What about a Disney princess with Down syndrome?

Disney princesses come from different races, even different species, if you count mermaids. But one California couple believes that heroes or heroines with special needs are underrepresented, and so they’re petitioning Walt Disney Studios to create a Disney princess with Down Syndrome. Keston Ott-Dahl and her wife Andrea are mothers to 15-month old Delaney. The […]

Teenager with dyslexia joins efforts to pass legislation for screenings

by Amanda Brandeis – A local teenager wants more support for students with learning disabilities, specifically those struggling with dyslexia. In kindergarten, Ben Cooper was struggling with reading. His mother Robbi, the school wanted to hold him back for a year, saying he just needed more time. She decided to have him privately tested, and […]

Public schools may not be able to help your child with dyslexia

by Matthew Bowler – Dyslexia was identified as a disorder in 1881 by Oswald Berkhan. Yet San Diego County parents are still fighting with school districts over how to help students with the world’s most common learning disability. Here’s how the challenge played out for one San Diego mother and her son. Ten year-old Zachary […]

Exploring our culture’s options to manage ADHD

Exercise and counseling are two effective treatments.

by Dr. Gregory Ramey – Controversy regarding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder began with the first scientific description of this condition in 1902 by Sir George Still. He described the problem as a behavior “which cannot be accounted for by any fault of environment.” The view that ADHD is caused more by biology than environment has […]

Is it ADHD or lack of sleep?

by Aerial Liese – Children in the United States are more sleep deprived than anywhere else in the world, with 70 to 80 percent of school-aged children falling short of experts’ recommendations, according to researchers at Boston College. What are experts’ recommendations? Guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation recommend the following: 2 to 3 year […]

Leading an independent life with Down syndrome

by Dan.D’Addona – It happened months ago, but there is still a sparkle in his eye when he talks about it. Zach Aalderink is still excited about shooting a hole-in-one on the golf course. “I started looking for my ball and it was in the hole,” Aalderink said as he raised his arms just like […]

Starting college with ADHD

by Grace Friedman – I was so nervous, my heart could have very well popped out of my chest. It was my first day of freshman orientation at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington. As I walked into the beautiful, huge brown brick building on campus for a seminar held by the University’s Office […]

Seeking alternatives to drug treatment for kids with ADHD

by Judy Harvey – Many parents of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder look for alternatives to medications for improving their child’s focus and retention. The LearningRx Chicago-Naperville says it aims to give parents and kids a real choice in addressing ADHD challenges. “There is a growing field of cognitive researchers investigating alternatives to […]

Greeting card business is path to independence for young woman with Down Syndrome

by Jonathan Choe – A local entrepreneur is showcasing her craft online and donating a portion of the proceeds to a great cause that is closed to her heart as part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Anna Rudick doesn’t have a college degree. She can’t read, and her resume is pretty bare — but some […]

The top 4 tips for parenting an introverted child


by Miley Adalson – Are you concerned because your child is not outgoing and doesn’t have many friends? Do you want your child to make friends and hang out with them instead of sitting along in the room? Parents consider this behavior to be abnormal or simply wrong. They don’t want their children to be shy […]