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When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

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The information in this article applies to public schools in the United States. If your child attends school in a different type of setting, talk to your child’s school to see what they recommend for children with behavioral and/or social-emotional needs. What is Emotional Disturbance? Emotional Disturbance (ED) is considered one of the 14 disabilities under the IndividualsContinue Reading

What Will Classrooms of the Future Look Like & How Will They Engage Our Students?

What Will Classrooms of the Future Look Like & How Will They Engage Our Students?

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Do you wonder what classrooms will be like in the future? Technology is rapidly changing and it becomes challenging to keep up with it. It has invaded the field of education, as some classrooms now have interactive boards instead of blackboards. When we were kids we may have dreamed about having computers in our classroomsContinue Reading

6 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Manage the College Application Period

6 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Manage the College Application Period

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Teenagers, especially those with ADHD, typically experience feelings of anxiety about what the future holds. There are many opportunities that they can take advantage of, including college programs, job training, military enlistment, and technical institutes. For those who want to pursue post-secondary education, the college search and application process can be overwhelming. There are plentyContinue Reading

What Is a Functional Behavior Assessment & Is It Effective?

What Is a Functional Behavior Assessment & Is It Effective?

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What is a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)? An FBA is a research-based method used to figure out why a child is behaving a certain way in the school setting (an FBA can also be done in a residential treatment center or at home if a child is receiving mental health services there; parents can also thinkContinue Reading

Effective Program Helps Young Children Learn to Read

Effective Program Helps Young Children Learn to Read

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Recently I came across a step-by-step program that helps parents easily teach their young children to read. The authors, Jim (a reading teacher) and his wife Elena, developed the Children Learning Reading program, and used it to teach their own children to read before turning 3 years old. Who Is the Program Designed For? The Children Learning ReadingContinue Reading

American Academy of Pediatrics Explains Why Recess is Crucial for Children and Shouldn’t be Withheld

American Academy of Pediatrics Explains Why Recess is Crucial for Children and Shouldn’t be Withheld

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Introduction Policy makers, educators, and parents often talk about the role of schools in promoting the development of the whole child (e.g., physical, social, and academic development). A growing trend toward putting more emphasis on academic subjects and less on recess time, has put this important part of a child’s school day at risk. WhenContinue Reading

Does Research Show That Exercise Helps Kids with Autism & ADHD?

Does Research Show That Exercise Helps Kids with Autism & ADHD?

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Experts at Michigan State University have demonstrated that kids with ADHD have better focus and are less distracted after a 20 minute exercise session. Matthew Pontifex, assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, and lead researcher for the study said: “This provides some very early evidence that exercise might be a tool in our nonpharmaceutical treatmentContinue Reading

What is an IEP and How Do You Know if Your Child Needs One for School?

What is an IEP and How Do You Know if Your Child Needs One for School?

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Intro Are you wondering if your child needs special education services or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or how children obtain an IEP? In order to qualify for an IEP, your child needs to receive an evaluation in school (or at home if your child has not started school yet or attends homeschool or cyberContinue Reading

How to Teach Six Basic Math Concepts with Transformers

How to Teach Six Basic Math Concepts with Transformers

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Teaching kids concepts using something they love is a great way to get them motivated. You can take any favorite kids’ toy or food that you have multiples of (e.g., Transformers, Doc McStuffins Characters, Legos, Hot Wheels, Matchbox Cars, Cheerios, Gummy Bears) and use them to create a math lesson (let your child choose whatContinue Reading

21 School Accommodations Available for Children with Special Needs

21 School Accommodations Available for Children with Special Needs

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*This article pertains to U.S. public schools. If your child attends private school or school outside of the U.S., talk to the school team to find out which accommodations they are able to provide. Parents may not always know what accommodations or modifications are available to their child with special needs in school. This articleContinue Reading