Play is Critical to Healthy Brain Development

How do young children learn? The unanimous answer is that they learn by playing. Child Development specialists such as Vivian Gussin Paley, Erik Erikson and Jean Piaget all support that children need to play for the healthy development of their brains. While children are playing with hands-on-material or toys, this helps them to learn. The […]

Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Depending on where you live and other variables, children with special needs make up a significant percentage of your neighborhood, as anywhere from 10 – 20% of the population of children in the US are classified as special needs of one kind or another. If your child needs: Help keeping up with his/her school work […]

Traumatic Brain Injury and Orthopedic Impairments

Many children have different health issues caused by brain and spinal cord injuries and brain tumors, as well as orthopedic impairments. I have written in previous blogs about children with Other Health Impairments (OHI) and explained that the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) uses (OHI) as one of the 14 classifications for children with chronic […]

Children with Chronic Health Issues

An Introduction to Chronic Illness and Its Challenges In my 35 years of working with children with a chronic illness – known today as ‘Children with Special Health Care Needs’ (CSHCN) – and their families, there are still many gaps in services in the US for these children. There are financial entitlement issues, psycho-social concerns, […]