We have provided information on various health topics and conditions that are commonly treated in our clinics.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity). For more information, visit Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder http://www.chadd.org/ , Attention Deficit Disorder Association www.add.org
Children with apraxia of speech have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech. For information and support visit The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America http://www.apraxia-kids.org/
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction. The symptoms are present from early childhood and affect daily functioning. The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability in functioning that can occur in people with ASD. For more information, visit National Institute of Health: Autism Fact Sheet http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autism/detail_autism.htm , Autism Society of America http://www.autism-society.org/, Autism Speaks https://www.autismspeaks.org/ , Autism Society of Minnesota www.ausm.org and Autism Resource Network www.autismshop.com
For information and support for individuals with cerebral palsy and their families visit United Cerebral Palsy www.ucp.org
For more information and support for individuals with cleft lip and/or palate and their families visit American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association http://www.cleftline.org/
For information and support for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families visit
National Down Syndrome Society www.ndss.org and Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota www.mm.com/dsam/
For more information, to help in the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses visit the federal agency National Institute of Mental Health www.nimh.nih.gov
For information and resources for individuals and families to help you make decisions about education and other services for your child or young adult with disabilities. Pacer Center www.pacer.org, ARC www.arcgreatertwincities.org or National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities www.nichcy.org
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively. http://www.asha.org/ Here you will find resources to help you understand communication and communication disorders as well as what is a speech-language pathologist and audiologist.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioner and students of occupation therapy to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. www.aota.org
Local associations with helpful information for speech Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association (MSHA) http://www.msha.net/ and for OT Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA) www.motafunctionfirst.org
Sensory integration refers to how people use the information provided by all the sensations coming from within the body and from the external environment. For some, sensory integration does not develop smoothly. Because they can’t rely on their senses to give them an accurate picture of the world, they don’t know how to behave in response, and they may have trouble learning and behaving appropriately. For more information on what sensory integration and sensory processing disorders are visit Sensory Integration Issues http://www.sifocus.com/ or Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation http://www.spdfoundation.net/
For the most up to date information and help available for the prevention of stuttering in young child and the most effective treatment available for teenagers and adults visit The Stuttering Foundation http://www.stutteringhelp.org/ and National Stuttering Foundation http://www.nsastutter.org/
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