District to pilot intervention program for students with dyslexia

by John Best – The Pen Argyl Area School District could be one of six districts statewide to participate in the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program. The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently interviewed Pen Argyl Area School District officials as part of a process to find the most appropriate schools to test the […]

Managing the sensory needs of students with autism

by Pamela Gross – Like any child, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have wide variety of academic abilities. They also happen to have sensory challenges too. Some children with autism are hypersensitive. Others are hyposensitive. Some children have extreme sensitivity to touch, sight, smells, hearing and taste while others have an extreme lack of sensory abilities. […]

School districts have a shortage of special education teachers

by Audrey L. Hollingshead – Castro Valley Unified is short on Special Education teachers, leaving some students on the spectrum with substitute teachers still in training. The growing demand for more special education teachers is due to not only having better tools to diagnose autism, but a rise in autism over all. Proctor special education […]

Taekwondo becomes after-school activity for students with special needs


by Chelsey Abercrombie – Connor Daniel, a 12-year-old student at Ava White Academy in Gainesville, searched longer than most 12-year-olds for an after-school activity. He tried a martial arts class at a studio outside of Hall County, but the instructor was not able to work with his particular circumstances. Connor Daniel has epilepsy, causing him […]

Using school architecture to enhance learning

For a school environment to be adaptive, it doesn’t need lots of moving parts. It’s not about the ubiquitous moving partitions that subdivide one large classroom into two marginal ones, requiring lots of time and effort along the way. So what then, can make a building truly adaptive? To a highly-trained instructor, an adaptive environment […]

Nebraska parent joins efforts to recognize dyslexia in schools

by Julie Cornell – A child’s problems in school may be linked to a learning disorder that’s going undetected. Nebraska Public Schools don’t recognize dyslexia as a learning disability and an Omaha child advocate is determined to change that by changing state law. When someone’s baking a cake, they need patience and a solid recipe […]

How schools support students with ADHD…or not

by Christina Samuels – A little over half of high school students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are receiving some kind of services from their schools, such as additional time on tests or extended time to complete homework assignments, a recent study finds. But those particular supports have no reported effectiveness in improving the academic […]

Teacher shortages impact students with special needs


by Rebecca Parr – Jeffrey Esquivel let go of his mother’s hand and slowly brushed a miniature donkey, the only moment at his school’s Halloween carnival that the first-grader with autism stepped outside of his shell. It was a contact with the world his mother, Helen Esquivel, deeply wishes he could learn more about in […]

Fair offers parents resources for their children with special needs

by Martha Longley – Tables with colorful flags and dishes of candy lined the circular perimeter of the cafeteria at Hill Regional Career High School last night. There, parents, teachers and local advocates convened for the annual New Haven Public Schools Parent Resource Fair. New Haven Public Schools, the Department of Developmental Services and the […]