This is part one of a two-part series on the links between heredity and autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety disorders. Guilt, worry, self-blame. Parents of children diagnosed ...
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Having heart surgery is scary enough. Having a bunch of masked strangers stand over as you prepare to have surgery is even scarier. Although surgeons perform successful heart surgeries all the time, this may be your first time. So, who helps out during the actual procedure may be a mystery to you. Here’s a breakdown [...]
Going to college can be a thrilling experience. Your child may be leaving home for the first time or traveling far away to new friends, new places, new everything. It’s a rush. In the excitement, however, don’t forget about some fundamental things your child needs to handle health-wise—particularly if she has a chronic health condition [...]
You turn on the TV and there’s a slick talk show host promising dramatic weight loss results if you stop eating grapes. You click on a link while surfing the internet, and suddenly a pop-up suggests that you’ll drop those last 10 pounds—if you never eat bananas again. Seemingly healthy fruits have suddenly become the [...]
When your child is hospitalized, your main concern as a parent is making sure she receives whatever treatment is necessary to get her physically healthy again. But hospitalization can disrupt a child’s mental health and development as well. That’s where child life specialists come in. A child life specialist’s job is to support children and [...]
You’ve noticed that your kid is struggling with school. She can’t seem to finish a test on time and gets distracted easily. You think it may have to do with her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and you’re wondering if there is a way to assist her. You reach out to your child’s school, and a [...]