Friday, August 26, 2016

ADHD and the Office of Civil Rights


One in nine complaints to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education is related to students with ADHD. The OCR found that school districts were not properly evaluating students and also not offering the services required for students to succeed. The OCR has written a letter to provide guidance to schools on the Federal Obligations they must meet. http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201607-504-adhd.pdf

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Special Education


Wright’s Law website http://www.wrightslaw.com is the place to go if you want to know more about special education.   I was lucky enough that a parent sent me this website and I’ve been a fan ever since. The classes in special education that I took in college gave me the foundation, but this website keeps me up to date so that I can continue to build a deeper knowledge structure!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Bipolar and ADHD



20% of people with ADHD will develop Bipolar Disorder. But, how to distinguish the two diagnosis. The symptoms can be similar-impulsivity, hyperactivity, emotional dysregulation, etc. This article explains the differences- for example- with bipolar and depressive episodes there is a loss of interest in enjoyable activities, while with ADHD it can be a temporary loss of interest. http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/2511.html

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ride a Bike or Play on the Computer?

More children between the ages of two and five can play computer games than can tie their shoes or ride a bike. Relying on video games to soothe a fussy child has negative impact and can contribute to decreased ability to self regulate and a host of other issues.  Read more here- http://recoverycampus.com/digital-overload/

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Power and Trust!


Power is given to us!
The ability of the powerful to be leaders and create change is based on the willingness of others to have trust in them. Power is given, not taken!  Power is most long lasting when it is focused on benevolent behavior for the good.
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_find_your_power_avoid_abusing_it

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Work-Life Balance

“The sin of the early 21st century is being nonproductive. We’re conditioned by our culture to equate value with productivity.” So states, John F. Christensen, PhD. Here are 8 research-based strategies for better balance recommended for psychologists. 1. Practice mindfulness, 2. Look for silver linings. 3. Draw from positive psychology. 4. Take advantage of social support. 5. Seek out good supervisors. 6. Get moving. 7. Go outside. 8. Make your life meaningful. Good advice for everyone! Read the full article here, http://www.apa.org/monitor/2016/07-08/cover-balance.aspx

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dyxlexia and Assembly Bill 1369


This new law goes into effect at the start of the 2017-18 school year and will help thousands of students get the help they need before they begin to fail in school. Teachers will have access to proven, evidence-based approaches for teaching reading to students. “The legislation will require schools that are testing struggling readers to test students’ “phonological processing,” which is the ability to discriminate and manipulate sounds at the sentence, word, syllable and individual sound level.” Read more here- https://edsource.org/2015/california-students-with-dyslexia-gain-ground-with-new-law/89368