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Autism and ADHD: Do You Know How to Help with Co-Occurring Conditions?

Autism and ADHD: Do You Know How to Help with Co-Occurring Conditions?

Among school-age children, an estimated 11 percent are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  What most parents, teachers, and school counselors may not realize is that children with ADHD may also manifest symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Having two or more co-occurring diseases or disorders is defined as being comorbid or having comorbidities.… Continue Reading

Family Emergency Preparedness with Special Needs

Family Emergency Preparedness with Special Needs

All parents are natural planners. As the parent of a child with a disability and a professional who assists communities and emergency planners with inclusive emergency plans, I know how much more critical emergency planning is for individuals with disabilities.   My daughter has the Angelman syndrome, a rare condition that limits her independence. I’m… Continue Reading

Sensory Weighted Blanket and Miracle Cape Created with Love

Sensory Weighted Blanket and Miracle Cape Created with Love

Sit down for a cup of coffee with Marna Pacheco, and she’ll tell you that grocery shopping can be tough. But it’s not the weekly scavenger hunt for this obscure ingredient or that hard-to-find brand that makes food-finding missions tough. It’s a combination of things, in fact. For starters, Pacheco’s 11-year-old daughter, Millie, often acts… Continue Reading

Simple Ways to Use ABA Intervention in Family Routines

Simple Ways to Use ABA Intervention in Family Routines

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) interventions have been proven to be extremely effective for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), increasing their skills and reducing problem behavior (National Autism Center, 2015). There are a variety of ways ABA can be provided, but the way it is often delivered, through intensive 1:1 therapy, has come to be… Continue Reading

Special Needs Kids Won’t Miss Out with the National Inclusion Project

Special Needs Kids Won’t Miss Out with the National Inclusion Project

The National Inclusion Project has created a model that builds inclusive friendships for all children, called the Science of Friendship Method.  The Science of Friendship Method is a step-by-step guide, which helps adults help children of all abilities make connections and build friendships. The desire to connect with others is a basic human one, but… Continue Reading