Over half of juvenile prison inmates have a learning or emotional disability

by Roger Riddell – Dive Brief: • As many districts nationwide work to address the school-to-prison pipeline, research is being highlighted showing the disproportionate number of special education students with behavioral or emotional disabilities affected. • Particularly, those students in low-performing schools without mental health care and highly qualified teachers and staff are especially impacted […]

Delaying a diagnosis of autism helps no one

by Karola Dillenburger – Many children with autism are put on waiting lists and miss out on early behavioral interventions and other benefits because health professionals are reluctant to diagnose autism early out of fear of labeling young children. Until recently “autism is a lifelong developmental disability” was repeated in nearly all descriptions and definitions […]

Gaming as ADHD treatment

by Virginia Hughes – On October 6th, I find myself in the gleaming office of a Boston biotech. I’ve been seated in a clear plastic chair, where I am about to try an experimental medicine for a brain disorder I don’t have. The space is home to PureTech Ventures, the parent company of Akili Interactive […]

Tackling tooth brushing for kids with autism

by KJ Dell’Antonia and Catherine Saint Louis – Talk to any parent with a child with autism spectrum disorder and they’ll tell you that small events, like haircuts and dentist visits, can cause untold amounts of stress. As described in For Children With Autism, Opening a Door to Dental Care, finding a dentist willing to […]

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 […]

Five advantages of inclusive education for students with learning disabilities

Inclusive education is a term used to describe the type of education in which special students or students with a learning disability are encouraged to attend general education classes instead of being enrolled in a special day class. Although inclusive education can be a little controversial for parents, there are numerous advantages to this method of schooling. […]

Our educational system should help struggling students

by Sheila Cosgrove Baylis – Channing Tatum never thought of himself as intellectual – he struggled with ADHD and dyslexia in school. “I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons,” he tells T, The New York Times Style Magazine. And that made his teen years difficult. “Not having early […]

Recognizing dyslexia early is key to effective interventions

By Emma-Jayne Schenk – Dyslexia has been brought into the open in recent years, but there remains some misunderstanding and stigma, says the Australian Dyslexia Association. Dyslexia is different than just misspelling words and being slow at English – those with it have trouble hearing sounds within spoken words, meaning they can often be left […]

Dyslexia advocates stress the importance of early diagnosis

by Kristy MacKaben – In preschool Lucas Baronello of Antioch had difficulty learning the alphabet, even though his mother Angela faithfully read to him every day and tried to teach him. In kindergarten, Lucas dreaded going to school, and by first grade he complained of daily headaches and stomach pains. Lucas, 10, has dyslexia, but […]

Designer with Down syndrome launches clothing line

Clothing Designer, Ashley DeRamus

by Margot Peppers – A mother-daughter team have founded one of two new fashion lines designed specifically for people with Down syndrome. Due to her genetic disorder, Ashley DeRamus, 32, from Hoover, Alabama, is a petite 5ft tall, has shorter arms, a wider build, a short torso and high knees – characteristics that are typical […]