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Autism Spectrum Disorders

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a range of complex neurodevelopmental disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autistic Disorder is the most severe form of ASD,

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Helping the Shy Child

Shyness is a common but little understood emotion. Everyone has felt uneasy or self-conscious in new social situations. However, at times shyness may interfere with optimal social development and restrict children’s learning. What Is Shyness? The basic feeling of shyness

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Coping with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is physically and psychologically stressful and its constant discomfort can lead to anger and frustration with yourself and your loved ones. By definition, chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than six months and affects how a person

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Bullying: Information for Parents

One can no longer read or watch the news without hearing about cases in which children have harmed themselves or others as a result of being bullied. Maybe as a child you were bullied, were a bully, or have your

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Understanding Depression

Throughout the course of our lives, we all experience periods of stress, unhappiness, sadness, or grief. Often, when we suffer a personal tragedy (e.g., death of a loved one) or difficulty such as divorce or loss of a job, we may feel

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The Stress Of Being A Caretaker

Having a loved one that is dealing with an illness or disease is a hard pill to swallow.  From the moment of diagnosis, your life is changed.  The stresses and worries that plague a person with one of these conditions

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Does My Child Need An IEP?

Is your child struggling to learn in school? If so, you will want to take action immediately. The sooner you get your child the services they need, the more likely they are to succeed. Many parents fear the stigma attached to a

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Smart Parenting and Video Games

If you don’t play games yourself, it can be intimidating to have a child who is into video games. For example, you don’t understand the hardware or the controller looks complicated. At the same time, isn’t it a little drastic

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Divorce: What To Tell Your Children

Children often fear that they will lose one of their parents in a divorce or that their parents will abandon them and they will have to fend for themselves. Therefore, both parents need to convey in your words and actions

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What Is A Panic Attack?

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that develops for no apparent reason and that triggers severe physical reactions. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you’re losing control, having a

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