Topic: Stress

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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Redefining Oppositional and Challenging Behaviors

One of the goals of the Profectum conference  last month was to help parents and professionals expand their understanding of challenging behaviors in children. Connie Lillas described an optimal state of mental health as the “green” zone, a zone of calm awareness which supports learning and communicating.  Connie and I emphasized how important it is […]

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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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