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January 12, 2009

A Teacher's View on Seclusion

I wrote a blog post in December that referred to a report on seclusion in schools. A poster called "NYS Teacher" posted a comment yesterday that I thought was worth bringing to the top: You know...this really makes me mad! We have had 'chill rooms' as you call them, for years. In some cases...

December 23, 2008

Behavior Challenges Faced At Vermont School

The Burlington Free Press ran an article today about a public school program for children with behavioral and emotional disabilities. Coming on the heels of last week's piece about the overuse of "time-out" rooms, this is a welcome shift: So two years ago she established a program that offe...

December 05, 2008

Q&A with Educator Brad Cohen

Courtesy Brad Cohen It wouldn't have surprised anyone if Brad Cohen never considered coming near a school, after his experiences as a child growing up with Tourette's Syndrome. In one notable story, Brad says that a teacher made him get up in front of his class and apologize to his classmates for m...

October 20, 2008

Are Time-Out Rooms Too Much?

The Associated Press ran a compelling article this weekend about the use of "time-out" rooms for students with disabilities. After failing to finish a reading assignment, 8-year-old Isabel Loeffler was sent to the school's time-out room — a converted storage area under a staircase — where she w...

September 16, 2008

Tune In to Online Chat on Adolescents with Behavioral Disorders

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, between 1 and 2 p.m., I'll be moderating an online chat with Professors Lee Kern and Richard White on effective strategies for adolescents with behavioral disorders. This is a follow-up to an article I wrote earlier this month on the topic. Kern is leading a new federal eff...

September 02, 2008

The Good Behavior Game

Happy back-to-school! I know many of you may have been back for a week or two, but Labor Day seems to be a true sign that the lazy days of summer have come to a close. I recently learned about a classroom management technique with younger kids that is quite successful, but so simple I can hardly be...

August 12, 2008

Mainstreaming Takes a Hit

Only 25 percent of public teachers believe that students with emotional and behavioral disabilities should be taught in regular classrooms along with other students, according to a poll released today by the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University. (Scroll down to the sectio...

August 07, 2008

Adopted Children in Specialty Schools

Back in June, I wrote a blog entry about an Arizona appeals court halting a voucher program for students with disabilities and students in foster care. At the time, I wrote that I understood why people might support a voucher program for students with special needs, but I was a bit more skeptical th...

July 18, 2008

Less Teaching, More Mockery

The left-leaning Media Matters for America website has a post about conservative radio host Michael Savage giving his cure for autism during a recent broadcast: "I'll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is. What...

July 15, 2008

The Line on Restraints

The New York Times has published a compelling article about the use, and misuse, of restraints with students who have behavior disorders. In dozens of interviews, parents, special education experts and lawyers who work to protect disabled people said they now regularly heard of cases of abuse in p...

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