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Understanding the Gellar Autism Bill


By Hyndi Khomutetsky, MS BCBA
Co-founder & Director, Applied Behavior Center A total of 35 states and the District of Columbia have laws related to autism and insurance coverage. At least 23 states—Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, [...]

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Are You Ready for Your Special Needs Child’s Eighteenth Birthday?

By Peggy R. Hoyt, J.D., M.B.A. As a parent, you provide and care for your child from the moment of his or her birth. You know your child’s likes, dislikes, learning ability and medical history. However, the day your child turns eighteen, you, as the parent, do not retain the same legal authority to make [...]

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What is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

By M. Sandra Cely, M.D., Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician What is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician? If your child has a developmental, learning, or behavioral problem, a developmental behavioral pediatrician has the training and expertise to evaluate and care for your child. Developmental-behavioral pediatricians possess training and experience to consider, in their assessments and treatments, the medical and psychosocial [...]

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Never Underestimate the Power of Sensory Based Therapy


By Wendy Cox Blair, MS, Director Never underestimate the power of sensory based therapy. That phrase is the ever present theme and mission at LifeSkills Academy. At LifeSkills Academy our students are immersed in a sensory based program that supports and challenges them while their sensory needs are being met and developed. Students who may [...]

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Bridging The Gaps In Child Development

By Megan Lewellen, SLP "Is my child developing normally?" Parents often have concerns about their children's development, especially when they see other children of the same age who have already reached a milestone that their child still hasn't met. This causes them to think that their child is 'slow' or 'seems behind.' It is important [...]

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Bright Starts Lead to Happy Endings

by Linda Brown OTR, MBA “How am I ever going to manage this?” That is the question most parents have on their mind when I meet them for the first time. We may meet in the NICU before their baby has been home, on the pediatric floor of one of the local hospitals (which has [...]

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Executive Functions: What Are They And Why Are They Important?

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S. L. Crum, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. One of the most important and difficult set of functions to assess through neuropsychological evaluation are executive functions. By executive functions, I refer to a set of mental processes that enable us to connect past experiences with present circumstances so we executive and monitor our actions in such [...]

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Parent Developed Student Portfolios

by Marilee Emerson, M.Ed., BCBA, UCF CARD Do you ever wish that teachers, in-laws and community members knew your child as well as you? That they really understood who your child is, not just their disability label? An opportunity exists to share meaningful information with people in your child’s life who want to help, but [...]

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Activities at Home to Encourage Beginning Reading Skills

By Milaura Spelman, MS, CCC-SLP Many parents find it difficult when reading with their child to encourage appropriate reading skills. Some children do not enjoy reading books while others dive right in. Creative, fun activities can help children to enjoy the act of reading and create lifelong learners. The activities described below will guide you [...]

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Sensational Classrooms

A Program Overview for Schools Educating Children with Sensory Delays by Carmen McGuinness The National Institutes of Health describe sensory integration as “the involuntary process by which the brain assembles a picture of our environment at each moment in time using information from all of our senses.” Jean Ayres, and others who have continued her [...]

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