Behavior issues a challenge in student integration

For four decades, federal law has enabled children with disabilities to be integrated with regular education students at school, but even today that integration is a puzzle in progress. "Not a lot of regular education teachers have the level of training to respond to students’ behaviors," special education legal advocate Kathy Custren said. She represented an Altoona student in court who was criminally charged for striking a teacher during an aggressive "meltdown," a characteristic of Read More

Depression Screening Day offers help online, in person

Often dismissed as a case of "the blues," depression can cause serious harm if left undiagnosed or untreated, says Douglas Jacobs, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and founder of Screening For Mental Health, Inc. To counter that, more than 1,000 sites across the USA, including colleges, community organizations, and military installations, will offer free anonymous screening tests for depression and other mental health issues today through National Depression Screening Day. The Read More

Beverly behavioral expert to share advice on raising a special-needs child

By Katrina Powell Beverly, Mass. —Raising a child with autism has been a challenge for Beverly resident Karen Donaldson, but despite the daily difficulties she faces, Donaldson refuses to look at the glass as half empty. “I think it’s so important to just always be thankful for what your child is able to do, rather than focusing on what he can’t,” she said. Donaldson, a family partner with the Community Services Agency (CSA) in Beverly, Read More

New Program Bringing Positive Changes to Student Behavior at Washoe Co. Schools

Fox Reno RENO – Schools across Washoe County are experiencing a shift in school climate and culture with the growth of a program that is part of the District’s anti-bullying and respectful learning environments initiatives. More schools are implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to improve student academic and behavior outcomes by ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions. At the end of Read More

The brain takes special notice of winning

By UPI When a person plays a game — even a simple one such as rock-paper-scissors, the brain takes notice, in fact, the whole brain is involved, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Timothy Vickery, a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, said textbooks teach that sensations of reward and punishment are centered in a region at the center of the brain called the basal ganglia, which contains a network of cells distributing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that Read More

Happy Kids a Product of Genes, Parenting, Study Finds

By Maureen Salamon TUESDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) — As scientists continue to tease out the impact of nature versus nurture, it appears that kids unlucky enough to get a “downer” personality gene can end up with sunnier outlooks when they’re parented in a warm, positive manner. A new study on nearly 1,900 children aged 9 through 15 with a gene variation predisposing them to lower serotonin levels in the brain — which can lead Read More

Emotions Trigger Moral Behavior

By Rick Nauert, PHD Emerging research suggests the human brain instinctively uses high emotion to promote moral behavior. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed. D., a researcher at the University of Southern California, found that individuals who were told stories designed to evoke compassion and admiration for virtue sometimes reported that they felt a physical sensation in response. These psycho-physical “pangs” of emotion are very real — they’re detectable with brain scans — and may be evidence Read More