My Child is Struggling: Is It ADHD or Depression or Both?

My Child is Struggling: Is It ADHD or Depression or Both?

Parent of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) must pay attention if their child’s behavior changes. Sometimes when a very active child becomes more quiet, their parents believe this is a good sign because the hyperactivity is subsiding. Unfortunately their child could be exhibiting symptoms of depression. In fact, children and teens with ADHD are at risk for developing depression as much as 3 times greater than for other children. Caregivers must know the signs of ADHD or depression to get help for their child before it escalates.

Continue Reading...
2 Comments

Halloween Treat Ideas to Beat the Scary Additives Craze

Halloween Treat Ideas to Beat the Scary Additives Craze

There’s no question that trick-or-treaters get way too much candy. Halloween only comes once a year but the harmful health effects of some candy can last much longer.

Halloween candy can pose real health risks. Scary additives are plentiful. So if you DO give out candy, look for naturally flavored and colored alternatives. PGPR, Red #40, BlueLake, Yellow #5 and TBHQ are ingredients that should be avoided. Linked to the development of neurological disorders, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, insomnia and more, they are just bad. In mass Halloween quantities, scary for sure.

Continue Reading...

Anatomy of Special Needs Children by Masters-in-special-education.com

Anatomy of Special Needs Children by Masters-in-special-education.com

The majority of our readers are parents of special needs children. Raising children with challenging needs is not easy and the more others know about the many different needs these children have the more they will understand what their parents are going through. The Infographic that follows titled “The Anatomy of a Special Needs Child” lets you see very quickly all the different needs many children and their families deal with every day.

Continue Reading...

Why a Child Is Fearful or Anxious and Strategies to Empower Your Child

Why a Child Is Fearful or Anxious and Strategies to Empower Your Child

When a child is fearful or anxious it affects the whole family; therefore, it is has to be dealt with carefully and in a timely manner. Fears are a normal part of growing up.  A healthy amount of fear is what will keep your child safe and alert to the dangers that he confronts each day.  Children must learn we all have fears and that we have to learn to handle fear so that it does not control us.  Parents must not belittle their child’s fears but must provide the support and life skills to cope with them.

Continue Reading...

Sleep problems In Teens Helped by Lifestyle Changes and Changes to Their Bedroom

Sleep problems In Teens Helped by Lifestyle Changes and Changes to Their Bedroom

Is your teen always tired? Does your teen find it difficult to get going each morning and cannot stay focused on school work or homework? Is your teen anxious, depressed, and irritable? Has he difficulty making and keeping friends? Have you considered that all the above could be caused by not enough hours of sleep or poor quality sleep? Sleep problems in teens can be caused by lifestyle choices and having a sleep environment not conducive to sleep.

Continue Reading...
2 Comments

Benefits of Stress Relieving, Calming, Relaxing Music for the Whole Family

Benefits of Stress Relieving, Calming, Relaxing Music for the Whole Family

Life is too hectic and you don’t find time to slow down and smell the roses? Looking for a magic solution to defuse meltdowns and get your kids to wind down so they can go to sleep quietly and quickly? Are your older kids often at each other’s throats because sensitive ears cannot tolerate the surrounding sounds? Calming, stress relieving, relaxing music is perhaps just what is needed to manage inappropriate behaviors and bring smiles all around.

Continue Reading...
6 Comments

Parenting Children with Special Needs: Feelings of Isolation, Grief, Guilt and Fear

Parenting Children with Special Needs: Feelings of Isolation, Grief, Guilt and Fear

Kristina Smith Blizzard, mom of a child with special needs, registered nurse, and advocate was my guest for one of The Coffee Klatch Tweetchat. She is a wonderful person to give you advice on parenting children with special needs. We had an excellent session with lots of participation! The tips and comments that make up this post come from the many tweets from Kristina and all those who joined us. I have added links and other information to help parents of children with special needs overcome the feelings of isolation, grief, guilt, and fear that so many parents feel.

Continue Reading...
14 Comments

Meet Dr. Duncan McKinlay, the Psychologist with Tourette Syndrome

Meet Dr. Duncan McKinlay, the Psychologist with Tourette Syndrome

I must introduce you to a remarkable person who can be the answer to your prayers if you know, love  or work with a person who has Tourette syndrome. For our Author Interview Series, I was honored to interview a renowned fellow Canadian, Dr. Duncan McKinlay. He is the author of Nix Your Tics! Eliminate Unwanted Tic Symptoms  A How-To Guide for Young People. Duncan McKinlay is the psychologist with Tourette syndrome himself who has become the perfect mentor for all families coping with Tourette.

Continue Reading...

Juvenile Bipolar Disorder: Often Misdiagnosed or Overlooked

Juvenile Bipolar Disorder: Often Misdiagnosed or Overlooked

When bipolar disorder is finally diagnosed in an individual, parents will most often confess that since early childhood, as young as 5 or 6 years of age, they KNEW something was not just right. They explain how their child has had a very difficult time to settle for the night, had extreme difficulty sleeping through the night, experienced severe separation anxiety and had always had lots of challenging issues. The visits to their professional support had probably been in vain as all the above complaints could be attributed to many causes; therefore, Juvenile Bipolar Disorder is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. Pediatric bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnosed because many of the symptoms are similar to those of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or conduct disorders — or even just normal, childhood behavior.

Continue Reading...

Siblings of Children with Autism or Special Needs

Siblings of Children with Autism or Special Needs

On one of the  Coffee Klatch Tweetchats I moderated, my guests were Bobbi Sheahan and Dr. Kathy DeOrnellas, authors of What I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Child with Autism.  Our topic was: Siblings of Children with Autism or Special Needs and what a lively discussion we had! Let me share our tweets with you. Remember the Twitter restriction of 140 characters. Twitter might not make it eloquent English but the ideas and advice are first rate. Let me tell you a bit about these remarkable ladies.

Continue Reading...
2 Comments

Nine Ways How Special Dogs are Helping Children with Special Needs

Nine Ways How Special Dogs are Helping Children with Special Needs

When Jasmine Hall messaged me about her informative post on how dogs are now allowed in schools to help children with special needs feel more secure, happy, and in return more apt to learn, I knew this information would benefit many of our readers. For  students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Asperger’s syndrome (AS), sensory processing disorder (SPD), social anxiety, Tourette’s syndrome, life threatening allergies, etc.  going to school is a challenge.  Getting them ready and willing to go is often a nightmare for the caregivers! Parents, teachers, and therapists should look into the possibility of introducing dogs in the mix of treatment and support.

Continue Reading...
17 Comments