Children and Parents

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

Histamine Invasions

Spring is here! Flowers are blooming, grass is green and Mother Nature offers her rays of warm sun as a relief for the winter’s chill. For some of us, flowers and grass can give rise to pollen sensitivity. Pollen present, high levels of histamine can surface and result in the sudden onset of sniffles, sneezing and irritability. Or can they?

When the Chips are Down, Say "Thank You"

Cayden was referred to “The Queen Alexandra Hospital for Children’s Health (QA) before he hit his 3 month mark.  Already, my little man was exhibiting difficulties meeting milestones; he was not responding to faces, auditory or visual stimuli and he had no head control whatsoever. It was also discovered that he had Gastro Esophageal Reflux on a grand scale -- think regurgitating his milk upwards of 25 times per day.

What is Respite Care?

Caring for a special needs child or adult becomes a part of daily life for many parents and caregivers.  It’s a demanding and difficult job, and many parents don’t get the breaks they need to stay healthy.  It is critical for parents and caregivers to get care of their own in the form of respite, which is a short-term break that can relieve stress, re-energize your life, and give you a sense of balance

How to Make Sure Your Child Eats Well: Part One

We all know how important nutrition is to a child’s health, but it’s doubly important for children with learning difficulties. Children can’t learn when they’re malnourished or if they’re eating too much junk food.

Diabetes on the Rise in Teenagers

According to a study by the CDC published in Pediatrics journal, diabetes is significantly on the rise for teenagers.  Nearly one quarter of American children and adolescents has type 2 diabetes or is developing the disease.

New York City Officials Approve Special Needs Classroom Inclusion Plan

Despite parent protests, New York City education officials approved a plan to move special needs students into mainstream classrooms.  Mayor Bloomberg’s Panel for Education Policy voted for this inclusion plan, and many critics are saying that children with special needs will not get the education and care they need.

I Need Her

It is 2:00 am when the cell phone vibrates under my pillow reminding me to get up. In a swift motion I swing my legs around and glide out of bed, barely moving the covers. My husband sleeps soundly and so does my one-week-old baby, Nichole, who sleeps propped up in her car seat in our room. I pause at the door and stare at her small shadow. Slowly I turn and exit the room, closing the bedroom door behind me. It is time.

Challenges in Math Education

It is a sad fact that students in the United States are falling behind in the study of mathematics. "Everybody Counts: A Report to the Nation on the Future of Mathematics Education" from The National Research Council found that only half of the nation's students take more than two years of high school level mathematics.

Diet for ADHD

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in children.  While the cause of ADHD is not known, many people believe it to be due to chemical imbalances in the brain, or genetic or environmental causes.  Some of the potential environmental causes can be reduced by a diet for ADHD.