Special Needs Articles

Does My Stepbrother Have an Anxiety Disorder?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
From the U.S: Hi. I'm 14. I have a step brother that lives in my dad's house. His mom (my step mom) lives in the house as well. I recently moved in with my dad. My step mom is very protective over her son who ...

My Mother Refuses Mental Help or that Anything Is Wrong with Her

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, June 1st, 2014
My mom is the second child out of three and is deaf, (both of my parents are deaf and as result, I have felt with most matters since I was young). She gets frequent and very violent outbursts at times and has even gone as ...

Nephew Receives Constant Negative Parenting

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, May 2nd, 2014
I have a beloved 9 yr old nephew who is home-schooled. I have always suspected that he is being talked to negatively most of the time and now that he and I communicate many hours per week by Facetime on our Ipads, it has been ...

How Do I Help My Niece?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, April 17th, 2014
From the U.S.: I babysat my now 5 year old niece a lot when she was an infant and toddler. Early on her behavior didn’t seem quite normal. Other people speculated she might be autistic. It’s tough to describe the problem as most children get upset ...

Emotional Support Animal

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, April 12th, 2014
How do we have our Labradoodle listed as a ESA -- Emotional Support Animal. Would a simple note from my doctor be sufficient or is more required. Thank You A: Here's a link to the national animal service registry with a complete description of how to ...

Can’t Handle Challenging Child

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, January 3rd, 2014
I teach a class of 8-10 mostly 5 year olds in a kindergarten enrichment program through a private childcare learning center. This child is constantly displaying defiant behavior that will sometimes escalate into disruptive outbursts that I can't control. It all seems to stem ...

Finding Help for My Autistic Children

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
My 5yo has been diagnosed with severe ADHD, Autism, ODD. He is on medications and has been doing so well until about the last three months. He has always had more problems with ADHD but now it seems like Autism is taking control of ...

Wife Unsure if She Loves Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
I have been married for 10.5 years now and we have 2 amazing children. About three years ago my wife approached me and said that she was basically done with the relationship unless I changed things. I feel that I have changed those ...

Do I Have a Psychological Problem?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, April 13th, 2013
I grew up with a younger sibling with autism, and I deeply love and care for her. As I grew up, my parents always told me that I had to be successful so I could care for her when they died. I was perfectly okay ...

Depressed About Child’s Health

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, March 16th, 2013
I'm a 30 year old mother of two. My depression started after I had my first child. I didnt feel any connection with my daughter, and I still don't to this day. But the real problem began when I was informed during my second pregnancy, ...

Troubled, Troublesome Teen

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
I want to help my 15 yr daughter figure out what is wrong with her. I'm out of money. How do I get her a diagnosis? For 10 yrs I've taken my daughter to professionals to understand what makes her different so we can ...

Hatred of Sound

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Hello, I’m 14 and I have struggled with symptoms of depression and anxiety for two years, along with rage brought on by sensitivity to certain sounds. These sounds include all eating sounds, ripping paper, any combination of skin and fabric rubbing against each other ...