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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Ask the Harvard Experts: Told your child has sensory processing disorder? Seek a second opinion

By Michael Craig Miller, M.D.




Experts question diagnosis' validity


JewishWorldReview.com | Q: My son always seems to be in trouble at school. His teacher told me she thinks he has sensory processing disorder. What is that?


A: Many professionals don't think sensory processing disorder is a valid diagnosis. A. Jean Ayres was an occupational therapist and developmental psychologist. She first wrote about the concept in the early 1970s.Dr. Ayres believed some children are prone to sensory overload. Their senses overwhelm them. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes or physical contact make them uncomfortable.


In theory, this overload leads to social, emotional and behavior problems. Examples are fidgeting, outbursts of anger and difficult conduct.


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Many experts question the diagnosis, however. Kids with autism, attention deficit disorder, and mood disorders develop similar problems. So it's not clear that a separate label is needed.


Current diagnostic manuals do not list sensory processing disorder as a diagnosis. It is not expected to appear in future manuals either.


Why is it hard to find the right diagnosis for a child? Children change so much as they grow. A disturbing problem in first grade may completely disappear by the second grade.


In fact, diagnosis should not be the goal. The goal is to help a child adjust to school, to learn and to grow.


If you've been told your child has sensory processing disorder, seek a second opinion. Find a licensed clinician to assess the problem and make practical suggestions. Your pediatrician may be able to help you find a good person.


That way, you can find the treatment that has the best chances of working.

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