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Posted on Apr 9, 2019 in Asperger Syndrom, Autism, News, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Psychological Testing, Toddlers

Autism: Testing and Assessment

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) comprises a cluster of developmental disorders which impact the way a person behaves, communicates and socializes with others. A diagnosis of ASD comprises several conditions which used to be diagnosed separately: Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Early diagnosis can significantly benefit a child with ASD. However, diagnosing ASD can be difficult as there is no lab test that can determine if an individual is suffering from the condition. Doctors usually have to rely on observation of the person’s behavior and listening to their parent’s concerns. Autism is generally diagnosed after the following are completed Developmental Screening Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation As part of Developmental Screening, the doctor appointed will screen your child for any developmental complaints during regular and routine visits. The doctor may or may not refer you to a specialist in case developmental disorders are spotted. The specialist’s job is to run physical tests on your child to eliminate the possibility of any other causes that might be leading...

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Posted on Apr 3, 2019 in Children, Counseling, Family, Parenting, Screen Time, Social Skills, Teens, Therapy, Toddlers

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

Growing up, children emulate adults around them – this is no secret. In a hyper-connected world where adults seem to always be hooked to their computer and smart-device screens, it is only natural that children will demand their share of screen-time too. Often, busy parents hand over their laptops, tablets or smartphones to their children to keep them preoccupied and out of their way. Children have grown so attached to these devices that parents have now begun to use screen time as a reward or incentive for good behavior. Parenting experts are against this practice of using devices to bribe children. The American Academy of Pediatrics is against exposing children below 18 months to any kind of device usage. They may be permitted to use these devices beyond this age but only under parental supervision to consume content tailored for their age. Children in the 2-5 age group should not ideally have more than an hour of screen time per day. These precautionary rules are in place to keep...

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Posted on Jun 2, 2015 in Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Sexual Abuse, Toddlers

Recognizing the Signs and Helping Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a subject that is discussed the least when talking about abuse among children. Physical and emotional abuse are talked about the most. Child sexual abuse is often brushed under the carpet by most parents and families. It has very low rates of reporting and even lower rates of counseling and treatment. But it is probably the worst kind of abuse a child can go through, mainly because most are too young to understand what is happening, and are too scared of the pain and threats to speak up. Signs and symptoms of sexual abuse in children This is the first and most important step in helping sexually abused kids. They might not be able to speak up and tell you what is happening. But there will be enough signs, their way of showing something is wrong and asking for help, if you look close enough. Depression, anxiety or excessive unexplained aggressiveness. Sudden fear of certain people or places. Bed-wetting, thumb-sucking and other such regressive behavior among...

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Posted on Nov 17, 2014 in Children, News, Parenting, Teens, Toddlers

Carving Out Time For Each Child

A common dilemma faced by almost all parents is how to find time in our busy lives to give each of our children special, quality time. This is especially difficult when you are the parent of children with special needs. But we also know that this special playtime can be invaluable to the parent-child relationship, and to the child’s self-esteem – all of which impact behavior in the home and the quality of family life for everyone. What I often tell parents is this – carving out time for each child does not have to be long and complicated. Often, spending 10 minutes each day or a few times each week can impact our children in powerful ways. We often think that we have to devote long periods of time, or take our children out of the house to do special things, for this time to be considered “quality time.” Not so! In fact, this particular mindset often creates a lot of guilt and feelings of being overwhelmed in...

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Posted on Nov 9, 2014 in Parenting, Toddlers

How Can I Encourage a Toddler to Stay in Bed Until Morning?

The bedtime routine with toddlers is a common struggle for many parents. This situation can be extremely exhausting for parents, and for children too. Especially those of us who have to get up early and go to work all day the next day. In the end, we often feel like just giving in to whatever our toddler’s demand are, because it is often easier than fighting the nightly battle with them. But, then we know that just perpetuates the cycle, and we are then back to square one – often more tired, frazzled, and sometimes hopeless. There is hope – I promise, but it does take some work on the front-end. However, what I know to be the case is that if you put in some extra work on the front-end, it will pay dividends in the long-run, and everybody should sleep better! That means you have to be firm and consistent. First, we have to look at potential underlying causes, as there are many reasons that a toddler...

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