Should you have a special needs trust for your child?

Should you have a special needs trust for your child?

Our job as parents is to prepare our children for the future and to teach them to be able to stand on their own. But what if you have a special needs child who will never be independent? How do you ensure that a child’s needs will be met once the parents are no longer around? Children and adults with significant disabilities, either physical or mental, are eligible for essential long-term care under Medicaid, along with cash assistance under Supplemental…

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AQUATIC THERAPY AND AUTISM

AQUATIC THERAPY AND AUTISM

Water has many healing qualities but have you considered aquatic therapy for your autistic child? Clinicians who have studied aquatic therapy reported a substantial increase in swim skills, attention, muscle strength, balance, tolerating touch, initiating/maintaining eye contact and water safety. Studies have also shown that children who exercise at least 20 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week, saw a reduction in hyperactivity, self-harm and injury, aggression, and destructiveness, and repeated self-stimulatory behaviors that are often associated with children on…

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GIRLS AND AUTISM

GIRLS AND AUTISM

  We do know that there are four times as many boys with autism than girls, but is that increased number due to boys being more predisposed to having autism or girls being under-diagnosed? Current theories lean to girls wanting to be more social and will try to be part of a group even if it is awkward.   Boys on the other hand tend to be more isolative.  These natural tendencies make it more likely that a boy with autism…

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Is the struggle making you Stronger?

Is the struggle making you Stronger?

  We all have big dreams for our children.  When they are first born there are limitless opportunities before them; and then you get the diagnosis.  Although now you have answers to some of your questions regarding your child there are more questions looming as to their future. Struggling with the diagnosis and what the future may or may not hold often times brings families closer together but more frequently it tears families apart.  A study by Wymbs and Pelham…

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Give Thanks

Give Thanks

As we gather today with friends and family we expect this to be a joyous day, but for many families coming together means dealing with difficult relationships, uncovering hurts that have not healed and loved ones that are missing from the table. These gatherings can also be especially difficult if you have a child with special needs. Here are some tips to help you through the season with a thankful heart. 1. Food – Many children with special needs have…

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Halloween and Autism

Halloween and Autism

With all the spooky costumes, scary decorations, eerie noises, and an explosion of sugar, Halloween can be overwhelming for any child and particularly for children with special needs. Here are some tips for a safe and enjoyable Halloween for your child: 1. Select a costume that combines comfort and fun – Let your child practice wearing their costume at home. This gives you time to make any last minute modifications and time for your child to get used to the…

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Autism in the Workplace

Autism in the Workplace

There’s a new frontier in diversity programs focused not on race or gender but on cognitive ability. An increasing number of companies are launching initiatives to find job candidates with autism. Unfortunately, People with disabilities are twice as likely to be unemployed as people without disabilities and in the case of neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism, the number may be far higher. Employers are now taking a second look at people with autism and seeing not deficits, but a pool…

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Medical Marijuana and Autism

Medical Marijuana and Autism

Medical marijuana has been touted to cure everything from pain to cancer, but how about as an autism treatment? There is anecdotal evidence that marijuana’s main non-psychoactive compound — cannabidiol or CBD — helps children in ways no other medication has. Now a first-of-its-kind scientific study is trying to determine if the link is real. A clinical trial is underway in Israel to test the benefits of medicinal marijuana for young people with autism. The study began in January at…

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Sensory Processing Disorder and Temperature

Sensory Processing Disorder and Temperature

Will your child only wear shorts, no matter what the temperature is outside? Or only eat foods that are at certain temperatures? This may be a sign of Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD (formerly known as sensory integration dysfunction). Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition where sensory signals don’t get organized into the appropriate response. Children and adults with autism frequently suffer from sensory processing whether it is lights, sounds or tastes; temperature regulation may also be an aspect. The…

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Does Geography Influence the Rate of Autism?

Does Geography Influence the Rate of Autism?

Researchers have known that there is a strong genetic component to autism but autism is also found in clusters around the country. Certain communities and states have a much higher rate than the rest of the country http://graphics.latimes.com/usmap-autism-rates-state/. Autism rates are highest in the Northeast and on the West Coast and lowest among the Southern and Plains states. For example, a child born in California is several times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than a child in Alabama,…

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