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Life with Angelman Syndrome

When the Gurzick family, of Frederick’s historic district, first learned that their son had Angelman syndrome (AS), a rare condition, they did what many...
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Dyslexia: When is the Best Time to Intervene?

In the United States, dyslexia affects an estimated 1 in 5 individuals, making it the most common learning difference nationwide. Dyslexia can pose challenges...

ADHD and Social Capital: How Your Child Can Build Strong Relationships

By Cheryl Maguire A group of medical school friends nominated Sasha Hamdani to create a memory book for their pregnant classmate. Hamdani worked hard on...

Planning a Playdate with a Neurodivergent Child

Playdates are an important part of childhood. They offer time for kids to interact socially without the structure of school or extracurricular activities. They...

Behavior Analyst: The Importance of Siblings on the Autism Journey

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can affect social communication and behaviors. ASD is considered a “spectrum” disorder because it can...

The Importance of Early Diagnosis of Autism

During Maya’s* first birthday celebration, her mother knew something was different. “We were singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ and she had such a blank stare. In that...
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Coding: A Good Career Path for Autistic Children?

  For parents of autistic children, “learn to code” is not a snarky rejoinder to the absence of computer skills. It’s a legitimate suggestion for...

The Importance of Play and Neurodiversity

Imagine a newborn lying on a mat and reaching for toys hanging overhead, a toddler building a tower of blocks and knocking them down—over...

About ‘Special Needs’

This issue’s “My Turn” is brought to you in the form of a list. When you’ve been tasked with writing about way-down-deep-in-your-soul beliefs that...

Redefining ‘Special Needs’: Does This Often-Used Term Serve, Strengthen and Stimulate Connection?

Humans are perpetually learning. Research indicates that people aren’t limited by the amount of information they can remember. According to the ed-tech startup Synap.ac,...