Category - Q&A


Ask the Horizons Team: Do you treat children with feeding problems?

Question: My child is a picky eater. He eats only a handful of things, mainly carbs. This seems to be his only issue. He does well in school and has friends. My question is whether you treat only kids with autism or if you also treat kids who just have a feeding problem? Kathy in …


Ask the Horizons Team: Using Generic vs. Brand Name Medications

Question: My daughter has been doing well on the same antidepressant medication for the past 3 years. However, two months ago she began acting differently and the depressive symptoms seem to be returning. There have been no changes in her life or our family life, so this change doesn’t make sense. The pharmacy order service …


Ask the Horizons Team: Games to help stay focused on activities

Question: I am looking for some new games to play with my boys, ages 9 and 10. Both are very intelligent but struggle with staying focused on activities not of their choosing. They also have some visual processing challenges we are trying to improve. Any ideas would be appreciated! -Rachel in Michigan


Ask the Horizons Team: Spending Quality Time with the Family

Question: My husband and I both work and have three children at home, two of whom have various developmental issues. One of the biggest challenges we have is making time for quality activities with the kids when we are home with them. Do you have any suggestions for us? -Julie in Sacremento, CA


Ask the Horizons Team: Understand Your Child’s Special Education Evaluation

Question: My son has been eligible for special education as a student with autism for 3 years (since he was 6), and was eligible with an early childhood developmental delay prior to that.  He is now due (actually overdue) for his 3-year re-evaluation for special education.  When I looked at the plan the school gave …


Ask the Horizons Team: Vitamins and Supplements for Kids

Question: I have a question about vitamins and supplements that I hope you can help with.  My kids have tons of food sensitivities and full-blown allergies, and I’m trying to find some supplements that they can take that do not have lots of additives or ingredients that trigger problems for them.  So far most of …


Ask the Horizons Team: Struggling with Ideas of Things to do

Question: I enjoy reading your newsletter each week and always find a lot of great support and strategies! One thing I struggle with is coming up with ideas of things to do with my two children. I have a 7 year-old son who is blind and has a cognitive impairment. I also have a 4 …


Ask the Horizons Team: If a child isn’t attending, is it best to use a non-verbal prompt to get them to re-engage?

Question: I’ve heard you speak about different levels of prompts and have a question about that. If a child isn’t attending, is it best to use a non-verbal prompt to get them to re-engage? -Gary in Indiana


Ask the Horizons Team: How to deal with transition and change

Question: My son is finishing 5th grade and will be going to the middle school next year. It’s a totally new building and he is already talking about all the things that will be “different”. He struggles in general with things that are different, but is getting better with acknowledging and accepting that things can’t …


Ask the Horizons Team: Parent-School Partnerships

Question: As a special education team leader in an elementary school, I’ve been taking to heart some of the things you’ve written about regarding parent-school partnerships. I’m looking to make our school district less stressful and frustrating for families whose children struggle in school. What are some of the biggest complaints that you receive from …

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