For parents, diagnoses and therapists are more confusing now than ever before. One size definitely does not fit all in the case of children, even for those children with the same diagnosis. A child diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum is still an individual with individual personality traits and the features of Autism do not necessarily…

At what age it is appropriate to give children cell phones? I anticipate that this will be a debate for a long time to come. I had a conversation recently with a parent who was conflicted about getting her daughter a cell phone as this almost teenage young girl was supposedly “the only one” of…

Language and communication are fundamental to everything we do, and most importantly they are how we engage with others, find meaning in our world, and feel a sense of belonging amongst our families and friends. This isn’t a new idea, but how we use language and communicate with our children has changed, and continues to…

The Empower team has been busy! We attended two conferences in the past two weeks. This past weekend we were at Professional Minds conference in Johannesburg, where almost 300 pediatric professionals were in attendance. The topic in discussion was the Teen and Tween brain. Speakers included: – Dr Kathie Nunely, a brain researcher, teacher and…

In my professional life I have always said that children deliver to your expectations, if you have low expectations children deliver, it is the same if you set the bar high. I raised my own children with a strong set of values, and the performance character lessons I always taught them was “you don’t have…