I tried to hyperventilate as quietly as I could as I stood outside the door of the 1930s-era brick school building. The crackling, indecipherable voice on the intercom system must have approved my entry because I was buzzed in. As I stepped into the fluorescent-lit front office, three women looked …Read More »
Show Your Appreciation for Teachers Teachers had to rethink everything this year. Let's rethink how we thank them.
The 2020-2021 school year will be long remembered — without nostalgia. Whether your child’s school was held online or followed a hybrid schedule, education was tough for parents, students and teachers alike. Early childhood educators were asked to teach kids they’d never met in person. Kindergarten teachers had to capture …Read More »
In the February issue of Baltimore’s Child, we described how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting child development referrals to the Maryland Infants and Toddlers program. How do you know whether your child is developing as he or she should. The following guide offers child developmental milestones for what to look for with …Read More »
People with autism spectrum disorder, as defined by the National Institute of Mental Health, can have “difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.” While repetitive, self-stimulatory behavior, or “stimming,” is a common trait in people with autism, it’s not commonly accepted. Oftentimes, parents, therapists and educators …Read More »
Even if, like my husband, you are a staunch contrarian who scoffs at the act of setting new year’s resolutions, the symbolic act of kicking 2020 to the curb will probably tempt former skeptics this January. Many of us may have slid into new habits shaped in response to our …Read More »
Understanding Depression and Disability in Children What's the connection and what should parents and caregivers look for?
Depression in all children, with or without a disability, remains a concern. According to a study published in the March 2019 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, 3.2% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with depression. Adolescents with disabilities, particularly those with autism, have …Read More »
Thousands of fearless people across the country took to the beaches, parks, racetracks, pools, clubs and streets this holiday weekend, drunk with freedom, liberty and their constitutionally guaranteed right to kill as many people as they chose. Meanwhile, my sister-in-law cried over her baby’s hospital bed in the pediatric intensive …Read More »
Parents, could you be getting in your child’s way? While nobody can predict the challenges that today’s children will face as adults, child therapist Vivian Morgan has helped enough children and teens to pinpoint certain predictors of a child’s ultimate success. Morgan has seen children of all ages, circumstance and …Read More »
Some kids were born to love athletics. Others participate reluctantly or only when heavily bribed. No matter what your child’s ability or interest level, there’s no need for him or her to spend the summer playing video games on the couch. Baltimore’s Child has found sports camps and opportunities for …Read More »
When Maryland licensed its first medical marijuana dispensaries in 2015, Trent and Tina Stroup believed the move might hold promise for their teenage daughter, Addie, who faces multiple medical challenges including epilepsy and autism. The Stroups heard through multiple advocacy groups and resources that medical marijuana could be a panacea for people …Read More »