A GPS for Families of People with Special Needs – Part II

BY LAUREN AGORATUS INTRODUCTION I wrote this manual to help other families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who work with them. My daughter now has five life-threatening conditions, and autism just to keep things interesting. We have been through everything from early intervention to currently going through transition to adult care. I hope this helps you on your journey. Part II follows; to review Part I, see the September issue of EP […]

Mainstreaming the Education of Children with Disabilities: The Teacher’s Perspective

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), AND MISHA GAREY, DDS “Inclusive education is a worldwide phenomenon widely advocated in the recent past. It is a philosophy as well as a principle and/or practice that is based on human rights and social justice. It advocates that children with special needs have to be educated along their normal peers in the regular […]

Keeping it Real

SIBLING TIES BY PAIGE TALHELM When you bug me, I’ll tell you. When you make me mad, I’ll let you know. My brother Sammy should be told too. I was recently having a conversation with my two friends. One of these friends has a sibling with a disability and the other does not, however she is very involved in both of our (and siblings’) lives, and happens to be a dedicated volunteer for this community. […]

A GPS for Families of People with Special Needs – Part I

PART ONE BY LAUREN AGORATUS INTRODUCTION I wrote this manual to help other families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who work with them. My daughter now has five life-threatening conditions, and autism just to keep things interesting. We have been through everything from early intervention to currently going through transition to adult care. I hope this helps you on your journey. EARLY & CONTINUOUS SCREENING Families may be concerned that their child […]

Engineering A Very Special Project

For 25 years, University of Tulsa (TU) engineering students have completed their senior project by working with children with special needs, designing and building every day products in a way that is easy for them to use. This year, students designed and built a small portable kitchen to offer a variety of tactile and auditory experiences for children with developmental challenges, allowing them to participate in mixing, chopping, slicing and dicing. The senior design project […]

INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS: Will the Real Regs please Stand?

INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS BY STEVE C. IMBER, PH. D. The issue raised by OSERS Letter to Baus addresses a very important issue, namely whether the parent can include skills not addressed by the SDs evaluation within an Independent Educational Evaluation. On February 23, 2015 The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the Department of Education (DOE) issued the policy Letter to Baus. Ms. Baus asked whether a parent had a right to […]

Autism: A New Theory

BY JOHN J. CANNELL, MD It’s time to look at autism a new way – with a new theory. If the CDC’s worst-case scenario of a 12 percent yearly increase in the incidence of autism proves to be true, we will be in serious trouble in terms of caring for these individuals. Over the past 20 years, scientists have assured us that effective prevention and treatment of autism are just a matter of time. However, […]

Free

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN McCAFFERTY  This past summer my family and I spent a day at Great Adventure. It’s the only place Justin, my severely autistic son, willingly stays for more than an hour (I have often joked with my husband that wherever we live has to be within a 30 minute radius of a Six Flags parks.) It’s usually a very fun excursion for us, mostly free of angst, and something I truly enjoy doing as a family. On our last […]

Are Volunteers the Solution?

BY BARRY WALDMAN, DDS, MPH, PhD; STEVEN P. PERLMAN, DDS, MScD, DHL;  LYNN MA.  MISHA GAREY, DDS Why is it that we, who are living in an advanced country, are so dependent upon the volunteering effort of so many for an array of basic medical care for unbelievable numbers of poor and individuals with special needs? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that between September 2012 and September 2013 about 62.6 million people (25.4 percent) of […]

Dyslexia: A New Perspective

A NEW PERSPECTIVE BY KARIN MERKLE Pass along this information to teachers and parents who may be stuck in the myths of dyslexia. Whether a student ends up getting lessons or not, the word and information you share may just save our world’s next great inventor, engineer, or scientist! I have great news to share with you about bright children (and adults) who struggle with reading and spelling. In a moment, when I share a […]