SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS FROM AROUND THE NET

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

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

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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Family Builds At-Home Sensory Room

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Typically sensory rooms are built for schools or centers that serve people with special needs, but one family decided to incorporate such a...

“The Teacher Becomes the Student”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

My first encounters with kids with ADHD were not as a parent but as a music teacher. When I taught my first private guitar lesson at age 18, most of my students were in middle or high school. I was closer in age to my students than I was to their parents, and so I related and empathized when they told me about school.

One of my...

Scream-Free Parenting Is Possible With Behavioral Parent Training

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Authors: ADDitude.com

One of the biggest challenges that parents of a child with ADHD face is managing and changing disruptive or inappropriate behaviors at home and in school. The best way to meet that challenge is through a behavioral parent training program (BPT), a well-studied and well-established first-line treatment plan for children with...

Federal Panel Wants Autism Funding Doubled

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A federal autism committee is calling for a twofold increase in funds dedicated to researching the developmental disorder by 2020....

The Mystery Of ADHD Motivation, Solved

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Despite the many differences among children and adults with ADHD, there is one similarity shared by virtually all of them. Although they have considerable chronic difficulty in getting organized and getting started on many tasks, focusing their attention, sustaining their efforts, and utilizing their short-term working memory,...

Adolescent Assessments in Action: Informal Reading Evaluation

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image In the past several years, due to an influx of adolescent students with language and learning difficulties on my caseload, I have begun to research in depth aspects of adolescent language development, assessment, and intervention.

While a number of standardized assessments are available to test various components...

The Doctor Is Not In: ADHD’s Pediatrician Problem

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Stephanie Berger always knew that her granddaughter struggled with inattention and hyperactivity, but she couldn’t get a diagnosis until Nadia was nine.

“When she was four, I went to our pediatrician and told him she was having trouble,” Berger said. “He’s the first one who said it ‘could...