Another firestorm of controversy was unleashed recently as experts continue to argue over proposed changes to the diagnosis of autism and related disorders. The American Psychiatric Association has proposed changes to the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) for the fifth edition that would effectively consolidate Autism, Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder […]
About Dr. Pete Dodzik
Peter Dodzik, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN is a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist at North Shore Pediatric Therapy. He graduated from the Florida School of Professional Psychology with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and completed a fellowships in sleep and behavior medicine at The Sleep & Behavioral Medicine Institute at Rush North Shore Medical Center and neuropsychology at Fort Wayne Neurological Center. He is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Indiana University Medical Center and an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Schaumburg. His specialties include assessment and treatment of children with autism, Asperger's syndrome, LD, ADHD and children with complex medical conditions including TBI, epilepsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Many parents struggle with issues related to getting their children to sleep and helping them to stay asleep. I have probably been asked the question “How much sleep does my child need?” more than any other question in my career. Parents are frequently more aware of the impact of their child’s sleep on their own functioning […]
Popular media is now teeming with stories about the dramatic rise in autism. Several celebrities have spoken publicly and advocated for increased research on assessment methods and treatment options. Parents are now more keenly aware of even minor deviations in their child’s developmental milestones, and they worry that these delays could be the first signs […]
Most families think of nighttime as a period of respite from daily activities of their children, a chance to reconnect with their spouse, relax and unwind. However, for families who are dealing with sleep issues in their children, nighttime is often one of the most difficult and challenging times of their day. Children who have […]
The controversy surrounding the relationship of common childhood vaccines and autism has been raging for nearly two decades. However, the debate is comprised of about 10% science and 90% politics and media exposure. In the wake of the most recent revelation that Andrew Wakefield, MD, the original author of the 1998 article linking autism to […]
Dyslexia is one of the more common conditions to affect school age children. It is estimated that between 5 and 10% of children between the ages of 5 and 20 meet criteria for the disorder. The definition of dyslexia is an inability to read; however, while this is a disorder that is very easy to […]