What is the Safe and Sound Protocol and How Can It Help You?
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What is the Safe and Sound Protocol and How Can It Help You?

Based on Polyvagal Theory  Polyvagal Theory or the “science of feeling safe,” is another one of the key research advancements that helps us better understand our challenges and gives us a foundational framework for non-invasive ways to support them. Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory focuses on what is happening in the body and…

Twice-Exceptional Kids: Addressing the Needs of Children Who Are Both Gifted and Challenged
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Twice-Exceptional Kids: Addressing the Needs of Children Who Are Both Gifted and Challenged

Every child is exceptional in their own way. But the term “twice-exceptional kids” focuses on children who are both gifted and challenged.  What does that mean, exactly? If your child excels in school but tends to learn differently than the majority or even has a learning disability, they’re considered a “2E” kid.  They’re exceptional in…

Hiding in Plain Sight? – Why Autism in Girls Is Often Overlooked
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Hiding in Plain Sight? – Why Autism in Girls Is Often Overlooked

For every girl diagnosed with autism, four boys will be diagnosed. Is that because autism truly occurs more often in boys? Or could it be that the symptoms of the disorder are simply overlooked in girls? The possibility of overlooking autism in girls is actually greater than you may think. That’s because of the variations…

What to Do: After a New Autism Diagnosis
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What to Do: After a New Autism Diagnosis

What to Do: After a New Autism Diagnosis Whether you are reading this article because your child has just received an autism diagnosis or you are concerned that your child may have autism, this information may be useful. You’re in shock. It’s not supposed to be this way; this isn’t the child you dreamed of…

How to Choose Autism Treatment
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How to Choose Autism Treatment

How to Choose Autism Treatment By Lauren Pasqua, Psy.D. What Type of Treatment? One important type of treatment will probably be speech and language therapy. Speech therapy can be important help children learn to communicate through gestures, sounds, and perhaps spoken language. Speech therapists can also determine if assistive or augmentative therapy or devices might…

What Makes a Good Autism Assessment?
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What Makes a Good Autism Assessment?

What Makes a Good Autism Assessment? Researchers and clinicians in the field of autism and autism spectrum disorders (e.g. Asperger’s Disorder) consistently identify the following things as essential to a quality autism assessment. 1.Clinician should gather background information, previous evaluations, and interventions. The practitioner should gather information about all aspect’s of a child’s development including…

Early Signs of Autism in Infants and Toddlers
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Early Signs of Autism in Infants and Toddlers

The newest research suggests that autism is now affecting up to 1 in 88 children. That makes it certain that someone you know will have a child affected by this devastating condition in your lifetime. Research consistently shows that the earlier autism is diagnosed, the more positive the effects of early intervention are. This is…

Floortime Works! New Research Proves It…
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Floortime Works! New Research Proves It…

I remember the days when I wasn’t sure about this therapy called, “Floortime.” I came from a strong behavioral approach (ABA-incidental teaching) to therapy with children on the autism spectrum, which of course “pooh-poohed” anything that was not behaviorally driven. I recall talking over my concerns with my new supervisor, who heard and accepted them…