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ARCHIVES : SPECIAL EDUCATION : 2005-2011

 

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011

The Necessity of Professional Development
By John J. Russell, Ed.D.
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA), which represents school superintendents from across the country, recently published A Cliff Hanger: How America's Public Schools Continue to Feel the Impact of the Economic Downturn (AASA, 2010)....READ MORE

The King’s Speech: Speech Therapists Analyze How King George Overcame Stuttering
By Dr. Phil Schneider  & Uri Schneider
As educators and clinicians, we focus a great deal on theory, content and methodology, both in training and in practice....READ MORE

Workshop Joins Frontline Educators and Academics
By Beck Lee
Gathered in the stately meeting room of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies on West 10th Street was a crowd that included dropout counselors, truant officers, special education teachers, and assorted other professionals who work on the front lines with special needs students in our city schools. But there were also an equal number of psychoanalysts in the room, from academics and clinical practitioners, to graduate students with little exposure to inner-city schools. What brought them together?...READ MORE

35th Anniversary of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
By Randi Weingarten
Our nation has made great strides in educating students with disabilities in the 35 years since enactment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, but we’re not at the finish line yet....READ MORE

Guild Awards College Scholarships to 16 High-achieving Students from Nine States
The Jewish Guild for the Blind (The Guild) recently announced that it will award scholarships of $10,000 to each of 16 college-bound high school seniors who are legally blind....READ MORE

MARCH/APRIL 2010

Special Toys for Special Kids
By Anne Marie Benitez and Gina Maranga
At Block Institute School toys are the “tools of the trade” for working with children with special needs....READ MORE

JUNE 2009

Quinn Bradlee: A Different Life
By Steven Frank
Born into a privileged family, Quinn Bradlee has had anything but an easy life.  During childhood, he was told he’d never be able to read a book let alone write one....READ MORE

FEBRUARY 2008

Gateway School Tackles Learning Disabilities
By Sybil Maimin
Reflecting a growing need, the Gateway School, which serves children ages 5 to 12 who have learning disabilities, has grown from three students at its inception in 1964 to a current enrollment of sixty and looks forward to eventually having eighty students in a middle school to be created this fall...
MORE

David Gottlieb: Outstanding Student at Gateway School
By Dr. Pola Rosen
If David Gottlieb is representative of the student body at Gateway, then indeed the school deserves its fine reputation of nurturing, educating and leading its students to success....MORE

A Letter from Dr. Harold Koplewicz
When we launched our “Ransom Notes” public awareness campaign this December, our intent was to spark a dialogue about America’s last silent public health crisis–the millions of children who suffer from untreated psychiatric and learning disorders....MORE

Reading Process Decoded at Lindamood-Bell
By Sybil Maimin
With 41 learning centers across the US, one in London, and additional facilities planned, Lindamood-Bell, which offers training in the sensory-cognitive processes necessary for successful reading and comprehension, is clearly doing something right....MORE

FROM THE NYU CHILD STUDY CENTER: ASK THE EXPERT
Kids and Allowances
By Glenn S. Hirsch, M.D.
When my children were growing up, I found the topic of money and spending a difficult one to navigate with them....MORE

Kennedy Child Study Center
Preschool Special Education Thrives in Manhattan & the Bronx
By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
It’s 3 PM on a frosty winter afternoon, pick-up time at the Manhattan site of the Kennedy Child Study Center (KCSC)....MORE

The Only Integrated Preschool in NYC for Children with Vision Impairment
Lighthouse’s International President and CEO Tara  A. Cortes, RN, Phd. IBM VP of Corporate Citizenship and President of the IBM Foundation Stan Litow conducted a tour of the Center’s new IBM Young Explorers....MORE

MARCH 2007

Special Education Superintendent Bonnie Brown Discusses Challenges and Opportunities for NYC’s Most Fragile Students
By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
New York City’s special education system has an old friend at its helm. . . READ MORE

The Tragedy and Triumph of Facing Muscular Dystrophy: The Story of Charley
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
There is arguably no greater pain than learning that your child has a fatal disease. . . READ MORE

“Autism Everyday” Gives A Glimpse Into Life In The Shadows Of Autism
By Gillian Granoff
At the 2007 Sundance Film Festival a compelling documentary, Autism Everyday, gives a portrait of a day living in the shadows of the illness. . . READ MORE

FROM THE NYU CHILD STUDY CENTER: ASK THE EXPERT
What Does A Student With Asperger Syndrome Need In A School Program?
By Glenn S. Hirsch, M.D. 
Anyone who knows children and adults with Asperger Syndrome is aware that every person’s manifestation of the disorder is very different. . . READ MORE

Special Education Program Funded by Center for Arts Education
Hungerford School in Staten Island’s Clifton neighborhood, serves a special needs population ages 12-21 that includes students classified as medically fragile and severely and profoundly retarded. . . READ MORE

FEBRUARY 2007

Profiles in Special Education:
Dr. Harold Koplewicz: Impassioned Pioneer, Educator, Innovator
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Even his writing overflows with passion, confidence and good cheer...READ MORE

Profiles in Special Education:
Lindamood-Bell Co-Founder Nanci Bell Speaks Out: Reading Integration is the Key to Success
By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes’ co-founder Nanci Bell has always thought big...READ MORE

From the NYU Child Study Center: Ask the Expert
How Can I Protect My Child from Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse?
By Glenn S. Hirsch, M.D.
There is good news in the fight against drug use...READ MORE

Summer Camps for Students with Hearing Loss
Three different camps for students with hearing loss combining career exploration, self-awareness, and fun are available for middle and high school students at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., this summer...READ MORE

JANUARY 2007

From the NYU Child Study Center: Ask the Expert
How Can I Raise Successful Children?
By Glenn S. Hirsch, M.D.
As I sat with my family over the holidays holding my newest grandchild, I began to reflect on the things my wife and I did right, and wrong, in bringing up our children...READ MORE

Lindamood-Bell Offers Strategies & Hope for Children Who Struggle with Literacy
By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
The story reads like a feel-good movie script: In 1998, the high poverty and heavily minority school district of Pueblo, Colorado began providing intensive remedial reading instruction to its 4,300 children...READ MORE

NYU Child Advocacy Award Dinner Raises Over $6.5 Million to Battle Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders
The NYU Child Study Center hosted its Ninth Annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner recently at Cipriani 42nd Street honoring philanthropists Stanley and Fiona Druckenmiller for their deep commitment to organizations and programs that foster the success and well being of New York’s children...READ MORE

DECEMBER 2006

From the NYU Child Study Center: Ask the Expert
What is the Best Treatment for My Child’s Psychiatric Disorder?
By Glenn S. Hirsch, M.D.
Despite advances, there are still many psychiatric disorders in which the symptoms are perplexing, the progression of the illness is confusing, and the treatments are less than satisfactory. READ MORE

NOVEMBER 2006

From the NYU Child Study Center: Ask the Expert
How Can I Help a Grieving Child?
By Glenn S. Hirsch, MD
Death and bereavement are topics that are often difficult to talk about and comprehend, for adults and children alike. READ MORE

Treatment & Research for Adolescent Depression
By Julia Perault, B.A., Lucy Buchholz, B.A., & Pauline Hottinger-Blanc, M.D.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental disorders of adolescents affecting 15% by age 18, with females suffering the illness twice as often as males. It is associated with other emotional conditions, social and academic impairment, substance abuse, and high risk of suicide, which is the third-leading cause of death in that age group. READ MORE

OCTOBER 2006

From The Nyu Child Study Center: Ask The Expert
Play It Again, Sam….Or Else
By Glenn S. Hirsch, MD
Parents and educators strive to help their children and students develop good habits. READ MORE

SEPTEMBER 2006

Special Education Perspectives 2007
NYC Public Charter School Breaks Barriers
By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
Evan is a non-verbal eight-year-old boy who is diagnosed with severe autism. READ MORE

Special Education Perspectives 2007
McCarton School Educates Children with Autism
By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
The statistics are daunting. More than 1.5 million people in the United States are affected by autism, the mysterious brain disorder leading to impaired social skills, communication, and impulse control. READ MORE

FROM THE NYU CHILD STUDY CENTER: ASK THE EXPERT
What is Asperger Syndrome?
By Glenn S. Hirsch, MD
Asperger Syndrome shares the distinction of being only one of two conditions in the field of psychiatry that is named after the author who first reported on it, the second is Tourette Disorder. READ MORE

Organizational Skills Training at the NYU Child Study Center
by Robyn Stotter, Howard Abikoff, Ph.D. & Richard Gallagher, Ph.D.
Children who develop a solid foundation of organizational, time management and planning (OTMP) skills are likely to be better prepared to face academic and social challenges. READ MORE

Readings In Special Education
By R. Douglas Greer, Ph.D., SBA, SRS
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AUGUST 2006

From the NYU Child Study Center: Ask the Expert
When Is Thin Too Thin?

By Glenn S. Hirsch, M.D.
In a culture that measures good health and good looks by celebrities and fashion magazines, there is a real danger of moving from a healthy weight to a mindset that says ‘I am still overweight,’ no matter what the scale says. READ MORE

Inclusion Conference at Pace
by Stephen Levy, Ph.D.
Over 500 educators from across the Metropolitan area gathered at Pace University, recently, to hear and interact with experts in the area of inclusion. READ MORE

JULY 2006

Does My Child Have a Learning Disorder (LD)?
by Glenn S. Hirsch, M.D.
One of the major barriers to a child’s achievement in school is the presence of a learning disorder. READ MORE

No Child Left Behind: Says Who?
By Lynn K. Robbins, Ph.D.
What impact does the policy created by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) have on the achievement of students? What changes might be necessary to make it work? READ MORE

JUNE 2006

Inclusion in NYC:
Are We Making Progress?

By Stephen Levy, Ed.D. & Hal Epstein
The face of education is changing, but change, as we all know, sometimes can be strained and torturous. READ MORE

College Board President Gaston Caperton Speaks Out on Living with a Learning Disability
By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
“If a learning disability doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger,” revealed College Board President Gaston Caperton at the NYU Child Study Center’s fourth annual Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture organized by Founder & Director, Dr. Harold Koplewicz. READ MORE

MAY 2006

Special Education in Bordeaux, France
By Myriam Pichon
[Special to Education Update from France]
I met Mrs. Françoise Mevel, the head of St. Joseph school located in the center of Bordeaux in France. St Joseph School has 67 children, primarily girls, from 6 to 17 years. Educators, social workers, head, administrator, speech therapist and psychologists work together in this school which is part of the Medico Pedagogical Institution (IMP) that provides services for children who suffer from mental disorders.
READ MORE

Heiskell Braille & Talking
Book Library Honors Selis Family

By Timothy Brunner
The New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library held a ceremony recently to celebrate the naming of the second floor in honor of Irving and Sara Selis.
READ MORE

Organ Transplant Recipient Leads Team to Victory
By Richard Kagan
Brittney Kroon is quite a young woman. Kroon, a 6’ 4” senior starts at the center position for the Seattle Pacific University women’s basketball team. READ MORE

MARCH 2006

Views on All-Girls’ Education:
Convent of the Sacred Heart

by Mary Blake, Ed.D.
Do you believe academic achievement is higher for girls in an all-girls academic setting?

There is a growing consensus, based on an increasing amount of solidly researched data from around the world, that single sex-schools allow children to achieve greater success. READ MORE

FEBRUARY 2006

Stutterers Face Challenges in Job Interviews
People who stutter may be harder workers because they have to
compensate for their disability, speech experts say. READ ARTICLE

Group For ADHD
Ask the clinician
Q: Our child is 12 years old and has been experiencing behavior and academic problems at home and at school since her academic career began. READ ARTICLE

JANUARY 2006

Resources for Parents & Teachers of Hearing Impaired Students
READ ARTICLE

OCTOBER 2005

Group for ADHD: Questions and Answers
My daughter is diagnosed with Learning Disabilities and I am dissatisfied with the services she is receiving in her public school. I have found some private programs that I believe would directly deal with the specific learning issues that she has. READ MORE

SEPTEMBER 2005

Group for ADHD
Group for ADHD is a private mental health clinic in Manhattan, founded by Lenore Ruben, LMSW, CHT, EMDR, and Orly Calderon, Psy.D., a NYS licensed psychologist. READ MORE

The Joys but Mostly the Pains of New Motherhood
By Carrie Masia-Warner, Ph.D.
Having a new baby can be one of the most joyous experiences in a woman’s life. It is a time to fall in love in a way understood only by others who have experienced it. READ MORE

Communicating Feelings Effectively
By Dr Brian Brown
All of us from time to time have difficulties effectively communicating our feelings. When emotions run high we may become overwhelmed by a given situation and walk away thinking to ourselves, “I should have done this or said that to this person”. READ MORE

JUNE 2005

The Tennis Balls that Helped Deaf Children
By E. Oxman
When you first realize you are having a child your imagination runs wild. Mine envisioned all sorts of things as I lived nine months with blissful anticipation. The fact that tennis balls would become important to me in raising my first-born child never entered my mind.
READ MORE

Barbara Corcoran Speaks at the NYU Child
Study Center

By Richard Kagan
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that can be overcome. That is the message that Barbara Corcoran, Founder and Chairman of the Corcoran Group, imparted at the Adam Katz Memorial Lecture Series held at the New York University Medical Center recently. READ MORE

Helping Children with Hearing Impairments
By Dianne Foutch, M.A.
It wasn’t too long ago when a student who was identified as having a hearing impairment was automatically relegated to a life of silence.
READ MORE

MAY 2005

Annual Blackman Lecture at Teachers College Focuses on Downs & Alzheimer’s
By Richard Kagan
Dr. Warren B. Zigman, a researcher in the field of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities, spoke at the recent Leonard and Frances Blackman Lecture held at Teachers College, Columbia University recently. READ MORE

APRIL 2005

The Effects of Medicare’s “In-the-Home” Restriction on Beneficiaries
By Paul Tobin
As a person living with a spinal cord injury, and the Deputy Executive Director of the United Spinal Association, I can attest that wheelchairs play an integral role in assisting millions of disabled Americans living independently everyday. READ MORE

MARCH 2005

President Raab Establishes Center For Gifted
Studies at Hunter College
By Dorothy Davis
“Children need to know that it’s okay to be smart,” said Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab recently. “Special classes, schools and curricula are also required to meet the special needs of the gifted child, who is often bored and uninspired in a regularly paced classroom.” READ MORE

Jeremy Goes to Camp Good Grief
What the tragedy of The World Center brought to wide attention, what the tsunami disaster reemphasized, and what every household knows when a loved one dies, even from so-called natural or inevitable causes, is the unique effect of death on children. READ MORE

FEBRUARY 2005

Libraries for the Blind Launch Digital
Audio Book Service

State libraries for the blind in Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Oregon, along with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, have partnered to launch an innovative digital audiobook service for visually impaired users. READ MORE

Craig Forth: The Center of Education
By M.C. Cohen

With Syracuse leading Notre Dame 66-61 late in a Big East game, Craig Forth, Syracuse’s 7–foot senior center went to the foul line. Suddenly, the focus of the commentators on ESPN’s nationally televised game shifted from basketball: “Craig Forth has 145 credits, he can get every major in the school,” said one of the announcers jokingly. He may not have all the majors, but he is a double major in Inclusive Education and Geography. READ MORE

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