Special education in the United State is based on the concept of access--public schools are open to all children. But access is no longer a sufficient foundation. Approaches and accommodations that lead to academic success are increasingly demanded for those with learning disabilities. Functional, independent-living, and employable skills are requisite, but rare, for those with serious handicapping conditions. Since the last reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, four events have transpired that will have a dramatic impact on the next iteration of the federal law: the increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism, the rise of applied behavior analysis, the birth of social media, and the reality of unbundling. In How Autism Is…
Autism Schools and Education Facilities
As we all know, no two children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder are alike. Experts agree, children with autism learn differently and have a wide range of developmental and educational needs. Unfortunately, teachers and support staff are often unfamiliar with the special needs of kids diagnosed with autism and struggle to teach them effectively. And, …
REPORT: More than 100 injured, others trapped after train crashes in New Jersey
Fox News reports at least three people have died and more than 100 have been injured after a train crash at Hoboken Train Station in Hoboken, New Jersey.Train 1614 traveling the Pascack Valley Line, left Spring Valley, New York, around 6:23 a.m., CT, bound for Hoboken.New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says all passengers who were trapped on the train have been removed and taken to local hospitals to be treated for injuries.
Cringing at Church: What It's Like as an Autistic Person in Your Congregation
Autistic people will be in your congregation. They too are fearfully and wonderfully—if a little differently—made.
What to Expect from Toddler Child Care at a Montessori School
The Montessori experience differs from mainstream educational philosophies, and that's one of the keys to its success. By eliminating the mindless busy-work and allowing children to engage with all of their senses, Montessori toddler child care successfully allows kids to continue loving learning throughout their education. The Montessori philosoph...
How Montessori Prepared Me For College
As a college student, there are a number of things I remember from high school. In particular, there are a number of questions I remember being asked constantly
Tips on Reading a Report Card Without Freaking Out: What to do when your Child isn't Succeeding...
Naturally, when our children are in high school, we are focused on academic achievement, but two issues may arise that create tension for parents and their teens.
Why Should Men Learn Ballroom Dancing
Many men make excuses not to learn ballroom dancing (or social dancing in general). They will often argue that it is because dancing is not for them or not manly enough. The truth is that they are actually intimidated by the idea. Indeed learning to dance socially is confronting. But that's part of the reason why men should take it on. It is a challenge, but one well worth the effort. This article explains why men should take on this challenge and what the benefits are.
20 Books Featuring Diverse Characters to Inspire Connection and Empathy
San Francisco Public Library's children's book librarians recommend favorite new titles featuring diverse characters and families.
What does our congregation think about Community, Tzedakah, and Social Justice?
Temple Beth Torah, Kitah Zion Class Project What does our community think about Tzedakah and Social Justice?