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Slow Processing Speed: What You Need to Know

Processing speed is the pace at which you take in information, make sense of it, and begin to respond. This information can be visual, such as letters and numbers. It can also be auditory, such as spoken language. Having slow processing speed has nothing to do with how smart kids are—just how fast they can take in and use information. It may take kids who struggle with processing speed a lot longer than other kids to perform tasks, both school-related and in daily life.

Understood.org offers what is essentially a suite of resources on processing speed, which includes articles, short videos, 1-page fact sheets, and everything in English and Spanish. Read more about and access this wide array of resources.

Helping Children Cope and Children with Special Healthcare Needs in Emergencies | Spanish

(2018, June) | Spanish | Useful to Parent Centers and other service organizations working with Spanish-speaking families to prepare for or recover from a natural disaster or other emergency. These two resources comes from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and the Children’s Preparedness Unit and focus on helping parents, caregivers, and […]

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the most common therapy for children on the autism spectrum. ABA has been shown to help children on the spectrum (from mild to severe) develop needed skills and minimize undesired behaviors such as self-injury. Its effectiveness is backed up by hundreds of studies.

ABA now includes a range of different approaches. This article from the Child Mind Institute describes how they work and how they’re different, and concludes with links to additional readings on ABA.

Access the article in English and Spanish, and connect with the companion readings.

El Proceso de Determinar la Elegibilidad del Niño

Actualizado, enero de 2018 Como explicamos en la página Evaluación Gratuita de Niños, la información que se reune en la evaluación será usada para tomar decisiones importantes acerca de la educación de su niño. Toda la información sobre su niño será usada: para decidir si su niño es elegible para recibir servicios de educación especial […]

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Useful to: Parent Centers for sharing with families and individuals affected by borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a diagnosis that has historically been difficult to understand. The symptoms associated with it are a painful mix of emotional turmoil, unstable relationships, and self-destructive behavior, including suicide attempts. This article from the Child Mind […]

Cuando Tiene Preocupaciones Sobre el Desarrollo de Su Niño

Volver a la página central de nuestra información en español Actualizado, enero de 2018   Esta página está diseñada para todos aquellos padres y familiares que están preocupados por el desarrollo de sus hijos y/o parientes y no saben qué hacer. Sabemos que el mundo de las discapacidades y de la educación especial puede ser […]

La Evaluación Gratuita de Niños

Actualizado, diciembre de 2017 En inglés | In English Cada Estado debe identificar, localizar y evaluar a todos los niños con discapacidades que necesitan educación especial y servicios relacionados. Esta página describe el proceso de obtener y participar en una evaluación gratuita de un niño sospechado de tener una discapacidad o retraso en el desarrollo. […]

Definiciones Claves de IDEA 2004

Actualizado, noviembre de 2017 Key definitions in English | Estas definiciones en inglés   IDEA es la ley federal que guia cómo los Estados, las agencias educacionales y las escuelas públicas ofrecen educación especial y servicios relacionados a nuestros niños con discapacidades que son elegibles para recibir esta ayuda especial. Es una ley muy poderosa […]

Helping Children with Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

When a baby is born with cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, it is called congenital CMV infection. About 1 out of every 200 babies are born with congenital CMV infection. Women can pass CMV to their baby during pregnancy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only about 1 in 5 babies with congenital CMV infection will be sick from the virus or will have long-term health problems, but those problems can include hearing loss, vision loss, intellectual disability, muscular weakness, and even seizures.

Find out more about the two-article CDC resource (available in English and Spanish) and connect with its website devoted to CMV.

Ayuda para los Bebés Hasta Su Tercer Cumpleaños

Actualizado, septiembre de 2017 En inglés | In English   El nacimiento de un niño es un evento lleno de emociones que le cambiará la vida por completo. Un nuevo bebé hermoso llega a su hogar, familia, y comunidad. Es un tiempo para celebrar. Sus familiares conocen al niño y se preguntan: ¿Va a ser un […]

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