God knows I am thankful

I think I heard "there is nothing to do" and "I'm bored" a thousand times this morning... all before 10 am. And unfortunately when your child has ADHD and dyspraxia there mind can't be still, they get easily frustrated over the little things and then you have meltdowns.We have had about three meltdowns so far this morning and that's when we decided to pack a picnic and head to the park for some much needed sunshine and energy release....more

New test for ADHD uses EEGs

The FDA has approved the use of the NEBA System (named for NEBA Health, which makes the system) for docs to accurately determine if ADHD is the cause of behavior problems.The NEBA System supports, not replaces, traditional diagnosis protocols, like physical exams, behavior quetionnaires and testing, IQ testing and criteria from the DSM-IV-TR.The test is noninvasive and takes 15-20 minutes. It works by calculating the radio of theta and beta waves in the brain. In the past, kids with ADHD have been shown to have higher theta/beta ratios.Here's the story I read:...more

Drugging Einstein

I haven't written in a while but last night I was telling Luke that Albert Einstein was dyslexic and yet he was one of the smartest people known and he came up with brilliant ideas. And then today I ran across this article and it seemed so fitting. So I wanted to share.... it definitely makes you wonder....more

Something about today told me to blog.

I think it's fitting that this is my first BlogHer post. Because today is the first day on a journey down a road that actually has a signpost. ...more
YAY!!!  I'm so glad you found a GOOD one.  Fantastic news :)  (We had awesome doctors in FL, ...more

So My Son Wore Gloves To Eat His Chicken Wings - You Got A Problem With That?

It was hot on Friday. Oh, was it hot. Sweltering, in fact. Muggy and humid and oppressive and Lord-have-mercy hot. My commute home was brutal until the air conditioning in the car was able to overcome the heat of sitting in a parking lot for eight hours in the full sun. It was starting to cloud over as I pulled into the driveway, and a rumble of far-off thunder sounded in the distance.Great. The kids wanted to go see a movie, and I'd probably be driving in a downpour. Just lovely....more

Life After Diagnosis: How Will My Son Fit Into the World?

This time last week, I still felt a little jubilant -- maybe even a bit victorious. My son had just been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. As the psychologist spoke, I saw how all of the behavioral issues we'd faced made sense. It made me feel hopeful: Now that there was a name to all of this, I could do some reading. I could research. I could figure out how best to relate to my son and help him succeed in school, life, and everything. ...more
WandaLeeI've been thinking about how people tend to define things, or want to define things. We ...more

My choice for Optimism while raising my special needs child

 By Lainey MoseleyA family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom & gloom pessimist.Just to see what would happen, on the twins’ birthday their father loaded the pessimist’s room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist’s room he loaded with horse manure....more

My Perspective

Every once in a while, we need a good healthy dose of perspective. I got that today.I've had a rough couple of weeks.  No details, but I've been moping a lot.  A LOT.  There have been tears shed and emotions running high.  I've been feeling pretty bad for myself and about myself....more

Major discovery for basis of Sensory Processing Disorder in children

FACTS:1. Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)  are as common as ADHD.2. SPDs are more prevanlent in children than autism.3. SPD hasn't been recognized as a distinct disease.4. SPDs affect 5-16% of kids.5. Kids with SPD can have hypersensitivity to sound, sight, touch (think fabric or food textures). They can also have poor fine motor skills and be easily distracted....more

Dual Studies Find A Link Between Maternal Antibodies And Autism

A new study out of the University of California, Davis headed by Jody Van De Water has found that 23% of children with autism spectrum disorders have mothers with a certain combination of antibodies in their blood. Mothers who have this combination are 99% more likely to have autistic children than mothers without the combination. ...more