Gardens as employment sources for young adults with autism

by Amy Rutledge – Nestled on the city’s west side, in the middle of the Illinois Medical District, an unexpected garden cultivating futures as well as flora. “We’re growing everything from tomatoes, pumpkins, summer squash, onions, kale, collards beans and watermelons.” Gwenne Godwin is head grower and farm manager of the Growing Solutions Farm, an […]

How technology can level the playing field for students who learn differently

  By Michael T. Dunn, Richard M. Castorani and Christopher F. Herman, M.Ed – The following school profile shows how how important it is to provide students with access to text in meaningful ways. Mr. D’s eighth grade Modern U.S. History class was made up of eleven students, all with a primary diagnosis of Dyslexia and […]

Reading program helps dyslexic students

by Laura McGee – This past school year Hilltop Country Day School piloted a program to address the needs of lower school students diagnosed with dyslexia.  Hilltop teachers Wendy Maxwell, Lois Fleming and Reading Specialist Linda Fellows worked together to incorporate the Orton-Gillingham reading approach into the student’s regular school day. Orton-Gillingham is an approach […]

Summer program focuses on social skills

by Tim Willert – One by one, dozens of troubled children received colorful capes and masks and assumed new identities. For once, the children — classified as emotionally disturbed by Oklahoma City Public Schools — got to play the hero instead of the villain. Lacking in social skills and prone to outbursts, the children were […]

Recommended online educational tools

by Melissa Fisher – If we started discussing whether technology has improved the educational system or has made students lazy and inactive, the dispute would be neverending. However, things always seem to wrap up to one logical conclusion – the online environment can be either distracting or extremely beneficial. Everything depends on the way students […]

Swim lessons aimed at reducing autism drowning risk

by Kathleen O’Brien – Paula Tyrie’s family is moving to a house just two blocks from the Rahway River, and she already has her emergency plan: If her 10-year-old autistic son goes missing, one of her teenage twins will look in the park. The other will head to the river. That’s because half of all […]

The nature of work as a special education teacher

Special education teachers work with children and youth who have a variety of disabilities. Most special education teachers instruct students at the elementary, middle, and secondary school level, although some work with infants and toddlers. The majority of special education teachers work with children with mild to moderate disabilities using or modifying the general education […]

Kids get summer camp and ADHD treatment in one

by Gregory Trotter – Tyler Bardak soared to the sky, seemingly higher with each arc of the swing, at Camp STAR, a Highland Park camp where he is one of 40 kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For the past two summers, Tyler, 7, has tried more typical summer camps with disastrous results, said his […]

Roles and duties of a special ed teacher

Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. They adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. They also teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques, to students with severe […]