by William Stillman – These are the words that were communicated to me by a 16-year old young man whom I was visiting in his rural high school classroom on a crisp and wintry January morning. Like most teens his age, he took classes in keyboarding and computers, and was a fluent two-handed typist. But […]


Kids can receive special education services before entering school

by Carmen McCollum – Parents need not wait until the start of their child’s first school year to start receiving special education services, said Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz. With schools opening across Indiana, Stanczykiewicz said wants parents to be aware of resources available if they think their child is eligible for special education […]


Supporting students with OCD

by Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S – Roger’s parents were nervous about the new school year. They remembered how Roger’s OCD had surfaced. His fear of possibly choking on lunch food had kept him away for weeks. This problem subsided, but Roger’s OCD had morphed into contamination fears. His parents were on edge and wanted to […]


Study finds kids with dyslexia more likely to have suffered childhood physical abuse

by Julien Balbontin – Researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill conducted a large population-based study, published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, to determine the relationship between dyslexia and childhood physical abuse. Dr. Esme Fuller-Thomson, professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at U […]

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Both teachers and students worried about new state assessments

by Debbie Kelley – It’s the end of an era for educational policy in Colorado. Public school teachers and their students will be immersed in a new world of standardized testing, starting this academic year. As teachers pore over spring assessment results the Colorado Department of Education released last week, administrators are looking toward the […]

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Law to provide parents a Down syndrome information kit is signed

by Marie McCullough – Pennsylvania has joined a small but growing number of states requiring that a Down syndrome diagnosis be accompanied by useful, accurate information about the genetic disorder. The Down Syndrome Prenatal and Postnatal Education Act, effective Oct. 1, mandates that medical practitioners give expectant or new parents “informational publications,” to be provided […]

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Artist finds inspiration in son with Down syndrome

by Bobby Bozeman – Shoals artist Martha Beadle said she thinks of her abilities and style as a gift. Beadle’s son Sam has Down syndrome. And when he finished high school at the age of 21 there was nothing for him except the sheltered workshop. He had a complete shutdown, Beadle said. “He went through […]