Special Education Research: Where to Start?

Updated August 2012It's important to use well-grounded research to make decisions regarding children with disabilities. But where to start unraveling the mysteries of the research that's out there? Research isn't something you can take off a shelf and apply blindly to your circumstances. There are many factors to consider before deciding that a specific research approach matches your situation, your students or teachers, your socio-economic setting, … [Read more...]

Research-Based Resources on Specific Disabilities

Resources updated March 2013 Authors Dr. Barbara Smith & Kyrie Dragoo Research Analysts, NICHCY Here's a multitude of educational research connections you might find useful as you plan and deliver services to children with disabilities: Disability research, in general Research on AD/HD Research on Autism Research on Emotional/Behavioral Disturbance Research on Intellectual Disabilities Research on Learning Disabilities  Back … [Read more...]

What Works: Can We Say?

Resources updated, April 2013What works? What Works. We hear those words a lot these days, sometimes as a statement, sometimes as a question. Millions of dollars have been spent trying to determine what's effective in...you name it---teaching children, teaching children with disabilities, teaching math and every other subject in school, hiring teachers and keeping them, administering sound educational programs, keeping our children from dropping out … [Read more...]

What Works: Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with Disabilities

by Elaine Mulligan Project Director, National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)September 2011 Teaching is not an exact science, where one approach fits all. A carefully planned lesson might inspire one student to craft an amazing story, commit to improving her grades, and go on to college to become a journalist. That same lesson might leave another child confused and discouraged.Effective teaching requires flexibility … [Read more...]

Taking a genetic view of ADHD

Over the last 15 years, Professor Thapar and colleagues have been building evidence to show that ADHD has genetic links. Now, by looking across the genomes of children with ADHD, they have uncovered direct evidence of a genetic contribution to the disorder.  (posted August 10, 2012) http://www.brainfacts.org/diseases-disorders/childhood-disorders/articles/2012/taking-a-genetic-view-of-adhd/  … [Read more...]

Therapies for children with ASD | Review of the research

This guide, Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review of the Research for Parents and Caregivers, describes research about the possible benefits and negative side effects of therapies for children who are between 2 and 12 years old and have an ASD. It was created to help you talk with your doctor, school administrator, social worker, and health insurance representative about programs and therapies. Also available in Spanish … [Read more...]

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