Inclusion model helps students with disabilities perform better academically

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by Keith Momberg – Pam Hickox no longer worries about whether her son is included at school. Her third-grader, born with Down syndrome, is placed in classes with students who don’t have disabilities. Normally, students with disabilities are pulled out. Newberry Elementary School has been trying new technology to ease interaction between special education students […]

Kids with ADHD and anxiety disorders have a lower quality of life

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Nearly half of all children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder also have an anxiety disorder. It’s important to understand how these disorders together affect children. A recent study investigated how children functioned and how their quality of life was affected if they had both ADHD and anxiety. “Although anxiety is common in children with ADHD, the influence of anxiety […]

ADHD medication abuse by students continues to rise

Around this time of year, you’re more likely to find college students in the library cramming for final exams than out partying. In an environment where the workload is endless and there’s always more to be done, a quick fix to help buckle down and power through becomes very tempting. Prescription ADHD medications like Adderall, […]

Student with Down Syndrome celebrates getting college acceptance letter

by Nina Golgowski – When Noah Van Vooren was born with Down Syndrome, doctors told his parents “he’d never walk, talk or do anything,” said his father. Eighteen years later, Noah opened his college acceptance letter as his proud parents watched him read out loud the gratifying, in-your-face news. “It says Dear Noah, yes, you […]

Why does New Jersey have the nation’s highest autism rate?

A recent report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in every 68 American children has autism — up 30 percent from two years ago and more than double the rate from a dozen years ago. Of the 11 states studied by the CDC, New Jersey had the highest rate […]

ADHD meds can and do help students at school

by Dr. Zorba Paster – Dear Dr. Z: My wife and I home-school our son because when we first enrolled him in school, the teachers said he had ADHD. We wondered if they were right. He moves around all the time except when he’s on his Kindle or iPad, but one-on-one he can concentrate. I […]

Teacher training could help narrow student achievement gap

by Sara Newman – Achievement gaps are high, and the required standards are not being met for students in special education, through no fault of the teachers, but rather, through a lack of central office support, Christina Harris, director of special education, told members of the Calvert County Board of Education at their meeting Thursday. […]

New Jersey implements new dyslexia screening bill

by Diane D’amico -  The state Department of Education has notified schools districts about how they should begin implementing new laws to address dyslexia and other reading disabilities. Advocates who fought to get the laws said they are a beginning, but more should also be done to also make parents aware of the laws and services for […]

How a district plans to close the gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers

by Anastasia Dawson – Special-education students in Pinellas County schools are performing well below the level of their peers across the state, but a new plan could turn things around before Florida schools transition to a new set of education standards next school year. Only 21 percent of about 12,900 students in exceptional-student education programs […]

Social skills training for ADHD

Q: Our son has just been diagnosed with ADHD, and we have been told he may need social skills training. He is in third grade, and this is all very new and foreign. Do you know anything about this training, and what does this mean for his future school endeavors? A: The first and most important […]

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