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Self Evaluation Checklist for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder [downloadable]

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a variety of strengths and needs.

The following checklist was developed by Hannah Grieco, an education and disability advocate, as a tool to help your child or student develop a plan for support and a better understanding of his or her learning and communicating styles. Read more ›

Autism Spectrum Disorder Checklist: A Tool for Parents and Teachers [downloadable]

Traditional autism checklists focus on broad areas of strengths and needs. This checklist, developed by education and disability advocate Hannah Grieco, is a tool to help teachers and parents to pinpoint clear, precise goals and accommodations for IEPs, 504s, and general understanding. Read more ›

Checklist: Autism Spectrum Disorders Symptoms and Signs [downloadable]

This ASD symptom checklist is a tool to help parents, doctors, and mental health practitioners discuss symptoms, behaviors, and needs that might relate to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Read more ›

Their Beautiful Minds: The Smart Child Who Struggles

Written by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

It is time, long since past due, to follow a strengths-based paradigm as we understand children’s minds, especially the minds of those children who struggle to learn. It is time to reject the pathology based model of disabilities, disorders and diseases and replace it with a more comprehensive and neurologically capacious model that emphasizes talents, interests, and strengths as well as the obstacles that get in the way of their developing. Read more ›

Raising Kids with Dyslexia: Advice from a Mom on a Mission

written by Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

When her son, Dylan, was struggling with reading in second grade, Melinda Saunders thought little of it. After all, her older daughter, Alison, had been a late-reader, and Melinda knew every child learns at their own pace. Read more ›

The IEP Process: Empowering Parents with Effective Strategies [presentation] [video]

Do you feel overwhelmed and overpowered at your child’s IEP meeting? Do you want a more equal seat at the table? You can increase your credibility and help persuade IEP team members when you learn how to use your child’s educational records to demonstrate your child’s needs, expand your own IEP team members, and present written Parent Concerns and Requests. Read more ›

School Becomes Model for How Peer Groups Can Help Students in Special Ed

South View Middle School’s Peer Insights program pairs students in special education with their general-education peers, opening lines of connection that extend throughout the school day — and beyond. Read more ›

Adoption and School [web resource] [downloadable]

Starting school may be difficult for an adopted person. Questions from peers or teachers may be uncomfortable for children, and some classroom assignments may be challenging. For example, a child who joined the family when he or she was older may not have baby pictures, and the common family tree assignment may be difficult for an adopted person. Read more ›

Anxiety and Twice Exceptional (2e) Child [downloadable]

Students who are twice-exceptional (2e) have tremendous intellectual gifts alongside a wide range of possible learning challenges — attention differences, slow processing speed, social immaturity, and/or weak executive function skills, just to name a few of the possibilities. Read more ›

Greta Thunberg Says Aspergers Is Her Superpower

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is known internationally for continuously and courageously working to combat climate change. She was the face of the Global Climate Strikes, inspiring millions of people — more specifically, young people — to rally in more than 150 countries, as CBS News reports. And, she says her Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis is her “superpower.”

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