How adhd fuels creativity

“Just because a diagnosis [of ADHD] can be made does not take away from the great traits we love about Calvin and his imaginary tiger friend, Hobbes. In fact, we actually love Calvin BECAUSE of his ADHD traits. Calvin’s imagination, creativity, energy, lack of attention, and view of the world are the gifts that Mr. Watterson gave […]

COMMENTARY

Special ed overhaul prompts teacher complaints

by Patrick Wall – At P.S. Q811 in Queens last year, several students with severe disabilities went without their full-time aides during lunch, fire drills, and certain classes, according to complaints filed with the teachers union. Because some of those students suffered from multiple daily seizures, leaving them without aides “may be a danger to […]

PARENTING

What about a Disney princess with Down syndrome?

Disney princesses come from different races, even different species, if you count mermaids. But one California couple believes that heroes or heroines with special needs are underrepresented, and so they’re petitioning Walt Disney Studios to create a Disney princess with Down Syndrome. Keston Ott-Dahl and her wife Andrea are mothers to 15-month old Delaney. The […]

RESEARCH & TECH

Researchers find slower brain connectivity in subjects with ADHD

by Rachel Lutz – Slower brain connectivity developments may be the root of ADHD, according to a study from the University of Michigan.   The brains of children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are slower to develop some key connections, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy […]

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EDUCATION

Students in special education access curriculum through technology

by Jessica Bies – Hunched over their iPads, the three seventh-graders took turns reading the document displayed on their screens. One, Sam Seifert, followed along, while her special education teacher Jessica Waterstreet did the talking — Seifert has difficulty reading on her own. Seated near the center of the table, Blake Hanna recited the words […]

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LAW & POLITICS

Senator shares parent concerns about cuts to autism coverage

by Bruce Parker – A Senate Democrat is coming to the rescue of military families who could lose medical help for their autistic children. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says he is “concerned” by controversial changes to the military’s healthcare plan that could leave hundreds of autistic children without a healthcare provider. In a letter to […]

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PERSONAL STORY

We started advocating for our son with Down syndrome minutes after his birth

by Sam Perkins – Pearlene Varjabedian was in her kitchen on an early August afternoon when her phone rang. On the other end was John Howard, the behavior management specialist for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA), where Pearlene’s 10-year-old son Aram was a camper. “He said, ‘Pearlene,’ your son made everyone cry […]