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Developmental Delays

At One Year, The Bauer Fund Raises Cash, Awareness and Random Acts of Kindness

Jim Luce | Posted 08.28.2016 | Impact
Jim Luce

One year ago this week, my friend and high school classmate informed me that his son had taken his own life. Not the call I wanted to get - and sure a...

6 Things You May Not Know About Developmental Delay

Miriam Gwynne | Posted 04.26.2016 | Parents
Miriam Gwynne

He was only 1 year old when we were told he was struggling and not meeting key milestones like sitting up unaided, making attempts at speech and playing with toys. I was in denial. I was sad.

Why I Grieve for a Child I Have Not Lost

Miriam Gwynne | Posted 03.16.2016 | Parents
Miriam Gwynne

have a son. He is my pride and joy. I am so proud of everything he does. But I still grieve for him, for the things he will never achieve and the experiences he will never have. And I grieve for myself as a parent when I see a world of parenting I can only ever dream about.

Hungry Children in Rich America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Food insecure children are more likely to be behind in social skills and reading performance in kindergarten. By elementary school they are four times more likely to need mental health counseling.

Angela Hanscom: Stop Blaming Parents (Including Yourself) For Sensory Disorders

Lee Lee | Posted 10.07.2016 | Parents
Lee Lee

As a parent who has dealt with the uncertainty of undiagnosed delays, my heart goes out to all parents who do not know the source of their children's sensory issues, including Ms. Hanscom. Self-blame can be the easier way to cope when the alternative is to embrace the unknowable.

What Special Athletes Can Teach Us About Parenting; Father's Day Edition

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents
Joe De Sena

Joe Galasso is clinical psychologist who specializes with individuals with disabilities and also with professional athletes. There is a specific part of his job that he holds close to his heart; working with Special Athletes.

Developmental Markers for Your 4-Year-Old

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 05.31.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Like all parents, you are concerned about your child's development. Is his development on time, advanced or slow? If you feel concern or worry that something is wrong, it is better to confront it rather than be in denial.

When I Realized 'Delay' May Actually Mean 'Never' For Us

Chrissy Kelly | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Chrissy Kelly

I stopped setting the finish line so far out of reach and instead set it for the end of each and every day.

Say the Word: On Delaying an Autism Diagnosis

Leigh Merryday | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Leigh Merryday

Somewhere out there -- right now -- is a parent who just heard something she didn't like. Someone who loves or works with her child suggested her precious, perfect baby may have a form of autism spectrum disorder.

Learn to See, Accept Your Perfectly Imperfect Child

Nicole Dash | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Nicole Dash

As parents, it is so easy to overlook the flaws because our hearts are so abundant with love. I think this is like putting on an amazing pair of "beer goggles" that can last for years.

Dear Mom With A Prenatal Down Syndrome Diagnosis

Lauren Warner | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Lauren Warner

I cannot tell you what challenges your precious one might have -- just as I cannot tell you what challenges anybody's child will have, "special needs" or not. One aspect of your child's life just happens to be detectable by prenatal medical technology.

The Stigma I Didn't Expect for My Daughter

Tarice L.S. Gray | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Tarice L.S. Gray

The loneliness of that realization, that my daughter might have to shoulder the consequences of these stigmas, made me heartsick. I'd made myself believe she would only be challenged by her race and gender, not the basic ability to speak her mind.

For My Son, 6 Is All There Is

Leanna Cossman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Leanna Cossman

People accept an 8-year-old who still acts 6. They are just "young for their age." They will tolerate a 10-year-old who still acts 6 if the parent looks exhausted enough. But a 13-year-old who is still acting like a 6-year-old is a serious social problem. I know, because this child is my son.

Let's Start at the Beginning

Noelle Sadler | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Noelle Sadler

There's something wrong with your baby's brain. This is never the kind of thing you want to hear, but getting the news first thing on a Monday morning before work was even harder.

An Autism Diagnosis Is Just The First -- But The Hardest -- Step

Amy Markoff Johnson | Posted 06.26.2012 | Parents
Amy Markoff Johnson

We'd come to see that this diagnosis wasn't a death sentence, or even a life sentence. It was an arrow pointing in the direction of understanding, of community, of information, and of resources to help individuals and families who need it.

Mercury Isn't Just a Hazard for Young Children, It's a Health Risk for Adults Too

Frances Beinecke | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Mercury is most commonly recognized as a developmental toxin, threatening to young children and fetuses as they develop their nervous system. But mercury is also a danger for adults.

Obama Administration Announces Standards to Keep Our Families Safe from Mercury and Other Pollutants

Frances Beinecke | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Today, President Obama announced new standards to reduce mercury, lead, and other dangerous pollution from power plants. Now dirty coal-fired plants that fought standards for decades will finally have to clean up their act.

Woman Battles Fear After Attacker Released Early

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Miranda believed that Brutus loved her right up until the day that he nearly beat her to death.

When a Kid Needs a Home, Not Just Any Home Will Do

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Paige was given away at five. A story was written about her in the newspaper and interested parties were invited to take her home and see if they wanted to keep her.