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Demystifying Developmental Disabilities: fetal alcohol syndrome

Posted by on November 24, 2019 in Disabilities | 0 comments

Demystifying Developmental Disabilities: fetal alcohol syndrome

What is fetal alcohol syndrome Jessica had some difficulty this morning. She woke up sweaty and dehydrated. She thought it would be a good idea to wear her favorite flannel footie pajamas to bed even though it’s the middle of August in Miami. On the way to breakfast, She slipped down a few stairs, twisting her ankle and stubbing her toe. The feet in her pajamas were too big and she tripped. She insisted on getting the larger size even though it didn’t fit. She did try to hold onto the railing on the way down the stairs but her grip is...

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What is bulimia?

Posted by on January 19, 2019 in Mental Health | 0 comments

What is bulimia?

Bulimia is not what you think It’s not uncommon for people to really misunderstand eating and body dysmorphic disorders. In all honesty, it confusion kinda makes sense. Food is necessary for survival. Why would anyone purge themselves of a perfectly good meal when there are starving people in the world, right? A slim figure is considered ideal and something to sacrifice for in order to achieve it, right? Avoiding food makes sense and it’s what were supposed to do… right? Do you see the contradiction here? This is...

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Children Living With Autism – Raising as Child With Autism

Posted by on March 17, 2020 in Autism, Disabilities | 0 comments

Children Living With Autism – Raising as Child With Autism

Raising a child with autism is real work. And I would know because I’ve done it – and still doing it. If you are reading this, then the chances are that you have a child living with autism too.  Do I understand exactly how you feel? Not entirely. What I can do, however, is share my experiences with you. Hopefully, you find this article helpful to create your own strategies to help your child. Kyle was 2 when he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And as would any parent, I was emotionally confused. I love my son, but I felt so...

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Can coronavirus cause autism in my unborn baby? I’m pregnant and worried.

Posted by on March 14, 2020 in Autism, Breaking News, Disabilities | 0 comments

Can coronavirus cause autism in my unborn baby? I’m pregnant and worried.

Can coronavirus cause autism? In, short… maybe? There is no direct causal relationship between anything and autism. There’s no exact gene. There’s no exact chemical. There’s no exact environmental cause of autism. Well, at least not one all the experts can agree on. Everything we know is inconclusive, so basically we’re not sure. This may fill you with any number of emotions from fear to relief, and that is not only normal it is to be expected. You are a mom or dad (attentive dads are pregnant along with us moms,...

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Having Another Child After Having One With Autism, a Dad’s Perspective

Posted by on March 14, 2020 in Autism | 0 comments

Having Another Child After Having One With Autism, a Dad’s Perspective

Parenting Strategies for Autism Can Be… Well… a Lot, Right? There are so many techniques and supports to remember when raising a child on the spectrum. Parenting strategies for autism are not only dependent on how receptive your child is generally, but also how well that strategy will work in a given situation. We parents have to keep our head on a swivel. Be nimble. Be flexible. Now, imagine having to apply those strategies to another child. What about two more?  After my experience with Kyle, my first child living with autism,...

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Intellectual Disability: Features, Symptoms, Treatment

Posted by on February 19, 2020 in Disabilities | 0 comments

Intellectual Disability: Features, Symptoms, Treatment

Intellectual disability is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulty in reasoning and understanding. Learn more in this article Intellectual disability is recognized with general problems in intellectual skills. Such general problems are planning and analyzing among others. Intelligence is determined by standard Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests. The individual with an intellectual disability has generally less than 75 IQ level. Prevelance The prevalence of intellectual disability is higher in males, both in adult populations and in...

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INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM

Posted by on December 20, 2019 in IEP | 0 comments

Individualized Education Program gives these special children all the tools they need to excel in school. It is a document that outlines the student’s educational needs and any extra educational items or services they’ll need for this program to be successful. Having a child who is different from his or her peers and has a harder time at school is hard on every parent. You worry about a lot of things like acceptance, your child’s ability to cope, and make friends. But most importantly, you worry about your child’s...

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Asperger’s can not stop Time’s Person of the Year: Greta Thunberg

Posted by on December 14, 2019 in Breaking News | 0 comments

Asperger’s can not stop Time’s Person of the Year: Greta Thunberg

Asperger’s does not limit potential Our babies diagnosed with Asperger’s, and those self-advocates diagnosed with Asperger’s, don’t look at life in terms of limits. We look at possibilities and potential. We seek out ways we can contribute to this world and make it better not only for us but for others. Special needs is a misnomer. What it really means is our community needs are special compared to the neuro-typical and non-disabled community. But let’s set aside the comparison for a moment and focus on how much...

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Understand the Major Learning Disorders

Posted by on December 11, 2019 in Disabilities | 0 comments

Understand the Major Learning Disorders

Understand the Major Learning Disorders Starting the school stage is a challenging stage for any child to overcome learning disorders. Besides being the beginning of a new routine. There is also the difficulty and awkwardness that can come with meeting the other students and the teachers. There is also the frustration that the little ones can feel taking on new tasks and homework. Is the learning of children the same? One of the details that should not go unnoticed is how the learning process can differ from child to child. There are...

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Fragile X Syndrome

Posted by on December 6, 2019 in Seth's Mom Nerds and Pros | 0 comments

Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition that causes intellectual and behavioral changes. This condition is the most diagnosed genetic cause for intellectual disability; second only to Downs Syndrome. In the 1970s, the genetic abnormalities associated with the fragility of a segment of the X chromosome were identified, which led to the discovery of the condition called fragile X syndrome. But it was not until the 1990s that the cause of this fragility was discovered a mutation in the FMR1 gene. Once this gene is altered, it no longer passes...

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Electronic Visit Verification – In-Home Supports Assurance System

Posted by on December 4, 2019 in Breaking News | 0 comments

Electronic Visit Verification – In-Home Supports Assurance System

From Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration Electronic Visit Verification – In-Home Supports Assurance System In 2020, Federal regulations require that all Personal Supports service providers that provide in-home supports use a clock-in and clock-out system to record their service times. The purpose is to increase accountability for service provisions, and to help make sure that people are receiving services as outlined in their Person-Centered Plan. The DDA is launching the In-Home Supports Assurance System (ISAS) for...

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Demystifying developmental disabilities: Say no to the “R word”, understanding intellectual disability

Posted by on December 2, 2019 in Disabilities | 0 comments

Demystifying developmental disabilities: Say no to the “R word”, understanding intellectual disability

Demystifying developmental disabilities: Say no to the “R word”, understanding intellectual disability What is the R word Some words can succinctly describe a situation or condition, while others can slice through a family’s soul when it’s used to describe a loved one. As our understanding of disabilities has evolved, how we describe conditions has changed over the years as well. Terms and labels we have used in the past have not only fallen out of favor but are now considered derogatory and offensive. One such term, retarded, that has been...

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