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Specific Disorders Archives

CAN PARENTS REQUEST A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO USE SPECIFIC METHODOLOGIES FOR THEIR CHILD WITH DYSLEXIA?

ADHD: Diagnosis, Medication, and "Disability" under the IDEA

There is no denying the sharp increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis over the past few decades. Parents, teachers, and other professionals often argue over issues like drug treatment and proper special education services.

Down Syndrome and Sports: The Heart of the Game

Football is about grit, teamwork and heart. Noah VanVooren, a high school student from Wisconsin, displayed all of this and more in his recent senior night football game. Watch Greenbay's Fox 11 news story here.

Selective Mutism: I Felt Like My Child Was Finally Understood

Many children are shy and quiet at school. They eventually find a friend or two, begin to open up in class, and may even initiate conversations with a teacher or unfamiliar student. This is not your child. At school, your child freezes when asked a question, speaks in a whisper, or is completely silent. Yet at home, in the comfort of close family and friends, he or she has no problem rambling on about his or her day. This severe discrepancy in behavior may be caused by Selective Mutism (SM).

Epilepsy and Special Education

Epilepsy can develop at any age and can be a result of genetics, stroke, head injury, and many other factors. It can also can cause developmental delays and brain damage. Recurring seizures are also a burden for those living with brain tumors and other disorders such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism and a variety of genetic syndromes. There is a strong association between epilepsy and depression: more than one of every three persons with epilepsy will also be affected by depression, and people with a history of depression have a higher risk of developing seizures.

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