What Are Common Core State Standards?

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As many have felt the United States needs academic reform a group was formed, led by states and state-level groups/organizations, primarily the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The CCSS were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts with the goal


Autism and Learning Disabilites

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The New York Times article “The Recovered” by Ruth Padawer speaks of a shocking claim….recovery from Autism. As a professional in the field of special education it goes against all of my training to believe that one can recover from Autism. We painstakingly explain to parents that Autism is neurological; it is diagnosed based upon


Dyslexia Legislation in New Jersey

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New Jersey has recently enacted three key pieces of legislation with regard to Dyslexia. They include chapter 131, the definition, Chapter 105 professional development which is needed in order to facilitate the legislation and Chapter 210 which deals with the screening of Dyslexia. This legislation was signed into effect during the summer of 2013. It


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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According to the National Institute on alcohol abuse common facial characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome include a low nasal bridge, minor ear abnormalities, thin upper lip, flat mid-face, short nose, epicanthal folds, indistinct philtrum and micrognathia. Along with these distinct physical characteristics, alcohol impacts cognitive processes, emotional areas and behavior. For example within the cognitive


Common Core Standards… What? Why? How?

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The Common Core Standards is a consistent set of curriculum requirements which 47 states to date have adopted. In the past each state has individually decided what knowledge and skills the students within their state should be taught by the time they graduate. This new set of standards will enable the curricular expectations to be


What is Dyslexia?

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What is Dyslexia? What does it take to get a diagnosis? Dyslexia is the name for specific learning disabilities in reading. It is a language based disability in which a person has difficulty understanding words, sentences and/or paragraphs. Oral and written language are both, very often, affected. It is often characterized by difficulties with accurate word


Common Red Flags For Learning Disabilities

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I Hate School aka Why is School So Hard? Your child comes home from school and tells you that school is “soooo hard.” How does a parent effectively respond after gritting of teeth and reluctantly passing up the golden opportunity to share that if he or she would just pay attention or put in a