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April 02, 2014

Federal Initiative Aims at Early Screening for Developmental Delays

Several federal agencies are promoting screening tools intended to help families and care providers evaluate children early to make sure they are meeting age-appropriate milestones.

July 18, 2013

Study: High Quality Matters More Than Specific Model for Preschoolers with Autism

The common features of various approaches used in educating young students with autism may be more meaningful than the unique elements, researchers have found.

April 01, 2013

Special Education Essential to Preschool Plans, Says Advocacy Group

Programs that serve young children with disabilities should be part of any federal preschool expansion, according to a letter to the Obama administration from the Council for Exceptional Children.

November 05, 2012

After 30 Years of Special Ed. Law, How Far Have We Really Come?

Talking with a group of foreigners about the U.S. special education system recently, I wondered how well the American system really works.

October 31, 2012

Early Autism Intervention Can 'Normalize' Brain Activity

The Early Start Denver Model also has been shown to decrease autism symptoms and improve social skills.

October 03, 2012

New Center Established to Develop Effective Special Educators

The $25 million federal grant used to establish the center is one of many the federal Education Department has announced in recent weeks that involve special education.

August 23, 2012

One Step Forward, One Step Back For Students With Disabilities?

After 13 years, many schools in San Francisco finally comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but in Boston, parents lose in their efforts to press the district to improve the transition between early childhood and preschool education for students with disabilities.

May 07, 2012

What Works to Prepare Young Children With Disabilities for School?

In a recent review, the What Works Clearinghouse found that something called milieu teaching appears to have no discernible effects on prepping young children for school, and more research is needed about play-based interventions.

April 27, 2012

20 Percent of Kids With Developmental Delays Identified Late

Easter Seals says that each year there are about 5 million children at risk for developmental delays, but only about 1 million actually get early intervention services

April 26, 2012

D.C. Says Work Will Take Special Education Services to 'Next Level'

Among the work going on now is a review of practices across the district that will take inventory of the very best of these, then share them, something that doesn't always happen in the frenetic pace of a school year.

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