First Signs First Signs, Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating parents and physicians about the early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders. Our mission is to ensure the best developmental outcome for every child by promoting awareness regarding the most important and often overlooked aspects of development: social/emotional, communication, and behavior.
Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) Internet Scoring Program Although the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of various treatments for autistic individuals, it may also prove useful for other purposes. One such possible purpose is diagnosis. Since the ATEC is a simple one-page form that can be copied freely (it is not copyrighted) and can be scored immediately at no cost at our web site, it might be very useful as a diagnostic tool--IF it turns out that ATEC scores differentiate autistic children from their normal, non-autistic siblings; other normal, non-autistic children; and non-autistic children diagnosed with AD/HD, dyslexia, ADD, mental retardation, etc, From Autism.com
Developmental Delay Issues Many developmental delays are triggered by auto-immune or allergic reactions to certain foods or medications. When proteins are digested, they are broken down to amino acids, which cells use to build new proteins for the body. When proteins are not completely broken down, the resultant strings of amino acids can produce unexpected, opiate-like effects. When drugs do not break down as expected in the body, similarly unexpected reactions are triggered. dietary/therapeutic alternatives.
Dysgraphia-What it is and what it isn't The word "dysgraphia" simply means difficulty expressing thoughts in writing. In other words, it just means "writing difficulty". And generally it is used to refer to extremely poor handwriting. As with dyslexia, confusion often arises when we start dealing with the term "dysgraphia" as it relates to "special education services".
Early Identification of Speech-Language Delays and Disorders Usually, there is concern about a child's speech and language skills if there is no speech by the age of 1 year, if speech is not clear, or if speech or language is different from that of other children of the same age. (special needs child)
EPA - Developmental & Neurological Problems Neurotoxics that may have only a temporary ill effect on an adult brain can cause enduring damage to a child's developing brain.7,8 The immaturity of children's internal systems especially in the first few months of life, affects their ability to neutralize and rid their bodies of certain toxics.
Evaluating and Treating Attention Disorders Attention problems occur when one of the mechanisms of involuntary attention are disrupted. When the brain determines that something is not new, not interesting, not potentially beneficial, and not dangerous, it does not create an attention response. When this happens, boredom appears and voluntary attention must be focused through effort. Depending on the degree of disruption in the mechanisms that govern involuntary attention, this effort may be more than the individual is able or willing to provide.
New Theories Help Explain Mysteries of Autism" A recent article in the Science Times section of The New York Times (December 28, 1999, p D1 and D4) by Sandra Blakeslee ("New Theories Help Explain Mysteries of Autism") is a survey of current thinking about a number of important questions regarding autism.
OCD In Children What Is Life Like For Children Who Have OCD? From the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation.
Parental Development Questionnaire This questionnaire is intended to help parents, guardians and physicians record observations about a child's behavior. The results of this questionnaire cannot be considered a diagnosis, but may indicate the need for referral, further testing and intervention.
Pediatric Psychiatry Pamphlets These pamphlets describe the diagnosis and treatment of common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders including ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Conduct disorder, Oppositional Defiant disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette's and Tic Disorders and Learning Disabilities. They are aimed at caregivers/parents in Western Nova Scotia, Canada. They are written by a pediatric psychiatrist, Dr. Jim Chandler.
Sensory Integrative Dysfunction in Young Children It is important to identify and address sensory integrative dysfunction to enable the child to function at his or her optimum level and to minimize disruption in family life. This article will explain ways of addressing sensory
The Greenspan Functional Developmental Scale MOTOR SENSORY COGNITIVE LANGUAGE-(Material for this scale came from Chapter 9, pp 381-430 of Infancy and Early Childhood, by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., International Universities Press, Madison, WI, 1997 - the special needs child.
Types of Learning Disabilities There are several types of learning disabilities. Those listed make up the majority of problems that people with LD face.
What are Developmental Disorders? These disorders are any neurologically, emotionally, or physically based behavioral issues, which keep a child from interacting normally with his or her peers and/or keep a child from learning skills or knowledge that his or her peers are learning. They often involve what is outlined here.
What is a Learning disability? Definition: A "learning disability" is a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding and using language spoken or written which may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, spell, or do mathematical calculations.
What is Hyperlexia? Extensive site on the explanation of this disorder."A precocious ability to read words, far above what would be expected at their chronological age or an intense fascination with letters or numbers...."