“Sluggish cognitive tempo” us the new attention disorder

by Alan Schwarz – With more than six million American children having received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, concern has been rising that the condition is being significantly misdiagnosed and overtreated with prescription medications. Yet now some powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder that could vastly […]

COMMENTARY

I Have An ADHD Question

by Kelly Babcock – There are hundreds of questions about ADHD that one might ask. Is it contagious? Is it spontaneous? Is it hereditary? Is it something that can start later in life? Is it trauma induced? No! No. Yes. We don’t think so. Possibly. Is it over-diagnosed? Is it under-diagnosed? Good question. The reality […]

PARENTING

Triage in special needs families

by Leigh Merryday – When it comes to loving, nurturing, and meeting the needs of one’s children, the term “triage” doesn’t come to mind. No mother holds a sleeping baby in the wee hours of the night and ever imagines a reality in which that child’s needs rank below another’s. I certainly didn’t. I know […]

RESEARCH & TECH

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A third of adults with Down syndrome have sleep apnea, study finds

San Francisco, Ca. Researchers in Edinburgh have been undertaking the biggest survey of adults with Down Syndrome and sleep disordered breathing to date. Sleep disorders are very common in the general adult population: 1 in 3 people snore, 1 in 20 people have sleep apnea and 3 out of 100 people sleep-walk nightly. All of […]

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EDUCATION

When you’re dealing with a disability you need to be ahead of the game

When Denise Rose thinks about her son, Andrew, graduating in two more years she gets very emotional. “I expect it to be one of my proudest moments as well as one of my most nerve-wracking.” That’s because Andrew, who is autistic, currently receives most of his therapies and resources through the Saugerties Central School District. […]

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LAW & POLITICS

Court rules that least restrictive environment applies to summer school

by Mark Hamblett – A key provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act applies to extended school-year placements for children who require 12-month programs, a federal appeals court has ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the requirement that school districts place special-needs children in the “least-restrictive environment” applies […]

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PERSONAL STORY

Alexandra Dempsey, senior education major.

College senior works to raise Down syndrome awareness

by Katie Canales – As graduation approaches, many college seniors have on their minds questions about student loans and how to make it in the real world. For senior Alexandra Dempsey, the end of the semester brings something else entirely — a push to raise $2,200 through Peace, Love & Down Syndrome, a self-started project. […]

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