Topic: Early Intervention

An Open Letter to Fellow Professionals

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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Sacked by your own Linemen: Part Two

In the previous post we discussed the potential for parents to feel sacked by their IEP team.  In fact, when talking to parent groups, the topic of IEP’s usually gathers a collective sigh. Here are some things you can consider in order to gain credibility as a legitimate member, and even leader, of your child’s […]

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Sacked by your own Linemen

Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet with three incredible and accomplished moms as we prepared for a panel at the Profectum conference next month.  One topic of conversation caught my attention: when well meaning professionals entrusted to treat their children unknowingly cause stress for parents.  This can take various forms, but one example […]

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Learning about Autism from the Experts

We have much to learn about autism.  Fortunately, both awareness and research is increasing dramatically.  Another rich source of information comes from the true experts: individuals with autism.  Two of the most compelling books on my kindle are Ido in Autismland by Ido Kedar and The reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.  These two young […]

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Supercharged Early Intervention: Part Two

Supercharged early intervention describes what can happen when relationship- based principles harness the power of positive emotions between caregiver and child.  This adds dynamic forces that makes therapy more fun, and also allows for better learning, as memories of these joyful experiences take hold over time.  Here are some things you can look for or […]

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Supercharged Early Intervention

As part of my responsibility as a child psychologist on multidisciplinary teams, I have the opportunity to observe my little patients in many settings, including  classrooms, homes, and OT (Occupational Therapy) clinics. I recently observed two different children in their OT treatment and found a striking contrast between the two. The first clinic at a […]

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