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Bryce Johnson, a fourth-grade student, left, listens to his mentor Xander Van Horn, a seventh grader, talk about inappropriate behavior and reactions in certain social occasions. (Tim Vizer/Belleville News-Democrat/TNS)

Peer Mentors Help Kids With Autism Learn Social Graces

With an increasing number of students on the spectrum, some schools are turning to typically-developing kids to help model appropriate interactions and step in during rough moments.

May 4, 2016

Special Education Enrollment Rises

An increasing number of American students are reportedly utilizing special education services in the nation's public schools.

April 26, 2016
Conrad Grant, 7, dribbles a foam basketball while playing with his father, John, at their home in River Forest, Ill. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Parents Find Ways To Mitigate Bullying, Teasing

Families of kids with disabilities are taking a variety of approaches – ranging from letters to presentations and cards to distribute – to proactively educate others about their child's needs.

April 11, 2016

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Low Special Ed Graduation Rates Haunt Educators

In a state with persistently low graduation rates for students with disabilities, there are no easy answers.

April 8, 2016

Federal Judge: Religious Schools Exempt From ADA

A federal judge has ruled that a Quaker school is not required to provide services to students with disabilities despite arguments that the school is not overtly religious.

April 5, 2016

Autism Study Participants May Be Too Homogeneous

Amid a growing body of research on autism interventions, new questions are being raised about a striking lack of diversity among study participants.

April 4, 2016

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A teacher works with students at a charter school in New Jersey. According to a new analysis of federal data, black students and those with disabilities attending charters are more likely to be suspended. (Michael Karas/The Record/TNS)

Students With Disabilities Suspended More Often At Charters

Charter schools are suspending students with disabilities at higher rates and in numbers that outpace traditional public schools, a first-of-its-kind report indicates.

March 25, 2016

Schools Warned On Shortened Schedules For Those With Disabilities

One state is cracking down amid concerns that upwards of 1,000 students with disabilities are believed to have been placed on prolonged partial-day school schedules due to behavior issues.

March 22, 2016
Liam Craig tries on a backpack designed for children on the autism spectrum by University of Minnesota students Will Radke, center, and Jake Portra. (Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Entrepreneurs Design Backpack For Kids On The Spectrum

It may look like a typical book bag, but a backpack designed by a group of college students to meet the sensory needs of kids with autism is far from ordinary.

March 21, 2016

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In creating a new center, the U.S. Department of Education is looking to help schools better support students who need intensive intervention in order to be successful. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Feds Aim To Improve Academics Among Students With Behavior Issues

Federal education officials are taking new steps to address the academic needs of students with disabilities who have significant behavior challenges.

March 18, 2016

YouTube Fame Draws Attention To Special Ed Dispute

An otherwise ordinary court case centering on the rights of a 10-year-old with Down syndrome is garnering attention from people around the globe who watch the girl and her brother on YouTube.

March 15, 2016
New research suggests that a behavior therapy method used with children who have autism could successfully be applied within preschool classrooms. (José M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Study Finds Merit In Classroom-Based Autism Therapy

Preschool teachers may be able to play a significant role in helping kids with autism improve their language and social skills, a new study suggests.

March 8, 2016

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