Author Archives: Astacia

I am a stay-at-home mom of 2 girls. My younger daughter has cerebral palsy with developmental delay and my older daughter has ADHD with sensory dysfunctions. My story of going from the work force to home is published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms. When I am not driving to and from schools, therapies and changing diapers, I am a web site designer and social media geek .

US Autism & Asperger Association World Conference

US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) will live stream the annual USAAA World Conference for the second straight year on USAAA TV. The broadcast will begin Thursday evening, 7 pm PST, October 27, 2011 and continue through Sunday, October 30, 2011. Over thirty of the world’s leading Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) experts will discuss evidence-based…

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Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Every day in the United States, an average of 8 births are affected by Spina Bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine. Spina Bifida remains the most commonly occurring complex birth defect in this country. The root cause of Spina Bifida is unknown and the effects for each person are different….

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New Feature “Ask the Parents”

I have been pondering this for several months now. This is a way for all of us to help each other out and have the information available for the long term. I call it “Ask the Parents.” It’s like a forum without the scrolling or trolls. The form below is for your questions. You can…

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Closer to a diagnosis

The past eighteen months have been rough. We knew Fluffy had inattentive issues, we went ahead with ADHD meds. That took us on a wild ride on the emotional roller coaster. Stimulants had the opposite effect on her. Concerta trial turned the month of July gloomy. We were very worried that she was becoming bipolar. We took…

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Can You Treat Depression Without Prescription Drugs?

Author’s note: this is a reprint of a local mental health professional’s article about ways to manage depression without medication. I loudly state that outside influences are only a part of the big behavioral health picture. I do feel that Dr. Jantz’s suggestions can apply to our lives as parents of psecial needs children as…

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Helping you help your child’s teacher

Yahoo! Announces Homepages for Homerooms Project to Support Teachers and Students Across the Nation Yahoo! has launched the Homepages for Homerooms project which provides an easy, no-cost way for anyone to fund classrooms and teachers by simply making Yahoo! their homepage. As part of the Homepages for Homerooms program, Yahoo! is partnering with DonorsChoose.org, a reputable education…

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Start the School Year Right By Teaching Children Happiness Skills

I received this information last week and wanted to share. We all could use a refresher and this one is online! I was told that parents who sign up for the class by September 5th will receive 25% off the cost of the Fall class ($50 value). Dr. Carter is a sociologist at UC Berkeley’s…

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Mars Needs Moms Giveaway

Florence is the winner! Walt Disney Pictures is proud to announce their newest animated feature for Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, Mars Needs Moms. Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases nine-year-old Milo’s (Seth Green) quest to save his mom (Joan Cusack) from Martians—a…

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10 Basic Tips for Regaining Post-Holiday Happiness

The holidays can be challenging for just about everyone as fatigue from busy schedules, the strain of holiday spending and challenges due to family discord are faced. For many, after the gifts are opened and the parties have ended, the post-holiday let down is just beginning. As a result, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D, a…

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UbiSoft Games Giveaway: Part One

Becky B is our winner! Petz Fantasy: Sunshine Magic for Nintendo DS Discover and hatch 40 different magical Petz. Discover and take care of 20 unique creatures with different habits and personalities in both the Sunshine Magic and Moonlight Magic games. Collect all 40! Care for your magical Petz to help them grow. Feed them,…

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