Organization supports Down syndrome families

by Rob Novit – Jordan Hall, an enthusiastic 12-year-old, was shooting a basketball time after time, then later singing with a karaoke machine. Sometimes, other kids will tell his younger brother, Ethan, that Jordan acts funny and ask what’s wrong with him. Nothing, Ethan will say: “He’s my brother.” Jordan has Down syndrome, a genetic disorder […]

Natural ADHD treatment options

by Tresha Barrett – Let’s say you’ve set aside a few hours to get some things done — could be to put together a report for work, compose a toast for a friend’s wedding or maybe write an article on ADHD. But as soon as you sit down everything else (except the task at hand) […]

ADHD treatments, Q&A

by Aisha Sultan – Can you share the latest treatment options for children with ADHD? My son has been on Focalin for one year and has completed a social skills and emotional learning counseling. What else can we do to help him? Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann: There are many pharmaceutical treatments for ADHD, and it is […]

Nonprofits can be a valuable resource for kids with disabilities and their families

by Alison Grant – Meghan Drops recalls the swirl of feelings that she experienced the day she walked across the stage at Lakewood High School and collected her diploma. “I was crying, happy crying,” the 26-year-old said last week. “I was so excited to graduate.” Not that reaching goals that other kids have was out […]

Organization tips for families with ADHD


by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. – Almost every symptom of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) plays out in the household, said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and author of the book The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus and Get More Done. Disorganization and distractibility lead to lost papers, unpaid […]

Bakery supports employment program for adults with autism

Autism organization Have Dreams and ILOVESWEETS Bakery have created a recipe for success with a new workplace training program that helps give young adults with autism a pathway to employment. Have Dream’s pilot program — Have Dreams Academy — began this summer in Evanston. The program introduced three young adults to the behind-the-scenes work environment […]

Girl with autism turned away by Santa because of service dog

A Southern California shopping mall has apologized to the family of a young girl with autism after the family said she was turned away from visiting the shopping center’s Santa Claus because the Santa was allegedly afraid of the girl’s service animal. Abcde Santos (pronounced Ab-Suh-Dee), had patiently waited in line to see the Santa […]

Assistive technology can pave the way to college for students with learning disabilities

by Jennifer Kohlhepp – According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, only 10 percent of students with a learning disability are enrolled in a four-year college within two years of leaving high school, compared to 28 percent of the general population. Brian Meersma of Princeton Junction, who although affected by dyslexia, the most common […]

Recognizing autism signs in younger siblings

by Josh Lebowitz – When twins Chris and Alex were just babies, their mom Nina saw the signs. “I just knew something was different about them,” says Nina Sanchez. “Just these repetitive behaviors. Their speech was delayed.” Both boys have autism. When their twin sisters Emma and Tessa came along, Nina was worried the girls […]