Special ed students gain confidence at transition camp

by Sarah J. Pawlowski – Michéle Woods Jones struggled with dyslexia when she was a little girl. The executive director of Hampton’s Citizens’ Unity Commission shared her story with about a dozen seventh-and eighth-graders at Eaton Middle School in Hampton Wednesday morning. Jones told the students that despite the learning disorder, which made it difficult […]

Inclusion models strengthen student language skills

The secret to boosting the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities may be to put them in classrooms with typically developing peers, a new study finds. Researchers found that the average language skills of a child’s classmates in the fall significantly predicted the child’s language skills in the spring – especially for children with disabilities. […]

School helps kids with ADHD succeed by focusing on their abilities versus their behavior

by Amy Coveno – As more children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, some parents are resisting medications and looking for different solutions. A school in New Hampshire is gaining national attention for its approach to dealing with ADHD. The Hunter School sits on a dirt road on a mountain in Rumney where there’s […]

Report outlines special education areas for improvement

by Kyle Stokes – Seattle Public Schools‘ efforts to educate students with disabilities of all sorts are “in need of urgent, substantial and significant improvement,” according to a scathing report released Tuesday, faulting district staff from the administrative offices all the way down to individual schools. The report itself was commissioned by the district office’s […]

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 […]

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 […]