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Welcome to 2018! The year is already proving newsworthy in research, policy, interventions, and more. Here’s what’s been on our radar so far: Common pain reliever use during pregnancy linked to language delay in girls – A study by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that girls born to mothers with a high use of acetaminophen were nearly six times more likely to experience language delays than girls born to mothers with low or no use. (Science Daily) Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among US Children and Adolescents, 2014-2016 – Three years of data show a stabilization in autism rates. (The JAMA Network) Telehealth Targets a Niche in Mental Health Care for Urban Youths – Pediatricians are now turning to telehealth for training and consultations…

This year, special education administrators, educators, and related services professionals have joined PresenceLearning to watch 464,470 minutes (that’s 321 DAYS!) of webinars and videos, and have downloaded thousands of copies of ebooks, white papers, resource kits, and infographics. We work hard to bring you insights from some of the best and brightest minds in the field, and we thank you for your continued interest and support! In 2017, we brought you professional development webinars by Dr. Lori Desautels, LeDerick Horne and Dr. Margo Izzo, Dr. Randy Sprick, Dr. Howie Knoff, Dr. Jeanne Wanzek, and Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, as well as a special summertime legal update on special education law as it pertains to discipline and mental health by Julie Weatherly, Esq. We also updated three…

In a recent 90-minute webinar with PresenceLearning, an audience member asked Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, an expert on differentiated instruction, how to get buy-in from teachers for differentiated instruction, especially among more seasoned teachers. See Dr. Tomlinson’s response below. You can get teacher buy-in in a lot of ways, just like you do with kids. Ask yourself how you get the most reluctant kids to join you. In a classroom, that’s with a relationship. It might not always be a cuddly relationship to start with, but it can at least be honest where you can say something like, “I know of three kids here who would really benefit if we could figure out a way together to do something a little bit different for them. Are…

In a recent 90-minute webinar with PresenceLearning, an audience member wondered whether special educators are used by gen ed teachers and administrators to avoid school-wide differentiation, and asked Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, an expert on differentiated instruction, how they can become part of the solution. See Dr. Tomlinson’s response below. I love this question. You could substitute the notion of special education in there, or special programs for the gifted, or remedial settings for reading. The big question is, why don’t we just put all those kids in a room where they belong, and then we won’t have to worry about them. The thing we sense as a burden is taken away. Of course, everything in life depends on the lens through which you look at it. I…

In a recent 90-minute webinar with PresenceLearning, an audience member asked Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, an expert on differentiated instruction, how educators can differentiate instruction in overcrowded, underfunded public schools with highly diverse classrooms. According to Dr. Tomlinson, it all starts with taking the first step. This really is the question of the universe. It really doesn’t matter where you are —what country, what kind of school. Everyone has the sense that so much is coming at them: too many kids, too many needs, too few dollars, too little time, and they just feel they can’t do it. Dr. Tomlinson recalled an educator from New York who had been teaching for 60 years. This educator had shared information about the complexity of schools in New York and the challenges…

What have you been reading this month? Here’s what our clinical team has been talking about. 3 Ways Assistive Technology Supports Students with Disabilities – See how technology is expanding opportunities for students with special needs more than ever before. (EdTech Magazine) MyYoungerSelf Educator Toolkit – Resources and discussion guide to help kids and teens understand how other people with disabilities have managed difficulties and achieved success in life. (Child Mind Institute) Principals support SEL efforts, but want more teacher training – School principals overwhelmingly agree that social-emotional learning programs are important, but only a third have a plan for teaching and implementing SEL school-wide. (Education DIVE) How schools are disrupting dyslexia – Districts are seeing success with early screening and intervention for students with dyslexia (District Administration) 5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process…

In a recent 90-minute webinar with PresenceLearning, an audience member asked Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, an expert on differentiated instruction, how SLPs and other clinical professionals can best partner with teachers. Here’s what Dr. Tomlinson had to say about this common pain point faced by both clinical professionals and special education teachers. Tip 1: Choose Your Allies Clinicians all have numerous teachers with whom they need to work and on whom they need to make an impact. If you are not careful, you can find yourself running from one to the other all day long, and by the end of the day, you will hardly remember where you were because you couldn’t stay in anyone’s classroom for longer than 15 or 30 minutes. Think strategically about these teachers.…

What have you been reading this month? Here’s what our clinical team has been talking about. Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? – Anxiety affects nearly one-third of teenagers and adults. Learn more about the causes and the approaches some schools are taking to help. (The New York Times) Motivating Failing Kids Requires New Measurement Strategies – A compilation of strategies targeted toward younger and older learners. (Education Dive) CDC App Tells Parents When to Be Concerned About Child’s Development – Milestone Tracker helps parents learn the signs of developmental delays. (KQED Science) Look at Your Blind Spots – How to reduce implicit bias when determining eligibility for children (ASHA Leader) Suspensions Don’t Teach – Restorative practices are replacing punitive justice in major school districts like San Francisco,…

On October 26, Dr. Jeanne Wanzek, noted expert on MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports), joined PresenceLearning and an audience of some 2,000 education leaders and clinical professionals to present research-based guidance on planning and designing reading interventions for struggling readers. Several audience members asked about strategies and interventions for students with dyslexia. Dr. Wanzek explained that dyslexia is a specific learning disability characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, which can affect a student’s comprehension or vocabulary development. A student’s difficulties often result from a deficit in the phonological component of language. Phonological areas, then, become an important to provide explicit instruction and intervention. For a student with dyslexia, the strategies discussed in the webinar would be applied in phonological awareness, phonics, word…

Starting this month, we will list a selection of some of the most widely read and topical articles and resources that have come across our clinical radar. Reading for Understanding in ASD – A question and answer session with Dr. Shari Robertson on how to facilitate reading comprehension for students with autism. (The ASHA Leader) Make the Speech Referral Process Work for You – Practical ideas for streamlining the referral process and fostering better relationships with school staff. The growing demand for early childhood education – The importance of design in early learning centers. (Building Design + Construction) Clients Describe How Occupational Therapy Changed Their Lives in Video – People of different ages and with different disabilities describe what occupational therapy has meant to them. (AOTA) Scientists to Schools: Social, Emotional Development Crucial for Learning – 28 nationally recognized researchers released a statement on the link between social and emotional development to academics and an agenda for future research. Can Preschool Really Narrow Achievement Gaps? – A new study of over 12,000 students across 11 states found quality gaps in preschools between states as well as between preschools with low-income and minority populations compared to preschools with higher income, white populations. Multitasking Harms Recall—Music, Not So Much –…

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