4 Tips to Help Your Child Cope With Childhood Anxiety

Childhood anxiety can be brought on by many things, and for most parents, it’s a heartbreaking feeling to know their child is upset but not know how to help. It can also lead to frustration, arguments, meltdowns, and hurt feelings, which won’t help either the child or the parent feel good about themselves. When anxiety rears its head in a public place, there might be tears and embarrassment, too, which can make family outings very stressful. You may already know that the worst thing you can say to your child when he’s feeling anxious is to “get over it”. This is because anxiety affects our … [Read more...]

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Thirty Million Words: Building A Child’s Brain

Did you know that parent language is the single most powerful tool in shaping the brain of a child? It’s that simple, according to Dr. Dana Suskind, author of the latest book, Thirty Million Words: Building A Child’s Brain, (Dutton, September 2015). A cochlear implant surgeon at the University of Chicago and Founder and Director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Dr. Suskind argues that all parents can – and need to – harness the power of their words to shape their child’s future educational success. “No matter the language, the culture, the nuance of vocabulary or the … [Read more...]

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How to Find Pediatric Dentist for Your Special Needs Child

Here are some suggestions to help you find the right pediatric dentist for your special needs child. With a bit of time, research and knowing what to look for, you'll be happy when you find the perfect fit between a dental office and your child because this is a relationship that can last years. Be Sure that the Dentist is a Pediatric Dentist. Some dentists, even those that work primarily with children, are not pediatric dentists. They may have completed a Pediatric Mini Residency instead. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: A pediatric dentist has two to three years … [Read more...]

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I Have Amazing News!

What amazing news to share! My daughter, Sammi had her second sleep and nap study recently and the results show that she does NOT have Narcolepsy!! We are thrilled! And this is going to bring about positive changes for Sammi as we work with the neurologist, who did the new studies and her school, who is working with her IEP. What the Sleep and Nap Studies Told Us The studies were done months after Sammi had her tonsils and adenoids out. The doctor wanted to be sure that she was completely recovered before proceeding with the studies. The Sleep Study - Polysomnogram showed normal sleep … [Read more...]

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Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions – Nonprofit of the Month {Guest Post}

Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions provides Autism Service Dogs, commonly referred to as Sig Dogs, Sensory Signal Dogs, or Social Signal Dogs, a relatively new trend in service animals. That trend is likely to continue while more children are diagnosed each year with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), than with Diabetes, Cancer, and AIDS combined. About Autism Spectrum Disorder About one in 100 children is challenged by ASD, and the numbers are growing at a staggering rate which is increasing the need for these service dogs that are specifically trained to mitigate the growing number of … [Read more...]

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