How are ADD and ADHD different? Symptoms, Treatments & Types


There are many questions swirling around the difference between ADD and ADHD, but in recent years, the American Psychiatric Association compounded these medical conditions into one diagnosis under the umbrella of ADHD. So instead of Googling old-school articles, let’s break down the difference…

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Parent’s Guide to ADHD: Signs, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatments


What is ADHD? As a parent in the current age, it’s impossible to navigate your child’s development without wondering about ADHD. Diagnoses are increasing significantly, and it’s difficult to tell some symptoms from childhood energy.  As the mothers of special needs children ourselves, we know that…

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How Does Caffeine Affect ADHD? Benefits, Dangers & Drug Interactions


In our busy world of early mornings and late nights, most of us can relate to the words of Lorelai from Gilmore Girls: “What I need now is lots and lots of coffee.”  However, how does the caffeine in a cup of coffee or tea, common energy drinks, or even chocolate affect those with Attention Deficit…

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Special Needs: Common Types, Challenges & Resources


Sometimes, trying to help your child can leave you feeling like a character in Stranger Things: looking for clues about what’s really going on, and sometimes even wondering if everything is upside-down. This experience is something both Dr. Maia and I have and continue to personally experience with…

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Dysgraphia: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Comorbid Conditions


Outside of Baby Yoda, is there anything more adorable than a child learning to read and write? Just picture those tiny fingers clutching a pencil, forming their first words or practicing their cursive.  However, for families and children dealing with dysgraphia, the experience is far from idyllic.…

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PANDAS Symptoms: How to Spot the Signs


Kids behave in unexpected ways. Sometimes, that’s just growing up and maturing. Less commonly, sudden behavior changes are a result of the child’s immune system attacking its own brain. PANDAS is an autoimmune disorder that occurs most commonly in children before adolescence. Though rare, this is…

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Diagnosing PANS/PANDAS: Criteria, Exceptions, & Treatment


The National Institute for Mental Health finally recognizes PANDAS on its website. Though rare and only recently discovered, PANDAS is covertly making children into different people — sometimes overnight! PANDAS stands for “Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated With…

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What is PANDAS? Is my child at risk?


No, not the black and white bear. PANDAS is a rare but serious condition that every parent should know about. PANDAS stands for “Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections.” This means a strep infection (i.e. rheumatic fever, strep throat, scarlet…

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PANDAS and Autism: A Parent’s Guide


If you’re the parent of a child with autism, you know that navigating your child’s development and individual symptoms can be as tricky as it is rewarding.  However, what you may not know is that there’s an infection that can mimic some of ASD’s symptoms and go undiagnosed for years in patients…

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PANS/PANDAS: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments


On Monday, you had a bright, happy, well-behaved elementary school child, happy to feel better after a short-lived case of strep throat. But by Wednesday, his behavior evolved to include overwhelming depression, bedwetting, obsessiveness, tics, and other disturbing symptoms. Sound like the stuff of…

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