Published by: Child Mind Institute
Written by: Dr. Jerry Bubrick
For children who have obsessive-compulsive disorder, functioning in school can be complicated and very difficult. And for a teacher, it can be easy to misread the symptoms of OCD as oppositional behavior on the child’s part, or as ADHD.
But if teachers can recognize the behaviors associated with OCD, especially when a child is embarrassed and trying to hide his anxiety, they can help save him to receive treatment or make adjustments to from unnecessary struggle, and clear the way for him to learn successfully. Click here to read the rest of the story.
Published by: Kid Companion
Written by: Lorna dEntremont
A child with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have greater difficulty in accepting changes of routine. This may be due to their greater need for predictability or difficulty when a pattern of routine is disrupted. Vacations, family visits, or field trips can be over-stimulating and distressing for the child with autism. If this is the case with your child, prepare BEFORE a scheduled change in routine occurs like before school breaks and for summer vacation. Click here for the rest of the story
Published by: Eutopia
Written by: Nina Parrish
Teachers often come to the classroom with an unclear understanding of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and they are rarely provided with strategies that detail how to work with students who have been diagnosed with ADHD, even though such students make up an increasingly large number of their students—11 percent and growing as of 2011, according to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a special education teacher and tutor who coaches struggling students (many with ADHD), I have found several classroom strategies to be effective. Click here for the rest of the story
Published by: Cerebral Palsy News Today
Written by: Jessica Grono
School violence, unfortunately, is on the minds of thousands of people. Protection of our children is extremely important, and it is imperative to find the right plan to keep everyone safe. As more schools implement drills and plans to protect children and staff, children with disabilities aren’t included in the planning. How can we, as a nation, fix this huge safety dilemma for students with disabilities? Click here to read the rest of the story
Anxiety and movement disorders may increase with age in adults with Angelman syndrome, while the prevalence of seizures may decrease, a study suggests.
The results also call into attention the need for better monitoring and treatment, provided by a multidisciplinary medical team, to improve quality of life in the adult Angelman population. That’s because sleeping, gastrointestinal and bone disorders remain a significant issue for many adults with this condition. Read the rest of the story here
Published by: Stress-Free Kids
Written by: Lori Lite
Children are vulnerable to stress. Thirteen out of one hundred children experience some kind of anxiety disorder and many more are just stressed out! Living a balanced life and reducing stress in kids is a challenge for most families.
With very little effort you can offer your children the tools they need to maintain emotional balance. Consider filling your child’s emotional backpack with solutions and techniques they can use for stress management and relaxation. Kids can be active participants in creating their own healthy, calm lives. Click here to read the rest of the story
Published by: ABC News
Written by: Eliza Laschon
Learning to surf is proving to be a tonic for children with autism, helping them become calmer and more confident after a morning in the swell on Perth’s coastline with volunteers from a surfing charity.
The organisation was set up by a group of surfing mates last year and parents of children who have participated have been blown away by the positive results.
Judi Barrett-Lennard said her son William had “very low-functioning autism”.
“There’s a huge improvement once he has been in the water,” Mrs Barrett-Lennard said. Click here to read the rest of the story
Published by: Disability Scoop
Written by: Michelle Diament
One of the world’s largest athletic brands is expanding its lineup of shoes specially designed for people with disabilities.
Nike said this week that it will add a new product to its FlyEase collection — which features sneakers that include special accessibility features — this summer.
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 FlyEase was developed in consultation with Justin Gallegos, a member of the University of Oregon track club who has cerebral palsy, the company said. Click here to read the rest of the story
According to the U.S. census, over a half million autistic students will turn 18 over the next decade/ Further studies show that many students diagnosed with autism are not prepared for the transition. Some and their families are opting towards a college education. More colleges are offering support services to autistic students including social, academic, and life skills.
The following resources provide information and articles on autism and college preparation:
11 tips for students with autism who are going to college (KFM)
20 great scholarship for students on the autism spectrum
College Autism Network (CAN)
College planning for autistic students (USC Marshall)
College students with autism need support to succeed on campus (Spectrum)
Families: Learn how to find autism-friendly colleges (U.S. News)
Going to college with autism (Child Mind Institute)
Helping students with autism thrive: College life on the spectrum (Madison House Autism Foundation)
Neurodiversity and autism in college (Psychology Today)
The transition to college can be tough, even more so if you have autism (Washington Post)