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Special Education: ADHD and Learning Disabilities

Helping Students With ADHD and Learning Disabilities in the Classroom


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be sure to see Education World's Professional Development
Special Ed archive
and our Special Education speciality archive.

An I.D.E.A.L. Way to Include Autistic Kids
Children with autism often find social situations stressful, making school and family outings difficult. A process developed by a special educator helps prepare children with autism for such outings, allowing them to go more smoothly.

Transitions Focus of Inclusion Week
Transitions between grades and schools are difficult for many students, but the challenges increase for students with disabilities or limited English skills. National Inclusive Schools Week this year focuses on supporting special needs students through transitions.

Dramatic Rise in ADHD Sparks Controversy
Concerns about the rise in childhood ADHD and its treatment with psychotropic medication go beyond worried parents and questioning educators. Some say ADHD is a myth -- not a brain-based disorder, but a reflection of whats wrong with our society and education. Others worry about the financial relationships between drug companies and academic researchers who study treatments. Today, Education World looks at some controversial issues surrounding ADHD. INCLUDED: Comments from leading researchers and experts!

How Can Teachers Help Students With ADHD?
Education World news editor Diane Weaver Dunne highlights strategies for teachers to help their students with ADHD be successful in school, from daily routines that provide structure to showing students how to keep daily assignment journals. Included: 20 tips for teachers from the American Academy of Pediatrics and CHADD.

Is Medication the Best ADHD Treatment?
Education World news editor Diane Weaver Dunne explores research that has studied various treatments of ADHD, including medication, behavioral intervention, and neurofeedback.

Statistics Confirm Rise in Childhood ADHD and Medication Use
Education World news editor Diane Weaver Dunne examines the rise in the number of prescriptions written for stimulant medication to treat ADHD -- an increase of 500 percent since 1991, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Included: Highlights of research tracking the rise of childhood ADHD and medication use.

ADHD: What Is It?
Education World news editor Diane Weaver Dunne examines the personal experiences of children with ADHD, describes the disorder's symptoms, and explains the three types of the disorder. Included: Recommended guidelines for diagnosing ADHD.

Oprah Spotlights Learning Disabilities Documentary
On Thursday, June 15, participants in the award-winning documentary A Celebration of Differences appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about living with learning disabilities. "The film highlights the strategies people with learning disabilities develop and the inner strengths they possess," said Bobbi Zabel, a co-producer of the documentary. "We aim to educate those who deny this reality and to inspire those who live it every day." Included: How to order A Celebration of Differences.

Inclusive Education: An Online Forum
Last month, Education World reported on a new booklet about inclusive schooling from the National Institute for Urban School Improvement. Today, we bring you news of an online forum designed to provide teachers, parents, and advocates with the opportunity to virtually meet the author of that booklet and share questions, ideas, and experiences regarding inclusive educational practices.

Will the Government Fund Its Commitment to Special Ed?
If the House of Representatives has its way, the federal government will fulfill its promise to fund 40 percent of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The bill is now under consideration in a Senate committee. How will more IDEA funding make a difference to local school districts?

Teaching Special Kids: On-Line Resources for Teachers
Whether you teach in a special-education program or in a "regular" classroom, you probably encounter special kids facing special challenges. This week, Education World brings you information about on-line resources that can help you better understand -- and help -- students with special needs.