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Test Review: (OPUS) Oral Passage Understanding Scale

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

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image Today I am reviewing a listening comprehension assessment for students 5-21 years of age, entitled the Oral Passage Understanding Scale (OPUS) created by Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk, PhD, and Amber M. Klein, PhD, which is available via WPS.

The OPUS is a test of...

Therapy Fun with Ready Made Fall and Halloween Bingo

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

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image There are many fun yet highly educational therapy activities we can do with our preschool and school-aged clients in the fall. One of my personal favorites is bingo. Boggles World, an online ESL teacher resource actually has a number of ready-made materials,...

Panel Gives Students with Anxiety and ADHD a Voice

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Tawas City junior Bren Sowerby has dealt with attention deficit disorder, dissociative disorder and tics since he was five years old. In the spring, Sowerby was hospitalized because of his mental health. The music theater major spent more than half of a month away from classes and is still...

Trump Signs Autism Act

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With little time to spare, President Donald Trump approved an extension of the nation's primary autism law, authorizing $1.8 billion in spending on...

NIH Funding For Down Syndrome Research Balloons

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With millions of new dollars for research on Down syndrome, federal officials have effectively doubled their investment in understanding the...

“How My ADHD Makes Me a More Dynamic, Resourceful, Passionate Leader”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

OK, you’re not a Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Albert Einstein, or Walt Disney. But you’ve got at least one superpower. One of my colleagues can remember the birthdays (and start dates) of everyone on our team. Another can look at a spreadsheet and spot the rogue formula. Finding my superpower was… complex.

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Bill Aims To Boost Direct Support Workforce

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Federal lawmakers are looking to address the nation's shortage of in-home caregivers assisting people with developmental disabilities....

Study: People with Autism Show Atypical Brain Activity When Coordinating Visual and Motor Information

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

A new study in the Journal of Neurophysiology by researchers at the University of Kansas Life Span Institute is the first to look at functional brain activity in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) while they performed precision visuomotor behavior-in this case, a grip-force test....

When Back-to-School Triggers Difficult Emotions

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Many of my pediatric patients did not want to go back to school this Fall. For one, they were reluctant to leave the blissful moments of summer behind, and I couldn’t blame them. But what was heartbreaking to hear, particularly as a mom, was the dread they felt over returning to the classroom and managing the difficult...