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  1. Understanding and Coping with Stigma of Disabilities

    Having a disability or chronic health condition saddles the person with more than just the physical complaint. One has to struggle with the social meaning of that disorder as well. Often society is not very accepting of illness and disability and the person affected becomes stigmatized as a result.

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  2. Put Sleep Difficulties to Bed: Advice for Parents of Children with Autism

    All parents intermittently deal with children who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. These temporary sleep difficulties are normal. However, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear to have more ongoing sleep-related difficulties. The number of families affected varies from

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  3. Developmental Planning: An Introduction for Parents

    There is so much to learn and carefully consider during the first years of having an exceptional child. The amount of information to digest and decisions to be made are often overwhelming. What parents need is a map that helps them put it all together. Having a big picture or general framework to he

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  4. Preschool and the Special Needs Child—How to Find the School

    Although there is a lot of pressure on young children to learn to read early, write sooner, and be “more academic” younger, there is not substantial research that supports this pressured exposure as having any long-term benefits. The child’s neurological development determines both physical and cogn

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  5. Integrating Pet Therapy Into Daily School Life

    Bonding between animals and humans has been noted for a long time. Stories abound in literature of the ways that people and their pets have fostered and created valuable relationships. More recently, research has shown a strong impact from the pet relationship in health-related settings. Positive ch

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  6. The Continuum of Rehabilitation for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an impact to the head results in disruption of brain functioning. While post-TBI physical impairments can hinder functional independence, the behavioral, cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, and pe

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  7. This Exit, No Return

    Advocacy begins with an assumption that if a number of community members are suffering, then there must be something wrong, not with the individual members, but with the community as a whole; therefore, the community must be changed to help alleviate that suffering (Kahn 1997, 109). Advocacy creates

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  8. Parenting Adolescents with Autism

    Adolescents on the autism spectrum have unique challenges that are often hard for their parents, teachers, and peers to understand. While adolescence is a difficult time for most people, it is especially tough for teens who struggle to understand ever-changing social expectations. We all remember th

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  9. My WebMD: A Teen Copes with Epilepsy

    I had my first real epileptic seizure when I was 5 years old. My mother says my eyes were rolling and I was staring off into the distance. She was terrified. What I had is called a "petit mal" seizure or an "absence" seizure. It’s called that because there’s a lapse in conscious activity for a coupl

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  10. Pesticides and ADHD: Is There a Link?

    Q. I heard that pesticide exposure may cause ADHD. Should I be worried? A. At least one in 10 American kids has attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity, or ADHD. And a recent study published in Pediatrics did find an association between pesticide exposure and ADHD, so there may be a link. Rese

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