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Infants have soft, pliable skulls which may be abnormally shaped at birth or shortly after. Parents may become concerned if their child’s head continues to look misshapen several after several weeks or develops a flattened area in the first several months Here we share information on potential causes, what concerned parents should look for, and treatment options.
Flattening of the head may be due to positional causes or craniosynostosis, an abnormal fusing of the sutures in the skull. Positional plagiocephaly is flattening of the head due to persistent head positioning and does not require surgical intervention. Craniosynostosis is premature fusion of the cranial sutures and may require surgical correction. Cranioynostosis in the back of the head or fusion of the lambdoid suture is extremely rare. The difference between positional flattening and craniosynostosis can usually be made on clinical grounds by your child’s pediatrician or a specialist despite the fact that they both result in flattening of the back of the head in both cases.
There has been an increase in referrals for plagiocephaly to neurosurgical centers and the incidence has increased six fold from 1992-1994. This is felt to be due in part, to the recommendation in 1992 from the American Academy of Pediatrics to avoid sleeping children on their stomachs as a measure to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Treatment for positional plagiocephaly may include such things as tummy time when the child is awake and may be supervised as well as making sure the child spends time upright in an exer-saucer or other such device, keeping them off the affected side. Other options include, putting the toys in the crib on the opposite side or feeding the child on the opposite side. Physical therapy may also be needed if the child has shortening of some of the neck muscles, a condition found in about 2-4 percent of newborns known as torticollis.
Watchful waiting and merely observing the child’s head shape over time may be an option depending on the severity of the deformity. In more severe cases, helmet therapy or a molding band may be used. This requires a visit to a person who specializes in making this equipment and is best started around 4-5 months of age. Typically, insurance companies do not cover this and they are quite expensive.
Therefore if parents are concerned about head shape they should bring it to the attention of their pediatrician during the monthly newborn checkups. The pediatrician may give them treatment advice or make the referral to a specialist if they feel it’s appropriate
Dr Gary Tye,Neurosurgeon
The great thing about homeschooling is that you can choose a formal curriculum, none at all, or mix and match where you see fit. For many considering homeschooling for the first time, the last two options may seem daunting. This week, I want to recommend my top research based curriculum choices for language, written and math based disabilities. Please remember that no one curriculum works perfectly for every child or even for every teacher/parent. I highly recommend attending a homeschool convention before purchasing. Most conventions will have a curriculum room with vendors and materials on site. This allows you to see the items in person and ask questions directly. If you are unable to attend a conference, contact your state homeschooling organization. Most of these will have an office with limited curriculum on hand. My last bit of advice is – don’t be afraid to stop using a curriculum that is not a good fit and try something else. The good thing about homeschooling is that you are no longer under the same hard timelines as the public school system. You can do school year round or take breaks outside of the traditional timelines. Take all the time you need to figure out what works best for your own teaching style and your child’s learning style.
We will be working with management and team members in Virginia Beach Sky Zone to better understand autism to assure the highest level of customer service for individuals with autism and their families. Sky Zone Virginia Beach management team wanted to make sure that this Sky Zone is a “judgement free” zone. Bringing the Missing Piece Awareness interactive training to the team members will help jumpers of all abilities and their families to feel welcome and enjoy a “WOW” experience every time they enter the park.
IT’S HERE!! Influenza has hit Virginia pretty hard these past 2 weeks, especially when it had been an extremely mild flu-season up until that point. At this point in time, it is probably too late to be effectively vaccinated for this season, as it will take a few weeks for the body to mount an immune response, and we are all exposed on a daily basis. Chances are, if you have a fever, body aches, cough, congestion, sore throat and extreme fatigue, you’ve got it! If you think you or your child have flu symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as you can in order to effectively be treated with an anti viral medication such as Tamiflu.
Parenting a child with special needs is always a challenge and many days there is not much to “celebrate”. Today, I want to share a small yet monumental moment for me! I know many of you will relate and I love to see the smiles and comments when I share some of our small moments.
These last few days, our son has come downstairs WITH his socks and shoes on! Yes, on! For those that are thinking,”yes, and…”, ummm, THIS is big. It is not only 3 extra minutes of valuable bus time, but it is one step closer to him reaching more independence. For those of you that are thinking, that is not happening here, add a “yet”. I did not think it would either . He is NOT tying his shoes, and for the most part, they are the ties from the prior day, but I can work on that.
March has finally arrived and, after a cold and dreary winter, we’re probably all getting a little antsy for the warmth of spring, an increase in hours of daylight and, of course, spring produce! We love our root veggies and greens here at RelayFoods.com, but we’re more than happy for the transition to the lighter fare of spring. Check out our March Produce calendar for what’s in season this month!
I think we can officially say that the snow is over?! I am ready for some Sunshine!
March is a great time to start thinking about Summer, our camp guide will be adding more options as the programs confirm their options. We also have some Spring Break options. Many events our added to our calendar. Please be sure to check it regularly.
As the parents of special needs children, we all want our kiddos to have happy and memorable childhoods. For many children, a large portion of that equation is the development of social skills and friendships with both their typical (and not so typical) peers. Along with play dates, activities, and sports clubs, part of the unwritten social contract entrenched within these friendships is attending and participating in each other’s birthday parties. For the parents of autistic children, this prospect can be bittersweet. The thrill of finding a birthday party invite in our child’s backpack can quickly turn to sheer panic as you envision the chaos and sheer pandemonium playing as a continuous movie loop in your minds eye. As much as you know the importance of participation and peer interaction social skills, the thought of your movie playing out in real time in front of others is way too daunting; so you reluctantly check the “respectfully decline” box.
Part 2 of our series
In the public school system, students must learn to adjust to the teaching style of the teacher. Students must also successfully adjust to the curriculum, which in many states, is dictated by the Common Core or SOLs. These constant adjustments can be especially hard and stressful on students with diverse learning needs. There are options within the private school sector that cater to specific disabilities and giftedness. However, most come with hefty price tags, making it not an option for many families. If you are willing to consider a radical change in thinking about
what education looks like or what you want it to look like for your child, homeschooling may be an option. Here are the three biggest benefits I see for homeschooling a child with special needs, giftedness, or in many cases, a combination of both.