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 […]

“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 […]

Why English readers suffer dyslexia at higher rates than other languages

by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley – The American educational system has a difficult time understanding dyslexia and an even harder time identifying children with dyslexia in order to provide the correct intervention for students who are native English speakers. When a school has the added challenge of identifying struggling English language learners (ELLs), the task becomes […]

How can there be a 30 percent increase in autism in just two years?

by Enrico Gnaulati – Rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not creeping up so much as leaping up. New numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that one in 68 children now has a diagnosis of ASD—a 30 percent increase in just two years. In 2002, about one in […]

Nations largest district to change how students with special needs are assigned to schools

by Patrick Wall – When Chancellor Carmen Fariña took the podium at a conference Saturday for families of children with disabilities, many parents were eager to learn how she planned to steer the city’s special education overhaul, which is dramatically changing how students with special needs are assigned to schools. But Fariña didn’t talk about the […]

More evidence that autism begins well before birth

The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth. Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that’s critical for learning and memory, […]

The double whammy of being an English language learner with dyslexia

Kelli Sandman- The American educational system has a difficult time understanding dyslexia and an even harder time identifying children with dyslexia in order to provide the correct intervention for students who are native English speakers. When a school has the added challenge of identifying struggling English language learners (ELLs), the task becomes an even more […]

Family life with autism

From left: Garret Hoff, C.J Rabine, Ira Bauer-Spector, Chase Anichini, and Shayne Cole after a performance of Pinkalicious! The Musical in Rippledink's Repertory at San Diego Junior Theater

by Bradley J. Fikes – Autism never affects just one person. It changes the lives of entire households. How well they can cope depends on the condition’s severity and the support available to each family. The public, too, plays a role. Here are the stories of how three affected families live with autism. Garret Hoff […]

More evidence that charter schools push-out students with learning disabilities

Charter School Refugees - NYTimes.com

by Andrea Gabor -  Last week, the New York State Legislature struck a deal ensuring that charter schools in New York City would have access to space, either in already crowded public school buildings or in rented spaces largely paid for by the city. Over the next few years, charters are expected to serve an […]

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