Entries by North Shore Pediatric Therapy

Hand Flapping: When to Worry

Many people correlate hand flapping with only Autism, however this is not the case. All children could exhibit a hand flapping behavior when they are in a heightened emotional state including when anxious, excited, and/or upset.  Many believe that children with Autism will engage in hand flapping as a self-stimulatory activity, which can be accompanied […]

IEP Legal Rights

This guest blog was written by Sandra Strassman-Alperstein. As a special education attorney, I am often asked by parents of children with autism about their children’s legal rights at school. Fundamentally, children with autism are entitled to the same educational rights as other children with disabilities, namely FAPE (free appropriate public education).  What constitutes “appropriate” […]

How to Bring Yoga Home

This guest blog was written by Erin Haddock. Yoga was designed to keep the mind focused and relaxed. Of course, relaxing the body is much easier than relaxing the mind directly.  So we work on relaxing the body with yoga poses first, before relaxing through more subtle exercises. When you imagine an advanced yoga practitioner, […]

Divorce When There is a Child with Special Needs

This guest post is from Benjamin Rubin. When parents of a child with special needs get divorced there are many additional complications beyond a traditional divorce involving children. First and foremost, child support must be very carefully considered to ensure that there is no loss of benefits. Child support payments that are required to be […]

What Exactly is a Social Group for Children with Autism?

We interviewed Latha V. Soorya, PhD from the Rush University Medical Center to learn about the study of social skills groups for children with autism. Many children with autism are working toward learning, building and strengthening their social skills. The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services Center (AARTS Center) at Rush University Medical Center has dedicated […]

How to Make Financial and Legal Decisions for My Child with Special Needs

This guest post is from Benjamin Rubin. Estate planning for parents of a child with special needs is, regretfully, a very complex process. In order to provide for a “special needs” child’s financial security to assure that he or she remains qualified or able to qualify in the future for government benefits such as S.S.I. […]

Handling Breaks from School

Join one of our BCBAs, Jennifer Bartell, to learn about handling breaks from school. She discusses using multiple kinds of visual schedules. NSPT offers services in Bucktown, Evanston, Highland Park, Lincolnwood, Glenview, Lake Bluff, Des Plaines, Hinsdale and Milwaukee! If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us […]

An Open Letter to My Fellow Families of Children and Adults with Special Needs

This guest post is from Benjamin Rubin. While all parents need to make legal and financial plans for the future, parents of children with special needs must plan for a much longer time period and must take into consideration many more details, laws and government regulations. My brother, Mitch, now 35, has Autism, and resides […]