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What are Autism Spectrum Disorder Specifiers?

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

In May 2013 the American Psychiatric Association published its most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). The DSM is used by clinicians and psychiatrists to diagnose mental health disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.  With the release of this latest edition (DSM-V), the previously three separate categories of Autistic Disorder, PDDNOS and Asperger's Syndrome were eliminated and combined under the one term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 


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Social Communication Disorder

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In May 2013 the American Psychiatric Association published its most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).  The DSM is used by clinicians and psychiatrists to diagnose mental health disorders.  Included in this latest edition (DSM-V) is the new diagnostic category of Social Communication Disorder (SCD)...

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Therapeutic Listening

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (2)



Listening and hearing are not one in the same. When we listen, we are using our entire body, not just our auditory system. According to Porges (1997), sound stimulation alone facilitates the process of listening and social engagement. 


The Listening Program® is a music listening therapy that provides engaging brain stimulation to impr...

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Can Sensory Processing Disorder Be Seen On A Brain Imaging Scan?

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (11)

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Can Sensory Processing Disorder be seen on a brain imaging scan?  Scientists from the University of California in San Fransisco believe it is possible and have the evidence to support their theory.  "Until now, SPD hasn't had a known biological underpinning," said senior author Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD, a professo...

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Early Intervention: How Much is Enough?

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)




There is an ongoing debate in the field of Early Intervention as to whether one hour a week of direct service is enough for children with or at risk for developmental delays. Although many factors must be considered when determining the frequency of services for a child, the single most i...

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Social Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Social emotional development simply refers to a child's capacity to experience emotions and respond appropriately. By learning proper responses to emotional matters, children are more likely to lead healthy, more productive lives as adults. Some aspects of social emotional development include:


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Language Acquisition in Babies

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Research by Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington, emphasizes that the most productive period for language acquisition ends around age seven, after which ease of learning sharply declines. Kuhl’s research has played a key role in demonstrating the importance of early exposure to language. Implications of her work are especially meaningful for children with developmental delays and ...

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Top 20 Signs to Teach a Special Needs Toddler

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

As an Early Intervention Special Educator, I use simple signs to help children communicate on a regular basis. Although some parents express concern that the use of sign language may discourage their child from talking, research has shown that this is not the case. In fact, the opposite is true. Sign language helps to alleviate frustration and gives a child who is not yet able to verbalize a way to...

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4 Ingredients Gluten-Free

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)


I recently attended a presentation by Australian author Kim McCosker on her new book, "4 Ingredients Gluten-Free" (co-authored by Rachel Bermingham). The delightful presentation was held in New Jersey’s Barnegat Public Library where the attendees were not only treated to Kim’s entertaining stories, but also tasty samplings of food made from the recipes in her book.


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