Supporting students with OCD

by Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S – Roger’s parents were nervous about the new school year. They remembered how Roger’s OCD had surfaced. His fear of possibly choking on lunch food had kept him away for weeks. This problem subsided, but Roger’s OCD had morphed into contamination fears. His parents were on edge and wanted to […]

Photographer proudly uses children models with disabilities

by Annabel Fenwick Elliott – A photographer and doting mom – frustrated with the lack of children with disabilities represented in the countless back-to-school campaigns currently circulating – has taken matters into her own hands. Kathryn Driscoll, 40, a mother-of-four based in Palos Park, Chicago, whose only daughter Grace, four, has Down syndrome, has produced […]

Small business owners with autism can thrive

by Joyce M. Rosenberg – When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket’s bakery, she told him he’d never do anything more than collect grocery carts. After six years of bagging groceries and pushing carts, Cottle wanted more. He had already learned how to do some baking. Cottle is autistic. […]

Happy to live with our adult son with Down syndrome

by Mardra Sikora - The first thing you should know is this: My son Marcus is an adult with Down syndrome and he lives with us, not because he has to, but because we want to live together. Like millions, actually well over six million, families with adult children who live “at home” in the U.S. today, […]

More information on cognitive losses in mental illness needs to be available

by Susan Inman – Psychotic disorders are frequently accompanied by significant and disabling cognitive losses. These cognitive difficulties can persist even when other symptoms (delusions, hallucinations) are well controlled by anti-psychotic medications. Well-researched cognitive problems include difficulties with short term and working memory, focusing, sequencing (essential for planning), judgment and problem solving. You may not have […]

Some recommended strategies to help kids with ADHD


by Heather Gilmore – The upcoming school year is getting closer and closer. All kids who are headed back to school will have to manage some level of transition. For basically all kids, this requires them to become more focused, more disciplined, and more organized. Kids with ADHD may have an even more difficult time […]

Parents advocate for autistic daughter’s education

by Denise Amos – What is an appropriate education for a 9-year-old girl who is nonverbal because she has severe autism and is so developmentally delayed that she is not potty trained and will eat things that are not food? Asa and Priscilla Maass say their daughter, Abigail, has not had an appropriate education at […]

ADHD treatment combines medication with physical activity

by Julie Landry Laviolette – Exercises like rock climbing, structured play sessions and even clapping along to musical beats are being used to help kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, augmenting medication with these structured sessions. About 11 percent of children have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control […]

Our daughter with Down syndrome enriches our family

by Tom Bachofner – When I heard about the Australian couple who have refused to take one of their surrogate twins, because he has Down Syndrome, my heart broke. Because I have a two-year-old little girl, Rosie, with Down syndrome. And she’s the most wonderful, normal, happy little person you’re ever likely to meet. The […]

A primer on ADHD


by Ela Soroka – In less than a month, kids across the country will be headed back to school. While they’ll all be deep in their studies, some kids seem to have more trouble than others. Dr. Justin Puckett, from Complete Family Medicine, discusss one of the more common problems, ADHD. Question: Could you define ADHD? […]