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A mental health diagnosis is based almost entirely on the discussion of symptoms between a patient and his mental health provider. You might think being the diagnosis expert is your doctor’s job alone, but if you don’t thoroughly understand the diagnosis for yourself or your loved one, you may not get the treatment you need. You want to understand everything you can about how your diagnosis is made, and what it means, so you can communicate well with your prescriber and therapist.
For many people with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), understanding a single diagnosis isn’t enough. Many present with symptoms of two or more conditions. We call this “co-occurrence.” Great. Just when you thought nothing else could be wrong, you realize (or find out) you may have another psychiatric diagnosis. Click here to read the rest of the story
According to IDEA’s definition, visually impairment is defined as including blindness means an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness. There are 3 types of blindness including The types of vision impairments are low visual acuity, blindness, and legal blindness (which varies for each country): Low visual acuity, also known as moderate visual impairment, is a visual acuity between 20/70 and 20/400 with your best corrected vision, or a visual field of no more than 20 degrees.
The following articles and links provide resources on teaching students with visual impairments.
The following are articles that provide tips and resources on teaching students with visual impairments.
The following links provide activities that can used to teach students with visual impairments.
According the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Disability affects approximate 61 million, or nearly 1 in 4 (26%) people in the United States living in communities. Disability affects more than one billion people worldwide.1,2 According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, people “. . . with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory [such as hearing or vision] impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”
While the road has made great strives in community integration, we still have a long way to go until full inclusion is met worldwide. For some people with disabilities, participation may be only defined as being physically present in a community but without any connection such as going to a shopping store or attending an event. The next level includes encounters at a nail salon, bowling, shopping, etc and full integration includes connecting with others in the community such as hanging out with people at a sports bar with and without disabilities or attending religious services including becoming a part of the choir or serving as an usher.
The following questions created by the Council on Quality and Leaderships serves as a great barometer in measuring the quality of community inclusion:
5 ways to make community inclusion work– White Hawk Advocacy
A sharing of ideas on community inclusion for people with disabilities– University of Connecticut Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Community barrier to participation experienced by people with disabilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) CDC
Community Inclusion– newfdn.org
What does community inclusion look like? – National Disability Insurance Scheme
What is community inclusion all about and why does it matter?– Pioneer Center for Human Services
What Is Community Inclusion & Why Is It a Win-Win Scenario?– Community Mainstreaming
What We Mean When We Talk About Inclusion– Institute for Community Inclusion
The following are community inclusion ideas and suggestions.
11 Ways to Promote Community Support for Students with Disabilities– Brooks Publishing
13 ideas for making your community more inclusive – Union for Reform Judaism
Community Inclusion Module– Illinois Department of Human Services
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Most people with autism — up to 86 percent — have trouble sleeping1. Their sleep problems often include the hallmarks of insomnia: difficulty falling asleep, waking up multiple times during the night and getting less sleep than average. Animal models of autism display these same signs, suggesting that sleep problems may arise from fundamental mechanisms conserved across species2. But scientists do not yet know what these mechanisms are, much less why insomnia is so prevalent in autistic people.
Autism researchers and clinicians commonly refer to insomnia as a comorbidity, meaning that it only accompanies autism. However, we suggest that doctors and scientists may need to consider it as an integral part of the condition and begin to study sleep in more rigorous ways — for instance, using technology in place of surveys and questionnaires. Click here to read the rest of the story.
The DSM-V defines ADHD as a persistent pattern of attention and or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning of development. Inattention symptoms include the following:
Hyperactive symptoms include:
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The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) interviewed parents and reports the following ADHD prevalence data among children ages 2–17 (Danielson et al. 2018):
The following links provide tools, resources and information for parents and special education educators on providing support to children diagnosed with ADHD.
Information on classroom accommodations including teaching techniques, learning style, schedule, environment, material, assistance and behavior management.
10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs (The Starr Spangled Planner)
Accommodations for ADHD students (ADDCoach4U)
Classroom accommodations for ADHD(Understood)
Top 20 ADHD accommodations and modifications that work (Promoting Success Blog)
Classroom Tips and Strategies
The following links are tips and strategies that are specific to teaching techniques and helpful information on behavior approaches, rewards, eliminating distractions and seating arrangements
15 strategies to help students with ADHD (Student Savvy)
30 ideas for teaching children with ADHD (Kelly Bear)
ADHD and piano lesson teaching strategies (Teach Piano Today)
ADHD Teaching Strategies for the Classroom( Promoting Success Blog)
How can teachers help students with ADHD (Education World)
Ideas and strategies for kids with ADD and learning disabilities (Child Development Institute)
Setting up the classroom (ADD in Schools)
Supporting students with ADHD (Free Spirit Publishing)
Teaching students with ADHD: Instructional strategies and practice (U.S. Department of Education)
Tips for teaching students with ADHD(ADHD Kids Rock)
Tips and information from websites on helping students concentrate in the classroom.
5 simple concentration building techniques for kids with ADHD (Empowering Parents)
5 ways to improve your child’s focus (Understood)
Ways to improve concentration in kids with ADHD (Brain Balance)
Executive functioning helps students analyze a task, planning, organization, time management and finishing a task. The following links provide articles on understand executive functioning and its relationship to ADHD.
Classroom strategies for executive functioning (Understood)
Executive functioning explained and 20 strategies for success (Minds in Bloom)
Executive function skills (CHADD)
Executive Functioning Issues (Understood)
Handwriting for kids with ADHD (Look! We’re Learning)
Definition: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. It is the most common motor disability in childhood. It is estimated that an average of 1 in 345 children in the U.S. have cerebral palsy
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Is a group of neurological disorders that affects body movement and muscle coordination.
Is caused by damage to the brain which controls movement and balance
Affects the motor area of the brain that directs muscle movement.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy differ in type and severity in each person.
Is the leading cause of childhood disabilities.
Cerebral Palsy is not progressive meaning it does not get worse overtime.
Cerebral Palsy prevalence is 3.3 children per 1000.
There is no cure for cerebral palsy
Cerebral Palsy is not contagious
Risk factors for cerebral palsy include pre-mature birth, infections during pregnancy, exposure to toxic substances and mothers with excess protein in the urine or a history of having seizures.
Cerebral Palsy can also be caused by complicated labor and delivery due to disruption of blood and oxygen to the brain(hypoxia) and babies in a breech position (feet first).Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type affecting 80% of people with cerebral palsy.
Ataxic cerebral palsy affects balance and depth perception
There are more boys born with cerebral palsy than girls.
Stroke in a baby or child less than the age of 3 results in cerebral palsy.
One in nine with cerebral palsy have features of autism
One in three children with cerebral palsy cannot walk
One in four children with cerebral palsy cannot feed themselves
There are 17 million people with cerebral palsy worldwide.
58.2% of children with cerebral palsy can walk independently, 11.3 walk using a hand-held mobility device and 30.6% have limited or no walking ability
Speech and language disorders are common in people with cerebral palsy
Pain is common among children with cerebral palsy
Harry Jennings, an engineer built the first modern folding wheelchair
Sir William Osler wrote the first book on cerebral palsy
Dr. Sigmund Freud was the first to state that cerebral palsy might be caused by abnormal development before birth.
Cerebral palsy doesn’t necessary mean learning difficulties.
Cerebral Palsy History Timeline
1810- Dr. William John Little is credited with first identifying spastic diplegia is born.
1836- Louis Stromeyer corrects John Little’s club foot. This discovery begins a career in understanding and treating childhood impairments.
1843- Dr. William John Little begins lecturing on spastic ridgity.
1853. Dr. William John Little publishes On the Nature and Treatment of the Deformities of the Human Frame.
1861- Dr. William John Little establishes the classic definition of spastic cerebral palsy.
1889- William Osler, one of the founding professors of John Hopkins Hospital, wrote the book, Cerebral Palsies of Children
1937- Herbert A. Everest and Harry Jennings Sr., built a lightweight collapsible wheelchair.
1937- The Children’s Rehabilitation Insitute is founded by Dr. Winthrope Phelps specializing in children with cerebral palsy.
1897- Dr. Freud states cerebral palsy may be caused by fetal development
1946- Cerebral Palsy of New York State founded by parents of children with cerebral palsy.
1948- United Cerebral Palsy is incorporated.
1949- United Cerebral Palsy founded by Leonard Goldenson, his wife Isabel, Nina Eaton and Jack and Ethel Hausman.
2002- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts first U.S. multi-state study on the prevalence.
Hemiplegia- The inability to move the arm and leg on one side of the body.
Diplegia-The inability to move either both arms or both legs.
Quadriplegia- A type of cerebral palsy that affects all limbs on both sides of the body
Monoplegia- A type of cerebral palsy that affects only one limb.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
Athetoid- A type of cerebral palsy in which affected muscles move involuntarily.
Ataxic- A type of cerebral palsy affecting balance and coordination.
Spastic– A type of cerebral palsy causing stiff and severely cramped muscles.
The following organizations provide resources on their websites including fact sheets, resources and information:
Funds cerebral palsy research in the United States, (CPF) promotes the delivery of current research, best practices and technology to people with cerebral palsy and their support system. The mission includes transforming lives through research, innovation and collaboration.
Helps children who have survived an early brain injury that results in hemiplegia (weakness on one side of the body).
The Make Lemon Aide Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to improve the lives of people with cerebral palsy by raising awareness, funding research and training therapist.
Founded in 2005, RFTS is the largest pediatric cerebral palsy non-profit foundation in the world led by parents with a focus on the prevention, treatment and cure of cerebral palsy
UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP provides services and support to more than 176,000 children and adults through its 68 affiliates around the country.
An educational resource website and Facebook page designed to give families and caregivers a central place for practical information and resources.
A non-profit organization based in Australia. Provides services to help children and adults living with neurological and physical disabilities.
NIDS mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disorder. The website provides patient and caregiver education on cerebral palsy including an informational page.
5 common challenges for adults with cerebral palsy- Made For Movement Blog
Adults and cerebral palsy– Cerebral Palsy Organization
Adults with Cerebral Palsy- Cerebral Palsy Foundation
Aging with Cerebral Palsy and Chronic Pain– The Mighty
Care of adults with cerebral palsy-American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Cerebral Palsy and aging– Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Cerebral palsy and transitioning to adulthood-Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Cerebral Palsy effects through lifespan-Physiopedia
Cerebral Palsy in Adulthood– Everyday Health
Cerebral Palsy patients provide rare insight into aging– Cerebral Palsy News Today
Cerebral palsy symptoms in Adulthood- Healthfully
Living as an adult with cerebral palsy– Healthline
Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy– Cerebral Palsy Guidance
Cerebral Palsy and Seizures– Cerebral Palsy Guidance
Cerebral Palsy and Speech Therapy– Cerebral Palsy Group
Children with spastic cerebral palsy experience lower leg fatigue when walking study shows- Cerebral Palsy News Today
Common health problems associated with cerebral palsy- My Child Without Limits
Difficulties in swallowing and coughing in spastic cerebral palsy focus of study– Cerebral Palsy News Today
Digestive health tips for kids with cerebral palsy-Sarah Halstead
Gastrointestinal and nutritional issues in cerebral palsy-practicalgastro.ocom
How does cerebral palsy affect people?-Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Sleep disorders in kids with cerebral palsy often remain untreated study suggest– Cerebral Palsy News today
Understanding more about cerebral palsy and seizures– Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Key terms to know in early intervention– Parent Center Hub. 6-page pdf document
Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities– reviews the process by which schools identify that a child has a specific learning disability
Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)– the module includes 1 sideshow presentation, trainer’s guide, speakers notes and 2 handouts
Introduction to Procedural Safeguards- Part C of IDEA designed to protect the rights of parents and their infant or toddler.
The basics of early intervention– Includes a 64-page trainer’s guide in PDF or Word format
Autism Case Training– Web-based continuing education introductory course on autism.
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome-PDF format including resources on the topic
Getting to know cerebral palsy- training resource in pdf format for facilitators
Supporting the student with Down syndrome in your classroom– created by Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan.
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It is estimated that 15% of the UK population are neurodiverse. Many workplaces will already be accommodating neurodiverse employees but without the proper awareness and understanding of how best to support these employees
With Learning Disability Week taking place this month we have taken the opportunity to explore neurodiversity in the workplace and what employers should be doing. As a starting point, it is worth noting that ACAS has produced some very helpful guidance for employers, managers and employees.
Put concisely, people think differently. Neurodiversity is the way the brain processes and interprets information. One in seven people are neurodivergent, meaning that their brain processes information differently to most. Neurodivergence is experienced along a spectrum and has a range of characteristics which vary depending on the individual. There are various forms of neurodivergence but the most common are autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. While there tend to be certain expectations about the effects of each of these, they all cover a wide range of differences. Click here to read the rest of the story.