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Understanding Neurodiversity to Build a Strengths-Based Classroom.
The deficit model in education and psychology frames student ability in terms of what cannot be accomplished. Join Education Week in a conversation that focuses instead on students' strengths and interests!
TODAY, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 4-5pm, Eastern time.
New York Times
This article presents a harrowing example of what can go wrong when a diagnosis is only partially addressed.
"Young adults are by far the fastest-growing segment of people taking A.D.H.D medications. Nearly 14 million monthly prescriptions for the condition were written for Americans ages 20 to 39 in 2011, two and a half times the 5.6 million just four years before, according to the data company I.M.S. Health. While this rise is generally attributed to the maturing of adolescents who have A.D.H.D. into young adults — combined with a greater recognition of adult A.D.H.D. in general — many experts caution that savvy college graduates, freed of parental oversight, can legally and easily obtain stimulant prescriptions from obliging doctors."
Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities
Ross Greene, Ph.D. is Director of the Collaborative Problem Solving Institute in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Read his interview and learn problem-solving strategies that will help your child regulate emotions and frustration.
Podcasts are a great way to get information when you’re driving in your car, making dinner at home, or waiting at the DMV to renew your license. Podcasts don’t force you to find more time in your day; they give you the opportunity to capitalize on all the dead time that already exists in your day by simply downloading the .mp3 or syncing a podcast to your iTunes account on your smartphone.
More complaints of disability-related job discrimination were filed last year than ever before. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 26,379 claims of job bias citing disability issues in the 2012 fiscal year.
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A new study indicates that understanding number concepts (like being able to identify, compare, and work with numbers) may predict first grade student's future math ability more than counting skills.
When Judy Sorrell was a child, she knew she would devote her life to working with children with disabilities.
As a 5th grader, well before the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act existed, requiring public schools to educate students with disabilities in the "least restrictive" environment possible, Sorrell was already indignant over the way a younger cousin with Down syndrome was being treated in school.
For the first time, federal officials are telling school districts that they must offer students with disabilities equal access to school sports. Click through the link to read more!
After four decades of serving, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, revealed plans not to seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate next year. Harkin's contributions include the Americans with Disabilities Act and several special education, employment, and health care initiatives.
The Centre County Gazette (State College, PA)
For the second consecutive year, an anonymous donor has offered to give a 50 percent matching grant to the Children's Dyslexia Center in State College if the Center raises $20,000 by Aug. 31. Last year the Center raised the $20,000 needed for the anonymous donor's grant several ways. The Tour for Dyslexia, a cross-country group bike tour started and led by Larry Emigh, chairperson on the Board of Governors for the Center, raised $16,000 last year.
A focus on persistence through intellectual struggle strengthens self-efficacy and leads to positive outcomes in Eastern Cultures. NPR takes a look at cross-cultural differences in classroom attitudes toward learning and their effect on students.
Learn about accomodations, supports, and specialized instruction that can enable students with LD to thrive in the classroom.
Education Week, On Special Education
A New Mexico newspaper is reporting that the state could be docked up to $93 million in federal special education funding because it made reductions to the program without U.S. Department of Education approval. The state is facing a penalty because it did not follow a rule known in federal funding circles as "maintenance of state financial support."
U.S. emergency department visits involving attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs more than doubled from 2005 to 2010, with the largest hike occurring among adults, says a new government report. In that period, such ER visits rose from about 13,400 to 31,200, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Poor scientific assessment of nonpharmacologic treatments — including dietary and psychological therapies — for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is leaving physicians and their patients in the dark about their efficacy, new research suggests.
Adolescent boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be shorter and slimmer than their same-age peers, according to a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
The rates of childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis have increased by nearly 25% over the past decade, researchers found. From 2001 to 2010, the rate of ADHD diagnosis increased from 2.5% to 3.1%, according to Darios Getahun, MD, PhD, of Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group in Pasadena, and colleagues.
Dyslexia is a disorder that can prevent students from learning, but there are many ways for them to overcome this challenge. One option is now being used by the Tupelo Public School District. Thanks to the Barton Program, students can utilize a scripted program to help them with language intervention.
Specialist London-based tutoring agency Tutor House has recently come up with a guide to aid teachers, private tutors and parents on teaching dyslexic children. The article analyses the effects of dyslexia on academic performance, how to identify it as well as quality teaching strategies to help people with dyslexia.
Pfizer has launched Quillivant XR (controlled-release methylphenidate hydrochloride) for the treatment of ADHD. This is the first once-daily, extended-release liquid methylphenidate for ADHD available in the U.S.