At Children’s Neuropsychological Services, we want to help your child succeed. We work with children and adolescents from 4 to 24 years old.
Part of our job is to share valuable resources with parents. The First 100 Days Kit from Autism Speaks is an excellent resource for parents of young children (ages 4 and under) newly diagnosed with autism. https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/100-day-kit
autismspeaks.org The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under to make the best possible use of the 100 days
New study offers breakthrough in identifying babies who are at risk for autism. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/brain-scans-detect-signs-autism-high-risk-babies-age-1-n721411
nbcnews.com It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds.
Looking for fun activities to do with the family during February Vacation? Check out this list: http://northshorekid.com/events
New guidelines for screen time from the American Academy of Pediatrics: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanshapiro/2015/09/30/the-american-academy-of-pediatrics-just-changed-their-guidelines-on-kids-and-screen-time/
forbes.com Any parent of a 10-year-old can tell you, will blow through their two hours before their Minecraft sessions even get going. Fortunately, the AAP finally realized it needed to keep up with the times.
It's the official start of the school year! Some tips for success: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/school/Pages/Ten-Tips-for-Your-Childs-Success-in-School.aspx
healthychildren.org Some studies show higher test scores for students who live in homes where healthy habits, regular routines, and good communication exist. Follow these 10 tips and watch your child thrive.
Back to school is right around the corner! Tips for parents: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/home_school/b2shandout.aspx
nasponline.org Back-to-School Transitions
This is the time of year when we often get asked about grade retention. This is a good resource for parents that speaks about the pros and cons: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/handouts/revisedpdfs/graderetention.pdf
Summer is almost here! Check out this list of fun activities: http://northshorema.macaronikid.com/article/975502/101-things-to-do-this-summer-part-1
northshorema.macaronikid.com Weekly local newsletter of kid-friendly events and activities.
How do you help your child to succeed? We believe there are many ways to do this, including promoting their emotional development. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prefrontal-nudity/201204/shaping-your-kids-brain-success
psychologytoday.com Reduce your emotional reactivity and boost your kid's brain development.
Questions about kids and social media use? Check out this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/19/style/letting-your-kids-play-in-the-social-media-sandbox.html?smid=tw-nytstyles&_r=0
nytimes.com When you break it down, there are essentially three social media doors that you can unlock for a child.
All play is important for brain growth, including playing in the snow! http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/06/336361277/scientists-say-childs-play-helps-build-a-better-brain
npr.org Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.
Happy New Year! Did your family make any resolutions? http://www.pbs.org/parents/holidays/making-new-years-resolutions-child/
pbs.org Here are some tips on how to make family new year's resolutions. We not only benefit from New Year's resolutions; our children can also learn a lot about self-discipline and the value of making goals.
Is your child anxious? Try these tips to help them cope: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/stress-better/2014/11/9-things-every-parent-with-an-anxious-child-should-try/ #anxiety
blogs.psychcentral.com As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” You cringe and think, Here we go again. What should be a simple morning...
washingtonpost.com Think your kids are being raised to be kind? Think again. A Harvard researcher and psychologist has 5 ways to train your child to be kind and empathetic.
Halloween is only 10 days away! Check out these safety tips from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/
cdc.gov Family health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
A parent's perspective on helping her daughter with ADHD: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/holly-robinson-peete/5-ways-to-help-your-daughter-deal-with-adhd_b_5663159.html
huffingtonpost.com To help other mothers and daughters develop deeper relationships and navigate through the challenges Ryan and I faced along this ADHD journey, I want to take the opportunity to share a few tips that have worked for us....
An interesting new study suggests that adding exercise to the morning routine may reduce ADHD symptoms during the school day: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140909093701.htm
sciencedaily.com Offering daily, before-school, aerobic activities to younger, at-risk children could help in reducing the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home, research suggests. Signs can include inattentiveness, moodiness and difficulty getting along with others.
Now that the first day of school jitters have passed, the challenges of homework are more prominent. Here are some tips to help ease the homework process: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/home_school/homework.aspx
nasponline.org Homework: A Guide for Parents
[09/04/14] We are open again after our office renovation! We have expanded our space to include new testing spaces and a larger waiting room area.
We are often asked about the prognosis for children/adolescents with an autism diagnosis. Although much depends on an individual's unique profile, entrepreneurship is within reach! http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/entrepreneurship-answer-autism-24957838
abcnews.go.com When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket's bakery, she told him he'd never do anything more than collect grocery carts. After six years of bagging groceries and pushing carts, Cottle wanted more. He had already learned how to do some baking. Cottle is autistic....
It's time to start thinking about back to school! Tips for parents: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/home_school/b2shandout.aspx
nasponline.org Back-to-School Transitions
Tips for setting rules for kids with ADHD: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/07/07/adhd-and-kids-5-tips-for-setting-appropriate-rules/
psychcentral.com Parenting a child with ADHD can present various challenges because of the disorder’s symptoms, such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Kids with
Going through school with an undiagnosed learning disability can be extremely difficult and even demoralizing. This blogger writes about finding out about his diagnosis as an adult: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sandy-smith/learning-disability-revea_b_5554734.html
huffingtonpost.com Everyone struggles with the same kinds of distraction, stress, and time pressures that torment those of us with ADHD. It's just a matter of degree. Today's workplace is rife with distraction and disruption, and attention is a scarce commodity....
Looking to add structure to your child's day during the summer months? Check out this idea: http://www.cleanmama.net/2014/06/simple-chore-and-reward-system-your-kids-will-love-free-printables.html
cleanmama.net The first week of summer break brings to light the need for a little structure around our house. I’ve been using a new to us system for tasks and chores around the house with my older kids and it’s been really motivating for them, so I thought it might help some of you too. I’m a big proponent of…
Interesting perspective from a parent who is also a pediatrician: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/mdmama/2014/07/adhd_a_matter_of_drugs_now--or_later.html
boston.com Not only are kids with ADHD 2.5 times more likely to abuse drugs, they are more likely to start earlier, use more types of drugs, and continue into adulthood.
It's a beautiful day - make some time to go outside! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/22/how-the-outdoors-make-you_n_5508964.html?ir=Healthy+Living
huffingtonpost.com Summer is here, and we're all for burgers, ocean breezes and an ice cream cone or two. But getting outside is about more than beaches and barbecues. Science shows that spending time in the great outdoors can actually make you healthier. Escaping to t...
Looking for an educational summer vacation activity? Blue Star Museums are offering free admission to military families between now and Labor Day. Check out the list of participating Massachusetts museums here: http://northshorekid.com/story/blue-star-museums
northshorekid.com Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, through Labor Day.
Questions about the IEP evaluation? Check out our newest blog! http://www.childrensneuropsych.com/the-iep-eligibility-evaluation/
childrensneuropsych.com School IEP
We are often asked this question by parents of children with autism - this article provides a nice summary of ways to answer.
washingtonpost.com Experts offer advice on talking to your child about his autism diagnosis.
Questions about concussions or mild brain injuries in children? Check out our newest blog! http://www.childrensneuropsych.com/concussion-and-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-mtbi/
childrensneuropsych.com effects of concussions
Check out our new parent perspective blog! http://www.childrensneuropsych.com/why-my-daughters-pencil-grip-led-us-to-neuropsychological-testing/
childrensneuropsych.com I’ll never forget my daughter’s first grade parent-teacher conference. “I’m considering recommending that she repeat first grade,” the teacher said, after updating me on my daughter’s progress. Her reasoning: my daughter Clara (not her real name) seemed fine socially, enjoyed reading, writing and d…
bangordailynews.com OLD TOWN, Maine — Connor Archer knew exactly what he wanted to address when it came time for his presentation to a health class at Old Town High School earlier this year. Archer introduced the class to autism through anecdotes and information, complete with a slide show. The sophomore ended [...]
A touching article written by the mother of a boy with autism. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/my-sons-autism-has-created-a-silence-louder-than-words/article18592420/
theglobeandmail.com He can memorize and repeat what he hears endlessly, but will he ever learn to express what’s inside him?
New research on using mindfulness training to treat ADHD. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/12/exercising-the-mind-to-treat-attention-deficits/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&src=me&ref=general&_r=1&
well.blogs.nytimes.com Research suggests meditation and mental exercises may be better than drugs at helping people cope with attention problems.
huffingtonpost.com It's scary out there, but being afraid isn't helping any of us. So, here are a few key points to consider and some practical suggestions for parents of young teens....
May is Mental Health Awareness month! Learn about upcoming mental health activities here: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/dmh/may-is-mental-health-month.html
mass.gov DMH is promoting this year's Mental Health Month by raising awareness about mental health and how important it is that all of us enjoy
Looking for fun activities over the April vacation? These toy stores have excellent activities that are geared towards children with ADHD. http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2014/02/17/10-toy-stores-that-provide-great-activities-for-children-with-addadhd/
friendshipcircle.org If you are looking for alternative toys for children with ADD or ADHD check out one of these 10 toy stores.
Useful apps for students with learning disabilities http://ncld.org/students-disabilities/assistive-technology-education/apps-students-ld-organization-study
ncld.org Students with learning disabilities often have trouble with study skills like organization and remembering what needs to happen and when. These mobile apps can help.
Check out this blog post about Dr. Mautz's recent trip to Peru! http://www.amautaspanish.com/blog/amauta-volunteer-cusco-donates-games-puzzles-peruvian-kids-clinic/
amautaspanish.com One of our volunteers in Peru, William T. Mautz, took time away from his busy life to participate in the AMAUTA volunteer in Cusco. He went to Peru with his daughter Grace, 15 years old, to volunteer in a clinic for disabled children in Cusco.
New blog post from Dr. Mautz: http://www.childrensneuropsych.com/getting-to-know-your-child/
childrensneuropsych.com Children are like snowflakes. Each share many common characteristics, and each are uniquely different. Sometimes our kids’ uniqueness insures success, whether it be as a student, athlete or communicator. Other times, it can foster frustration, sadness, and anger. This results in understandable c...
Questions about an IEP? Check out http://www.childrensneuropsych.com/understanding-the-iep/
childrensneuropsych.com This entry will be the first in a multi-part series of blogs addressing the process of obtaining special education services and accommodations through your child’s school district. This process can seem daunting to many parents and is unfortunately often filled with anxiety and frustration. My goal...
Read about the importance of sleep in our most recent blog post! http://www.childrensneuropsych.com/the-importance-of-sleep/
childrensneuropsych.com There’s nothing like a toddler throwing a tantrum after missing her afternoon nap that underscores the importance of sleep – especially when it occurs in the Boston Commons on a beautiful spring day. It’s not just two year olds that need adequate sleep however as research continues to demonstrate t...
New data from the CDC indicates a 30% increase in prevalence.http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2014/03/27/cdc-autism-rates-rise-children-percent/1A8uRO9BCCK8HZ5KpMxMcN/story.html
bostonglobe.com The percentage of American kids with autism jumped 30 percent in two years, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday which found that 1 in 68 children had autism spectrum disorder in 2010, up from 1 in 88 children in 2008.
Why would my child need a neuropsychological evaluation? What is a neuropsychological evaluation? Answers to these questions and more on our website! http://www.childrensneuropsych.com/parents-guide/frequently-asked-questions/
childrensneuropsych.com Have questions? Browse this list of the questions we frequently encounter at Children’s Neuropsychological Services.
A story of how one woman learned to cope with ADHD across the lifespan http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/10/us/iyw-wendy-davis/
cnn.com Actress Wendy Davis of "Army Wives" fame has ADD. She wants people with ADD or ADHD that they are different, not defective.
This is always an important message to remember! http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-heart/201401/happiness-is-the-best-medicine
psychologytoday.com Learn to fill your life with joy for better health and well-being
Today is National Napping Day! Read about the importance of sleep here: http://www.apa.org/topics/sleep/why.aspx#
apa.org Lack of sleep and/or sleep disorders affect more than 60% of people. An individual's need for sleep varies, but the consequences of not getting enough sleep can include drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse, nightmares and sleep terrors, poor decision making, reduced learning at school and traffic acciden...
Check out the blog section on our website for information on a wide variety of interesting topics, including this entry on video games and the developing brain. http://www.childrensneuropsych.com/children-and-video-games-how-much-is-too-much/
childrensneuropsych.com Video games are taking up more time in the American household. According to author and game designer Jane McGonigal, the average young person has spent 10,000 hours gaming by age 21. If you’ve ever tried to get your teen’s attention while he’s engrossed with his XBox or PlayStation, you’ve likely ex...
New study links advanced paternal age to a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, including autism, ADHD and schizophrenia http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/older-fathers-associated-with-risk-for-psychiatric-school-issues-in-children/
media.jamanetwork.com JAMA Psychiatry Releases for February 26, 2014 >PrintOlder Fathers Associated with Risk for Psychiatric, School Issues in ChildrenEMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014Media Advisory: To contact author Brian M. D’Onofrio, Ph.D., call Tracy James at 812-855-0084 or email tra...
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