Searching for a diagnosis

Searching for a diagnosis

How scientists are untangling the mystery of developmental disorders There are between 6,000 and 8,000 known rare diseases, many of which affect children’s development. One pioneering project is showing how, 17 years since the first draft of the human genome, our...
Losing an education

Losing an education

Every time someone says it’s worth it to go to university because “an education is the one thing no one can take from you” it drives me up a wall. You know how to take someone’s education from them? It’s easy. Hit them in the head. Your...
Aunt Lydia’s Garden Karma

Aunt Lydia’s Garden Karma

She got the [community garden] plot fifteen years ago, as a sanctuary for her son, who is on the autism spectrum. “I have pictures—they slightly break my heart, but they’re all so beautiful—of him just sitting in a chair and looking out, peaceful.” One time, he hid a...
The Boxed Generation: Caring and Coping on All Sides

The Boxed Generation: Caring and Coping on All Sides

Baby Boomers and Gen Xer’s had better get used to this complex reality, because their generations are moving from being the Sandwich Generation to becoming the Boxed Generation. The term “sandwich generation” was first used in 1981 by social worker Dorothy Miller to...
The Diagnosis That Wasn’t

The Diagnosis That Wasn’t

When my nine-year-old son, Max, was diagnosed with ADHD last year, I immediately went into education mode. I started reading books. I watched videos. I signed up for a parenting class. So many of the struggles my husband and I had been having with our parenting...
Settling for second best

Settling for second best

Doctors sometimes encounter parents who object to prescribed treatment for their children, and request suboptimal substitutes be administered instead (suboptimal being defined as less effective and/or more expensive). Previous studies have focused on parental refusal...