SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS FROM AROUND THE NET

Students Give Couplets A Try (And You Should Too!)

Authors: National Public Radio

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Scores of students submitted their poems about teamwork to an NPR callout. Here are a few of the highlights.

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

ADHD, Sleep, and Me: It’s Complicated

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Sleep should be simple. The sun goes down, your brain and body get sleepy, you go to bed and close your eyes, you drift into slumber. It doesn’t work that way for me, nor anyone I know with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). What I didn’t realize, until over a decade ago, was that sleep problems and ADHD are...

Dear Organizing Coach: How Can I Overcome Mommy Overwhelm to Help Myself Improve?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “I’m constantly working on myself as a mom with young children running an at-home daycare. My medication strategy has been largely to run from it and not engage out of fear for how they make my heart race. I’ve been on antidepressants in the past and weaned myself off for pregnancy and post-partum. Now,...

Are The Nation’s Schools Following The ADA?

Disability Scoop
Members of Congress are asking for a federal investigation into whether schools across the country are in compliance with the Americans with...

6 Healthy Ways to Respond to Your Child’s Meltdowns

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

ADHD meltdowns are more than just an angry outburst. The tears, flailing limbs, and irrationality are enough to make you wish you had never left the house.

You feel like a failure, and see the judgement in other parents’ eyes. In reality, meltdowns say nothing about your parenting ability. They reflect the nature of ADHD.

B...

Q: How Can We Save Our Son From Himself?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “Our 17-year-old smokes marijuana, sneaks out at night, and argues about everything. He was recently asked to withdraw from a good school for having marijuana in his school bag. He says he hates his mother and is moving out as soon as he can. This child needs saving from himself. What should we, as the parents,...

Study: CBT May Help Children with Autism Better Manage Emotions

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

April 30, 2018

Emotional symptoms — including anxiety, anger, or earth-shattering meltdowns — rank high among the biggest challenges faced by children with autism. At the same time, standard treatment plans typically focus more on social symptoms; they don’t often address emotional challenges head-on. Now, a...

DBT: The Emotional Control Therapy You Need Now

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Amanda, 33, struggles with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). She takes medication and sees a coach to help her with organization and time management skills, but her mood swings are her biggest remaining problem — snapping at others when feeling overwhelmed or impulsively taking on too many responsibilities when...

What 'A Nation At Risk' Got Wrong, And Right, About U.S. Schools

Authors: National Public Radio

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Thirty-five years after the landmark report warned of a "rising tide of mediocrity" in U.S. education, the statistics have been questioned, but the concerns still feel urgent.

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Children with ADHD Show Atypical Levels of Critical Micronutrients, Study Finds

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

April 29, 2018

Levels of certain micronutrients — the vitamins and minerals humans need in small quantities in order to function properly — were shown to be distorted in a small study focusing on children with ADHD, possibly pointing to the nutritional or metabolic underpinnings of the disorder.

Researchers assessed...

Clinical Assessment of Elementary-Aged Students Writing Abilities : Suggestions for SLPs

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Recently I wrote a blog post regarding how SLPs can qualitatively assess writing abilities of adolescent learners. Today due to popular demand, I am offering suggestions regarding how SLPs can assess writing abilities of early-elementary-aged students with suspected learning and literacy deficits. For the...

New Study: Pregnant Moms and their Offspring Should Limit Added Sugars in their Diets to Protect Childhood Cognition

NASET

Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has determined that poorer childhood cognition occurred, particularly in memory and learning, when pregnant women or their offspring consumed greater quantities of sugar. Substituting diet soda for sugar-sweetened...

“Should My Son Repeat Kindergarten?”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Deciding whether a child diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) should repeat kindergarten is a sensitive topic — and one that I have experienced firsthand. While making that decision for my son with ADHD, I found it required many thoughtful conversations with my family members and friends, as well as my...