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  • DSM-5 Debut

    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 and omits. See my earlier blog on entitled More Updates on the DSM-5 for a recap of the ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on May 30, 2013
  • SPD Foundation Comments on Adam Lanza’s SPD Diagnosis

    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 on Adam, his apparent diagnosis of SPD and his early years as his family ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on February 28, 2013
  • A Second Opinion

    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 platform of some of the world's leading  scientists, visionaries and educators with the ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on February 22, 2013
  • Top 5 Blog Posts for 2012

    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 study on Speed and Legibility with Pencil Grasp had some surprising ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on December 29, 2012
  • iPad as a Reasonable Accommodation?

     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 her iPad during takeoff.  This was not your typical teen ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on November 19, 2012
  • What Autism Feels Like

    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 our role in the school, clinic or our community to educate teachers, parents and/or other staff ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 7, 2012
  • More Thoughts on ASD

    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 field. This past week I took a quick trip to San Diego to check out the Autism Society of ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on July 29, 2012
  • Avatars: The New Way to Learn Social Skills?

    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 program that allows children to practice social skills in a safe environment through the ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on June 20, 2012
  • Some Very Special Fathers

    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 on Why Dads with Kids with Special Needs Rock! I find these dad quotes refreshing ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on June 14, 2012
  • Oxytocin: The “Just Right” Chemical?

    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 the antidote for our sympathetic nervous system, it can help lower stress and ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on May 31, 2012
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