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The information contained on this blog is not a substitute for training, continuing education, clinical supervision, or the importance of individual consultation for each child and family. All identifying information, including names and other details, has been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

Every IEP team should assure that a child has the chance to develop emotional regulation through trusting relationships. Without that opportunity, meaningful learning is impossible.

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Early intervention should not be a race against developmental delays, but rather a thoughtful path to nurture each child’s own potential to develop at his or her own pace. A fast pace that emphasizes doing rather than being with a child can interfere with what children need most: an engaged and relaxed parent.

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A three-year-old eats only chicken nuggets and french fries. A four-year-old limits her diet to light-brown crackers and bagels. These children are considered “selective eaters” to pediatricians. Moms and dads know them as “picky eaters.” A study released this week in the journal Pediatrics found that moderate and severe cases of selective eating in [...]

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How to make sure people see your child, and not a disorder.

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When I met three-year-old “Tim”, he had such difficulty with spoken language and controlling his body that it was difficult to tell how much he could comprehend of the world around him. He couldn’t show his understanding with words—or even with movements. A decade later, he has learned to type on an iPad and uses [...]

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I’m grateful for the wonderful response to my last post, Ten Things to Ask of Professionals working with your Special Needs Child, which focused on helping the adults in your child’s life to see the positive, not just the deficits. In the coming weeks, I’ll focus on each point individually, elaborating more specifically on [...]

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A Fresno, California mother made headlines when she sued her daughter’s teacher and school administrators. The mom had paid a surprise classroom visit and allegedly found her developmentally delayed seven-year-old locked in a makeshift cage and wearing a soiled diaper.

The principal of the school reportedly told police that the enclosure was a safety precaution that [...]

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An inspiring blog post by a mom and advocate of the Awenesty of Autism site described a dramatic office visit and the choice she made to not put a limit on her child’s future:

In the author’s post, she writes:

“After the evaluation, the lovely doctor, in a very nice, professional manner basically told me [...]

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One of the most powerful position statements in the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), a national group run by persons on the spectrum regarding health care and the respectful use of therapies is as follows:

“Many therapies and products for Autistic children and adults are helpful and should be made more widely available, such as [...]

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Dear Colleagues who work with special needs children,

I value the work we all do, the reports we write, and the teams we serve on.

But in all honesty, we can do better.  We need to think more about the impact our words have on parents.  It is a rare IEP in which a parent [...]

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