Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Due Process for 2e, Success for ADHD Students, and More

DUE PROCESS. Special ed attorney Matt Cohen won a due process hearing for parents of a bright elementary school student with ADHD, writing difficulties, and other issues. Here's what the firm says in their newsletter about the case: "The parents repeatedly sought assistance from the district for an IEP or a 504 plan to help their son. He was not provided a 504 plan for approximately a year after they began seeking help and was denied an IEP repeatedly over a two year period, despite extensive evidence of the struggles he was having during and after school. [Chicago Public Schools] staff defended the refusal of both a 504 plan and an IEP on the grounds that the student was bright, was getting passing grades and had generally high achievement test scores." The firm's newsletter is not posted at their website, but you can read the hearing officer's opinion here.

STUDENTS WITH ADHD -- that's the topic of an article at Education Week Teacher called "10 Tips for a Smooth School Year for Students with ADHD." The article is directed at educators, but parents should find it useful as well. Separately, US News offers parent its tips to ensure (dangerous word) the success at school for a child with ADHD. Find the US News piece.

ESCAP, the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has published a journal issue focusing on the role of nutrition on child and adolescent mental health disorders. Among the article topics: the microbiome; vitamin D; and elimination diets. The issue also contains an article on sleep and ADHD. Find the journal and read the article abstracts; sadly, the full articles are not available to non-subscribers, but perhaps your local library might be able to provide you with access.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has posted "Normal Is Overrated," observations by a kiddo you'll emphasize with -- bright but with reading issues, ADHD, and a growth disorder. (He was, for awhile, a "runt.") Find the piece.

GIFTED AND DISTRACTIBLE, the newsletter from With Understanding Comes Calm, is out in its September incarnation. You can read how Julie Skolnick has been spreading the word about 2e, about 2e-related events in the Maryland area and elsewhere, and more. Find the newsletter.

TiLT PARENTING's newest podcast is with one of the co-authors of the new book Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in Your Child’s Learning, Behavior, or Attention. Debbie of TiLT calls the book "an owner's manual" for parents of differently wired kids. Find the podcast.


  • Medical News Today describes research shedding light on the way serotonin works in the brain; find it
  • NewsWise describes research into drugs like ketamine for depression relief; find it
OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH all of the families affected by the recent hurricanes in the U.S. southlands. We wish them a speedy resumption of normalcy... and the fortitude to get through disruptions that the rest of us can only imagine.

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