Autism Spectrum Disorder vs Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder: What are the similarities and treatment strategies?

Mother and father with young boy have a successful meeting with a Therapist

What is this new diagnosis, Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder? In my new book, Managing the 5 Most Challenging Childhood Behavioral Health Conditions of our Day, there is a chapter on autism explaining the nature of this condition and treatment strategies. However, since DSM-V, a new diagnosis has come into play, Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder (SPCD) that is increasingly being used […]

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Is Your Teen Depressed, or Is It The Lock-down, or Both?

Teen boy with depression struggles to focus on homework.

I write about improving self-esteem and academics in my new book, Managing the 5 Most Challenging Childhood Behavioral Health Conditions of Our Day, and clearly we face a particularly difficult situation with our present-day pandemic and school-hybrid/lock-down situation. The impact of lock-down I am seeing more kids and teens struggling with their ‘down’ mood, lack of productivity, declining grades, and […]

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Dyslexia: Six Points to Make a Difference

Young boy struggles with reading at school

I’ve written extensively about how to effectively treat and manage dyslexia in my new book, Managing the 5 Most Challenging Childhood Behavioral Health Conditions of Our Day. For this post, I worked together with Mrs. Cynthia Postell, our wonderful Reading Specialist/Online Tutor at DyslexiaTreaters.com, to develop six important points about this common academic difficulty: 1. Early Diagnosis It’s rare for […]

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Removing Your Child’s Electronics Without a Wrestling Match

Teen with headphones on ignores her mother

What is the usual scenario? You know the drill, you want to remove electronics as a punishment but, when you make the attempt, an emotional reaction ensues and your child or teen refuses to give-up his phone or video-game controller. If you push the matter, you end-up literally in a wrestling match, which you know is inappropriate and ill-advised, so […]

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When Your Teen Resists Online Schooling During Covid

Teen on cell phone in bed

The options from our local school districts It seems that most parents are being provided the option of their child returning part-time in-the-classroom or full-time online. However, it seems that most of the elementary schools are more prone to offer full-time in-the-classroom while most high schools are offering part-time in-the-classroom and part-time online. It appears that a difficulty establishing what […]

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Is ADHD Treatment Effective?

effectiveness of adhd medication

Those statistics… As Mark Twain popularized, “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.” I suppose there is some truth to that saying; statistics can be confounding, confusing, and twisted. However, by the same token, statistics can also add clarity and help to guide our decisions. So, with that in mind, today we’ll focus on a way […]

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Is Autism in Females Different Than Males?

Is autism different in females

Are more boys than girls diagnosed with autism? Yes, about 4x as many males than females are diagnosed on the spectrum. Let’s look at the two primary deficits pertaining to autism We know that children with autism struggle with language and social difficulties. In fact, along with: self-stimulatory behaviors obsessive tendencies and hyper or hypo-sensitivities it is clear that social […]

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