Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications
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Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications
Exploring the services, information, legislation, approaches, and medications prescribed for children with special needs- with a focus on ADD/ADHD and Autism
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Parents Advised On How To Detect Communications Disorders In Their Children

Parents Advised On How To Detect Communications Disorders In Their Children | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
STAR Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month by encouraging parents to seek early intervention for children with communication disorders.
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I believe it is very important for parents to seek help for their children with communication disorders early, so their academic abilities do not be severly hindered.

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Michael Morris's curator insight, May 31, 2013 6:52 AM

So important to have early detection.  Unfortunately denial can be such a challenge for parents.  That's why peers and parent leadership is one of the most important elements of all medical assessment. 

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Managing ADHD through play - HealthCanal.com

Managing ADHD through play - HealthCanal.com | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
Managing ADHD through play
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Children make sense of the world through play, say University of Sydney paediatric occupational therapists, who have developed a play program to teach essential life skills to children diagnosed with ADHD.
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Play is linked to valuable life-skill; empathy
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The Sharp Rise in A.D.H.D. Diagnoses

The Sharp Rise in A.D.H.D. Diagnoses | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
Readers react to the growing use of stimulants to treat children.
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Julia Bennett's comment, May 6, 2013 11:05 PM
All of the ADHD diagnoses make me worry and wonder if all of these children actually do have a disorder that needs medication...
Mac Cagle's comment, May 7, 2013 3:14 AM
I personally have know many students who were misdiagnosed with A.D.H.D. and i feel sympathy for the kids that have to deal with the problems that arise from that. its good to see an article that actually talks about this
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An Epidemic of ADHD Diagnoses

An Epidemic of ADHD Diagnoses | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
Some inattentive and overactive children are unnecessarily medicated.
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Jennifer Buckley's comment, May 2, 2013 4:55 PM
This article was interesting. I believe too many children now a days are being diagnosed with ADHD without looking at all the factors. This article does a great job going into all the aspects.
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Response to Intervention nearing end of first year of implementation in Northfield Public Schools

Response to Intervention nearing end of first year of implementation in Northfield Public Schools | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
If you ask Gary Lewis, Northfield Public Schools’ director of student services, he will tell you that this first year of the Response to Intervention program has produced results that have exceeded his wildest dreams.
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ECIP has profound impact on families across the Southwest

ECIP has profound impact on families across the Southwest | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
When Early Childhood Intervention Program Interventionist Melissa McBlain pulls her car in front of the home of an ECIP family it is like a ray of sunshine arriving.
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Medication Affects Reward/Punishment Processing in Children with ADHD

Medication Affects Reward/Punishment Processing in Children with ADHD | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
From a recent study, experts concluded that children with ADHD who were taking some form of medication were more receptive and responsive to the influence of positive reinforcements, rewards, and punishments.
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Alicia Milanowski's comment, May 7, 2013 9:04 PM
What a controversial subject! We have discussed this a lot in our SPED class, but we never quite come to a solution or an agreement...this article proved to be very interesting and I enjoyed viewing its findings and analyzing the pros and cons.
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Drug Shows Some Benefit for Kids With Autism – WebMD

Drug Shows Some Benefit for Kids With Autism – WebMD | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
Study found no gains in lethargy, social withdrawal, but those on the drug improved in other ways
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Autism: Early intervention is key | WWLP.com

Autism: Early intervention is key | WWLP.com | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
Parents and therapists say early diagnosis and therapy can make a huge difference.
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Autism and Early Intervention For Toddlers: 7 Signs To Keep in Mind

Autism and Early Intervention For Toddlers: 7 Signs To Keep in Mind | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
1 in 88 children are affected by Autism and it's time to learn the signs. Here are 7 signs to keep in mind as your toddler is developing.
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Good, quick quide for parents to be made aware of the early warning signs of Autism

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Why Are We Still Medicating Our Kids?

Why Are We Still Medicating Our Kids? | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
So, if family therapy is safe, effective, and brief, why do very few people know about it? The answer is simple: follow the money.
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Philadelphia lags behind other cities in getting children early intervention services

Philadelphia lags behind other cities in getting children early intervention services | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
Philadelphia lags behind other Pennsylvania cities in getting early intervention services to eligible infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who fail to meet certain developmental milestones, accord
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Why Parents Of Young Children With ADHD May Want To Delay Medication Until Their Kids Are Older

Why Parents Of Young Children With ADHD May Want To Delay Medication Until Their Kids Are Older | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
The New York Times recently reported that rates of ADHD diagnosis among school-aged children has risen to 11 percent — a record high.
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Parent behavioral training can potentially be more effective than medications.

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Aspergersinchildrentips.com Launches to Help Parents of Children with Aspergers - PR Web (press release)

Aspergersinchildrentips.com Launches to Help Parents of Children with Aspergers - PR Web (press release) | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
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Aspergersinchildrentips.com Launches to Help Parents of Children with Aspergers
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Early diagnosis of Aspergers in Children is vital to ensure that any sufferers are able to live a full and happy life.
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The International Reaction to DSM-5

The International Reaction to DSM-5 | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
I doubt DSM-5 will remain the international standard for research journals; it will almost certainly not gain any clinical following outside the U.S.; and it will also probably lose its role as the lingua franca of American psychiatry.
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Interesting discussion about over-diagnoses of Autism and ADHD.

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Viewpoint: ADHD Isn't A Metaphor

Viewpoint: ADHD Isn't A Metaphor | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
With all the alarmist reports about a rise in rates, we'd be wise to remember that it's a developmental disorder, not a symptom of societal ills
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This article raises some very important questions...For example; what it takes to be diagnosed, the societal implications, and the effects on medical industry

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Study Questions Effectiveness Of ADHD Medications | Health Aim

Study Questions Effectiveness Of ADHD Medications | Health Aim | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
Questions about the effectiveness of treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have been raised in a new study. The study examined young children taking
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The article points out that medication can potentially cause physically harm than good and that "behavioral and cognitive therapies are safer and more effective than stimulants in the long-run"

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Shelby Mota's comment, May 7, 2013 12:44 AM
This article shows different statistics on the amount of children who are diagnosed with ADHD and are put on medication.
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Bills would boost access to treatment for autism patients

Bills would boost access to treatment for autism patients | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
April is Autism Awareness Month and throughout California events are being held to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the fastest-growing developmental disability.
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House Backs Bill Addressing Psychotropic Drugs for Foster Children, by Becca Aaronson

House Backs Bill Addressing Psychotropic Drugs for Foster Children, by Becca Aaronson | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
The Texas House approved legislation Thursday that would require the guardians of a foster child to give informed consent before that child could be put on psychotropic drugs.
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ADHD drugs suspected of hurting Canadian kids | Toronto Star

ADHD drugs suspected of hurting Canadian kids | Toronto Star | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
Strokes. Convulsions. Hallucinations. Depression. Suicide. All serious side effects suffered by Canadian children as young as 6 taking drugs that treat ADHD. All side effects doctors aren’t required to report.
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Early signs of autism, early intervention key

Early signs of autism, early intervention key | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
The signs of autism are usually spotted in the first 3 years of life.
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Understanding the Rise in ADHD Diagnoses: 11% of U.S. Children Are Affected | TIME.com

Understanding the Rise in ADHD Diagnoses: 11% of U.S. Children Are Affected | TIME.com | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
The rates of U.S. children affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are skyrocketing, according to a recent report, but experts caution that the latest numbers require a bit of decoding.
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Katiebelle Wheelock's comment, May 9, 2013 2:44 PM
This article is very interesting because the amount of children diagnosed with ADHD is rising at an extremely alarming rate. The article states many statistics but one in particular that stood out to me was that 1 in 5 boys are diagnosed with ADHD. That seems like far to many to be true and some misdiagnoses must have been made. The process for diagnosis have proved to be too simple and some sort of intervention must be made.
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Attention Deficit Disorder Is Over-Diagnosed and Over-Treated

Attention Deficit Disorder Is Over-Diagnosed and Over-Treated | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
ADD has clearly become a public health problem. It is much less clear the degree to which the increased rates are real vs.
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Tara Faigle's comment, May 10, 2013 11:56 PM
very interesting.
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Early intervention gives autistic child a bright future | Article | The United States Army

Early intervention gives autistic child a bright future | Article | The United States Army | Children with Special Needs: Diagnoses, interventions, services, and the debate over medications | Scoop.it
A child diagnosed with autism has overcome his challenges and is now an above average student and is actively involved in extracurricular activities.
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