Children with Autism, Developmental Delays More than Twice as Likely to Have Sleep Problems

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter Young children with autism are more than twice as likely to have sleep problems than typical kids or those with other developmental delays, a new study reports.Several factors profoundly affect the sleep of 2- to 5-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), said lead researcher Dr. Ann Reynolds. They are more likely to resist their bedtime, have trouble getting to sleep, suffer from anxiety regarding sleep, wake up in the middle […]

12 Autism Symptoms to Bring Up with Your Pediatrician

By Markham Heid The sooner a health professional can intervene, the better off your child will be. The first years of a child’s life are a time of tremendous physical, cognitive, and social development. While those years are a joyful time for parents, it’s important that moms and dads keep an eye out for early symptoms or signs of developmental issues, including autism spectrum disorder, a cluster of disorders that affect brain development and can […]

Sesame Place® Opens First Certified Autism Center Theme Park

By Derek Dunston            On November 10th of 1969, public television broadcasts graced the masses with history’s most beloved place for children; a place where only the most magical, fantastic things can happen and we can learn and love together – Sesame Street. Forty-nine seasons and 4,481 episodes and counting, Sesame Street has taught 7 million children, globally, each day, for forty-nine years; how to read, count and treat our friends no matter their differences […]

A support program for parents of teens who have epilepsy

You Are Not Alone Parent Toolkit A support program for parents of teens who have epilepsy Support programs can help Parents know that growing up is tough for any teen. But a teen with epilepsy may have more anxiety and confusion. When other people like teachers and other teens don’t understand epilepsy, they might treat that person differently. This can make the teen feel like they are alone. Parents play an important role in preventing […]

Putting The Brakes On Rage

It is important to understand where rage (or intermittent explosive disorder) comes from. It is not just the result of bad parenting or the child not trying hard enough. It is also not just an example of the child being manipulative, calculating, or choosing to behave badly. Rage is the natural reaction that all people have when they are overloaded beyond their capacity to cope. Most people rarely, if ever, reach that point though. These […]

Smoking Among Adults with Disabilities: Why It’s a Big Problem

Smoking is one of the most dangerous things you can choose to do, and it affects people from all walks of life. Although you might not expect it, adults with disabilities are particularly likely to smoke. Understanding why that is and finding out what we can do to help is essential to creating a smoke-free society. Smoking is responsible for almost 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S., and is the leading preventable cause of […]

Becoming A Family Advisor: Are you a parent that wants to advocate for change?

As a parent you have much to offer, teach, and share. You bring unique experiences, perspectives, and expertise. Everyone benefits when families and providers work together to improve healthcare, education, and community life for children with special health and/or developmental needs. We hope to give you general information and guidance on what’s involved in becoming an effective family advisor, no matter what setting you choose. A family advisor is a parent or other family member who […]

Building confidence: children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder

When you recognise and build on the strengths, interests and talents of your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you can develop and strengthen your child’s confidence and self-esteem. Everyday activities give you lots of opportunities to do this. Why confidence is important for children and teenagers Children and teenagers who are confident can cope better when things go wrong. They’re less likely to feel afraid in new or unexpected situations. But children and teenagers […]

Overview of Professionals in the School-Age Special Education System

Throughout your child’s academic career, he or she will come into contact with dozens of different professionals who are there for support. The list below provides an overview of some of these individuals and a description of the role they may have. Be aware that your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) will control who works directly with your child and what they do. Regular Education Teachers Depending on your child’s educational placement, your child may […]

Assisted Living Options for People With Disabilities

Seniors and people with disabilities often need supportive living options. When the time comes to start considering your options for assisted living, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of housing options. Not only are there different categories of assisted living to choose from, there are also a plethora of homes from which to choose. The right choice depends on a number of factors, including support needs, expense, and personal preference. Once a […]