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A Pediatric Perspective

Canary Kids
June 29, 2013 12:20 PM by Cecilia Cruse
It seems the team at DDR ( Developmental Delay Resources ) has partnered with the founders of Epidemic Answers a non -profit with a common mission to help find the causes and cures for several escalating childhood health issues. Here are some sobering Read More...
DSM-5 Debut
May 30, 2013 3:37 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Well, it’s like it or not it’s official. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual ( DSM-5 ) was released earlier this month. This edition has been controversial because of the changes made in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and what it includes Read More...
SPD Foundation Comments on Adam Lanza’s SPD Diagnosis
February 28, 2013 2:56 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I just received this update from the SPD Foundation regarding the Newtown, CT murders and the young man identified as the shooter Adam Lanza. (See my December blog: Autism Speaks Out About Newtown Tragedy ). PBS's Frontline has released a riveting documentary Read More...
A Second Opinion
February 22, 2013 11:58 AM by Cecilia Cruse
I recently came across this lecture on the TED Talks series. If you are not familiar, TED (Technology Entertainment, Design) is a non- profit organization designed to foster the spread of great ideas. Since its inception in the 1980's it has hosted a Read More...
Top 5 Blog Posts for 2012
December 29, 2012 11:08 AM by Cecilia Cruse
As my year as your peds blogger comes to a close, I thought I would give you a rundown of the top 5 most popular posts. 5. Weighing in at the fifth spot was the final update on the DSM-5 due out next May: SPD Excluded from DSM-5 . 4. The AJOT published Read More...
iPad as a Reasonable Accommodation?
November 19, 2012 5:08 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As many of us head out this week on travels for the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought you might find this story from a few months ago food for thought on your journey. Seems there was an incident aboard an airline flight where a teen was asked to turn off Read More...
What Autism Feels Like
October 7, 2012 4:21 PM by Cecilia Cruse
A colleague recently sent this YouTube link and I felt compelled to share it. Although titled What Autism Feels Like , it is actually a brief clip on what a day probably sounds like in the life of a child with ASD. As peds therapists, it often becomes Read More...
Holistic Concepts: Treating the Whole Child
September 22, 2012 10:16 AM by Cecilia Cruse
Lately there seems to be a more targeted focus on holistic approaches to treatment. From articles to online therapy groups seems this is a relevant topic of discussion. Advance magazine for example has a current article entitled Holistic Occupational Read More...
More Thoughts on ASD
July 29, 2012 5:26 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I know I have been blogging frequently on the topic of autism, but given the media attention it seems to be getting these days, along with the proposed definition changes in the upcoming DSM-5, it just seems fitting to keep current in this ever expanding Read More...
Avatars: The New Way to Learn Social Skills?
June 20, 2012 4:39 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I recently came across this Research Study ongoing here in Orlando at the University of Central Florida. UCF's Anxiety Disorders Clinic has teamed up with Virtually Better, an Atlanta based interactive technology company to develop a computer simulation Read More...
Some Very Special Fathers
June 14, 2012 6:01 PM by Cecilia Cruse
In my years as a clinic and school therapist, I have had the delightful privilege of meeting some amazing fathers of children with special needs. So, in honor and tribute for this Sunday's Father's Day here is a blog from Ellen Seidman at Love That Max Read More...
Oxytocin: The “Just Right” Chemical?
May 31, 2012 2:05 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Lately I keep finding articles in the news about the importance of oxytocin. Our bodies release this neurotransmitter naturally from the hypothalamus through touch, warmth and/or close proximity to someone with whom we feel a deep connection. Often considered Read More...
Sensory Processing Disorder Update: A Must Read!
May 11, 2012 10:40 AM by Cecilia Cruse
I received an update last evening from the desk of Lucy Jane Miller. Seems the APA (American Psychiatric Association) has announced the third and final opportunity for public feedback on the upcoming DSM- 5 to be published in 2013. In the newsletter, Read More...
Tuesday Tidbit – Special Toys for Special Kids
December 7, 2010 11:23 PM by Wendy Hof
" Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping. " ~Bo Derek It's that time of year again. Time to find that "perfect" gift for the ones we love. When it comes to the children we love who have special needs this can be Read More...
New Diagnostic Test for Autism Spectrum Disorder
March 29, 2010 12:08 AM by Wendy Hof
The Boston Children's hospital has just released information on a study they have completed with the Boston based Autism Consortium showing that a new test for children exhibiting Autism Spectrum Disorder symptoms has approximately 3x's the detection Read More...


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