Autism and Testing

Interesting article on the way intelligence testing is used on students with Autism. Are we selling them short? Should we modify the testing used based on their disability? http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-hidden-potential-of-autistic-kids

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ADHD brain patterns

With so many children being diagnosed with ADHD we are left to wonder how to accurately identify and treat them. This article shows a very preliminary step towards identifying brain activity in children with ADHD. One hypothesis is that students with ADHD show less activity with visual processing. More research into this is necessary. However, article proposes a step in the right direction. Check it out … http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/news/20111127/kids-with-adhd-have-distinct-brain-patterns

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Mundane – SAT Vocab

Mundane (adj)- found in the ordinary course of events. Discussing the details of a regular day is a mundane task.

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Educating parents about developmental delays

I came across this article, http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52788663-78/parents-health-autism-campaign.html.csp, that discusses a campaign in Utah to help parents become aware of developmental milestones. It is too bad this campaign is not nationwide. Many families may not be aware of the milestones their child should be reaching or how to get help. Check out the milestone check list – it is incredibly detailed from birth to age five. This can be invaluable information for a family and their pediatrician. Early Intervention is a key strategy to helping children who may have a disability. Be sure to advocate for your child if you think they need additional help. You know your child best!

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Viscosity – SAT Vocab

Viscosity (n): the property of a fluid that resists the force tending to cause the fluid to flow. The stuffing had a good viscosity for using a fork to eat.

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Classoom Crisis

How can we draw quality people to become educators and keep them in the classroom? How are we able to help our child if they are placed in a new teachers classroom? http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44505094/ns/today-education_nation/t/classroom-crisis-many-teachers-have-little-or-no-experience/

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Hackneyed – SAT Vocab

Hackneyed (adj): repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse. The hackneyed saying, “roses are red, violets are blue…” came to mind.

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Peer Mentoring & Autism

Interesting article about a high school pairing high functioning Autistic students with their peers to learn social skills. http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/22/1916217/autism-program-puts-students-on.html

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surreptitious – SAT vocab

Surreptitious (adj): marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed. She was very surreptitious in her planning of his surprise party.

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demagogue – SAT vocabulary

demagogue (noun): a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices. Two of the most famous demagogues are thought to be Hitler and Stalin.

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