TECA Insights | Vol. 93 | May 21, 2019
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Hi Folks,

Last week I was at the Breakthroughs in 2e Education Conference where I had the pleasure of hearing Ross Greene speak. As I listened to him repeat his familiar refrain that “kids do well if they can” I began to think of the parents of those kids who have a hard time doing well.

In a nutshell, Greene argues that most children struggling with behavior issues do so because they have lagging skills and unsolved problems. His approach focuses on using empathy to connect with the child and learn from them what they are feeling overwhelmed by. Once the adult has reflected back the problem to the child, the adult and child begin a process of solving the problem together, as opposed to the adult unilaterally imposing a solution on the child. Through the process, the child learns to identify their feelings and challenges, self-advocate, problem-solve and work collaboratively.
My thought about parents had to do with the fact that us parents of twice exceptional kids also can struggle with our own lagging skills and unsolved problems. Read the full post at TECA2e.org.
If you read the rest of the post please leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Enjoy the rest of your week!


Maratea Cantarella
TECA Executive Director

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IDEA 2004: Special Factors in IEPs

IDEA 2004 includes a section about developing IEPs for children with special factors. Your child’s IEP team is required to consider special factors that affect your child’s ability to learn. Learn more from Wrightslaw.


Criminalizing Disability: Special Needs Kids Who Don’t Get Help in School are Ending Up in Jail

It was right after the fifth-period bell last October that Sebastian Montano lay face down in the grass outside Alamogordo High School, screaming for his mother, as two police officers pinned him to the ground and thrust a Taser in his back. Read more in the Alamogordo Daily News.

Making Playgrounds a Little More Dangerous

“Oh my God, this is going to be amazing,” a preadolescent wearing a gray hoodie exclaimed as he dashed in to The Yard, a 50,000-square-foot adventure playground on Governors Island in New York Harbor.

The Yard, for kids 6 through 13, lacks the usual monkey bars, slides and swings. It is, however, well-stocked with dismembered store mannequins, wooden packing crates, tires, mattresses, an old piano and assorted other detritus of the modern world. Read the article at The New York Times.


9 Reasons Kids Might Refuse to Use Accommodations

Imagine this: You’ve had your child evaluated and there’s an IEP or a 504 plan in place. The team worked hard to find the right accommodations to use in the classroom and school. You’re relieved that your child has them. But then you hear—either from your child or from a teacher—that your child refuses to use those accommodations. You can’t believe it—why would your child do that? Find out more at Understood.


Many School Districts Hesitate To Say Students Have Dyslexia. That Can Lead To Problems.

Nearly half of the students in Montgomery County Public Schools underperformed on reading exams last year.

Sarah and Jay Friedman’s daughter was among them. But unlike many of the other 78,000 underperforming students, Friedman’s daughter wasn’t just missing benchmarks on tests — she had severe dyslexia that had gone undiagnosed for years. Read or listen to this article in its entirety on WAMU88.

How Arizona Parents Can Get the State to Pay for the Best Schools

Alex Sikorski, is graduating as Valedictorian from Gateway Academy in Phoenix. Sikorski is a National Honor Society student and is headed to Grand Canyon University. Gateway Academy is a nationally recognized K-12 school specializing in academically bright children with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning Autism. Almost all of Gateway’s students — who join the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hughes, Satoshi Tajiri (the creator of Pokemon) and Bill Gates in having Asperger’s — go onto college and other post-secondary schools. Find the full article at AZBigMedia.


SAT’s New ‘Adversity Score’ Will Take Students’ Hardships Into Account

The College Board, the company that administers the SAT exam taken by about two million students a year, will for the first time assess students not just on their math and verbal skills, but also on their educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, entering a fraught battle over the fairness of high-stakes testing. Read the article at The New York Times.

Trump Administration To
Appeal Special Ed Ruling

The U.S. Department of Education is fighting to delay a special education regulation two months after a federal judge found that the agency’s efforts to do so were illegal. Learn more at Disability Scoop.


Managing Your Young Gifted Child’s (And Your) Emotional Intensity

You would think that a super smart person would be cool, calm, and collected. Capable of handling emotion when it infrequently and inconveniently trickled out. Analytically above the fray. Lost in thought about bosons, quarks, and string theory. Logical. Not particularly emotionally expressive. Continue reading at Your Rainforest Mind.


Periods Can Be Overwhelming if You’re Autistic So I’ve Created a Step by Step Guide

My name is Robyn and I am autistic. Two years ago, I started work on an autism-friendly guide to periods.

I’m a very matter-of-fact person, and I decided that we needed a guide that adopted that attitude when it comes to talking about periods. After all, so many books out there are quite twee, feminine, or overlook some of the bigger issues.Read more at Metro News.

Great Minds Think Differently – Supporting Neurodiversity Benefits Scientific Progress

Most scissors are right-handed. Of course, that’s not to say left-handed people can’t use them—but the handles are designed to be most comfortable when held in the right hand. For precision and ease, someone who prefers to use their left hand might want to buy a pair of scissors designed for them. Find the full article at Massive Science.

Parenting Tweens: Everything You Should Know

As our kids get older we spend a lot of time thinking about what can go wrong during the teenage years. We worry about reckless driving, unprotected sex, alcohol, and drugs—to say nothing of the whole college application process. We’re so focused on the challenges of adolescence, and how to respond to them, that we tend to overlook the crucial stage that precedes it. Learn more from Child Mind Institute. 

Teens with ADHD Get More Traffic Violations for Risky Driving, Have Higher Crash Risk

Philadelphia, May 20, 2019–Teen drivers diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to crash, be issued traffic and moving violations, and engage in risky driving behaviors than their peers without ADHD, according to a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) study published today in the journal Pediatrics. Read more at Eureka Alert!

List of ADHD Medications: Comparing Types

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications are usually stimulants, such as Adderall XR, Vyvanse, and Concerta. However, people can also use nonstimulant drugs, such as Strattera or Intuniv XR, to relieve the symptoms of ADHD. Medications can have short-, medium-, or long-acting effects. Find out more at Medical News Today.

Navigating the College Application Process
This is an important episode for listeners with kids in middle school or high school who are looking to go on to university, because we’re going to be talking about college admissions. I’ve done a few episodes in the past touching upon post-secondary education, one with Elizabeth Hamblet on managing the transition from high school to college, one on how our kids can identify and get into colleges and universities that will work for them, and most recently, an episode taking us inside a college for neurodiverse students, Landmark College. Access  the podcast link at TILT Parenting. 

How to Build a Resilient Family When Your Child Has Developmental Differences

All of us who are parents of children with special needs can recall the moment we first heard a professional confirm that there was something different about our child. As I (Paul LeBuffe) think back to that day more than 25 years ago, what is seared in my memory is not wanting to make eye contact with my wife for fear that I would break down and wondering if we would ever be a “normal,” happy family. Read the full article from Greater Good Magazine.


Prevalence Estimates for Autism Indicate Bias Against Non-White Groups

Estimates for autism’s prevalence in three U.S. states reveal significant inequalities in how children of different races and ethnicities are counted and assessed, according to two new studies. Find out more from Spectrum.


What Is Ashwagandha?

When Wyatt Brown, a member of the research team at Examine.com — an independent database of nutrition and supplement research — first tried ashwagandha, he says the herb had an extremely potent calming effect. “I wouldn’t have wanted to be driving or operating heavy machinery at that time,” he says. Read more at Medium.

Women With ADHD Explain How They Had To Fight For A Diagnosis

The first time that Whitney, 25, found herself in a psychologist’s office awaiting testing for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), she was just 7 years old. She tells Bustle she patiently sat in the waiting room, but as the appointment time came and went, she and her mom never actually saw the counselor. Find the rest of this article at Bustle.

Want a Happier, More Fulfilling Life? 75-Year Harvard Study Says Focus on This 1 Thing

Positive Alacrity is the art of creating micro-experiences that have an emotionally uplifting impact on others. But I’m getting ahead of myself … Continue reading at Medium.


A Village in France Will Pay You $2,240 to Decipher a Rock

IF STONES COULD SPEAK, WHAT would they say? According to one rock in a small village in France, “ROC AR B…DRE AR GRIO SE EVELOH AR VIRIONES BAOAVEL.” If those garbled letters mean anything to you, you might find yourself pocketing a few thousand dollars in cold, hard, rock-deciphering reward cash. Find the full article from Atlas Obscura.

16 Real Places That Look Like
They’re From the Future

HOLLYWOOD SPENDS COUNTLESS MILLIONS DESIGNING fictional futuristic settings, but all over the world there are absolutely real places that seem to have already transcended our times, no special effects needed. These seemingly science fiction-inspired spots have embraced the possibilities of the future to make the present a far more out-there experience than many of us fully appreciate. Learn more at Atlas Obscura.


Ryan O’Connell Came Out of the Disability Closet. Now, He’s Changing the Conversation

Ryan O’Connell likens his new show, Special, to an Ariana Grande song—which is to say, it’s pop. It’s not Stravinsky or Coltrane; it’s not, as he puts it, “some lo-fi mumblecore sh-t.” The semiautobiographical series he wrote and stars in, about an introverted millennial struggling to move out of his mom’s house and become a writer, is conventional. Most of its episodes have an A plot and a B plot. There’s a plucky protagonist and a lovable sidekick. Read the full article from Time.

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