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What is Social Communication Disorder?

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Authors: ADDitude.com

What is Social Communication Disorder?

Social communication disorder (SCD) makes it difficult to communicate with other people in social situations. The condition first appeared in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) in 2013; prior to that, people exhibiting its symptoms were commonly diagnosed on the autism spectrum,...

“He Needed More Than I Could Give Him”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

I made the decision to medicate at a kid’s homeschool party.

August is six. He is smart, kind, and funny. He’s able to distinguish between almost identical species of toad and ready to tell you already where he’ll go to college and what he’ll study (Clemson, salamanders). The first to share with his...

The School Shootings That Weren't

Authors: National Public Radio

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The federal government said schools reported 235 shootings in one school year. But an NPR investigation finds that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened.

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What Makes an Independent Speech-Language-Literacy Evaluation a GOOD Evaluation?

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Three years ago I wrote a blog post entitled: “Special Education Disputes and Comprehensive Language Testing: What Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates Need to Know“. In it, I used  4 very different scenarios to illustrate the importance of comprehensive language evaluations for children with...

On the Limitations of Using Vocabulary Tests with School-Aged Students

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Those of you who read my blog on a semi-regular basis, know that I spend a considerable amount of time in both of my work settings (an outpatient school located in a psychiatric hospital as well as private practice), conducting language and literacy evaluations of preschool and school-aged children 3-18 years of...

Smart Goals made easy

Authors: The School Speech Therapist

Aug 15, 2018 byTeresa Sadowski MA CCC-SLP

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Hey SLPs

If you are thinking about your personal “smart goal” for the next school year you might want to check out my site on Teachers Pay Teachers.   A few years back the SLPs in my district were asked to put together a short in-service for teaching assistants about the ro...

My Student Keeps Blurting Out and Getting Up from His Seat

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: Josh, nine, who has been diagnosed with ADHD, blurts things out. He will call across the room to a friend during classwork. He also will get up from his seat without asking. We have classroom rules posted on the wall, but it has been tough to get him to comply. What can I do to change his behaviors?


Know that these two disrup...

Disorganization Hurts My Student’s Performance: How Can I Help?

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: I have a lovely fifth grader who has a good grasp on academics. He knows his math facts and does well on tests. He has big challenges turning in completed homework, or leaving books in his locker when he should have them in class. He doesn’t always bring home all of the materials to complete an assignment. I...

How to Recognize That You’re Painting with a Calculator

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Authors: ADDitude.com

It occurs to me as I walk to math class, my steps echoing like conversations thrown against each other that fall down slowly, softly, quickly. I fill the hallway with sounds of falling feet and underfoot phrases. The rustle of my papers feels like the friction of my thoughts, scraping one another in a bustle covered by...

Want to Change Your Bad Habits? Do These 2 Things

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Everyone has a few more vices than they care to admit. It is hard to stop a bad habit, especially if your brain craves the dopamine fix the habit gives you. Here are a couple of tried-and-true strategies you probably haven’t used before that can make it easier to change your ways.

Find Good Substitutes for a Bad Habit

We...

Hey, ADHD Parents: Shoot for Progress, not Perfection

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Authors: ADDitude.com

An ADDitude reader wrote:

“I am a 35-year-old mom diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety. I am raising a 13-year-old son who also has ADHD. We are both taking medication, and it helps with symptoms. It is tough, though, to stay organized for two of us, keep my emotions under control when we have a disagreement about something,...

5 “Danger Zones” for Distractible Students (and How Teachers Can Help)

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Students with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) may daydream during lectures, stare out the window, or lose focus. It’s not willful disobedience or boredom. ADHD affects the part of the brain that controls sustained attention, and makes it harder to resist wandering thoughts.

If you have kids with unsteady focus in...

When Your Teen Wants to Disappear from School — Right This Instant

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Authors: ADDitude.com

When I hear the alert tone I set for my son’s texts during school hours, my stomach drops out. We’ve battled over school avoidance since my son was in fourth grade, which is now going on six years.

He texts me from school: “Mom, I can’t take it anymore. Pick me up.” “Mom, you need to get me...

Maximize the Benefits of Your Teen’s Stimulants

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Research has not concluded whether teens and young adults with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) are at greater risk than their peers for substance use and misuse. But the fact remains that all teens are at some risk for drug and alcohol use, and those taking prescribed psycho-pharmaceuticals are at greater risk.

Some...