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How Marijuana May Damage Teenage Brains

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

How Marijuana May Damage Teenage Brains

In a study of adolescent mice with a version of a gene linked to serious human mental illnesses, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have uncovered a possible explanation for how marijuana may damage the brains of some human teens. In a report...

Department of Education Revokes Discipline Guidance

Authors: Special Education Law Blog

In an ongoing effort to role back more progressive and supportive guidance the current Department of Education under Secretary DeVos revoked prior guidance and policy documents designed to protect students including those with disabilities. The National Center for Learning Disabilities has issued a statement in...

Chicago Public School's Home Bound Policy Ordered to Be Changed

Authors: Special Education Law Blog

At our office we have had an ongoing battle with Chicago Public Schools creating its own set of rules for when they will provide home bound instruction. They frequently make up rules under the heading "that is not the way we do things here in Chicago." I have come to calling CPS the "Republic of Chicago," as it...

Vacation Rentals Catering To People With Autism

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A new online platform is offering vacation rentals featuring soothing neutral colors, door alarms, items washed with fragrance-free products and...

7 Games That Bring Families Together

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Authors: ADDitude.com

The holidays are a minefield of challenges for our big-loving, strong-emotioned kiddos. Family gatherings, gifts, overwhelmed parents, deviations from routine — these all overstimulate the senses just when your family supports are most stressed. So when the kids are getting cranky before dinner, coming down from a candy...

5 Inspirations for Desperate Santas

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Authors: ADDitude.com

If your kids are anything like mine, they are begging you right now for a Nintendo Switch or an iPad or a new phone or an XBox or any number of other digital distractions. I’m not against devices totally, but I have learned that the best gifts are usually the ones we can enjoy together. Here are a few of my kids’...

Don’t Call It a Resolution…

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Your fridge is bursting with pie and wine, and already you foresee the salads and treadmills of January. It’s not unusual — or inherently bad — to dive headlong into lifestyle changes, including a regimen of healthy eating and exercise after toasting the season… just don’t call these new...

Home Videos May Speed Autism Diagnosis

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Short home videos may provide enough information to determine whether or not a child is on the autism spectrum, a new study suggests....

Jersey Boys (and Their Frenzied Moms)

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Today, before my son’s first basketball game, I can’t find his jersey. It was just worn at basketball practice two days earlier, but we all know that doesn’t mean much.

I do a quick check of the hamper — nope, not there. Heart pumping, ears ringing, and now here comes the anger. My mouth just starts...

When the Tinsel Hits the Fan: How to Prevent Holiday Meltdowns

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Authors: ADDitude.com

The holiday whirlwind is kicking up dust already. The endless parade of celebrations, parties, and concerts has begun its march. Cooking, decorating, shopping, and entertaining already dominate our weekends. And so it’s no wonder that our kids (and us, too!) are beginning to feel exhausted, disappointed, and quite...

Q: What If I Can’t Afford an ADHD Coach?

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “Why are attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) coaches so expensive? Are there any effective alternatives that cost less?”  ADHDerMom

Hi ADHDerMom:

It’s tough to replace the individualized attention you receive from an ADHD coach. They help you set personal goals, create systems and structures...