Wednesday, November 2, 2016

First-person Story, Sports and Autism, SCOTUS and LDs, and More

THIS WILL RESONATE. An article from The Hechinger Report, an education newsletter, is a first-person account by a high school junior of his school experiences. The line that hooks: "I spend half my days in accelerated classes and the other half in special ed." Find the article.

WE OFTEN THINK that sports are mutually exclusive with autism or with twice-exceptionality. An article at Sports Illustrated suggests otherwise. Find the article.

LEGAL WONKS know that the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases that will affect special ed and, therefore, possibly the education of our 2e kiddos. Policy Insider, from the Council for Exceptional Children, offers perspectives on one of those cases, Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools. The case relates to a school's refusal to allow a service dog for a girl with cerebral palsy, and involves some technical questions about how families go about getting educational justice. Find out more.

TIME MAGAZINE addresses teen anxiety and depression and offers tips for parents. Find the article.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has posted a new article about how parents can help kids with self-regulation, often an issue with highly intense young people. The piece covers what it is, what dysregulation looks like (you probably know that), why kids struggle with regulation, and what to do about it. Find the article.

GIFTED AND DISTRACTIBLE. Julie Skolnik's most recent newsletter is out, with items on a variety of events, resources, and topics of interest, especially for parents in the Washington, DC, area. One item: the announcement of Camp Summit's East Coast plans for this summer. Find the newsletter.

TiLT PARENTING, for parents of differently-wired kids, offers Episode 32 in its podcast series, this one titled "How to Eliminate Control Battles with Your Differently-wired Teen." The subject-matter expert is author and therapist Neil Brown. Find the podcast.

2e RESOURCES. Landmark School is a day and boarding school for students in grades 2-12 who have language-based LDs. The school has, over the years, developed resources which it makes available to the public. Some of those resources are information booklets such as "Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders," priced at $10. Another resource is the Landmark Outreach Online Program, courses for educators who work with students who have dyslexia or other language-based LDs. For example, one course is "Executive Function: Impact on Academic Proficiency."

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