SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS FROM AROUND THE NET

The Hidden Complexity Underlying a Common Cause of Autism

NASET

Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Genes located in a large chromosomal aberration associated with autism interact with each other to modulate the variable symptoms of the disease, according to new research. A collaborative team led by Penn State researchers tested the role of these genes individually and in tandem by...

Dear Reading Specialist, May I Ask You a Few Questions?

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Because the children I assess, often require supplementary reading instruction services, many parents frequently ask me how they can best determine if a reading specialist has the right experience to help their child learn how to read. So today’s blog post describes what type of knowledge reading specialists...

No Fundamental Right to Read

Authors: Special Education Law Blog

I know there are so many things going awry these days and rights that were long recognized are being plowed over, and here is the latest example in Gary B. v. Snyder. Download No Fundamental right to read_decision. Some how you are expected to participate in society and have any kind of education without learning...

Free Literacy Resources for Parents and Professionals

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

SLPs are constantly on the lookout for good quality affordable materials in the area of literacy. However, what many clinicians may not realize is that there are massive amounts of FREE evidence-based literacy-related resources available online for their use.  These materials can be easily adapted or...

New Insight into how Autism Might Develop in Human Brain

NASET

Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

In a study published in Stem Cell Reports, a McGill team of scientists led by Dr. Carl Ernst, researcher at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, revealed a molecular mechanism that may play a role in the development of autism. By taking skin cells from patients and reprogramming those...

Meta-Analysis: Neurofeedback Drives Enduring ADHD Symptom Improvement

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

July 1, 2018

“Do the benefits of neurofeedback endure after treatment ends?”

This is an important and common question asked by caregivers considering the alternative therapy of neurofeedback and weighing its promises of improved focus, diminished impulsivity, and reduced hyperactivity. Many studies provide evidence...

Feds Urge Steps To Make Group Homes Safer

Disability Scoop
Five months after a scathing report found that injuries and even deaths of those with developmental disabilities living in group homes often go...

Is Autism Linked To Food Allergies?

Disability Scoop
A new study finds that food allergies are far more common in those with autism, but researchers are still trying to discover how and why....

Is the Rate of ADHD Higher in Children Born Prematurely?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

June 28, 2018

Early premature birth may result in higher levels of attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) symptoms in preschool and school-age children, even after accounting for genetic and environmental factors, according to a new study of children born before the gestational age of 34 weeks published recently in JAMA...

7 Ways to Live Your Best Life with ADHD

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Life with ADHD is not without challenges, but setting guidelines for yourself can minimize your upsets and maximize your efficiency.

Start with these 7 rules to live better and stress less with ADHD.

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Q: How Can I Control the Chaos in Our Tiny Home?

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “I have a blended family; five of us have attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). We live in a tiny 1970 trailer with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. I work full-time and, between chores, homework, and family activities, it’s a chaotic home environment most of the time. I just want some peace and normality for...

“An Open Letter to the Friend I Disappointed”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Dear friend (potential or former) whom I disappointed,

I am sometimes inconsiderate, but never intentionally or maliciously.

I am late to important appointments. I forget important papers. My house is messy, my car is worse, and I procrastinate. I interrupt people. I don’t always wait my turns. I blurt out things best left...