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Nothing has been more disconcerting to me in my forty-five years as an educator than to ask a parent or teacher:  ”What is your child’s (or teen’s) strengths?” and have them answer:  ”He hasn’t got any.”  I’ve actually heard this several times in my career.  It was such responses that motivated me to come up...
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The following strategies are described in my new book:  The Myth of the ADHD Child:  101 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion (Tarcher/Perigee). Let Your Child Fidget Channel Creative Energies into the Arts Emphasize Diversity, Not Disability Enroll Your Child in a Martial Arts Class Make Time...
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This is a blog post that appeared on ASCD’s InService blog, April 19, 2017.  It talks about an article I wrote for the April, 2017 issue of Educational Leadership entitled Neurodiversity:  The Future of Special Education? ”I was a special education teacher for several years back in the 1970s and 1980s.  Although I’d been trained at...
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This is a presentation I made at the 16th Encuentro Internacional de Educacion Inicial y Preescolar in Monterrey, Mexico on October 15th, 2016, which focused this year on inclusion and diversity.  The event was sponsored by an exemplary early childhood education program in Monterrey called CENDI (Los Centros de Desarrollo Infantil del Frente Popular “Tierra...
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I’m seriously concerned that the schools aren’t doing enough (change that:  aren’t doing anything!) to prepare students on the autism spectrum for a range of careers that are beginning to open up for them in the workplace.  So much of recent educational ”reform” has been about preparing our students to be college and career-ready.  If this...
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