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/