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Phonological Awareness Screening App Review: ProPA

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image Summer is in full swing and for many SLPs that means a welcome break from work. However, for me, it’s business as usual, since my program is year around, and we have just started our extended school year program.

Of course, even my program is a bit light on activities during the summer. There are lots of field...

Improving Executive Function Skills of Language Impaired Students with Hedbanz

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image Those of you who have previously read my blog know that I rarely use children’s games to address language goals.  However, over the summer I have been working on improving executive function abilities (EFs) of some of the language impaired students on my caseload. As such, I found select children’s games to be high...

Kids Struggling With Addiction Need School, Too, But There Are Few Options

Authors: National Public Radio

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An estimated 1.3 million teens struggle with substance use disorders. For teenagers in Wisconsin, there is only one high school that treats students' addiction while they earn a diploma.

(Image credit: Vivian Shih for NPR)...

Genetic Gains and Losses in Tourette Syndrome Uncovered

NASET

Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Researchers have identified structural changes in two genes that increase the risk of developing Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and vocal tics. The study, published in the journal Neuron, was supported by the National Institute of...

Summer Reading For Your Woke Kid

Authors: National Public Radio

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Looking for books to feed your child's curiosity and ignite the social activist inside of them? Here's our list of children's books to keep your child occupied all summer long.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Graeber for NPR)...

“It’s My Son’s Body and Journey—and His Decision to Take Meds or Not”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

“It’s a really hard decision, but I think I will do better if I take it.”

This is a response to a question about taking his medicine this summer or taking a drug holiday, a decision placed in the hands of my rapidly growing soon-to-be 12-year-old.

Several years ago, when eating and weight gain were significant...

Why Summer Jobs Don't Pay

Authors: National Public Radio

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The minimum wage is flat, college tuition is up and students are broke: Summer jobs just don't have the purchasing power they used to, especially when you look at the cost of college.

(Image credit: Michelle Kondrich for NPR)...

Teacher Of The Year In Oklahoma Moves To Texas For The Money

Authors: National Public Radio

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Oklahoma teachers are some of the lowest paid in the country. After it was clear they wouldn't be getting a raise in 2017, the former teacher of the year called it quits.

(Image credit: Emily Wendler/KOSU)...

Caps Would Pinch Medicaid For Decades To Come

Disability Scoop
Cuts to Medicaid — the primary source of supports for millions with disabilities — would continue for decades under a U.S. Senate...

“How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Can parents safely relax screen-time limits during the summer? The complicated answer is, “It depends.” The underlying goal is balance. If your child is attending day camp or taking sailing lessons, increased afternoon screen time is not detrimental. If your child is cooped up indoors working a summer job, for...

Greater Size Variation Found in Male Brains Than in Female Brains

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

June 29, 2017

Boys are more likely to have brains that are larger or smaller than average, a new study says, while girls have less size variation. This could help explain why disorders like ADHD and autism are more prevalent in boys, researchers concluded.

The study, published June 20 in the journal Cerebral Cortex, examined MRI...