SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS FROM AROUND THE NET

Learning How Bullying Happens In Order To Prevent It

Authors: National Public Radio

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A new national survey asked students about how they experience bullying in order to help educators try to stop it.

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Exercise and Sleep: The Better Brain Therapies Your Child Needs

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Science has finally agreed that the brain is malleable and “plastic.” This means that the brain can, to a surprising extent, reinvent itself with learning, experience, or the right stimulation. This reinvention is called “epigenetic” — the biological process by which life experiences can override,...

“Time to Crack Open Your Silver Lining Playbook”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

“Are we there yet?” my youngest child asks with a smirk. It has been only a few minutes since we started driving, just the beginning of one of our longer family trips, one of those Mad Lib’ing, movie-watching, nap-taking, stopping-for-snacks kind of long trips.

My husband’s voice booms, “Oh,...

Visualizing and Verbalizing goals/objectives

Authors: The School Speech Therapist

Oct 29, 2017 byTeresa Sadowski MA CCC-SLP

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Several years ago I took the Visualizing and Verbalizing course. It must have been a 3 or 4-day course. I didn’t take it directly from Lindamood Bell but from a local agency that was approved by Lindamood-Bell and used Visualizing and Verbalizing in their practice. I was h...

Avoid the Summer (or Spring Break) Learning Slide

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Most children lose some academic skills or regress over the long summer break. Students with serious learning or other disabilities who receive services under IDEA tend to lose even more academic ground during the break. These students may be entitled to Extended School Year (ESY) services over the summer (or during other...

Is The F-Word Ever OK In The Classroom?

Authors: National Public Radio

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A new high school in Washington, D.C., brings a radical approach to discipline — including allowing cursing by students. Should that behavior be tolerated? Or punished?

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7 Myths (and Truths) About ADHD

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Is ADHD real? Are medications really safe? Can adults have ADHD?

These far-too-common myths are unfair judgement of your behavior or parenting skills. While you already know you’re not doing anything wrong, how can you convince your family, friends, and those infuriating perfect strangers to believe it too? Start by...

Evaluate My Child, Already!

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Authors: ADDitude.com

The regulations governing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) state clearly that children “who are in need of special education and related services [must be] identified, located, and evaluated.” When parents request an evaluation because they believe their child has a disability, the school...

Autism Benefit To Air On HBO

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Some of the biggest names in comedy are coming together for a nationally-televised event, all to raise money for schools, programs and services for...

ADHD’s Secret Demon — And How to Tame It

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Authors: ADDitude.com

I call the default mode network (DMN) “the demon of ADHD.” The DMN is one of the most fascinating and significant discoveries to come out of neuroscience in the past 20 years, but most people haven’t heard of it.

The DMN seems to be more active in those of us who have ADHD, and it may explain our tendency to...

“The Day My Extreme Child Brought Me to Tears”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

From about eighteen months to four years old, Briggs kept his meltdowns private. His behavior started small at first — random hitting for no reason, throwing temper tantrums, and what seemed like normal “terrible two” behavior, but on a cocktail of Adderall and Mountain Dew.

As he got older, his behavior grew...

DeVos Weighs Changes To Special Ed Rule

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The Education Department is reportedly considering delaying or wiping out a rule designed to ensure that children from certain backgrounds aren't...

2 Years After 'Opt Out,' Are Students Taking Fewer Tests?

Authors: National Public Radio

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What has changed — and what hasn't — since President Obama called for a new approach amid a national debate over how much time students spend preparing for, and taking, standardized tests.

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Teachers Report Stressed, Anxious Students In The 'Age Of Trump'

Authors: National Public Radio

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In a national survey by UCLA researchers, teachers say they have students who are concerned for themselves and their families. And some teachers have seen a decline in classroom civility.

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Signaling Pathway May be Key to Why Autism is More Common in Boys

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Researchers aiming to understand why autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are more common in boys have discovered differences in a brain signaling pathway involved in reward learning and motivation that make male mice more vulnerable to an autism-causing genetic glitch. "One intriguing aspect...