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Analyzing Discourse Abilities of Adolescents via Peer Conflict Resolution (PCR) Tasks

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

A substantial portion of my caseload is comprised of adolescent learners. Since standardized assessments possess significant limitations for that age group (as well as in general), I am frequently on the lookout for qualitative clinical measures that can accurately capture their abilities in the areas of...

Kids Are Taking Fewer Antibiotics, More ADHD Meds

NASET

Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Children and adolescents are getting fewer prescription drugs than they did in years past, according to a study that looks at a cross-section of the American population. "The decrease in antibiotic use is really what's driving this overall decline in prescription medication use that we're...

Report Finds an Increase in ADHD Medication Overdoses and Misuse in Children

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

May 24, 2018

Between 2000 and 2014, more than 150,000 calls were placed to poison control centers to report dangerous exposure by children under the age of 19 to the medications used to treat ADHD, according to a report published this week in Pediatrics1. That translates to more than 200 calls a week — or 29 calls a day.

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What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

Authors: National Public Radio

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There are many ways young children encounter stories. A new study finds a "Goldilocks effect," where a cartoon may be "too hot" and audiobooks "too cold" for learning readers.

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Dear Organizing Coach: How Can I Stop Sweeping My Mess Under the Rug?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “My work and home spaces are cluttered. My virtual desktop is usually full, which I fix by periodically sweeping it into a folder called “Sort This Stuff Out.” I have lots of different filing conventions that I sometimes use for a while but not consistently or with discipline. Occasionally I even throw a...

Stop the Summer Learning Slide

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

The brain is a muscle. It needs exercise to stay strong. For kids with ADHD or learning disabilities, this is particularly true. They have to work harder to retain all those multiplication tables, punctuation rules, and history facts.

In this video, learn five ways to stop the summer slide, and hold onto the school year’s...

City Among First To Go ‘Autism Friendly’

Disability Scoop
A Midwestern city of 25,000 is believed to be one of the first to launch a concerted, community-wide effort enlisting schools, businesses and...

Identifying Word Finding Deficits in Narrative Retelling of School-Aged Children

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

 In the past, I have written several posts on the topic of word finding difficulties (HERE and HERE) as well as narrative assessments (HERE and HERE) of school-aged children. Today I am combining these posts  together by offering suggestions on how SLPs can identify word finding...

15-Minute 'Daily Mile' Could Enhance Health of the World's Children

NASET

Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Policymakers should consider introducing The Daily Mile to improve the health and fitness of schoolchildren around the world, according to new research led by the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh. The first study of the popular Daily Mile initiative -- which involves children taking...

Analyzing Narratives of School-Aged Children

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

In the past, I have written about why narrative assessments should be an integral part of all language evaluations.  Today, I’d like to share how I conduct my narrative assessments for comprehensive language testing purposes. As mentioned previously, for elicitation purposes, I frequently use the books...