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Autism Spectrum Disorders
Recently, a former music teacher told me about a 1st grade student with Asperger’s syndrome who, on their first encounter, announced in no uncertain terms: “I hate music!” Over the next two years, the student used abusive language, had meltdowns, and was physically aggressive toward his peers. Finally, the teacher scheduled some individual time with...
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I just finished watching a PBS documentary (part of the POV series) entitled ”Neurotypical”that focused on the lives of a number of people at different stages of life who have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome.  I thought the show was a beautiful depiction of the lives of these individuals;  their hopes, fears, loves,...
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On May 19, 2013 I attended graduation ceremonies at Berkshire Hills Music Academy (BHMA) in South Hadley, Massachusetts.  BHMA provides post-secondary education to young adults with developmental disabilities who have special interests and abilities in music.  This year there were eight graduates of BHMA’s  two-year certificate program (they also have summer programs, and an extended learning community program).  Students take...
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The latest issue of Wired magazine contains an article on neurodiversity which references my book Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life.  It’s their 20th anniversary edition, where, according to the editors:  ”we’ve gathered stories for, by, and about the people who have shaped the planet’s past...
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On April 28, 2013, I did a 45 minute blog talk radio interview with Marianne Russo, founder, president and host of The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Talk Radio Network.  We discussed the concept of neurodiversity and how it can make a huge difference in the lives of kids with special needs. I talked about seven...
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