Making Special Education Work for Your Child During COVID

Even in normal times, parents wrestle with decisions about how best to support their children’s development. Now, however, parents are faced with nearly-unprecedented choices, and problems with no clear solutions: What if in-person schooling is better for emotional health, but remote schooling is better for physical health? How can children foster social skills without typical social interactions? How can parents select among learning environments when all the options have clear downsides?

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7-Day Neurodiversity Inclusion Challenge

The 7-Day Neurodiversity (ND) Inclusion Challenge is a self-guided learning and reflection experience that highlights the need for true inclusion and acceptance in the Brandeis community and beyond of those with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and other neurological disabilities. The ND Challenge is modeled on the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge that the Heller community also spearheaded. Because the concept of neurodiversity is not yet familiar to many people, the ND Challenge adds additional introductory text to each day’s suggested sources and allows individual participants to select from a varied set of reading, viewing, and listening options. read more

Difficulty identifying emotions linked to poor mental health in autistic people

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Autistic people who have trouble identifying their emotions, a condition known as alexithymia, are likely to have anxiety, depression and problems with social communication, according to a new study1. Alexithymia may also contribute to worsening mental health: People with severe alexithymia are more likely than those without to develop anxiety over time.

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