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I was a special education teacher for several years, and during my time teaching, I became aware that not enough emphasis was being placed on the strengths of children who had been sent to my special classes.  This made me resolve to do some research, and I had the opportunity to do this when I did...
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Yesterday I talked about "blurring the boundaries" in categories (e.g. learning disabled, gifted etc.).  As one participant in our cyberconference put it:   " Nobody experiences disability 100% of the time, in every situation; nor is someone ALWAYS "gifted and talented".   Consequently, from a lived perspective, from a contextually rich perspective, labels don't really have a place.  There are...
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I'm happy to have received some comments already from participants in the CRSTE Cyberconference 2010, and would like to make some reflections on them in this post.  One issue that came up was the deficit-oriented paradigm that is too often used in special education.  One participant shared the experience of a friend who had attended special education...
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I want to wish a hearty welcome to participants in the CRSTE CyberConference 2010.  What we're going to do over the next few days (with the exception of three days on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday when I travel to speak in Atlanta) is explore the concept of neurodiversity.  This is a relatively new word, coined around ten...
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   Over the past sixty years, we’ve witnessed a phenomenal growth in the number of new psychiatric illnesses.  The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, first published in 1952, originally listed about 100 categories of illness.  By the year 2000, that number had tripled.  We’ve become accustomed to hearing in the news about “learning...
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Public release date: 1-Feb-2010[ Print | E-mail | Share ] [ Close Window ] [ Close Window ] Contact: G. Paul Amminger, M.D.gpamminger@gmail.comJAMA and Archives Journals Individuals at extremely high risk of developing psychosis appear less likely to develop psychotic disorders following a 12-week course of fish oil capsules containing long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids,...
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TV movie 'Temple Grandin' traces passion, perseverance of autistic genius By Cassandra Szklarski (CP) – 23 hours ago TORONTO — When actress Catherine O'Hara came face-to-face with the remarkable woman whose life story is told in the made-for-TV movie, "Temple Grandin," she says she was overcome with a desire to hug the brilliant scientist. Trouble...
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A recent interview on the blog Technoccult with neurodiversity advocate Kassiane (she didn't wish to give her last name), highlighted some key points about neurodiversity.  In defining neurodiversity, she made an important distinction between the word and the movement, explaining:  "Neurodiversity, the word, simply means the whole variety of different brain wirings people have…from the different kinds of normal...
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A new interview with autistic cattle expert Temple Grandin, the subject of a new biopic on HBO, reveals her own reactions while on the set of the movie.  “I was very involved in the cattle parts of the movie to make sure that was all accurate,” Grandin said. “They bought 32 head of nice Angus...
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