Jen Genel, LSMW, Licensed Social Worker, Educational Therapist and Executive Function Specialist
Parents of Children with Special Needs
How do you know if your child has special needs? Sometimes children are born with developmental delays and you know from the start that some early intervention will be beneficial. Other times it is hard to be sure if what you’re seeing and experiencing is developmentally appropriate or could use additional support and guidance. Parenting a child with ADHD, developmental delays, or being the parents of children on the autism spectrum, each bring their own unique challenges and rewards. No matter your situation, you can learn how best to support your child’s growth and development. These articles will give you advice and inspiration on how to make sure that both you and your child will thrive.
Helpful & Hopeful: An Interview with Loren Norman, OT
Loren Norman, OT Learn how you can meet your family’s individual sensory needs to stay calm, organized and regulated without leaving your home.
Helpful & Hopeful: An Interview with Dr. Alexandra Barnett Ph.D.
Dr. Alexandra Barnett Ph.D. Dr. Barnett offers tools that promote routine, flexibility, and grounding, and discusses developmental regression you may be seeing. Learn how you can meet your child’s needs to feel a greater sense of connection and control.
Tips for Preserving a Relationship While Raising a Child with Special Needs
Raising a child with special needs? Take a look at my tips for preserving the relationship with your spouse. Tips for Preserving a Relationship While Raising a Child with Special Needs Search around this terrific site for other informative articles!
Education Supports Parents of Children with Special Needs
Raising children brings with it joy and hope, concern and trepidation. As they say, there is no handbook for being a parent. Raising a child with special needs can compound the worries and leave a parent feeling unsure of their footing. And while I believe strongly that every family benefits from education, I know how Read More
ADD and Medication: A Reaction to L. Alan Sroufe’s NY Times Article
By now many of us have read L. Alan Sroufe’s opinion on the use of medication for people, specifically children, with ADD. He discusses the short term benefit and his belief that in the long term they do nothing for behavior or concentration. He describes ADD as “problems with attention, self-regulation and behavior.” Perhaps most Read More
What Do You Mean Sensory Issues?
Over the years I have met many children who were either overly sensitive, or not sensitive enough, to the world around them. Today, sensory integration disorder, sensory processing disorder and sensory issues are phrases that get thrown around by educators and therapists frequently. But for parents these words can be scary and unclear. When we describe Read More