Easing special needs students into the common core

by Amanda M. Fairbanks –  On a morning in late May, the pace was slow and deliberate as seven students formed a semicircle around their teacher to work on a lesson about finding the main idea in a story. “I have a surprise for you on my phone,” said Nicole Papa, before starting an audio […]


Early intervention works so we should improve its delivery system

by Kevin P. Marks, M.D., FAAP – Early Intervention (EI) depends heavily on early detection. Early detection relies heavily on medical homes. Medical homes must wield evidence-based screening tools in combination with developmental-behavioral promotion to prevent future problems. The Academy already has connected these dots. However, two commonly overlooked barriers to preventing and treating developmental-behavioral […]


Parents must be ready every day to advocate for their children

by Dan Morse - Adult twins with autism locked in a barren basement room every night. No lights. No bed. Their parents charged with abuse. The criminal allegations against Janice and John Land that erupted last week in Montgomery County have captured the attention of many — but no group more so than other parents who are caring for […]


Brain imaging could potentially aide doctors in diagnosing ADHD

by Tricia Brick – More than one in 10 American children have been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a New York Times analysis of new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—an estimated 6.4 million kids, or 11 percent, up from 7.8 percent a decade ago. The figure soars […]

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Special ed students gain confidence at transition camp

by Sarah J. Pawlowski – Michéle Woods Jones struggled with dyslexia when she was a little girl. The executive director of Hampton’s Citizens’ Unity Commission shared her story with about a dozen seventh-and eighth-graders at Eaton Middle School in Hampton Wednesday morning. Jones told the students that despite the learning disorder, which made it difficult […]

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IDEA’s funding formula really needs an update

by Clare McCann – By the time the 113th Congress winds down, lawmakers will have passed precisely one (the Workforce Investment Act) of more than half a dozen pieces of education legislation overdue for reauthorization. Languishing on that list for the last few years has been the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which guarantees […]

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ULTRA Testing cofounder Rajesh Anandan hopes to grow his team of testers to at least 250 in the next three years.

A company created to hire people on the autism spectrum

by Aaron Taube – Mark Leslie is a capable computer programmer who speaks four languages, but until recently the latest entry on his résumé was a retail job he held for six years at a Barnes & Noble in New York City. Like many of the estimated 1.5 million Americans on the autism spectrum, Leslie, […]