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Omaha teacher recognized for her impact on students with special needs

Adia Brightman always wanted to be a teacher.<p>As a child, her bedroom was set up like a classroom with a chalkboard, a small table and chairs, school …

Special Education

Drumming helps children with autism: One hour sessions weekly allows youngsters on the spectrum to learn at school and interact with others

Drumming to rock music for 60 minutes each week could help children with autism, a study suggests.<p>Scientists found youngsters on the spectrum were …

Kids with and without disabilities learn together at Westside preschool program

When it came time to find a preschool program for her 3-year-old twins, Kendra Ely knew it was important to find the right fit.<p>Like other families, …

Education

5 Things I’ve Learned from Writing a YA Novel

Please welcome today’s guest Sandra Gulland—an internationally bestselling author of biographical historical fiction set in France. She is known for …

14 Things Special Education Teachers Want Parents to Know

Having a child with special needs often leaves parents with oodles of questions when it comes to their education. Does my kid need an IEP? Should I schedule regular meetings with his or her teacher? Am I doing enough to help my child in the classroom? For concerned parents, getting to the bottom of …

Special Education

These editing tips will help you level-up your writing

Writers have the most amazing job, what is better than creating a masterpiece and then releasing it into the world for people to enjoy? or critique …

Social Media Just for Writers: How to Build Your Online Platform and Find and Engage with Your Readers

Overview<p>Social Media Just for Writers: How to Build Your Online Platform and Find and Engage with Your Readers by Frances Caballo<p>You wrote your book …

10 of the Greatest First Lines in Literature (and what you can learn about writing from them)

Never judge a book by its cover, but what about its first line?Writing is not about only plot, it is about the actual <i>art</i> of writing …

Literature

The smart storytelling techniques you should try this year

For communicators, it can be demoralizing to see nonexistent traffic on your websites, low open rates on emails and poor engagement on social media …

New Minn. theater program gives the stage to children with special needs

Actors from Northern Starz Children’s Theatre in Ramsey are participating for the first time in a national theater program for young people with …

Mum of boy with autism launches Australia's first sensory gym

Welcome to Australia's first sensory gym for autistic children – a place where kids like Digby are encouraged to just be themselves.<p>The gym comes …

17 verbs that cut fat from your writing

Verbs are the powerhouse of your sentences; choose them wisely.<p>Another issue that I see frequently in the work that I edit is weak verbs coupled with …

The 8 styles of thinking: Unlock awesome writing by rewiring your brain

The more you understand about how you think, the more able you are to hijack your own psychology to achieve your writing goals. There are ‘8 types’ …

100 Space Opera Writing Prompts

Overview<p>100 Space Opera Writing Prompts by Knatia Parson<p>100 Space Opera Writing Prompts is book 13 of 14, in the Science Fiction Writing …

Barnes & Noble

Owner of Adaptive Exercise saw few personal training services available to those with autism and decided to do something about it

When David Crowley realized there were few personal training services that specialized in working with clients on the autism spectrum, he decided to …

Unique Camp Strikes A Chord With Teens With Autism

<b>By Kathy Walsh</b><b>GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (CBS4) –</b> A half dozen teenagers are in camp this week making musical instruments. It is a one of a kind …

Dad Takes Teen With Autism to Grocery Store Expecting Difficulty. He Gets Blown Away By a Simple Gesture

<!—http://cdn.brid.tv/live/partners/9968/ld/275756.mp4—><p>A family said they were brought to tears after a grocery store employee showed kindness to …

Accelerated growth linked to autism

The discovery could inform future research aimed at identifying the underlying causes of autism and deepen our understanding of the differences …

Boy with autism makes a friend, thanks to 'Sesame Street' Muppet Julia

A young 'Sesame' fan befriended a boy with autism because she knew how to play with him.<p>As 4-year-old Julian spun in circles by the swimming pool, his parent Lu Everman worried. Julian has autism and sometimes when he spins or flaps his hands, children react cruelly.<p>But this time something …

For Many With Autism, Running Is A Sport That Fits

Tommy Des Brisay had an insatiable need to move when he was a child.<p>He began walking at 8 months old. He would bounce on his backyard trampoline for hours and climb heights fearlessly. He slept only three hours a night until he was 7. As he grew older, he would go on long tandem bike rides, …

4 tips for better proofreading

To err is human.<p>However, leaving typos, poor grammar, inconsistent information and glaring mistakes in your text is more than embarrassing. It erodes …

4th Grade Writing Prompts

Students in 4th grade need a variety of practice developing their writing skills. According to Common Core State Standards Initiative, 4th grade …

Discover the IT company recruiting people with autism

People with autism are often extraordinary individuals, with talents to match. We speak with Auticon, an IT consulting company who are happy to …

6 Autism Therapies Parents Can Provide in Their Own Home

It's expensive to care for a child with autism. Even if you have top-notch insurance and a wonderful school district, you'll pay premium prices for …

7 key Insights From My Writing Journey

For the reader who never seems to be able to write, but wants to.What if I read a lot, but don’t write? What if every single time I try to write I …

Creative Work

How to Meet Autistic People Halfway

One of the most widely held beliefs about autistic people — that they are not interested in other people — is almost certainly wrong. Our understanding of autism has changed quite a bit over the past century, but this particular belief has been remarkably persistent.<p>Seventy-five years ago, the …

Autism

Teens with autism learn to code, design apps

While the impact of technology on teens has its pros and cons in terms of social media bullying and video game violence, the educational and social benefits for those on the autism spectrum are unprecedented.<p>“Things in an abstract aren’t good for them [kids on the autism spectrum],” Beth Rosenberg, …

25 Fears You Have about Your Writing and How to Conquer Them All

As writers, we all have very similar fears about our writing. But often we don’t express them. We keep them inside, and then these fears either eat …

The Importance of Sentence Length in Writing

First published in 1985, <i>100 Ways to Improve Your Writing</i>, is a book by author Gary Provost that is loaded with constructive tips for writers of all …

Strengthen Your Writing Voice with Better Awareness

I wrote a young adult fantasy novel. When I was ready for critiques, the feedback had a common thread. My readers couldn’t get a sense for my main …