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Special Education

An Open Letter to the Secretary of Education

Kyle Redford | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Kyle Redford

Frankly, I was nothing short of stunned by your lack of understanding of the policies and approaches to dyslexia in our public schools.

Joy Resmovits

More Minority Students Should Be In Special Ed, Study Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

For decades, some education leaders and researchers have asserted that school districts often use special education placement as a way to segregate bl...

Special Recognition for a Very Special Girl

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

When you are the parent of a special needs child, you see your kid get a lot of awards and trophies for putting in the amazing effort it takes to complete anything. All the kids are superstars. I have never seen my daughter singled out for an accomplishment.

Israeli School Unites Muslim, Jewish and Christian Students WIth Cerebral Palsy

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

In the Tel Aviv suburb of Zahala, about 150 students study at the ONN School for Special Education. The school is special in that most of the children who attend, have cerebral palsy and other degenerative diseases. The diverse student population includes Muslim, Christian, and Jewish children.

A Choosy Mom on Choosing Schools

Smart Parents | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

After spending many wonderful years in our church preschool, it was time for my daughter to transfer to public school. As any mom can attest to, this can be an emotional time. When you have a child with special needs, it can be unnerving.

My Daughter Is Much More Than One Word

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I've never been comfortable using words that soften things. When my kids ask me a question, I give them the most honest answer that I think they're able to handle.

Disability Vs Defiance: Abuse, Discrimination and Autism

Michele Gruba | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
Michele Gruba

We need consistent special education services with highly trained staff, community education for first responders, equal services and diagnostics in underserved communities, jobs and services for adults that are nonexistent in most areas.

6 Things Rarely Discussed in College Education Courses That Will Be Keys to Your Teaching Career

D. A. Russell | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
D. A. Russell

It is hard to answer the question: "What advice would you give a new teacher?" The problem is that all teachers, even those of us who are most passionate about teaching, have a love-hate relationship with our jobs.

How and When to Diagnose Learning Disabilities

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Diagnosing a learning disability can be tough if a parent doesn't know the signs or when to be on the look out for a potential learning disability. Dr...

Improve Your Child's Reading Level with "You TELL Me Stories"

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Lynn Rubin, founder of "You TELL Me Stories" and expert in the field of childhood learning disabilities, stopped by Mondays with Marlo to talk about h...

Childhood Symptoms of Learning Disabilities

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Diagnosis of a learning disability early on is the best way to help a child properly learn and thrive in both personal and educational circumstances. ...

Is ADHD Overdiagnosed?

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

ADHD overdiagnosis is a hot topic in the media today.Dr. Lydia Soifer and Lynn Rubin, experts in the field of childhood learning disabilities, stopped...

Correctly Diagnosing a Child's Learning Disability

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Dr. Lydia Soifer and Lynn Rubin, experts in the field of childhood learning disabilities, stopped by Mondays with Marlo with some great advice for par...

Talking to Your Child About Learning Disabilites

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Dr. Lydia Soifer and Lynn Rubin, experts in the field of childhood learning disabilities, stopped by Mondays with Marlo to give some amazing tips to p...

Educational Alternatives for Learning Disabilities

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Finding the proper educational resources for your child's learning disabilities can be a struggle, however, Dr. Lydia Soifer and Lynn Rubin, experts i...

The Well-Intentioned But Misguided Advice of Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why Allocating More Time for Reading Is the Wrong Approach for Dyslexics

Todd Grindal | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Todd Grindal

We applaud Dr. Tyson for his comments regarding the value of diversity in the scientific workplace. But his comments show that when it comes to understanding how to best support people with learning disabilities, even the smartest and most well intentioned allies sometimes get it wrong.

Asperger's Is Not a Cheese

Lauren Salkin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Lauren Salkin

We stopped speculating about Son's ability to defy gravity and dragged him to a pediatric neurologist. To our surprise, his brain scans were normal. As far as the head tilt, the doctor said, "He'll grow out of it. It's nothing to be concerned about." Sure, he's not your kid.

Thank You For Teaching Special Education

Michele Gruba | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Michele Gruba

Aidan tells me all the time "Sarah Love me," and that is a great feeling. We are so thankful for all the effort and attention Sarah and the team give to our son.

The Next Frontier For A Special Needs Princess And Her Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Why my daughter? Why my family? It's not fair. It's just not fair. I'm ashamed to admit these were the feelings that were going through my head.

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label fo...

I Am "That" Parent

Smart Parents | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

I am that parent. Dear professionals: You know me, I am the one who asks questions. The one who will turn a 15 minute scheduled meeting into 45 minutes. The one who does not hesitate to let you know when things are not going well for her child.

Vanessa's Journey: Empowering Special Education Through Technology

Smart Parents | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

My daughter's story started like many children born with special needs - doctors telling us not to expect much. I did my research and discovered that visual learning may be one of her unique abilities. It's turned out to be true.

Why Investing in Kids Is Good for Business

Andrew D. Gillum | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Andrew D. Gillum

The very future of our country will be tied to our ability to get children off to a good start in school and in life. This issue is no longer just for the bleeding hearts, the family advocates, or the parents of young children. This is an issue that affects every facet of our society.

My Daughter Isn't The Only One Who's Getting A Special Education

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I left that day almost the same way I came in. Except my feelings of joy, gratitude and respect had grown, and my feelings of sadness and dread had almost, but not completely, disappeared.

My Deaf and Blind Daughter Beat the Odds Because I Expected Her To

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

All of this is why moments of academic achievement in the life of a child categorized as deaf-blind by school districts, a child a kindergarten teacher once called "unteachable" to my face, is worthy of a party.