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    An Introduction to Tourette Syndrome

    Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary body movements and vocal outbursts (both known as tics) for at least twelve months.  In around ten percent of children, transient tics go away spontaneously, thus the need for an established...
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    Autism Guidelines For Lying

    Lately my son has been experimenting with creative truth-telling. Yes, it’s a nice way to say he is lying. A lot. He isn’t even lying about important events. These exchanges are taking place with increasing frequency:   Me: Did you...
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    Treating ADHD Without Medication

    ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in childhood, according to the Surgeon General. It occurs in five to seven percent of the population of school-age children.  With so many children being diagnosed with this condition, there are some...
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    Handling Change for Kids with Autism

    I am a self-proclaimed expert when it comes to anxiety and change.  What this means is I know how it feels to have anxiety based upon impending change. This empathy helps me to help my children, and maybe it will...
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    Before a Special Needs IEP Meeting

    This is the time of year when many parents are getting ready for Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings in preparation for their special needs child’s requirements for the coming year. It’s true that in a perfect world, the IEP team...
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    Seven Ways To Ease Transitions For Children With Autism

    As a parent of a child with autism, one of the most difficult challenges is easing transitions.  Webster’s defines “transition” as: 1.  passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another; 2. an abrupt change in energy state or...
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    Difficulties with Figures of Speech in Autism

    Individuals with autism often have a hard time with the way we use language. It can be a maze of strange terms and dead ends. Their approach to conversation, when it actually happens, is to make it very literal. They...
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    Importance of Early Intervention Programs For Autism Treatment

    Early intervention with regard to autism means that a child has started therapies before his third birthday to address common deficits found in autism. These deficits vary from child to child, but some forms of early intervention can be physical...
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    Outsiders Questions and Criticism of Your Child With Autism

    We’ve all been there: trying to unload the grocery cart while our child with autism throws a complete tantrum. Having to abandon a shopping trip because the pants “don’t feel right” when they are tried on, and the child has...
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    Becoming More Aware of Autism

    In 2007, the United Nations passed a resolution to create World Autism Awareness Day, proclaimed as such across the world.  One of only three disease-themed days, Autism Awareness Day is designed to spotlight the growing world population of those affected...
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