Link: mercurynews.com When a state judge ruled late last year that qualified nurses are the only school personnel who can give insulin shots to children with diabetes, he exacerbated an enormous problem.
Link: disabilityscoop.com A Georgia couple listed everything they own on eBay — minus their house — in an effort to pay for treatments for their children, one with autism and another with juvenile arthritis, known as Still’s disease. And this week, they got a winning $20,000 bid. But the winning bidder now wants to pay the couple and let them keep their belongings.
Link: reuters.com NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research suggests that adherence with
daily asthma "controller" medications among children with asthma can be
enhanced with school-based supervised asthma therapy.
Link: npr.org Morning Edition, January 30, 2009 · As consumer electronics companies race to create more flat screens, touch-screens and other sleek innovations to woo mainstream consumers, there's at least one group of people who are not celebrating this trend: the blind and visually impaired.
Link: washingtonpost.com The children are enrolled in a program called Paws to Read, which was
introduced at the Purcellville library last summer and has since moved
to the Lovettsville branch. The program aims to promote the
self-confidence of young readers by having them practice the skill in
front of a friendly, nonjudgmental dog, said Beth Weisman, media
officer for the Loudoun County library system.
Link: thestate.com Music teacher Helen Krofchick’s classroom is a fun-filled shrine to the melodic universe —everything from busts of Bach and Verdi to a poster of singing whales to numerous instruments, even a tiny statue of soul man James Brown. Now, it’s also a high-tech musical universe, thanks to the addition of Wii, one of today’s hottest video gaming systems. The Doby’s Mill Elementary teacher is one of 70 nationwide piloting a Wii music instruction program
Harris Cooper is a professor of education and psychology at Duke University who is an expert on homework. He said there is very little evidence that most homework in elementary school helps kids learn.
Link: sciencedaily.com A new psychodynamic approach to bullying in schools has been successfully trialled by UCL (University College London) and US researchers. CAPSLE (Creating a Peaceful School Learning Environment) is a groundbreaking method focused more on the bystander, including the teacher, than on the bully or the victim.
Link: disabilityscoop.com Following a report exposing physical and emotional injuries — including death — resulting from seclusion and restraint tactics used in K-12 schools to handle behavior (see here), the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee is asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate.