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  1. Expert Q&A: ADHD and Diet

    Parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face lots of challenges trying to help their kids do well in school and control their behavior. Many parents wonder whether sugar, additives, or preservatives might be contributing to their child's condition, or whether food ch

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  2. What It's Like to Have Dementia

    You know how frustrating and heartbreaking dementia symptoms are from the point of view of a caregiver. You know the pain of slowly seeing a loved one slip away. But what is it like for her? What is it like for a person to slowly -- or sometimes quickly -- forget almost everything she ever knew? Dem

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  3. What It's Like to Have Autism

    One of the most difficult aspects of being a caregiver for someone with autism – whether a child or an adult – is the inability to understand what it’s really like for him. Autism is a condition that can be isolating for the person who has it, and autism symptoms are tough to understand from the out

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  4. Actor Gary Cole Spotlights Autism

    When my daughter Mary was diagnosed with autism in 1995,” says actor Gary Cole, “all I had to go on was Rain  Man.” Today, an estimated one in 150 American children under age 8 are diagnosed with autism or related conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome -- all with symptoms such as an inability to re

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  5. Raising a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome: Mary Walsh’s Story

    I began noticing something was different about my son, Matthew, when he was about two years old. He didn’t make good eye contact. Noise bothered him. He had trouble with some of his motor skills, such as using a spoon. He was also having a tough time at day care. He’d cry when I dropped him off. He

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  6. How to Help Your Aging Parents Without Going Broke

    By Kate Ashford From making their daily life easier to affording in-home care, here's the (money) wise guide you need   When Sue Dietz noticed her mother's dementia worsening, she began spending every day at her parents' house near Pittsburgh — making sure her mom was eating properly and taking medi

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  7. Autism in the Classroom

    When your child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), for example Asperger's syndrome, school can be difficult. Autism in the classroom is something that’s hard for teachers, parents, and the child with the ASD to deal with. “My school just doesn’t get it,” one parent who didn’t want to be identifi

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  8. Sharing a Diagnosis: When You and Your Child Have ADHD

    Your son or daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And as you sat there in the office, listening to the doctor tick off the symptoms – the attention problems, the disorganization, the fidgeting – you recognized yourself. Suddenly, you wonder: Could I have

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  9. Adult ADHD Therapy: Finding the Right Therapist

    For adults with ADHD, the standard treatment is medication. But experts say that ADHD therapy -- and other psychosocial treatments -- can play a key role alongside drugs. “I think for many adults with ADHD, therapy is essential,” says David W. Goodman MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Joh

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  10. I'm on a Mission to Get My Son Better — and Help Others

    By Nancy Rones As Ryan faces new and frightening setbacks in his struggle with autism, his parents search for answers and find both purpose and peace in their new life. For the past several months, REDBOOK has followed the Kalkowski family as it grapples with the challenges of battling 3-year-old Ry

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