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When OCD and ADHD Coexist: Symptom Presentation, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are among the most commonly diagnosed neuropsychiatric disorders. The two conditions, which have overlapping symptoms and are thought to share underlying deficits, also have substantial comorbidity rates. Despite this prevalence and...

“The Gift of a Friend Who Requires No Explanations, No Excuses”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

As a journalist, I get paid to speak to remarkable people doing incredible things. As a teacher, I was honored to support 1,400 brilliant students a week for three years. But the most rare and special connections are often the ones I make with people who share my neurodiversity.

In a lifetime of friendly mates and first dates,...

Your Emotional Responses to ‘Bad’ Behavior are Counterproductive

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Kids with ADHD are often viewed as having behavior problems, in part, because parents and professionals have difficulty parsing out executive functioning, social learning, emotional regulation challenges, and behavior issues. Delayed executive function skills in the areas of emotional regulation, cognitive flexibility, and...

Official Rules: Mosaic Weighted Blanket Sweepstakes April 2021

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Why ADHD Brains Resist Sleep

ADHD brains are forever whirring and imagining. This leads to incredible creativity — and many restless nights as we beg our minds to be quiet. Sleep challenges are a common byproduct of ADHD that further aggravates symptoms — an unrested child or adult with ADHD is more likely to suffer deb...

Power Up Conference Interprofessional Edition March 4 5, 2021

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Power Up March 2021

Cost: $125 for CEU Smart HUB Access which includes: 12- month membership with full access to 3 annual Power Up conferences, direct conference zoom access, ALL past Power Up replays,...

Hot Topics in Autism Research, 2020

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Despite a global pandemic and lockdowns that temporarily stymied research, autism scientists made significant progress in many areas in 2020 — from improving the diversity of people represented in their research to testing the mettle of gene therapies for several autism-related...

FREE WEBINAR: Neuropsychological or Language/Literacy Assessment: Which One is Right for my Child?

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Overview: This informational session reviewS the difference and purpose behind neuropsychological vs. comprehensive language and literacy assessments. It discusses common neuropsychological and language/literacy assessment batteries, as well as...

Children with Autism Show Significant IQ Increases Between the Ages of 12 to 23 years

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face a lifelong challenge characterized by qualitative impairments in both communication and social interaction. However a new study appearing in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP),...

New Technology to Investigate Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Technology to identify potential biological mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorder has been developed by scientists at Harvard University, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and MIT. The “Perturb-Seq” method investigates the function of many different genes in many...

Pandemic May Lead to New Thoughts on Workers with Disabilities

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing employers and governments to rethink how they do business, advocates for those with disabilities see a chance for positive changes. On Tuesday, the Vermont Center for Independent Living released a report on what people with disabilities face in the work...

How Educators are Ensuring Students with Special Needs Don't Fall Behind

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

With budget cuts, lack of staff, and most schools in our area heading back to virtual learning, how do students with special needs get the care they need amidst a national pandemic? We want to introduce you to someone that has a big heart but day to day just needs a little more help than...

Study Finds Surprising Diversity in Early Child Care

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

A new study of kindergarteners in one Midwestern state identified seven different pathways the children took in their early education and care before arriving at school. The researchers were surprised by the diverse experiences that kids brought with them to kindergarten: While some...

Getting to the Basics of Humor for People on the Autism Spectrum

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

From an early age, autism spectrum disorder has played a significant role in Maja Watkins’ life. Not only is her older brother Zack on the spectrum, Watkins is a social and emotional learning specialist who works with children and adults diagnosed with ASD. According to the National...

Parents of Children with Special Needs Feel Education Hindered with COVID-19 Learning Models

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

For children who have special needs and their parents, this school year is more challenging than ever. Jen Troska and Cassandra Bartelson are both mothers of four children. Troska lives in Moorhead and Bartelson lives in Fargo. They're dealing with similar yet different struggles. Jen's...

Schools are 2 Months into Reopening Under Covid-19 and No One's Officially Keeping Track of How It's Going

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

A 6-year-old afraid to go outside. A mom scared to send her children back to school, then thrilled at how they've thrived. A teacher worried she'll be ordered back to the classroom and become some kind of test subject. These are some of the stressed stories of the pandemic-hit school year...

Parents of Children with Special Needs in ‘Panic Mode’ as Virtual Learning Falls Short

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

When Opal Foster lost her job during the pandemic, she unexpectedly found herself consumed by another full-time gig that didn't pay: at-home virtual learning supervisor for her son with special needs.  "We're all kind of living in panic mode right now," said Foster, a single mother in...

Risk for Autism Increased With Preterm, Post-term Birth

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Preterm and post-term birth are associated with an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published online Sept. 22 in PLOS Medicine. Martina Persson, M.D., Ph.D., from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues examined the risk for ASD across...