SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS FROM AROUND THE NET

On the Disadvantages of Parents Ceasing to Speak the Birth Language with Bilingual Language Impaired Children

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Despite significant advances in the fields of education and speech pathology, many harmful myths pertaining to multilingualism continue to persist. One particularly infuriating and patently incorrect recommendation to parents is the advice to stop speaking the birth language with their bilingual children with...

Q: How Will I Know When My Teen Is Ready to Drive?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “Our oldest son, who has attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), is almost old enough to get his driver’s license. His being able to drive would be a huge help to our family — we could really use his help driving his younger siblings around to their many commitments. Over the course of teaching him to...

“5 Reasons Why Extreme Kids Eat Lunch Alone”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Raising children with special needs changes the way most run-of-the-mill parents see childhood and its inherent risks. Our concerns and fears move quickly from “Will they be picked last in gym class?” to “Will they make it through school?” From, “Will anyone show up to their birthday...

“Ritalin and Video Games Are Not the Problem”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Less than two days after 10 people were gunned down at a high school in Santa Fe, TX, incoming National Rifle Association president Oliver North blamed video games and Ritalin for that massacre and other school shootings that seem to be occurring with astonishing regularity.

What the retired Lieutenant Colonel told America is...

“Little Miss Chatterbox”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

The kids are I are walking home from school in total silence — everyone, that is, except Jasmine, my daughter with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). Ten minutes ago, I asked her about her day and she’s going on and on. I look over from time to time to make sure she’s breathing between hyperactive...

Analyzing Discourse Abilities of Adolescents via Peer Conflict Resolution (PCR) Tasks

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

A substantial portion of my caseload is comprised of adolescent learners. Since standardized assessments possess significant limitations for that age group (as well as in general), I am frequently on the lookout for qualitative clinical measures that can accurately capture their abilities in the areas of...

Kids Are Taking Fewer Antibiotics, More ADHD Meds

NASET

Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Children and adolescents are getting fewer prescription drugs than they did in years past, according to a study that looks at a cross-section of the American population. "The decrease in antibiotic use is really what's driving this overall decline in prescription medication use that we're...

Report Finds an Increase in ADHD Medication Overdoses and Misuse in Children

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

May 24, 2018

Between 2000 and 2014, more than 150,000 calls were placed to poison control centers to report dangerous exposure by children under the age of 19 to the medications used to treat ADHD, according to a report published this week in Pediatrics1. That translates to more than 200 calls a week — or 29 calls a day.

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What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

Authors: National Public Radio

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There are many ways young children encounter stories. A new study finds a "Goldilocks effect," where a cartoon may be "too hot" and audiobooks "too cold" for learning readers.

(Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR)...

Dear Organizing Coach: How Can I Stop Sweeping My Mess Under the Rug?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “My work and home spaces are cluttered. My virtual desktop is usually full, which I fix by periodically sweeping it into a folder called “Sort This Stuff Out.” I have lots of different filing conventions that I sometimes use for a while but not consistently or with discipline. Occasionally I even throw a...

Stop the Summer Learning Slide

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

The brain is a muscle. It needs exercise to stay strong. For kids with ADHD or learning disabilities, this is particularly true. They have to work harder to retain all those multiplication tables, punctuation rules, and history facts.

In this video, learn five ways to stop the summer slide, and hold onto the school year’s...

City Among First To Go ‘Autism Friendly’

Disability Scoop
A Midwestern city of 25,000 is believed to be one of the first to launch a concerted, community-wide effort enlisting schools, businesses and...

Identifying Word Finding Deficits in Narrative Retelling of School-Aged Children

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

 In the past, I have written several posts on the topic of word finding difficulties (HERE and HERE) as well as narrative assessments (HERE and HERE) of school-aged children. Today I am combining these posts  together by offering suggestions on how SLPs can identify word finding...