Children and Parents

Abortion and Down Syndrome

They say that a large percentage of women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome have an abortion.

A Parents Cheat Sheet to the August Jitters

A new school year is approaching and for many students with special needs, the anxiety may be growing. As a parent, you begin to notice this pattern each summer and you may not know exactly how to soothe your child other than to say, “You’re going to be fine,” which is nice, but just not enough. You may notice a general level of agitation, argumentativeness, restlessness, or constant chattiness about school and not wanting to go back.

Here are some strategies for you to use to help ease your child’s anticipatory anxiety about the first day of school.

Health Scare Fatigue!

Did you know that farting can cause cancer of the bowel? Or that using lipstick might send you dog Bipolar? If for a second you believed these stories you need help!

We are bombarded daily by some new scientific research saying too much or too little of this or that will kill us or send us round the twist. To paraphrase Butch Cassidy ‘who are these guys?’

Special Needs and Birthday Parties

Birthday Party.  No two words strike fear in the deepest recesses of a parent’s heart like ‘birthday party.’  Birthday party.  Those words conjure up images of colourful balloons, silly hats, cheerful decorations and the feelings of deep anxiety.  Who does not have painful memories relating to birthday parties?  Fear of rejection - the ‘I’m not invited’ angst and ‘what if no one shows up’ worries - can wreak havoc with a parent’s self-esteem.  Never mind a child’s.  

The Apraxia Path

I just finished reading “The Autism Revolution” by Dr. Martha Herbert. As I neared the end of this book, I read a few simple words that struck a chord with me. The author said, “One of the most frustrating things about battling autism is having to forge your own path.”

Summer Eye Healthcare

With summer firmly in place, there is something we must not forget. And no, it’s not sunscreen! It’s your eye health!

We recently had a chance to talk to Dr. Elise Brisco, Co-founder of the Rehabilitative Vision Clinic at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, about eye health. Here’s what she had to say:

Smoking Bans Improve the Health of Mothers and Babies
 

A recent study published in the Journal of Women's Health found that a citywide ban on public smoking in one Colorado town reduced the number of pregnant women who smoke and the number of babies born with health problems caused by smoking.

While many of the toxins in the environment are caused by cars and construction, some come

Cerebral Palsy -- An Adoption Story

“I hope to adopt someday."

The sentiment was real, yet my idea of adoption was romanticized and I lacked a real understanding of adoption.  I pictured bringing a shy, malnourished, lonely child to my home who would transform into a healthy and happy little person because of the love of our family.

Little Miss Adorable, Occupational Therapy, Speech, Language and MORE Swear Words

A while ago I posted about my daughter, Little Miss Adorable’s newest words and our struggles in Speech and Language Therapy.

Special Olympics World Games
Los Angeles 2015

Circle of Inclusion

Click here to see the photos