Finding Support for Parents of Children with Disabilities

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The words were still ringing in the young mother’s ears and she struggled to listen to what else the psychologist was telling her. Despite her best efforts, she could not stop hearing the word “autism”. All at once, many of the mother’s dreams for her child were cast in doubt. Milestones that most parents took for granted might now never occur such as learning how…

Sleep Patterns in Kids with Autism

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This episode focuses on the sleep patterns of children with and without autism spectrum disorder. We are featuring a journal article this week titled Sleep patterns in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. The authors were interested in how sleep patterns change as children get older and whether there are distinctive sleep patterns for children with autism compared to typically developing children. They asked…

Section 504 and School Accommodations

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A couple of years before, a boy had suffered a severe concussion in a car accident. Fortunately he appeared to recover fully and has been doing fairly well in his schoolwork. However, his parents are beginning to notice that their son is starting to struggle in completing his work and has become more inattentive. His parents are now starting to spend several hours each night…

Language – When Actions Speak Louder Than Words

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The baby was babbling as usual until a precious word escaped his mouth, “Mama.” A baby’s first words are one of the major landmarks that parents remember about their child growing up. Babies typically start uttering their first words around 12 months of age. A baby’s first words represent a new way for the baby to convey his wants and needs. Armed with language, a…

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