Special Needs Children

ADD and ADHD are psychiatric disorders characterized by inattentiveness or hyperactivity and compulsiveness which hinder a child's academic or social performance. Because there is not yet an objective clinical test to confirm ADD or ADHD, the diagnosis is based on a set of subjective symptoms. If children exhibit any six of nine characteristics in either category, they are labelled ADD or ADHD. In an effort to help children who are struggling at school because of their short attention spans, many parents, teachers, and health care providers make the assumption that these children have ADD...


Problems that children with AS-HFA have in school and the social world are often related to their inflexibility, single-mindedness and difficulty relating to peers: can be viewed differently and can be capitalized on.


This disorder includes a spectrum of behavioral problems commonly associated with autism. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV) includes autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, Asperger disorder, and PDD not otherwise specified under the spectrum of PDD. The DSM-IV groups these disorders together because they share behavioral problems in the area of social interaction and communication. Other symptoms include stereotyped behaviors, restrictive interests or activities, and cognitive deficits......


Look Me in the Eye is the title of a recent best-selling memoir of John Robison; the subtitle is, My life with Asperger’s. The book cover depicts a small boy with his eyes squeezed tightly shut. The prologue begins, “Look me in the eye young man,” and the author proceeds to explain how his inability to do so was consistently interpreted to mean that he “was just not good.” He then admits that to this day he “finds visual input to be distracting.”


In a word, yes. Of course, we need decades more of studies to prove it with absolute certainty. Nonetheless, the connections are logical. ADHD is not so much a disease as a cluster of nonspecific symptoms lacking clear.....


A diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) presents numerous challenges to families– challenges related to learning, to physical and social development, and sleep. It’s estimated that anywhere from 40% - 80% of ASD children have significant sleeping issues related to their diagnosis. Unfortunately, there’s no specific, easily-identified reason why children with ASD are more likely to have difficulty sleeping.....


What is Learning disability?

Learning disabilities are a neurological disorder. Normally the brain receives, processes, analyses and stores the information. But in these children, memory sequencing is a problem. The child’s brain is unable to store information. These problems can make it difficult for a student to learn as quickly as someone who.....


Why does eating these foods cause problems?

In the early 1980s, a number of researchers, studied urine samples from groups of autistic children. The urine of some of these children was found to contain two peptides, formed from incompletely broken-down proteins in gluten (found in wheat, barley, rye, and cross-contaminated oats) and casein (found in milk). In essence these children were behaving like morphine addicts.

Many ASD children are suspected to suffer from a permeable intestinal tract, more commonly called a “leaky gut.” When these children ingest foods containing gluten and casein.......


Find answers to many varied questions you must be having while dealing with your special needs child....


What is autism?

Autism is a severely incapacitating lifelong developmental disability that typically appears in the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder....


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