Health and Nutrition

Holiday Meals and Families with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs often find themselves feeling pressured to explain or apologize for their child’s behavior around the holiday dinner table. Maybe your child is a picky eater or prone to outbursts. This may cause tension if your host takes it personally, but there are ways to make the meal enjoyable for you, your child, and your family and friends.

Nutritional Assessment for Special Needs

Nutrition therapy for children with special needs varies greatly and must be individualized for each issue.  Swallowing difficulties, positioning and nutrient deficiencies are just a few of the variables that can have an impact on your child’s growth and development.  Recognizing potential problems and understanding how those should be monitored can help in finding solutions.

Gluten-free? Why Me?

‘What? Gluten intolerance? Wheat allergy? Not me!’ Gluten-Free has become a fad. Many doctors, dieticians, and nutritionists today may suspect and diagnose Celiac Disease, (CD), yet are mystified about what diet to recommend. Some doctors don’t know that wheat is allergy-related and gluten is intolerance, not an allergy. Many people are sensitive to both.

Do You Need A Developmental Pediatrician?

Developmental pediatricians are doctors who specialize in children with developmental or behavioral concerns, or specific developmental disabilities. Developmental pediatricians may provide a “developmental assessment” to help parents understand their child’s challenges, and to provide guidance for a treatment plan. In addition, a developmental pediatrician may help you understand the unique individual differences of your child.

The Role of Medication in Treating Special Needs Children

Medications and nutritional supplements have an important role in the treatment of special needs children and adults. Medications are one component of a multimodal treatment approach. The psychiatrist is an integral part of an interdisciplinary team and can be the designated “team captain.” He or she has a pivotal role as an expert in the medical diagnosis and best practice treatment guidelines for each child’s specific needs. This unique expertise helps support parents in making the right intervention choices to optimize their child’s potential.

Suffering in Silence: Do Food Allergies Play a Role in Selective Mutism?

My nine-year-old son was diagnosed at age four with selective mutism, a psychological anxiety disorder that is characterized by the sufferer's inability to speak in certain situations. My son speaks normally at home and some familiar situations, but doesn't speak in school, around strangers, or around many people that he actually knows well and feels comfortable with.

Do You Need a Developmental Pediatrician?

Developmental pediatricians are doctors who specialize in children with developmental or behavioral concerns, or specific developmental disabilities. Developmental pediatricians may provide a “developmental assessment” to help parents understand their child’s challenges, and to provide guidance for a treatment plan. In addition, a developmental pediatrician may help you understand the unique individual differences of your child.

The Role of Medication in Treating Special Needs Children

Medications and nutritional supplements have an important role in the treatment of special needs children and adults. Medications are one component of a multimodal treatment approach. The psychiatrist is an integral part of an interdisciplinary team and can be the designated “team captain.” He or she has a pivotal role as an expert in the medical diagnosis and best practice treatment guidelines for each child’s specific needs. This unique expertise helps support parents in making the right intervention choices to optimize their child’s potential.