Using the prom to teach daily living skills

Two students in the fashion class at Wisconsin Dells High School.

by Anna Krejci – A special education teacher at Wisconsin Dells High School is making sure her students have a memorable prom. Prom is April 26 at Wisconsin Dells High School, and Mary Bebber, a special education teacher of 20 years, is using her own time and a school van to take six of her […]

Overmedicating in the foster care system

by Claudia Gold – A recent study, one that received relatively scant media attention (compared with a concurrent New York Times piece about a new psychiatric diagnosis termed “sluggish cognitive tempo” that may be the “new ADHD”) showed that antipsychotics are being prescribed to nearly one third of kids (age 2-17) in foster care who […]

Five things to never say to the parents of a child with autism

by Karen Siff Exkorn – We know they mean well. Or at least we hope they do. All of the family, friends, co-workers and even strangers who approach parents of children on the autism spectrum with words that really should never have left their mouths in the first place. Words that often unintentionally hurt or […]

I Have An ADHD Question

by Kelly Babcock – There are hundreds of questions about ADHD that one might ask. Is it contagious? Is it spontaneous? Is it hereditary? Is it something that can start later in life? Is it trauma induced? No! No. Yes. We don’t think so. Possibly. Is it over-diagnosed? Is it under-diagnosed? Good question. The reality […]

“Sluggish cognitive tempo” us the new attention disorder

by Alan Schwarz – With more than six million American children having received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, concern has been rising that the condition is being significantly misdiagnosed and overtreated with prescription medications. Yet now some powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder that could vastly […]

Dyslexia does not look the same in everyone

by Jessica Shields dyslexia – Dyslexia is a complicated topic. Even though one in five people have been diagnosed with dyslexia, according to the Fundamental Learning Center, Kansas does not recognize it as its own category of learning disability in the school system. “Dyslexia is a learning disability that can hinder a person’s ability to […]

Rise in ADHD diagnoses causes reason to celebrate

by Heidi Lack – AS A psychologist who treats women with ADHD, I would offer a different headline for Dr. Claudia M. Gold’s March 31 health piece, “Rise in ADHD diagnoses causes concern,” and would instead title it, “Rise in ADHD diagnoses causes reason to celebrate.” I view the jump in numbers of diagnosed cases […]

State report offers recommendations to improve special education quality

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by Tom Davis – The New Jersey School Boards Association released the final report of its Special Education Task Force in South Brunswick on Thursday. The task force spent over a year studying ways public schools could control costs while preserving the quality of special education programs and services. Titled “Special Education: A Service, Not […]

Son fuels parent passion to work for Down syndrome cause

Margie Doyle and her son, Colin.

Sean and Margie Doyle raised their four kids and Margie, figuring that one path was ending and another path was opening, had just gone back to her career. Were they in for a surprise, one Margie calls “a big, beautiful surprise.” At 45, Margie found out she was pregnant. She knew there were risks. Tests […]

College senior works to raise Down syndrome awareness

Alexandra Dempsey, senior education major.

by Katie Canales – As graduation approaches, many college seniors have on their minds questions about student loans and how to make it in the real world. For senior Alexandra Dempsey, the end of the semester brings something else entirely — a push to raise $2,200 through Peace, Love & Down Syndrome, a self-started project. […]

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