SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS FROM AROUND THE NET

“All Hail the Summer Entertainment Director”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

It’s the middle of the night, and the light from Laurie’s lamp wakes me up. I see her clicking away on her phone, and writing something in a notebook. “What are you doing?”

“Next month, I signed up the kids for a Vacation Bible School across town and I’m looking for coupons for ice cream...

Scientists Learn More About How Gene Linked to Autism Affects Brain

NASET

Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

New preclinical research shows a gene already linked to a subset of people with autism spectrum disorder is critical to healthy neuronal connections in the developing brain, and its loss can harm those connections to help fuel the complex developmental condition. Scientists at Cincinnati...

How Can I Make My Teen Care About School?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Your teen is barely passing high school, and doesn’t seem to care.

When teens stop trying, overparenting is rarely far behind.

Concerned parents try to motivated with more nagging, nudging, lecturing and pleading. This reaction is natural, but it’s also counter productive. How can you motivate kids to develop an...

“The Other Impostor Syndrome”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Every grad student knows about Impostor Syndrome: the belief that, despite your achievements, you’re not as skilled or intelligent as others believe you to be, and the accompanying fear of being “found out” as a fraud who works twice as hard as everyone else to make up for her deficits.

Works twice as hard as...

Q: What’s Up with My Teen’s Ingratitude and Messiness?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “How do I motivate my son (with ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome) to follow through on anything, including family life? He purposely leaves a mess everywhere — cereal left open and milk left out on the counter, dishes left where he ate, clothes dropped on the floor, even garbage thrown on driveway where he...

Study Affirms Prospect Of Autism Blood Test

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New research is offering stronger proof that a blood test may be able to accurately predict whether or not a child has autism....

Making Schools Safer: Harsh Consequences, Or Second Chances?

Authors: National Public Radio

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The tragedy in Parkland, Fla., this year kicked off a national debate over how to reduce school violence: through tighter security and tougher discipline ... or more help for troubled students?

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Using Picture Books to Teach Children That It’s OK to Make Mistakes and Take Risks

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Those of you who follow my blog know that in my primary job as an SLP working for a psychiatric hospital, I assess and treat language and literacy impaired students with significant emotional and behavioral disturbances. I often do so via the aid of picture books (click HERE for my previous posts on this...

Overcoming Barriers by Disabilities through the Nora Project

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

But for kids with disabilities, it's even easier to be left out. Now, a new program at one north suburban middle school is changing that, one friend at a time. CBS 2's Roseanne Tellez has the story of the Nora Project. A group of 4th graders greet their friend Fin with smiles and high...

Speech, Language, and Literacy Fun with Helen Lester’s Picture Books

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Picture books are absolutely wonderful for both assessment and treatment purposes! They are terrific as narrative elicitation aids for children of various ages, ranging from pre-K through fourth grade.  They are amazing treatment aids for addressing a variety of speech, language, and literacy goals that extend...

Governor of Colorado Rejects Medical Marijuana for Autism Treatment

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Adults and children with autism and their parents and caregivers held an early rally at the Colorado state capitol building maintaining the vigil for the rest of the day. Their cause was gaining support of Colorado HB 1263, which would have granted children with autism access to legal...

DeVos On School Safety; A New Leader For Education's Civil Rights Office

Authors: National Public Radio

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Also in our weekly education news roundup: controversy over New York City's elite high schools; and new moves by Apple to give parents control over what apps their kids are using.

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Century-Old Decisions That Impact Children Every Day

Authors: National Public Radio

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Alexandra Lange's new book has insights on the influence of school and classroom design on children's learning throughout history.

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Tips on Reducing ‘Summer Learning Loss’ in Children with Language/Literacy Disorders

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

The end of the school year is almost near. Soon many of our clients with language and literacy difficulties will be going on summer vacation and enjoying their time outside of school. However, summer is not all fun and games.  For children with learning needs, this is also a time of “learning...