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It’s a Fairy Tale (Well, Almost) Therapy!

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image I’ve always loved fairy tales! Much like Audrey Hepburn “If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” Not to compare myself with Einstein (sadly in any way, sigh) but “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has me...

Readers’ Theatre

Evidence Based Intervention Network

Authors: Evidence Based Intervention Network

The goal of the Readers’ Theatre intervention is to assist youth and adolescents in acquiring motivation for reading and building supplemental opportunities to enhance reading fluency and comprehension. Readers’ Theatre is an intervention designed to improve students’ reading through the use of strat...

Four Ways Schools Fail Special Education Students - Education Week

Education Week

Authors: Education Week

Despite the implementation of many well-intentioned reforms, special education continues to miss the mark for students with disabilities, write Mark Alter, Marc Gottlieb, and Jay Gottlieb....

Still Living Out Of Boxes? You’re Not Alone

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

I have seen this many times. People think they will unpack as needed, so they don’t schedule adequate time to move in. This can lead to years of aggravation. And as unpacking is the final task in the long chore of moving, it is particularly tough for those with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), who may have lost...

Word Boxes

Evidence Based Intervention Network

Authors: Evidence Based Intervention Network

Word boxes are an appropriate intervention to use with a whole class, small groups, or individual children. This intervention is intended to help with the acquisition of phonemic awareness skills. Word boxes consist of connected boxes that represent the number of sounds or distinct phonemes in a word....

The Reign of the Problematic PLS-5 and the Rise of the Hyperintelligent Potato

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image Those of us who have administered PLS-5 ever since its release in 2011, know that the test is fraught with significant psychometric problems. Previous reviews of its poor sensitivity, specificity, validity, and reliability, have been extensively discussed HERE and HERE  as well as in numerous SLP groups on...

Navigating the World of Social Security

Authors: Special Education Law Blog

While I do not represent families through the maze of social security benefits, it is an important issue that needs to be a factor in transition planning. Navigating the world of such social security entitlement programs as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a...

How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

Authors: National Public Radio

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The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has children all over the country asking difficult questions. Here are a few tips for their parents and teachers.

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Is There Any Way For Schools To Prevent Shootings?

Authors: National Public Radio

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There is no one profile of a school shooter, but whole-school approaches to mental health and discipline have the potential to reduce violence.

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The Key To Raising A Happy Child

Authors: National Public Radio

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A new book warns parents: Stop micromanaging your kids. Think of yourself less as their boss, and more like a consultant.

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Inside The Virtual Schools Lobby: 'I Trust Parents'

Authors: National Public Radio

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Behind-the-scenes marketing has made 'I Trust Parents' the mantra of for-profit, online charter schools in their battles with states and traditional charter schools.

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The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught

Authors: National Public Radio

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Two-thirds of the nation's schoolchildren struggle with reading. Neuroscientist Mark Seidenberg says teachers need a better understanding of what science knows about how kids learn to read.

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DeVos At The One-Year Mark; Black Lives Matter In Schools; Zero Tolerance

Authors: National Public Radio

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The education secretary has had success in rolling back Obama-era regulations, but she has made less progress on school choice. That, and other education news in our weekly roundup.

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What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids

Authors: National Public Radio

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Many of these experts are also parents, and their work informs their approach to making rules with their kids about phones, TV and other media.

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Screen Addiction Among Teens: Is There Such A Thing?

Authors: National Public Radio

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The psychiatric profession is still divided, but there are treatment programs, apps and a new public campaign to address media overuse.

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