Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

"This rare condition was described many years before autism (Heller, 1908) but has only recently been 'officially' recognized. With CDD children develop autism only after a relatively prolonged period (usually 3 to 4 years) of totally normal development (Volkmar, 1994). This condition differs from autism in the pattern of onset, course, and outcome (Volkmar, 1994).

A special educator in Vienna, Theodore Heller, proposed the term dementia infantilis to describe the condition. Relatively little is known about the condition. The assumption until recently has been that this condition is ALWAYS associated with some specific neuropathological process. However, to there is no evidence to support this. In most cases after even very extensive testing no specific medical cause for the condition is found. As with autism, children who suffer from this condition are at increased risk for seizures."

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Sports Physicals

"You already know that playing sports helps keep you fit. You also know that sports are a fun way to socialize and meet people. But you might not know why it's so important to get a sports physical at the beginning of your sports season."

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Needing to Snooze?

"Raising little kids is exciting and fun, but it's also incredibly challenging—especially when it comes to sleep. The first year of new parenthood tends to be the sleepiest, as a new baby develops the ability to sleep longer stretches and adjust to the schedule and flow of the household. Even after the first year, kids' illnesses, nightmares, separation anxiety, early rising patterns, and more can make healthy and consistent sleep difficult for parents.

Still, moms and dads should not just accept sleepiness as a way of life; there are ways to improve sleep for both kids and parents that will make a difference. In the newborn months, for example, it can help to have baby sleeping close by so feeding and soothing is convenient. If possible, parents can rotate night shifts with baby—one parent sleeping in another room (or even simply wearing earplugs) so as to protect that parent's sleep. During this time, many moms and dads also find it important to take naps during the day while baby sleeps and go to bed very early."


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Child Sleep Disorders

"Trouble paying attention. Forgetfulness. Poor impulse control. These are behaviors commonly associated with ADHD, but they can also be signs of lack of sleep. And since many kids with ADHD are sleep-challenged, the two issues can at times be hard to tease apart.

Parents sometimes ask if a child might be misdiagnosed with ADHD when what’s causing his symptoms might really be a lack of sleep. And we hear anecdotes from parents of children whose ADHD symptoms diminished or disappeared when their sleep problems were solved. Does that mean they didn’t have ADHD in the first place?"

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Child Abuse Statistics - Know and Stop!

"Child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher). There are four common types of maltreatment."

  • There were 683,000 victims of child abuse and neglect reported to child protective services (CPS) in 2015.
  • The youngest children are the most vulnerable with about 24% of children in their first year of life experiencing victimization.
  • CPS reports may underestimate the true occurrence of abuse and neglect. A non-CPS study estimated that 1 in 4 children experience some form of child abuse or neglect in their lifetimes.
  • About 1,670 children died from abuse or neglect in 2015.
  • The total lifetime cost of child abuse and neglect is estimated at $124 billion each year.

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