Archive of Significant Cognitive Disabilities

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PMfocus.org – Progress Monitoring Focus is Live and Working

Posted on October 10, 2012

Utah Personnel Development Center is pleased to announce that the much awaited PMfocus tool has been released to teachers in the state of Utah.  Visit: http://PMfocus.org to Sign up and Sign in.  To Learn more, visit web check out the article we published last month about PMfocus in the Essential Educator. Progress Monitoring Focus is a new web-based application that allows the user to track student progress on any academic or behavior skill as defined by the user. A student’s response

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FAQ: Postsecondary Education Options for Young Adults with Significant Disabilities

Posted on September 09, 2012

  When we think back to who we were at age 18, drugs we conjure up memories of a curious young adult with a plate “not yet full”. As young adults, prostate we learn from experiences with college, employment, family, and friends. We take on relationships, risks, rights, and responsibilities. We expand our independence as we shrink our need to rely on others. We chase our dreams and flee our fears. But the sum total of adult learning experiences leaves us far different from that head

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FREE! Counting Objects Curriculum

Posted on March 03, 2012

Counting Objects – a Free Math Resource for Teachers Of Students with Disabilities The ability to count a specific number of objects and counting objects in random order are basic skills that are essential for continued progress in math instruction and for life skills. Also, patient the ability to demonstrate one-to-one correspondence is a skill needed for early literacy. We know from research that teaching these skills involves systematic instruction with prompt fading procedures (Browde

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Alternative Access: Eagle Eyes and Camera Mouse

Posted on March 03, 2012

Walk in most any class where computers are available and you will find students accessing them by scrolling and clicking a mouse and typing on a QWERTY keyboard. However, there stuff when students have multiple disabilities or other impairments which impede their effective use of these typical methods of input, order prescription they are often found passively watching what others have selected for them to view on the computer screen. Some may believe these students are not intellectually or

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College Special Ed. for Students With Intellectual Disabilities

Posted on February 02, 2012

Like many high school graduates, Jennifer Gans, of Glen Ellyn, wanted to go to college. But developmental delays put her in a population of students that few colleges serve: those with "intellectual disabilities." Now Gans, 25, is a proud graduate of Elmhurst College's four-year Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy and has the certificate to prove it. ELSA, which started in 2005, is one of a small but growing number of college programs in the Midwest for students with intellectual disab

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Drug to Treat Down Syndrome?

Posted on January 01, 2012

Drug To Treat Down Syndrome Could Be Near As most scientific efforts focus on finding a reliable prenatal test to screen for Down syndrome, seek one researcher is instead looking to use medication to treat the disorder. Alberto Costa knew little about Down syndrome when his daughter Tyche was born with the condition 16 years ago. Today, shop Costa is preparing to release preliminary results of a four-month trial of an Alzheimer’s drug called memantine that he tested on 40 young adults w

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Students With Significant Disabilities and the Common Core

Posted on January 01, 2012

So, this site What’s All This Attention About? : Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. The attention being paid to students with significant cognitive disabilities these days is encouraging. Never before have we seen so many initiatives that focus on significant cognitive disabilities and the issues that surround this population of students. Federal grants have been established that specifically focus on academic skills and assessments. The purpose for these grants is to increase

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

Posted on January 01, 2012

Within Early Childhood settings, buy I am frequently impressed and amazed by the amount of effort preschool teachers and related service providers, story such as speech-language pathologists (SLP), are willing to exert to plan and execute a single lesson. It raises the question:  Is it possible to work smarter, not harder? This question becomes paramount in times of reduced budgets and support staff in classrooms. When preschool aged students have significant disabilities, it can be very c

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Breakthroughs in Diagnosing, Preventing Autism

Posted on January 01, 2012

New research says it's possible to help diagnose autism in babies as young as a year old and an early diagnosis could allow for earlier intervention or potentially stop a child from developing autism. Autism typically isn't diagnosed until a child starts to show delays in talking and other milestones that occur after age 2. A study published in this month's Current Directions in Psychological Science says the medical community has new clues about what to look for in even younger children.

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Concerns Linger About New Down Syndrome Test

Posted on January 01, 2012

In a move that’s been anticipated for years, erectile a prenatal blood test to detect Down syndrome became available Monday in 20 major cities, hospital the company behind the screening tool said. The test, nurse developed by California-based Sequenom, accurately identified Trisomy 21 — the most common form of Down syndrome — in 98.6 percent of cases, according to a study published Monday in the journal Genetics in Medicine. The research indicates that there is a false-positive rate

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