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The Cubist Revolution: Minecraft For All

Authors: National Public Radio

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Minecraft, one of the most popular video games in the world, is touted for its educational possibilities. But is that potential really accessible to all?

(Image credit: Martin Gee for NPR)...

“Meet the Teacher”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Our oldest son, Isaac, had a first grade Meet the Teacher night. It went terribly. Horribly. Couldn’t have gone worse.

August in Texas is already unbearable, and here we all were — about 25 five year olds and their parents, grandparents, and siblings — in one classroom competing for the...

Down Syndrome Documentary Coming To PBS

Disability Scoop
Deep questions about independence — or lack thereof — for adults with Down syndrome are at the center of a new film that's set to make...

New Products for the 2017 Academic School Year for SLPs

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image September is quickly approaching and  school-based speech language pathologists (SLPs) are preparing to go back to work. Many of them are looking to update their arsenal of speech and language materials for the upcoming academic school year.

With that in mind, I wanted to update my readers regarding all the new...

5 Things You Don’t Know About Me and My ADHD

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Beneath my bubbly, exuberant exterior I hide a lifetime of anxiety, but people see a neatly made bed, a promotion at work, dinner on the table, and children who make it to school (just barely) on time. They see a competent, highly functioning, superwoman with a smile on her face. But behind that smile, I’m holding my...

Inside the Mind of a Boy with ADHD

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

“My teacher said I bother the other kids too much.”

“I don’t know why, but sometimes the other kids don’t want to play with me.”

“Sometimes I feel sad and left out, or like the whole world is against me.”

These are the heart-breaking, brutally honest words of 11-year-old Rice, who...

How Fidgeting Promotes Focus

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

When insufficient dopamine hampers focus, there are tools designed to help children with ADHD tune into the things that aren’t naturally interesting (read: schoolwork). These tools — also called fidgets — help to balance levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, both of which regulate...

Kid Meccas Increasingly Go Sensory Friendly

Disability Scoop
More and more, recreational and cultural institutions are offering special programs and accommodations to welcome children on the spectrum and their...

Secrets to Maintaining the Gains of Behavioral Parent Training

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Problem 1: “We’re just too busy!”

It can sometimes be overwhelming for parents to integrate the techniques they learned in BPT into busy parent-child schedules at home. Here are some strategies for designing a home behavior plan that fits into your family’s lifestyle.

> Prioritize target behaviors. Over...

“What Does ADHD Feel Like to You?”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

“Your brain is like a Ferrari race-car engine; it is very powerful. But there is one problem: You have bicycle brakes.”

This is how Dr. Ned Hallowell describes ADHD to his youngest patients, and it’s one of our favorite analogies. But it turns out that no two people experience ADHD in exactly the same way, so...

Ethnic Studies: A Movement Born Of A Ban

Authors: National Public Radio

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After Arizona banned a Mexican-American studies curriculum in Tucson, Ariz., ethnic studies courses have taken root in districts across the country.

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The ADHD Homework System That (Really) Works

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Homework requires children with ADHD to copy assignments correctly, bring home the right books, keep track of due dates and hand in finished work — all difficult for anyone with poor memory, focus, or attention to detail. While it may take a few months to become a habit, creating consistent routines at home and...

Gender Identity and Special Needs

Authors: Special Education Law Blog

The Trump Administration’s February 2017 reversal of an earlier Obama decision ensuring that transgender students under Title IX should be allowed to use the school restrooms of the gender to which they identify has thrown school policies with regards to gender identify into flux. The February 22, 2017...

Students Drive New Policies As K-12 Sexual Assault Investigations Rise

Authors: National Public Radio

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Since 2014, sexual assault investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights are up nearly 500 percent in elementary, middle and high schools across the country.

(Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR)...