Our Special Lives - A Child With Blindness

CaféMom introduces the YouTube series Our Special Lives. Each episode features a different family with a special needs child and we're able to take a look into their lives, their challenges and their joys.

In the second episode we get to know Emma and her parents Lori and Scott Planson.

Communicating Who I Am With Autism

Happiness is something that everyone searches for in life. But when you reach the point in your life in which you can truly feel and believe you've found it, it's a very sweet moment. After being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in October of 2007 I began the grieving process. What's interesting is I was 22 years old. I know that there are parents who aren't much older than I was at that point when they receive a diagnosis for their child. 

Welcome to the Land Special Needs

Imagine this - you and your child step off a cruise ship and are greeted by a group of people in colourful clothes, holding signs, flowers and balloons.  Some are playing musical instruments.  They shout and sing joyously, “Welcome to the Land of Special Needs!”

They hand you flowers and give you a warm hug.  Your child gets a balloon and joins the small group of children playing games together.  Their laughter fills the air.

Clues and Symptoms of Dyslexia

In the previous blog, we discussed what dyslexia is -- difficulty with words -- and what it isn’t, which is permanent. So how can you tell if your child may have it? According to Scientific Learning Corp, here are clues you may notice at home and at school.

At home, perhaps your child:

Is it ADHD or Not?

ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions.  Symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, irritability, or difficulty completing tasks are hallmarks of ADHD, but they might also be signs of other conditions.

What is ADD or ADHD?

Do you suspect ADHD? Do you really know what Attention Deficit Disorder is? Bonnie Terry, America's Leading Learning Specialist is on FOX Morning News talking about ADD and ADHD.

Tell-Tale Signs of Adult ADHD

With high profile celebrities like NBC’s ‘The Voice’ judge Adam Levine, TV news broadcasters like Phoenix-based Kaley O'Kelley, and others like “The ADHD CEO” Greg Selkoe now publicly “owning” their ADHD diagnosis, it begs many questions: How does one know if they have adult ADHD -- what are the signs?

What Exactly IS Dyslexia?

The word dyslexia was coined in 1895 but didn’t come into common usage until the 1960s. The word comes from the Greek roots dys, meaning “abnormal” or “difficult,” and lexis, meaning “word” or “speech.” At its most basic level, dyslexia literally translates to “difficulty with words.”

What is Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome, also called Trisomy 21, is a genetic condition in which an individual has 47 chromosomes instead of 46.  In most cases, an extra copy of chromosome 21 is the cause of Down syndrome.  This extra copy of the chromosome affects typical mental and physical development.

Severity of Down syndrome varies from person to person, but common characteristics include:

Help for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that typically begins in late adolescence and early adulthood.  Symptoms of schizophrenia include “negative” and “positive” symptoms.  Negative symptoms refer to a lack of an emotion or characteristic, and these symptoms include flat affect (lack of facial expression), poor eye contact, difficulty concentrating, lack of interest, inability to take care of oneself.  Positive symptoms, on the other han