The Depressed Child

Not only adults become depressed. Children and teenagers also may have depression, as well. The good news is that depression is a treatable illness. Depression is defined as an illness when the feelings of depression persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function. About 5 percent of children and adolescents in the…

Autism signs & symptoms, qualities & quirks

Autism: Does your kid have it? Could your child be autistic? Unfortunately, it can be really tough to tell. There is no simple way to diagnose autism — it is determined by a combination of behaviors, some more intense or problematic than others. In addition, the definition of autism isn’t simply based on the presence…

What Are “Special Needs”?

One Term, Many Definitions: “Special Needs” is an umbrella underneath which a staggering array of diagnoses can be wedged. Children with special needs may have mild learning disabilities or profound cognitive impairment; food allergies or terminal illness; developmental delays that catch up quickly or remain entrenched; occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems. The designation…