July 5, 2018

Convinced he had discovered a new syndrome, Dr. Andreas Rett published findings in several under-read medical journals about six girls under his pediatric care. These girls had similar symptoms and similar stories -- they all developed typically until they were toddlers, when they suddenly began to lose control of their hand and eye movement. It would be twenty years before another doctor's research would propel the syndrome Rett discovered into the realm of medical legitimacy. The condition we now know as "Rett syndrome" is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder about which we are eagerly learning as much as we can...

May 11, 2018

Tomorrow, May 12th, is Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day!  A very rare condition, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome is a complex diagnosis about which much is still being discovered.  We thought we would detail some helpful information, to do our part to spread awareness of this developmental syndrome. In 1933, a Dutch pediatrician named Cornelia Catharina de Lange took on a young patient who was small for her age and had very distinct, somewhat atypical facial characteristics. She set about the task of researching, describing, and documenting what she had discovered.  The syndrome she studied now bears her name: Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.

April 5, 2018

On Monday, April 2nd, people around the world celebrated Autism Awareness Day, and the entire month of April is Autism Awareness Month.  As autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, with more than 3.5 million people diagnosed in the United States alone, we thought we’d shed some light on some of the facts, misconceptions, and varying degrees of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

March 8, 2018

This morning, a darling little girl with Down syndrome, a student in our preschool, stood outside our administrative offices and told us all story after story.  Some of them involved dancing, some were action-packed, some were simply explanatory.  We didn’t understand most of the words that streamed from this animated little performer, but we knew what she was talking about, because: PERSONALITY. Increasingly visible in the media today, Down syndrome is quickly becoming one of the most instantly recognizable developmental diagnoses in the United States.  But how much do we really know about it? This post will help to answer some basic questions about Down syndrome.  The more we know, the more we can do to promote the welfare of the community of people affected by this syndrome.

February 1, 2018

The abbreviation CP stands for cerebral palsy. A breakdown of those words provides us with a very general definition of what CP is – “cerebral” means pertaining to the brain, and a “palsy” is a weakness of muscles. This tells us that CP is basically a weakness or difficulty with the use of muscles caused by something in the brain. But what is it, really? What causes it? What kind of long-term effects does it have? What does it look like to live with CP? As we develop this blog, we’d like to provide a rundown on some of the most common diagnoses for children with special needs in Middle Tennessee. Knowledge is power, and the more we can learn about these diagnoses, the more effective we can be in dispelling stereotypes, providing support, and encouraging the success of the child...

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