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Stanford Researchers Develop a Smartphone App to Simultaneously Treat and Track Autism

GuessWhat 448Diagnosing autism can take half a day or more of clinical observation, and that’s the quick part – often, families wait years just to get to that point. Now, in hopes of speeding things up, Stanford researchers are developing a smartphone app that could drastically reduce the time it takes to get a diagnosis. Read more ›

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Working Memory: The Engine for Learning

workingmemory444Approximately 10% of us have weak working memory; however, the estimates of the percentage of weak working memory in students with specific learning disorders, including dyslexia, ranges from 20 to 50 percent. Weak working memory is a core difficulty for students with ADHD, Inattentive Type. Read more ›

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Study: Reworked Autism Definition Prompted Drop In Diagnoses

Autism research 440Five years after a sweeping overhaul of the diagnostic criteria for autism, research suggests that the changes have led fewer people to be identified with the developmental disorder. Read more ›

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One in 5 Students With Significant ADHD Gets No School-Based Help, Study Finds

boy-adhd 434A substantial percentage of students with ADHD symptoms severe enough to affect them both academically and socially are not getting any support in school for the disorder, says a new study based on the experiences of nearly 2,500 children and youth. Read more ›

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Top 5 Reasons to Train Teachers About Dyslexia

dyslexiablog431Written by Lisa Parnello, Literacy Specialist & Wilson Credentialed Trainer

In a sea of professional development opportunities for teachers, how do you decide what’s most important for teachers to learn? What will make the biggest impact on the students? Read more ›

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Evaluations and IEPs: Shouldn’t They be Connected? [presentation] [video]

Your child’s evaluation includes a bunch of scores and some recommendations. Even though your evaluator talked through all the scores with you, you’re still not sure what they mean or how to translate those into meaningful IEP goals for your son/daughter.  Learn more about IEPs from Chris Harris, MEd, Director of EBC Schools, so that you can effectively advocate for your child. Read more ›

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The Creativity of ADHD

ADHDandcreativity426Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is typically described by the problems it presents. It is known as a neurological disorder, marked by distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, which begins in childhood and persists in adults. And, indeed, ADHD may have negative consequences for academic achievement, employment performance, and social relationships.

But ADHD may also bring with it an advantage: the ability to think more creatively. Read more ›

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Four Key Executive Functioning Strategies for Your Child

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Written by Vivien Keil, PhD, Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director at CHC

March Madness is around the corner: a time of anticipation and excitement for college basketball fans around the globe. Many students, however, especially those with learning and attention differences, are experiencing another form of madness altogether: midterms, projects, deadlines and a pressure to succeed. In a recent study, 45% of teens reported feeling stressed “all the time.” Many parents feel helpless as they wonder how best to help their kids stay afloat.

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Managing Transition: Developing a Strengths-Based IEP [presentation]

When a student on an IEP gets to high school age, the focus and format of the IEP should change. IEPs should become student-centered, strength-based and future-focused. How does a parent support their child in the revised process?  Chris Harris, Director of Esther B. Clark Schools describe the best practice for making the transition IEP participatory, informative and effective. Read more ›

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How to Get Past Parenting Guilt When Your Child Has Learning and Attention Issues [video]

mother child 409If you feel guilt around your child’s learning and attention issues, it’s important to know you’re not alone. Feelings of guilt and shame are common among parents of kids with learning and attention issues. Read more ›

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