Category: Developmental Differences
As the doctor held up our firstborn, the feeling of joy and overwhelming love was quickly followed by a heavy pit in our stomachs. My husband and I looked at each other and without words, we both had the same feelings and thoughts: While we were so happy, we also knew that raising a Black boy in America is a daunting task. Fast-forward two years and the words, “We recommend your child receive the diagnosis of Autism,” shattered our world. All of a sudden, we now had to raise a Black autis...Posted on January 04, 2021 at 12:46 PM
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Northwestern researchers are working to develop easy and accurate ways for parents and pediatricians to know when toddlers who are slower to learn language could benefit from an extra boost.
Every child is different, but that doesn’t stop parents from comparing the kids at the weekly playgroup or on the playground. Some 2-year-olds are talking in full sentences, some are just using a few words and others aren’t saying anything at all.
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Based on the name alone, undergoing a neuropsychological evaluation sounds like an intimidating process. In reality, it’s a comprehensive look at your child’s day-to-day functioning at home, at school and in the community. Whether your child has been referred for a neuropsych eval, or you’re just curious about what it entails, read on.
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
According to Dr. Lori Tall, founder and ...
As a parent, you want to ensure that your child receives every opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. Preschool can play a significant role in achieving these goals. For children who may not fit into a standard preschool setting because of a disorder, diagnosis, or disability, a therapeutic preschool program can be life-changing.
If your child would benefit from a therapeutic preschool, it is critical that you do your research. In my own experience, I found the following...Posted on January 09, 2019 at 11:33 AM
As special education attorneys, we frequently receive calls from parents who want to know whether their children with special needs are entitled to any services or accommodations at private schools. Unlike students in public schools, students with disabilities in private schools are generally not entitled to an IEP under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), however, there are a few options available that parents may want to explore.
Individual Service Plans: The ID...Posted on May 01, 2018 at 10:52 AM
On Sunday, March 11, Developmental Differences Resource Fair brings together service providers, school options and other resources in one place that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences (developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, autism, ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down syndrome and physical disabilities). Register now to reserve your spot for this free fair!
Here are our top 5 tips to be prepared for the fair:
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Is your whole family about to lose their minds to cabin fever? Don’t let it get you down! There is so much free or cheap indoor and outdoor fun to be had. Here are some activities you and your special-needs kiddo can enjoy.
Around town activities
Free museum days Adler Planetarium, Chicago Children’s Museum, dancing with the kiddos at the Chicago Cultural Center, sensory Saturday at the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium and the Chicago History Museum.
After working as a special education teacher for a few years, I attended law school with the sole intention of becoming a special education attorney who represented parents of children with special needs. In 1998—right out of law school—I was lucky enough to get a job doing just that.
For years, I attended hundreds of IEP meetings involving all types of special education issues. However, about five years ago, my perspective and practice were forever impacted when my own child was diagn...Posted on February 05, 2018 at 12:49 PM
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, our special kiddos can get lost in the "sensory-overload shuffle" and may not feel very festive. Here are a couple of suggestions to keep parents and kids full of the holiday spirit.
A sensory-friendly version of A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre offers lower sound levels, the house lights left on and the opportunity for kids to walk around as much as they please. The theatre is also providing a designated area to retreat for those...Posted on December 11, 2017 at 10:50 AM
Now that it's fall, the days are getting shorter and the honeymoon period for your child’s return to school has ended. Maybe you've begun to receive calls and e-mails from teachers and school administrators that your child is not following directions, is being disruptive in class, or is struggling generally. The school district may also be mentioning possible disciplinary action toward your child. You know that your child needs help, but what can you ask for and what are your child’s righ...Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:14 PM