SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS FROM AROUND THE NET

Democrats Grill DeVos On Guns, Schools And Money

Authors: National Public Radio

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The education secretary was on Capitol Hill to talk about the proposed budget for her department. She got an earful from Democrats.

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Dear Organizing Coach: Could My Daughter Have ADD?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Dear Concerned Mom:

I want to applaud you for wanting to do right by your daughter. It is not always easy to identify the right course of action or the most appropriate steps when you think your child has attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). It can be lonely and confusing. But on the other hand, I truly believe in relying...

“I’m Fighting for Us”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Stuff just happens. No reason to it. No predicting when days get dark and dangerous for anyone. During these last couple of months, both my wife, Margaret, and I have been banging up and down a bumpy road in the middle of a storm with our moods and meds, all the while trying to help ourselves, and each other, stay calm and...

Study Testing First Medication To Treat Autism

Disability Scoop
A drug being tested in a nationwide clinical trial could become the first to increase the ability of those with autism to connect socially and...

Transgender Teachers: In Their Own Voices

Authors: National Public Radio

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We asked transgender educators around the country to share a selfie, and tell us what they wish others knew about them. Many say they play vital roles in creating safe spaces for the next generation.

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Q: How Can I Counteract My Son’s Apathy and Inspire His Motivation?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

You pose a thorny (and common) question: How can you encourage (or force) a teen with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) to learn things that don’t interest him? If you took a poll, I imagine at least one-third of students in every class in every high school in the country would tell you they...

Q: How Can I Transfer Responsibility to My Teen — Without Risking a Ruined GPA?

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Dear Mauimama,

It sounds like your steady support made a big difference for your boys’ success when they were younger. And now, it’s time for them to accept more ownership of their school-work. Sure, executive function challenges cause difficulties and delays, particularly for teens with attention deficit disorder (A...

[Self-Test] Could You Have Emotional Hyperarousal?

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Reviewed by William Dodson, M.D.

What Is Emotional Hyperarousal? What Does It Look Like in People with ADHD?

The physical hyperactivity so often associated with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) — jumping on the couch, barreling across the playground, or talking without a pause for 10 minutes straight — is far...

Google Now Includes Accessible Routes

Disability Scoop
With a new Google Maps feature, the technology giant is looking to make it easier for people with disabilities to get around....

Q: How Can We Stop Our Teen’s After-School Explosions?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Dear VictoriaBCMom:

You describe a common (and challenging) family phenomenon: the “witching hour” when kids with ADHD transition off their medication. Several factors combine to make this a challenging time of day for everyone.

Your son, like many kids with ADHD, works hard all day to hold it together in an academic...

A Rocky Appearance For DeVos On '60 Minutes'

Authors: National Public Radio

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The controversial education secretary repeated her support for arming teachers and appeared unable to answer some questions about schools in her home state, in the 13-minute interview.

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It’s All Due to …Language: How Subtle Symptoms Can Cause Serious Academic Deficits

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image Scenario: Len is a 7-2-year-old, 2nd-grade student who struggles with reading and writing in the classroom. He is very bright and has a high average IQ, yet when he is speaking he frequently can’t get his point across to others due to excessive linguistic reformulations and word-finding difficulties. The problem...