Comparing public vs. charter schools is comparing apples to oranges

by Sara Stevenson – As a lifelong educator who has worked 10 years in a Catholic high school and now 11 years as a public middle school librarian, I am highly invested in the current conversation surrounding public education and reform. Some of you have stopped reading, assuming I’m a union teacher with tenure. Disclaimer: […]

Kids with ADHD more likely to have speech and language delays

by Serena Gordon –  Children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are nearly three times more likely to have language problems than kids without ADHD, according to new research. And those language difficulties can have far-reaching academic consequences, the study found. The study, published online April 21 in Pediatrics, looked at 6- to 8-year-olds with and without ADHD in […]

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 […]

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 […]

What happens when schools don’t balance special education and separate education

Johnny Falotico, a teenager from Berkeley County in Ocean Township, has multiple disabilities that inhibit his ability to learn, swallow, and move. Berkeley Central Regional School District, Johnny’s home district, placed him in a classroom in the public high school without appropriate support or services. Johnny’s parents sued the district and won. Berkeley Central Regional […]

Down syndrome study: Trisomy causes gene impairments across every chromosome

by Angela Zimm – Symptoms of Down syndrome are produced by gene impairments across every chromosome, not just one, according to a study that may bring new understanding to the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability. Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy of chromosome 21, a condition called trisomy 21. In […]

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 […]

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