treat ADHD?

Ask the Expert: How Do Neurofeedback and Brain Mapping Help Treat ADHD?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently rated biofeedback as evidence-based "Level 1-Best Support" for treating ADHD. We spoke to Anthony Silver, MS, MA, MFT, BCIA-EEG, director of Gray Matters in Westport, CT, about biofeedback, neurofeedback, and brain mapping and how they help diagnose and treat ADHD.

Ask the Expert: How Does Sleepaway Camp Help Children With ADHD Develop Better Decision Making Skills?

Ask the Expert: How Does Sleepaway Camp Help Children With ADHD Develop Better Decision Making Skills?

Sending your child with ADHD to summer camp or a travel program can be nerve-wracking. Eugene Bell, Ed.M. of Summit Camp offers advice for parents on how to worry less about summer programs geared towards children with ADHD and special needs, and how sleepaway programs can help children with ADHD learn decision making skills.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Know if My Child Should See Multiple Therapists?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Know if My Child Should See Multiple Therapists?

If your child has special needs, a comprehensive approach to treatment that includes multiple therapists and other professionals will likely lead to more effective treatment and a faster recovery. Here, a psychologist with more than 20 years experience explains how to know when a comprehensive approach is right for your child as well as the benefits and challenges of this type of treatment.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Sure My Child's Therapists Are Communicating?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Sure My Child's Therapists Are Communicating?

When your child is receiving treatment from multiple therapists and professionals, communication is key. Here, a psychologist with more than 20 years experience offers advice on how to make sure your child's treatment team is talking often and communicating effectively.

10 Things to Ask When Researching Schools for Your Child with Special Needs

10 Things to Ask When Researching Schools for Your Child with Special Needs

An NYC mom of four, including a son with special needs, searches for a middle school for her child with special needs and shares the top 10 questions and things to consider when interviewing schools.

How Will The Affordable Care Act Affect People with Disabilities?

How Will The Affordable Care Act Affect People with Disabilities?

With the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," implemented under President Barack Obama, here is how these changes to the nation's health care plan will affect families and people with special needs and disabilities.

10 Ways to Help Build Your Son's Self-Esteem When He Has ADHD

10 Ways to Help Build Your Son's Self-Esteem When He Has ADHD

With boys affected by ADHD, many have low self-esteem. Authors of "Raising Boys with ADHD" share tips on how parents can help their sons strengthen and build their self-esteem.

How To Talk To Your Kids About Their Meds

How To Talk To Your Kids About Their Meds

When kids are on medication and use prescription drugs for any of their diagnoses, it is important for parents and doctors to explain the drugs and its purpose to the child, ensuring the child understands why he or she is on medication and how the prescription drug can help certain symptoms.

Ask the Expert: What are the Benefits of Inclusion Classes for My Child?

Ask the Expert: What are the Benefits of Inclusion Classes for My Child?

When your typically developing child is in a class or program with a child with special needs, the lessons they can both learn are invaluable. Executive director of the JCC Mid-Westchester and her staff share their insight on inclusion classes created for children of all abilities.

Special Needs Trusts: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Special Needs Trusts: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

If you're thinking of creating a special needs trust or supplemental needs trust for a loved one, first read these answers to frequently asked questions, including how to set up the trust, who can access it, and what benefits an SNT has compared to other options.

Ask The Expert: How Will Celiac Disease Affect My Child's Life?

Ask The Expert: How Will Celiac Disease Affect My Child's Life?

If your child is diagnosed with Celiac disease, an auto-immune disorder in which those diagnosed cannot tolerate gluten, their world will change, especially if they used to eat foods with gluten in them. We interviewed Steve Distefano who owns Strictly Gluten Free, a gluten-free retail/wholesale marketplace, with his wife Angela.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make My Child with Autism Feel More Comfortable Riding the School Bus?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make My Child with Autism Feel More Comfortable Riding the School Bus?

For kids on the autism spectrum, riding the bus to school can be an overwhelming and uncomfortable sensory experience. A local expert explains how parents can help make the ride more manageable.

Why Are Children on the Autism Spectrum More Vulnerable to Bullying?

Why Are Children on the Autism Spectrum More Vulnerable to Bullying?

Children with ASD and other special needs diagnoses are prime targets for bullying. "Bully," a powerful film now out in theaters, and the book tie-in reveal compelling research and survey results.

What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Learning Disability

What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Learning Disability

When your child has been recently diagnosed with a learning disability or you suspect your son or daughter may have learning disabilities, find out what your first steps should be.

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?

We asked Rhonda Boltax, a learning disabilities specialist and the founder of Keys to Reading in Great Neck, NY, if and why multisensory teaching methods, like visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile methods, are effective for children with special needs like learning disabilities and dyslexia.




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