What is a standard intake?

During a diagnostic evaluation, a standard intake is meant to collect and organize information about a client prior to treatment. It is used as a platform for the clinician and client to clearly communicate their concerns. The information gathered during the intake is used to help formulate diagnoses and create individualized treatment plans. In the field of pediatrics, parents and …

What are the early signs of autism?

The signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) vary greatly among individuals of all ages. Some children show signs as early as a few months old while others do not show any obvious signs until age two or three. It is important to remember that every child is unique in their growth and development. Even children who do not have autism …

Diagnostic Evaluation: Learning Disability

It is important to remember children with learning disabilities can have normal or above average IQ tests but do not fully demonstrate that potential on achievement tests. A discrepancy between test scores and IQ scores shows the presence of a learning disability. Why are children referred for a learning disability evaluation? Children who have challenges with learning but do not …

Different Severities of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting different areas of skills needed for a variety of functions. This results in social difficulties and the presence of restricted and/or repetitive behaviors. ASD has replaced what used to be four separate disorders, with the only difference between them being severity. Instead, the use of the word spectrum acknowledges that this …

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

What is Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in children? Major depressive disorder is a form of depression characterized by chronic feelings of sadness or loss of interest and pleasure in activities that were previously enjoyable. Signs of Major Depressive Disorder A key sign of major depressive disorder is change in mood. Change in mood is a normal part of a child’s …

Diagnostic Evaluation: Mood Disorders

What is a Mood Disorder? A mood disorder is characterized by emotional disturbances that consist of overly intense and persistent periods of sadness, elation, or both. These periods of intense mood significantly impair a child’s ability to function in everyday life and cause disruption.  Mood vs Emotion The difference between mood and emotion is outward expression. A child’s mood is …

Promoting sleep in children with ASD

Maintaining optimal sleep is vital for all, but most importantly for children across the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In typical development, sleep is important in impacting children’s growth associated with both emotional and behavioral growth. Therefore, sleep disturbances may severely impact ASD symptoms. Fewer hours of sleep has been shown to correlate with social skill deficit, communication impairments and stricter …

Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL)

What is the Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL)? The Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL) is used to measure gross motor, visual reception, fine motor, expressive language, and receptive language skills in children from birth to 5 years old.  What is the Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL) Used For? The Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL) is an …

How to help your picky eater

Picky eating is common among kids and can be difficult for parents to manage, on top of everything else. Here are some strategies you can use to get your child to eat and explore a wider variety of foods.  Don’t force kids to eat. Although we want our kids to eat a well-balanced meal and get all of the nutrients …

How to help your hyperactive child

It can be overwhelming and chaotic when your child has more energy than you, especially when they do not have a productive, safe outlet for all of their energy. This is even more common in children with ADHD, ADD, and other developmental disorders. Learning to how to care for a hyperactive child is important for  both you and your child’s …