Swimming Lessons May Be A Life-saver For Children With Autism

By Tim Newman A recent study investigating injury mortality in people with autism spectrum disorders delivers some surprising and disturbing results. According to the authors, swimming lessons for children with an autism diagnosis should be a priority. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by a difficulty with social interactions, communication problems, and repetitive behaviors. They are estimated to affect around 1 in 68 children. Above and beyond the symptoms of ASD, individuals with a diagnosis […]

Knowing What He’ll Miss

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN The dream I had the other night was not for me. I think the dream was what I felt inside for Broden. He will miss it. He will miss the feeling of excitement of asking a girl to the dance and hearing her say yes. I had a strange dream the other night. I walked into an empty locker room to change my clothes. I grew frustrated because I […]

How Inflammation And Gut Bacteria Influence Autism

By Tim Newman A new study investigates the relationship between autism, the immune system, gastrointestinal issues, and gut bacteria. The story is a complex one with many questions still remaining unanswered, but this latest project adds insight. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect 1 in 68 children in the United States. Characterized by difficulties with socializing, and often accompanied by repetitive behaviors, this neurodevelopmental disorder harbors many mysteries. Despite its prevalence and a glut of research, […]

How To Teach Good Oral Hygiene To Your Child With Special Needs

BY RICHARD MUNGO, DDS Trying to get any child to lay off the candy and brush their teeth can be a challenge. Yet, for parents with a special needs child, it can be even more problematic as there are other variables that put them at high risk for dental problems. A child’s physical, mental and intellectual abilities will all factor in their ability to comprehend and practice good oral hygiene. With some conditions, such as […]

Neurodiversity In The Workplace

EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES ON THE HORIZON BY ANGELA NELSON, MS, BCBA The question that pops into nearly all parents’ minds at some point – what will my child’s future look like – yields a wide array of aspirations… and even more questions. Some, clear as day, while others, foggy. And what if you have a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD)? What will his or her future hold? The good news is, today, it’s […]

What Are The Early Signs Of ADHD?

By Bethany Cadman Reviewed by Timothy J. Legg, PhD, CRNP Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that affects behavior. It causes people to be hyperactive and impulsive. They may also be easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating or sitting still.   Known as ADHD, the condition is a mental health disorder that affects both adults and children and is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Signs of ADHD are different in adults and […]

My Huntington’s Disease Journey

Decided it was time to come out of the genetic disease closest and own my disease: go from hidden-HD Seth to a new Seth with no secrets. BY SETH ROTBERG When I was about 12, I started noticing something wrong with my mom. She wobbled from poor balance, often tripping and falling over, as if she were drunk. She had severe mood swings; one minute she was fine and the next, she was angry, frustrated, […]

A Lifetime Of Good Health

In recent years, Health Promotion has been spreading outside the screening “tent” and to the field of play and community with Special Olympics Athletes serving as health leaders. BY PEYTON PURCELL, MPH Like any athlete, Special Olympics athletes who are fit, at a healthy weight, have strong bone density and normal blood pressure are better able to compete in their sport, contribute at work and enjoy activities in their daily lives. But people with intellectual […]

Interpreting for Deaf Students: Facts and Fantasies

Students who benefit from the services of an interpreter also have to be developmentally, cognitively, and socially accustomed to navigating the educational experience. BY J. FREEMAN KING, ED.D. Parents, school districts, teachers, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists involved in education of deaf children are often ill advised regarding the effectiveness of interpreters in public school mainstreamed classes. Even though interpreting services are often recommended in the deaf student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), what is overlooked is […]

Endrew F. Supreme Court Case: Strengthening The Voices Of Families At IEP Meetings

Many parents have had an experience similar to the one faced by Endrew F.’s parents, in which their child’s IEP goals don’t vary each year and there is lack of progress. BY DIANA AUTIN, MARIA DOCHERTY AND LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. The recent Supreme Court case, Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District, has implications for parents participating in the IEP (Individualized Education Program) development for their child. The decision clarifies the rights of children with […]