Category: Help for your child

The Zika virus may stop brain development causing microcephaly and birth defects

The Zika virus may stop brain development causing microcephaly and birth defects

When a woman is pregnant and is infected with the Zika virus, it may cross the placenta and may stop the development of a baby’s brain. Zika infection ...
Transitioning from the school year to summer

Transitioning from the school year to summer

If your child has special needs, the transition from the structure of the school year to that of a summer schedule can be very difficult. Even if your ...
How to cope when your baby is in the NICU

How to cope when your baby is in the NICU

Today we are fortunate to have Dr. Amy Hair, neonatologist and director of the Neonatology Nutrition Program at Texas Children’s Hospital, answer our ...

New research identifies some causes of developmental delays

Through DNA sequencing, a new study has uncovered genetic causes for certain developmental delays. Finding the underlying reason for these delays then ...
April brings showers and IEP meetings

April brings showers and IEP meetings

April is a time when most school systems schedule meetings with parents to review all of the services their child is receiving and to establish a plan ...
Prematurity, disabilities and special education

Prematurity, disabilities and special education

A mom recently wrote to AskUs inquiring about services for her child who was born 12 weeks early. Her child was now in elementary school, had a hearin ...
Holidays & your child with special needs- tips for the NICU, visiting Santa, dinners & traveling

Holidays & your child with special needs- tips for the NICU, visiting Santa, dinners & traveling

From spending holidays in the NICU, finding developmentally appropriate toys, eating at Grandma's house (without a meltdown!), to visiting Santa in a ...
Hearing loss in babies

Hearing loss in babies

Hearing impairment is the decreased ability to hear and discriminate among sounds. It is one of the most common birth defects. We’re not sure what ...
Knowing your family health history may help your baby

Knowing your family health history may help your baby

Recently I had an appointment with a new healthcare provider and had to complete a health history form at my first visit. It was 3 pages long and took ...

Caring for yourself as you care for your preemie

Getting through a pregnancy, having a baby in the NICU, and caring for a baby with special needs at home can take a physical and emotional toll on a w ...