Students in special education access curriculum through technology

by Jessica Bies – Hunched over their iPads, the three seventh-graders took turns reading the document displayed on their screens. One, Sam Seifert, followed along, while her special education teacher Jessica Waterstreet did the talking — Seifert has difficulty reading on her own. Seated near the center of the table, Blake Hanna recited the words […]

Special ed overhaul prompts teacher complaints

by Patrick Wall – At P.S. Q811 in Queens last year, several students with severe disabilities went without their full-time aides during lunch, fire drills, and certain classes, according to complaints filed with the teachers union. Because some of those students suffered from multiple daily seizures, leaving them without aides “may be a danger to […]

Cognitive assessment test can help diagnose learning disabilities

by Michael Hart – New improvements to a cognitive assessment tool will allow school and clinical psychologists more access to test content and additional information about a student’s learning processes specific to learning disabilities. Pearson has introduced the fifth version of its Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), which gathers information about a child’s learning […]

Special education spending is an investment

by Bruce Parker – Special education spending is headed higher again this year. But not to worry. Leaders of Vermont’s public schools say the money’s well spent. Amid calls for property tax and education reform, little attention is being paid to Vermont’s spending on special education. This school year, the Agency of Education projects it […]

Special ed students learn life skills through entrepreneurship program

by Wendy Sledd – Kyliegh Courtland gently laid the green ribbon down on the glass, ensuring it was straight in all of the corners. The 17-year-old sophomore closed a screen over the ribbon, picked up a brush full of blue paint, and swiped it across the screen. She lifted the screen to inspect her work. […]

The top 4 tips for parenting an introverted child

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by Miley Adalson – Are you concerned because your child is not outgoing and doesn’t have many friends? Do you want your child to make friends and hang out with them instead of sitting along in the room? Parents consider this behavior to be abnormal or simply wrong. They don’t want their children to be shy […]

Defining learning disabilities

By  Michael Ginsberg Have you ever wondered how your child can be so funny, creative, and smart, but still struggle with school? If so, you’re not alone. Many parents run the gamut of emotions when helping their child through three hours of homework. Is the school giving them too much? Is their child just disorganized? […]

Program improves student motivation with real-time behavior

by Joseph Theriault – In special education, as in general education, the most effective way to deal with difficult behavior is to prevent it. In a well-managed classroom where teacher expectations are clear and positive behavior is reinforced, effective teaching and learning can thrive. In a disorderly classroom, however, teachers struggle to teach and students […]

Special ed students without a diploma may be entitled to additional services

by Jade Storms – Nearly two thousand special education students may have another shot at getting their education. A Federal appeals court found the Department of Education broke federal law by forcing out special education students who didn’t receive a diploma by age 20. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, students are allowed to […]

Special needs students did not get state testing accommodations during field test

by Matthew Bowler – Next spring, kindergarten through 12th-grade students across California will be tested to see if they meet new Common Core standards, and many districts will also continue testing for their own local standards. Last spring, Chula Vista Elementary School District gave two big tests to its students, and they might have violated […]