Back-to-School Sanity for Special Needs

As August turns to September and the TV commercials start announcing sales on Elmer’s glue and Crayola crayons, we know that back-to-school is just around the corner. Most of us have fond memories of this time growing up (remember picking out that brand new pair of Reeboks and bouncing around the shoe store?) Most parents […]

Sensory Issues in Children: Symptom or Disorder?

Every day, we are bombarded with millions and millions of pieces of sensory input. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches are ever-present. The technologies that we have surrounded ourselves with have not lessened the burden – indeed, in many ways they have removed the last remaining respites we had. An ever expanding array of cordless […]

Processing the Special Needs Diagnosis

Every parent with a special needs child remembers the moment when they first heard their doctor’s diagnosis. Whether the specified disorder was “developmentally delayed,” “autistic,” or the ever-ambiguous “special needs,” the rush of emotions is powerful and immediate. Some are angry at first. Others are ashamed. Most are confused. But all are worried. Worried for […]