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Kids With Autism Twice As Likely To Be Abused

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New research suggests that children with autism are much more likely than other kids to be mistreated, according to a wide-ranging review of reports...

How to Ensure a Smooth Transition to a New School

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If you’re contemplating a school move, it’s likely because there’s a problem with your child’s current learning environment. Whether the issue is academic, social, or philosophical, you hope a new environment will help to solve — or at least improve — it.

Any move to a new environment...

How to Choose a New School: Questions to Ask Educators and Administrators

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Any student who has changed schools (or wishes she could) will tell you: A good fit is critical. Because your child spends the bulk of her week at school, you want to make absolutely sure that she’s understood, academically suited, and — most important — happy there.

Navigating school options can be dizzying...

She’s Crafty

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One of the most polarizing purchases Laurie and I have ever made was a small craft table for Jasmine. It’s shorter than a standard table, and sits in the corner of our dining room in a spot that somewhat hides the constant chaos. The hot glue gun is usually on and the lids to the glue sticks and markers are usually off....

Q: Can the School Refuse to Evaluate My Child?

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Q: “My son’s school is hesitating about formally assessing him because he is ‘making progress,’ even though he still struggles a lot. How can I get the school to assess him for learning disabilities?”


If you have met with school officials to explain the ways in which your son is struggling and they...

The Best School Options for Students with ADHD and LD

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Authors: ADDitude.com

A generation ago, parents of children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) and learning disabilities (LD) had scant educational choices. They could take part in the special-education program of their local public school, pay a premium for private school, or find a parochial school that matched their religious...

6 Good Reasons to Change Your Child’s School

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School is a habitat designed to help our children learn, grow, and thrive, right? For students with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) and learning disabilities (LD), that is not always the case. Certain school environments may be a bad fit, and could even disrupt or undermine the educational experience.

If your child is...

Building (Real) Friendships In the Age of Snapchat and Instagram

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Middle school is a tricky time for students with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), given the increased workload and multiple classes and projects. But perhaps the hardest challenge is navigating the social landscape of adolescence.

Because of surging hormones, heightened emotions, increased self-consciousness, and a...

APA: Spanking Can Impair Kids’ Mental Health

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Authors: ADDitude.com

February 19, 2019

Physical discipline is still legal – and utilized – in 19 states across America. This is true despite a statement issued last year by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advising against spanking and harsh verbal punishment. Corporal punishment is not only ineffective, the AAP said, but there...