Is ‘Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)’ a Valid Diagnosis?

An Audiologist tests a child's hearing to determine if they have APD.

What is an auditory processing disorder (APD)? Quite simply, it’s a difficulty with the processing of auditory information. Usually, APD is diagnosed by an audiologist. Some of the specific signs Here are some of the specific symptoms of APD: Is APD valid? There is considerable controversy in this respect. Some say yes, it is valid, while others say it’s not.  […]

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Do Children Really Have ‘Learning Styles’ and What’s The Best Way to Teach?

Children in a science class learning in different ways.

What is learning style theory? We’re all familiar with the theory that children have their own learning styles, whether visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. So, one child may learn better by ‘seeing’ the material, another by hearing the information, and another through movement. Is the theory accurate or valid? Well, yes and no. It’s clear that children have learning preferences. Some […]

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Treatment Options for Adult with Autism

Two people hug at an Autism group therapy session.

Children, teens, and young adults with Autism are eligible for in-home or in-school services through IBHS (formerly known as BHRS or wraparound services). We offer this service through our Community Psychiatric Center’s (CPC) offices; however, these services end at 21 years of age. So, what are the options thereafter? In that respect, in this post I’ll describe four primary options […]

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Let’s Talk About “IBHS”

Father and son discuss IBHS with his son's therapist.

What is this “IBHS” everyone is talking about? Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) is a transition from Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS), or “wraparound” services. IBHS officially began January 17, 2021. How is it different from BHRS? From a parent’s perspective, there is not much difference from BHRS. You’ll have essentially the same staff but with different titles. For example, […]

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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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ADHD: What’s Executive Functioning Got To Do With It?

ADHD and Excecutive Functioning

The Importance of the Executive Functions ADHD is described as a disorder of the prefrontal lobe of our cerebral cortex, which is the area of the brain that controls higher-order thinking. This ‘higher-order thinking’ is also known as a set of executive functions that help us to more effectively get through our day. The specific executive functions include: Impulse control, […]

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Is There a “Cure” for Dyslexia?

Written by Dr. John Carosso So, is there a “cure”? There is not a “cure” for dyslexia. However, to better-understand the answer to this question, it’s best to review the nature of dyslexia and its underpinnings. In that respect, dyslexia is a neurological disorder in the sense that at least three particular areas of the brain, in charge of recognizing […]

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