Topic: Professionals

Different, Not Deficient: Five Ways to Ensure your Special Child is Receiving the Right Messages

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 how […]

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Ten Things to Ask of Professionals Working with Your Special Needs Child

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 had […]

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What Every Professional Needs to Know about Parent Stress and Autism

Last week London McCabe, an autistic six-year old, died a senseless, tragic and preventable death at the hands of his mother.  As professionals, there are steps we can take to prevent additional casualties of innocent lives.  The first thing we can do is to examine our own beliefs and make sure we are not communicating […]

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When Something doesn’t Feel Right

As a parent, you might experience confusion about your role in your child’s services.  You may feel that “pit in the stomach”, or “queasy feeling” when one of your child’s therapists makes a suggestion/comment that just doesn’t seem right. Because you have such a close relationship with your child, your weigh-in during these moments is […]

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Are you at Risk?

A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois validates many other studies linking an increased risk of stress and depression experienced by mothers of young children with autism spectrum disorders (Jeans, 2013).  Fathers are at risk as well, however their symptoms may look different than those of mothers. This is somber news, and […]

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Let’s do away with the term “Non-verbal”

The second annual Profectum conference was again a huge hit with parents and professionals alike.  A touching moment happened when a parent came up after my talk and asked me to repeat something I had said about the inaccuracy of the phrase “non-verbal”.  As Liz Torres, neuropsychological researcher, told us, what we can see (or […]

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The Experts are Teaching the Professionals!

It is such a pleasure to be taught by the real experts.  The real experts are individuals with autism who are giving us first hand accounts about what types of treatment work and what kinds can actually cause suffering. One example of treatment missing the mark is when non-verbal children are assumed to know less […]

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Making the Right Treatment Decisions for your Child

When it comes to early developmental delays, the roadmap to treatment is often rocky and confusing.  Knowing your child’s unique individual profile* will help you tailor the right program based on his unique needs.  Here is the key question: What are the right treatments for my child at this particular time and with his/her unique profile? […]

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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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