Many adults take the initiative to eat healthier with the start of the new year, and eating better can be a great goal for kids too, especially those with autism/ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Autism is a developmental disability that affects approximately one in every 44 American children and teenagers. Symptoms occur to varying degrees (on a
Autism and anxiety can appear to be very similar conditions, but they are not one and the same. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder, while anxiety is a mental health condition. To make it a bit more confusing though, they do often go hand-in-hand, as those living with autism can be
Austin and Central Texas students are heading back to school this month with new backpacks, lunchboxes, and probably a few butterflies in their stomachs. There’s always an air of excitement surrounding the new school year when meeting new friends and teachers, and of course, reconnecting with old ones. This year, there may be some bits
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed House Bill 1535 expanding the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical cannabis in the form of low-THC cannabis (or CBD). The bill falls under the Compassionate Use Program which will now provide access to medical cannabis for patients suffering from seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, amyotrophic lateral
Child Neurology Consultants cherish the opportunity to keep in touch with patients and their families even long after their care has ended with us. Like Juli Henderson. She is the parent of a very special former patient (her son Robert) of Dr. Karen Keough’s and the founder of an important new online community dedicated to
Do you know what “FFFF” is? It stands for Fight, Flight, Freeze and Fib. These words describe our natural reactions when we are confused, scared or challenged. For special needs children, especially those with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the FFFF response can easily go from zero to sixty in no time at all.
Students across Central Texas are heading back to school over these next few weeks. But whether they are going back in person, online, or participating in a hybrid option, there are bound to be fears and anxieties (both for children and parents) with the start of this new school year. Child Neurology Consultants of Austin’s
A sneeze here, a sniffle there, and itchy red eyes everywhere…sounds like a Dr. Seuss book doesn’t it? Actually, it’s just allergy season here in Central Texas. Allergy symptoms can be hard on a child, even affecting their brain and ability to do schoolwork, and especially so if they already suffer from ADHD or another
Holiday gift-giving for children can be overwhelming to say the least. There are so many options, and no shortage of advertisements wooing them on TV, online, and everywhere else in between. There are additional considerations in order too when choosing a gift for a child with a learning and developmental disorder, like autism, or ADHD.
Most people think having a learning disability or attention disorder is a negative. While there are absolutely challenges and struggles with each, a new book suggests to start thinking otherwise. “The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius,” by Dr. Gail Saltz, suggests learning or mental disorders go hand in hand with strokes of