TECA Insights | Vol. 94 | May 30, 2019
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Hi Folks,
It’s June! And with June comes summer vacation! And with summer vacation comes… anxiety! Yes, anxiety. While many kids gleefully anticipate the start of summer vacation, others feel a growing sense of dread as they contemplate the many changes the end of the school year heralds – leaving familiar friends, teachers and routines and the start of camps, travel, and family visits.

It can be very stressful for 2e children to leave behind what is familiar and routine and transition to something new. For our kids, facing a big change (or even a little change that they perceive as big) can be akin to what an astronaut might feel when they blast into space – a simultaneous rush of exhilaration and abject terror in the face of the complete unknown. Those intense emotions can be totally overwhelming and then BLAMMO, cue the meltdown.

If your kiddo is exhibiting signs of increased anxiety or behaviors, they might be feeling stressed out about the changes that lie ahead. There are a few things you can do to help them prepare for upcoming transitions. Read the rest of the 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
Early Bird Registration is Open!
Wednesday, June 5, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern
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June’s Topic
2e Parenting: A Lonely Journey

As the parent of a 2e child, we can often feel isolated in our parenting journey. Family and friends who don’t understand what we are going through can be judgmental and critical of our parenting. It can be hard to make friends through our kids because they aren’t being invited for play dates and birthday parties; we can even disagree with our partners about what our child’s needs are and/or how to address them. In this month’s sessions, we discuss how isolating it can be to parent a 2e child and identify ways we can fill our own needs through developing community and engaging in self-care, so that we be our best for ourselves and our kids.

For Parents of All 2e Kids
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SENG 2019 Annual Conference
Exploring New Frontiers

Houston TX July 19th – 21st
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ADHD May Be More Common
Among Elite Athletes

ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) may be more common in elite athletes, a new research review suggests.

In fact, ADHD likely plays a role in some athletes’ career choices and achievements, and proper management of the condition is important for safety and performance, the review authors note in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.  Read more at Reuters.

2018 Wrightslaw Case of the Year
L.H. v. Hamilton County

L.H. v. Hamilton County is a powerful Mainstreaming/Inclusion case that attorneys will rely upon for many years. The 6th Circuit decision in L.H. v. Hamilton describes the school district’s arguments as worrisome and bizarre and others as disingenuous and without merit.

Cases of the Year are “must reads” for special education attorneys, advocates, and others who are interested in special education law. In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will find the Wrightslaw Case of the Year for 2018, L.H. v. Hamilton County Department of Ed, a powerful pro-parent decision. Read more at Wrightslaw.


Most Classroom Teachers Feel Unprepared to Support Students With Disabilities

Less than 1 in 5 general education teachers feel “very well prepared” to teach students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, including ADHD and dyslexia, according to a new survey from two national advocacy groups.

The survey found that only 30 percent of general education teachers feel “strongly” that they can successfully teach students with learning disabilities—and only 50 percent believe those students can reach grade-level standards. Read more at Education Week.

Using Rubik’s Cubes to Teach Math

“I don’t like math,” my students commonly say. The alternative high school in rural Colorado where I’ve been working for the last two-and-a-half years serves students ages 14 to 20, who come to us when they have not done well in traditional environments since we have more freedom to use creative instructional methods to meet their needs. Read more at Edutopia.

The 10th Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest: June 14-Aug. 23, 2019

Every year since 2010 we have invited teenagers around the world to add The New York Times to their summer reading lists and, so far, nearly 50,000 have.

At a time when teachers are looking for ways to offer students more “voice and choice,” we hope our open-ended contest can help: Every week, we ask participants to choose something in The Times that has sparked their interest, then tell us why. At the end of the week, judges from the Times newsroom pick favorite responses, and we publish them here. It’s as simple as that. Read more at The New York Times.

Ditching Detention for Yoga: Schools Embrace Mindfulness to Curb Discipline Problems

In many schools, when kids consistently see their behavior card flipped from green to yellow, and finally, to red, they know to expect some punishment. For some, that discipline may come in the form of after-school detention, a math worksheet, or staying in for recess.

At Doull Elementary in Denver, when students misbehave repeatedly, they are assigned to a new after-school activity—yoga.

Read more at Education Week.


‘I Will Feel Actual Rage.’ Unusual Responses to Kind Touches Could Help Explain Autism Traits

Even the slightest touch can consume Kirsten Lindsmith’s attention. When someone shakes her hand or her cat snuggles up against her, for example, it becomes hard for her to think about anything else. “I’m taken out of the moment for however long the sensation lasts,” she says. Some everyday sensations, such as getting her hands wet, can feel like torture: “I usually compare it to the visceral, repulsive feeling you’d get plunging your hand into a pile of rotting garbage,” says the 27-year-old autistic writer .Read more at Science.


Day 30 of Apraxia Awareness Month – “Hope For The Future”

My hope for Apraxia Awareness and the future has not changed in the last 20 years.  My hope has always been to help every single child out there with a ‘funny accent’ to find their strengths, talents, and happiness. To bring them as much comfort as I possibly can so they are never ostracized for something beyond their natural control. 

My hope is that one day, Apraxia will not be a foreign concept.

My hope is that others will respect a child finding their voice; that other family members will empathize with those on the Apraxia Journey.

My hope is that a child diagnosed will not be questioned by cynical doubters. Read more at Girl With A Funny Accent.

Equity and Excellence, Together: How to Serve Kids From All Backgrounds While Promoting High Academic Achievement

Proposed solutions to the city’s diversity crisis within its specialized high schools tend to fall into two major camps: keep the testing process as-is, the preference of many current families and alumni, or drop the test and identify the top students in each middle school for admission, the mayor’s proposed approach. Similar fault lines divide camps debating the gifted and talented system, which serves academically advanced K-8 students.

There are other ways forward, however, and research suggests these alternatives may be more effective. These strategies are based on several key principles. Read more at The Daily News.


“Mom, I Made a New Friend!”

Making eye contact. Not interrupting. Taking turns. Social skills do not come naturally to all kids with ADHD. Teach your child how to make friends by following these 16 expert strategies. Read more at ADDitude.


Classification System Based on Co-Occurring Conditions May Provide Insight Into Autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often affected by co-occurring conditions, such as epilepsy, immune disorders, gastrointestinal problems, and developmental delays. According to research published today in Autism Research, creating a classification system for ASD based on co-occurring conditions could provide useful insights into the underlying mechanics of ASD and these conditions. Read more at RPI.edu.

School Socioeconomics Effect special Education Placement

A student identified with a disability in one school won’t necessarily have that label in another school, according to a new study published in the journal Society and Mental Health that adds to the discussion on the overrepresentation of students of color in special education programs. Read more at Education Dive.


Kids and Adults on the Autism Spectrum Should be Able to Enjoy a Concert. Boston Pops is Making it Happen

For Leah Monder, the first sensory-friendly concert at Boston Symphony Hall is close to her heart.

The production manager at the Boston Symphony Orchestra is also the mother of two highly-functioning children on the autism spectrum. She can remember when she brought her son, who was maybe 5 or 6 at the time, to the BSO’s family-oriented performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute several years ago.

Read more at MassLive.

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