Helping Special Needs Students Thrive

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as one in 50 school-age children have been diagnosed with some form of autism. What is autism? Autism alters how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize in the brain, affecting information processing. As a disorder of neural development, autism is characterized […]

Common Signs of Autism All Parents Should Be Aware of

For years, autism spectrum disorders remained a bit of a mystery to doctors and scientists. While there is still no known single cause of autism, nor is there any cure, autism research has drastically improved our understanding of this range of disorders. It is now known that genetics play a strong role in the development […]

Special Needs or Not, Children Deserve a High Quality Education

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism affects about one in 68 children in the United States. Autism is considered a spectrum neurodevelopmental disorder that hinders a person’s ability to communicate, both verbally and non-verbally, and is often associated with repetitive behavior. Other characteristics of this disorder are limited eye contact with […]

Teaching Special Needs Students

For many teachers, accommodating learning disabilities is one of the most challenging parts of their jobs. While there are more resources are available to make teaching special needs easier, it can be difficult to translate theory into practice. By working with each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), teachers can meet the student’s educational needs. Many […]

How to Choose the Right Education for Your Autistic Child

Many parents of autistic children face the same question when kindergarten rolls around: Should you send your child to a special needs school or a public or private school? Each autistic child has unique needs, so there’s no single path that’s right for all autistic children. Because of this, deciding between special needs schools and […]

New App Identifies “Autism-Friendly” Public Spaces

Autism is becoming increasingly prevalent, with as many as one in 50 school-age children affected by the neurological development disorder. Thankfully, parents and family members raising children with autism are banding together to lend each other support. Father Topher Wurts, 48, is even developing an innovative mobile application. The app, named Autism Village, would help […]

The Importance of Special Needs Schools

For many students, learning disorders and other disabilities make traditional education difficult, causing them to seek refuge at special needs schools and other institutions. Special needs schools are founded to help students with behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities get a quality education. Some parents may wonder what makes a special needs school different […]

Autism Spectrum Disorders Show No Signs of Slowing Down

Autism has become something of an epidemic, especially in children. About 50 years ago, autism was not nearly as prevalent as it is now. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in today’s schools, about one in 50 children have a form of autism. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects […]