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The establishment of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students nationwide represents a particularly robust challenge for teachers of students with special needs.  On the one hand, advocates for students with disabilities have made it clear that they want these students to be held to the same high level of achievement as typically developing students.  On the other...
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Principal:  ”Okay, I think we’re ready to start.  Who wants to get the ball rolling?”‘ School Psychologist:  ”Well, I ran him through some tests, but his attention was all over the place.  He kept looking at a part of the wall in my office where the plaster had fallen off, and said he saw a battleship fighting a...
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The rapid pace of new educational technologies has made it so that students with special needs can accomplish many things that were difficult or even impossible for them only a few years ago. The following list contains some of the best apps I’ve seen for kids with neurodiversities in communication, reading, sociability, attention, and behavior. Dragon...
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A study conducted by Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group in Pasadena, reveals that ADHD diagnoses have jumped 25% in the past 10 years.   This study is being reported by news outlets around the country today.  What is missing from these reports, however, it a critical analysis of the ADHD diagnosis itself.   The phenomena of...
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On November 29, 2012, I did a free webinar for edWeb.net, a professional social network for the education community.  The topic was Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Emphasizing Strengths in Students with Special Needs.  It was based on my forthcoming book (out December 13, 2012), entitled:  Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with...
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