Month: March 2013

A disease called ‘childhood’

By DR. ALLEN FRANCES – Do 1 in 5 NYC preteens really suffer a mental woe? A psychiatry expert argues we’re overdiagnosing —and overmedicating — our kids Last week, The Post reported that more than 145,000 city children struggle with

Be informed about what it means to have dyslexia

Dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty in reading in children and adults who have the ability to be better readers. Without specific interventions, dyslexia interferes with a student’s ability to read at his or her potential. Of all the possible learning

Many Special Ed Modifications can be Provided Through iPads

Almond, N.Y. — One year ago, in mid-March 2012, Alfred-Almond Central School introduced technology to its 5th through 8th grade students not seen in area middle schools before. Every middle school student was assigned an iPad. The endeavor was deemed

Who is accountable to Amanda?

By Maureen Wilkinson At a time when education is the focus of debate, I find myself, a retired special education resource teacher from the York Region District School Board and a tutor for a student in the York Catholic District

Scientists unravel how kids learn math, 1st grade abilities key to skills later on

WASHINGTON – We know a lot about how babies learn to talk, and youngsters learn to read. Now scientists are unraveling the earliest building blocks of math — and what children know about numbers as they begin first grade seems

Special-ed legislation would ‘level playing field’ for parents

The classroom for Gail Coleman’s son wasn’t the right fit. Diagnosed with both ADHD and autism, he was learning little to nothing in school for months and started threatening suicide. “Why don’t you just chop my head off and get

In Twist, School Practices ‘Reverse Inclusion’

A unique approach at one Ohio school has typically developing teens entering the world of special education for an eye-opening experience. Through a semester-long elective at Kenston High School in Bainbridge, Ohio, high school juniors and seniors work side-by-side in

Miniature Horse Aids Alaska Boy with Special Needs

By DAN JOLING Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska A young miniature horse in sneakers is helping a 4-year-old special needs child at an Anchorage public elementary school. Zoe, a black mare, is a service animal for preschooler Zaiden Beattie at Russian

Schools Make Adjustments To Comply With Updated Standards To Make Campuses More Accessible to the Disabled

by Marsha Gilbert Bryce Gitzen travels through the aboveground, enclosed, heated passageway, nicknamed “The Spine,” to get to the bookstore, sports center, library and other buildings on the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA), campus. The structure has elevators, with Braille

States get tough on third-graders, holding some back over reading test

WASHINGTON — A growing number of states are drawing a hard line in elementary school, requiring children to pass a reading test in third grade or be held back from fourth grade. Thirteen states last year adopted laws that require