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Nerves that Control Heart Rate May Contribute to Autism

NASET

Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

The part of the nervous system that regulates heart rate and breathing is involved in autism, a new study suggests. Specifically, the changes in heart rate that ordinarily accompany breathing are slow to develop in children with autism. Heart rate usually speeds up slightly as a person...

She’s Crafty

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

One of the most polarizing purchases Laurie and I have ever made was a small craft table for Jasmine. It’s shorter than a standard table, and sits in the corner of our dining room in a spot that somewhat hides the constant chaos. The hot glue gun is usually on and the lids to the glue sticks and markers are usually off....

Q: Can the School Refuse to Evaluate My Child?

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “My son’s school is hesitating about formally assessing him because he is ‘making progress,’ even though he still struggles a lot. How can I get the school to assess him for learning disabilities?”


If you have met with school officials to explain the ways in which your son is struggling and they...

The Best School Options for Students with ADHD and LD

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Authors: ADDitude.com

A generation ago, parents of children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) and learning disabilities (LD) had scant educational choices. They could take part in the special-education program of their local public school, pay a premium for private school, or find a parochial school that matched their religious...

6 Good Reasons to Change Your Child’s School

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Authors: ADDitude.com

School is a habitat designed to help our children learn, grow, and thrive, right? For students with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) and learning disabilities (LD), that is not always the case. Certain school environments may be a bad fit, and could even disrupt or undermine the educational experience.

If your child is...

Building (Real) Friendships In the Age of Snapchat and Instagram

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Middle school is a tricky time for students with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), given the increased workload and multiple classes and projects. But perhaps the hardest challenge is navigating the social landscape of adolescence.

Because of surging hormones, heightened emotions, increased self-consciousness, and a...

APA: Spanking Can Impair Kids’ Mental Health

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Authors: ADDitude.com

February 19, 2019

Physical discipline is still legal – and utilized – in 19 states across America. This is true despite a statement issued last year by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advising against spanking and harsh verbal punishment. Corporal punishment is not only ineffective, the AAP said, but there...

Difference in Brain Connectivity May Explain Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have identified a possible mechanism of human cognition that underlies autism spectrum disorders, or ASD. Diagnosis for ASD is still behaviorally based. Psychologists and medical professionals with clinical expertise use the Autism...

See It, Learn It: Make Homework Come Alive for Visual Learners

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

The hours after school are a reprieve for kids with attention deficit disorder. After spending the day feeling stifled, misunderstood, and frustrated in the classroom, "after school" offers a chance to relax and just be themselves. But a significant portion of the learning that went into...

Test Supports for Students With Disabilities Vary From Year to Year

Education Week

Authors: Education Week

For students with disabilities, test accommodations can make the difference in their ability to show what they know. But a new study suggests a getting such supports one year is no guarantee of help the next year....

Schizophrenia and Vitamin D Levels in Pregnancy

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Schizophrenia is a severe mental health condition that often requires medications to manage symptoms. Recently, researchers from the University of Queensland and Aarhus University looked at the levels of vitamin D at birth and likelihood of becoming schizophrenic. They looked at over 2600...

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Dyslexia

Education Week

Authors: Education Week

Quiz Yourself: What are the early signs of dyslexia in children, how can educators improve a child's reading accuracy, and what is the state of dyslexia-specific laws in the U.S.?...

How the Brain Enables Us to Rapidly Focus Attention

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

University of Queensland researchers have discovered a key mechanism in the brain that may underlie our ability to rapidly focus attention. Our brains are continuously bombarded with information from the senses, yet our level of vigilance to such input varies, allowing us to selectively...

Should Fewer Black Students Receive Special Education Services?

Education Week

Authors: Education Week

A recent New York Times article states that there is an effort to "delay an Obama-era rule to prevent disproportionate numbers of minority children from becoming funneled into special education classes." Doug Green examines who special education students are and the struggles he faced as a school pr...