It Takes a Village

The road toward finding help for a child with disabilities is often fraught with obstacles: lack of resources and knowledge, insurance frustrations, incorrect diagnoses, medication side effects, isolation from community . . . It’s no wonder that parents often feel like an island, cut off from help or hope, and that educators and administrators find themselves with hands tied, unable to help to the extent that they wish. It truly takes a village to raise a child with disabilities—a caregiving milieu consisting of parents, special educators, administrators, advocates, pediatricians, licensed child and adolescent psychologists and psychiatrists, and speech and occupational therapists, all working together to create and implement an individual treatment plan for each child.

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a severe and relatively uncommon disorder, characterized by markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate ways of relating socially in most contexts.

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Autism

Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder characterized by impaired social interaction,verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior.

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Prader-Willi Syndrome

Prader–Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder in which seven genes (or some subset thereof) on chromosome 15 are deleted or unexpressed on the paternal chromosome, resulting in low muscle tone, short stature, incomplete sexual development, cognitive disabilities, problem behaviors, and a chronic feeling of hunger that can lead to excessive eating and life-threatening obesity.

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Those Who Hurt Need It Most

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Scaling Emotional Hurdles in the Classroom with Emotional Scaling

Some children have difficulty understanding their emotions, which can sometimes lead to class-disrupting episodes of anger. By working closely with students and using strategies like emotional scaling, teachers and educators can help students better understand emotions, changes in intensity, and coping strategies, which often leads to increased self-control in the classroom.

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Swing Low, Swing High: Parents Moving into Emotional Scaling for their Daughter

Parents of children with ReactiveAttachment Disorder (RAD) and other trauma and stressor-related disorders try manytechniques to mitigate the problems with emotion regulation and aggressivebehavior. Emotional scaling can help children with RAD to better understandtheir emotional experience in order to regulate their emotions and behavior beforeexperiencing outbursts of agitation and aggression.

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Through His Eyes: Natural and Logical Consequences at Home

A father struggles with having his son, who has behavioral issues, understand the consequences of his actions. After a visit with a behavioral counselor, he learns about behavioral strategies, and also finds a window into his son’s world that allows him to better see and understand his perspective.

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