Today I did an online chat (text-based), which was sponsored by Education Week Teacher, and moderated by Associate Editor Liana Heitin. Basically the way it worked was, people from around the country (and the world, too, I think) sent in questions that everyone could see in a window on their browser, and then I’d answer the questions in real time, and these replies would appear in the window just under the questions.
We covered a lot of topics related to neurodiversity and building a strength-based classroom, including using Universal Design for Learning tools, neurodiversity and the Common Core Standards, the federal IDEA law and holding positive IEP meetings, research supporting the strengths of students with different diagnoses (e.g. ADHD, dyslexia, Down syndrome, autism, emotional and behavioral disorders), using collaborative teaching, bringing parents into the dialogue, and helping leaders to prepare for neurodiversity as a new paradigm shift in both regular and special education.
The transcript also contains information on ordering my book Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life.
To read the complete transcript (the chat lasted one hour), click here.