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Erica Rimlinger

Ain’t Misbehavin’ Is stimming a behavior or sensory issue?

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 …

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Understanding Depression and Disability in Children What's the connection and what should parents and caregivers look for?

Understanding Depression and Disability in Children

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 …

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Can Medical Cannabis Help Kids with Seizures? One family looks for answers

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 …

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