How to help your child with sensory overload

What is sensory overload? Sensory overload is when you’re experiencing too much input from your five senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing). This can also be described as being highly sensitive or hyper-sensitive to the environment. Your brain has a difficult time processing the amount of information it is receiving. Anyone can experience sensory overload, but it is most common …

How to help your child communicate

Communication is necessary in order to understand and interact with the world around us. It includes all the ways we comprehend and connect with others. Our ability to communicate is a reliable predictor of our quality of life. We begin communicating even before we are born and continue to develop skills throughout the rest of our lives. Childhood development is …

What is a cognitive assessment and what does it measure?

Cognitive assessments are standardized tests used to evaluate a variety of cognitive processes such as language, problem-solving, and reasoning. These assessments help clinicians understand a child’s developmental level. They are typically adjusted for age to include developmentally-appropriate activities. These tests are an important component of diagnostic evaluations because they can help determine whether a child is facing difficulties because of …

Diagnostic Evaluations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

         During the COVID-19 pandemic, as a society, we have had to significantly adjust our everyday lives in order to keep ourselves, those close to us, and others from contracting or spreading the virus. As a parent, it is important for you to be able to get your child the best treatment he or she needs. In order to start …

Behavior Assessment System for Children – Third Edition (BASC-3)

What is the Behavior Assessment System for Children – Third Edition (BASC-3)? The Behavior Assessment System for Children – Third Edition (BASC-3) is used to understand the behaviors and emotions of children and adolescents aged 2-21. This assessment can be used to identify problem behaviors and to help develop individualized behavioral plans. The assessment has several scales to gather information …

Autism Spectrum Rating Scale (ASRS)

What is the Autism Spectrum Rating Scale (ASRS)? The Autism Spectrum Rating Scale (ASRS) is used to help identify symptoms, behaviors, and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and adolescents aged 2-18. It is an important part of the diagnosis process because it provides a valid, reliable, and carefully crafted tool for assessment to help prevent over and …

Autism and Sleeping Habits

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 …

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder characterized by extreme limitation of food consumed resulting in malnutrition and extreme weight loss.  Although similar to anorexia in terms of physical effects, that’s where the similarities end. The motivation involved in ARFID is maintained by negative thoughts involving the direct action of food consumption. Unlike anorexia, there is no …

Elopement

Elopement can be defined as a dependent person leaving a supervised, safe space or the caregiver without notification, resulting in exposure to potential danger. It is also known as wandering or running. It can happen at any time, anywhere, no matter who may be watching. This can include leaving school without permission or sneaking out of home in the middle …

Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is also known as developmental coordination disorder. Dyspraxia is a neurological disorder. The symptoms of this disorder include clumsiness, trouble remembering, judgement, processing, and other cognitive abilities. Diagnosis usually occurs in childhood, but continues well into adulthood. There is currently no cure, but the sooner an individual is diagnosed, the more promising therapy and other treatments are with improving …