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Sibling Support and Rivalry - Childhood Disability
The sibling of a child with special needs grows up with a different perspective on their family and the world, whether as a rival or an advocate for their sister or brother, and often, both. Sibling support and rivalry is never one-sided.
Tom Cruise, Postpartum Depression and ADD
Most parents do not promote medications for ADD or depression, but support other families' choices, like Brooke Shields and Matt Lauer in response to Tom Cruise in the 'war of words' and Courteney Cox explaining her depression following the birth of her daughter Coco
Tom Cruise War of Words Articles
Princeton-educated Brooke Shields responds with dignity on behalf of other women who have postpartum depression; only Matt Lauer has been brave enough to speak up for children helped by ADD medication
Mosaic and Translocation Down Syndrome
About 8% eight percent of families learn that their baby does not have garden variety Trisomy 21 and are diagnosed with Translocation and Mosaicism varieties. Fewer than 3% are born with the Mosaic variety, but there is ongoing research, reliable information and support available for all families.
Down Syndrome and Autism Dual Diagnosis
Families whose children with Down syndrome have autism or an autism spectrum disorder can find support and information online for this dual diagnosis
Tom Cruise, ADD and Postpartum Depression
Medications for ADD or Depression: Valuable Treatments or The Drugging of America? Brooke Shields, Matt Lauer, Tom Cruise and the war of words
(Over) Preparing for the IEP Meeting
Families new to evaluations and other steps in the IEP process have many questions that veteran parents might help answer. Sometimes mentor parents collect so much experience that they develop a level of silliness that flies in the face of stern warnings issued by school district attorneys.
Equine Therapy for Communication Delays
Children who have delayed speech or articulation difficulties may benefit unexpectedly with hippotherapy - riding horses bareback with an OT or PT even though the main goals are physical: vestibular stimulation, building better balance responses or building and using their core strength.
The Power of Communication
Alternate forms of communication provided by parents, teachers, or speech therapists, work only when the child actually gains the power to affect the behavior of others. There are many ways to learn and to communicate without speech!
Children with Spina Bifida
Children with Spina Bifida have individual personalities, potential and challenges that combine to make each one unique and wonderful. Families and other advocates build greater opportunities and raise awareness about diversity within the community represented by individuals with great potential.
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