SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS FROM AROUND THE NET

How Fidgeting Promotes Focus

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

When insufficient dopamine hampers focus, there are tools designed to help children with ADHD tune into the things that aren’t naturally interesting (read: schoolwork). These tools — also called fidgets — help to balance levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, both of which regulate...

Kid Meccas Increasingly Go Sensory Friendly

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More and more, recreational and cultural institutions are offering special programs and accommodations to welcome children on the spectrum and their...

Secrets to Maintaining the Gains of Behavioral Parent Training

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Problem 1: “We’re just too busy!”

It can sometimes be overwhelming for parents to integrate the techniques they learned in BPT into busy parent-child schedules at home. Here are some strategies for designing a home behavior plan that fits into your family’s lifestyle.

> Prioritize target behaviors. Over...

“What Does ADHD Feel Like to You?”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

“Your brain is like a Ferrari race-car engine; it is very powerful. But there is one problem: You have bicycle brakes.”

This is how Dr. Ned Hallowell describes ADHD to his youngest patients, and it’s one of our favorite analogies. But it turns out that no two people experience ADHD in exactly the same way, so...

Ethnic Studies: A Movement Born Of A Ban

Authors: National Public Radio

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After Arizona banned a Mexican-American studies curriculum in Tucson, Ariz., ethnic studies courses have taken root in districts across the country.

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The ADHD Homework System That (Really) Works

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Homework requires children with ADHD to copy assignments correctly, bring home the right books, keep track of due dates and hand in finished work — all difficult for anyone with poor memory, focus, or attention to detail. While it may take a few months to become a habit, creating consistent routines at home and...

Modified Toy Cars Help Drive Learning for Children with Disabilities

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Aacen Huck, 2, sits in the driver's seat of his new red car with a huge smile on his face as University of Mary physical therapy and engineering students measure padding on both sides of him. The six graduate students, who are partnering with engineering students and faculty, are modifying...

Gender Identity and Special Needs

Authors: Special Education Law Blog

The Trump Administration’s February 2017 reversal of an earlier Obama decision ensuring that transgender students under Title IX should be allowed to use the school restrooms of the gender to which they identify has thrown school policies with regards to gender identify into flux. The February 22, 2017...

Students Drive New Policies As K-12 Sexual Assault Investigations Rise

Authors: National Public Radio

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Since 2014, sexual assault investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights are up nearly 500 percent in elementary, middle and high schools across the country.

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The Cubist Revolution: Minecraft For All

Authors: National Public Radio

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Minecraft, one of the most popular video games in the world, is touted for its educational possibilities. But is that potential really accessible to all?

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The Public Schools Near Betsy DeVos' Hometown Are Doing Great

Authors: National Public Radio

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Facing down competition from charters and choice, the Grand Rapids Public Schools are responding with new initiatives and higher student achievement.

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Student Loan Forgiveness For Public Servants Up In The Air

Authors: National Public Radio

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The education secretary will allow competition for servicing student loans; new concerns over affirmative action; Public Service Loan Forgiveness in question, and more in our weekly roundup.

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Autism Speaks Retooling Scientific Agenda

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Less than a year after dropping references to finding a cure from its mission statement, Autism Speaks is looking for input amid a revamp of its...

Feds Take Aim At Inaccessible Housing

Disability Scoop
Millions in federal housing dollars went toward projects that skirted accessibility requirements, with sinks, doorways and other features that...

Art Therapy Best Practices for Children with Autism

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

A Florida State University researcher is working with art therapists to find better ways to treat children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Theresa Van Lith, assistant professor of art therapy in FSU's Department of Art Education, led a study that surveyed art therapists working...

There's a National Teachers Hall of Fame? Who Knew?

Authors: National Public Radio

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A one-of-a-kind museum that honors some of the nation's most accomplished teachers has given Emporia Kansas the title of "Teacher Town USA."

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