Children and Parents

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:

Transitioning for Young Adults with Special Needs

Transitioning to independence during young adulthood is a pivotal and challenging time for everyone. For young adults with special needs, these periods can particularly difficult. People with special needs, such as autism spectrum disorders or learning disabilities, may have social and communicative deficits which will impair their ability to advocate for themselves.

Tossing Your Child's Room: Part One

Pretty much all children hide things from their parents.  I think that’s a given, and children with Reactive Attachment Disorder are certainly not excluded from that group.  Their need to control the situation as if their life depends on it (because in their mind it does!) makes them masters of deception, and some of these children can find hiding spots that we parents would never think of

Military Wife and Mother: A New Home

Being a wife and mother will always be a big challenge, but more when you're a military wife. When I met my husband, I always knew his aspirations to enter the military and serve his country.  For it was always his dream, and have someone to support him 100%, was feeling fulfilled. Now our major goal is to give the best to each of our children, and especially Xaymara.

How To Make Sure Your Child Eats Well: Part Two

Eating used to be a family affair, a time when everyone came together to talk, share, and enjoy each other’s company. We’re nourished by each other’s presence when we sit around the table. Nowadays, many of us catch meals on the run and don’t spend enough quality time together while enjoying good food.

What is GMO?

Of growing concern is the prevalence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in our food.  The question is GMO safe for us to eat?

GMOs are organisms that have been created through gene splicing and biotechnology, also called genetically engineered (GE) foods.  GMOs are created and cannot occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding.  Most GMOs are bred to withstand heavy pesticides.

Can a Standard Classroom Meet the Needs of the Gifted?

It is widely known that gifted students have special needs, yet few schools provide daily programs designed to meet these needs. While many schools have what they refer to as a “gifted program,” this program usually only consists of a weekly, pull-out class. Thus, the vast majority of a gifted child’s school experience occurs within the walls of a “normal” classroom. This begs the question -- can a standard classroom meet the needs of gifted children?

How to Protect Your Family from the Sun

With the weather getting warmer and kids taking breaks from school, families are sure to spend more time out of doors and in the sun.  We all know we should put on sunscreen, but which kind is the best and how often should we put it on?  How do we protect our eyes as well?  Get some tips before a fun family afternoon.

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