Children and Parents

Gailynn Gluth Speaks About Autism Speaks’ Inaugural Autism Investment Conference

Gailynn Gluth, founder and CEO of Wynsum Arts, wrote this blog post for Autism Speaks chronicling her presentation and involvement with Autism Speaks First Autism Investment Conference. 


Congratulations to all the Family Choice Awards winners
The "Family Choice Awards" recognize the best in children's and parenting resources. Now in it's 17th year, the "Family Choice Award" is one of the most coveted, family friendly consumer award programs in the nation. These awards serve as our recommendation of these winning products to families across America.
Does Bipolar make you Procrastinate?

No it’s not a sexual perversion!  I love malapropisms. A favourite is the Judge who becomes exasperated with a gum chewing defendant and tells the Bailiff to have him stop masticating. The Bailiff leans over and says ‘Oi you, take your hands out of your pockets’

Teaching- “What we have learned and how has it changed us”

Whenever we encounter a new student or client, in many cases a label is attached. Often we are told the child is "difficult" or "challenging". Over time, we have learned that those words do not pertain to the individual. Those are words that others use because they have found certain behaviors difficult or challenging to deal with.

12 Best Special Needs Apps of 2012-Special Education

Dear Developmental Doc:

I have a 14 year -old son who has high functioning autism. He loves anything to do with the computer but has a tendency to use technology as a way to hide from social and emotional experiences. I was reading about recent technological breakthroughs where computer apps actually encourage social/emotional and developmental growth. Do you have any recommendations? Lucille M.-Oxnard, CA.

Dear Lucille,

The External Brain: Understanding Brain Injuries

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Acquired brain injury is not the kind of thing anyone wants or plans on so unless you know someone who has it, you wouldn't know...but maybe you should. There are two known types of brain injury.

Bipolar Pride and Prejudice

Did you know that last month history marked the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Jane Austen’s best known work?

As most will know it’s about love and how irrationally held views and emotions can easily scupper relationships.

Designing a Future for a Child with Special Needs

Making decisions for others is never easy. In fact, it’s probably one of the hardest things one can do for someone, especially if that person is their child. When a family is coping with mental illness and intense special needs and a parent is charged with not only choosing interventions to support what a child’s life will look like as they grow but also what their adulthood will look like long after they themselves are deceased, the challenge becomes overwhelming.

Functional Based Curriculum is NOT the end of the Road

I cannot tell you how many times I have witnessed the look of loss in the eyes of parents when school district personnel say, “Your student would be better served in a functional based program”.  At that moment the walls are go up and the hopes for their son or daughter to enjoy a positive quality of life, like everyone else, deteriorate.

Your Plastic Brain Gurus, Part One:  Build a Better Brain

For centuries, scientists believed that when you reached adulthood, your brain was finished developing, and the only way it could change was to worsen by aging, disease, or accidents. This meant you were stuck with your brain’s limitations for the rest of your life. So of course, they believed dyslexia was a fixed condition and not capable of changing or of being reversed.