Public and private schools throughout the Tucson, Ariz., area provide educational options for students with autism spectrum disorder. Options include inclusion as well as self-contained classes, plus home school and online programs.
Students in an Indiana high school formed a mental health club to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues. In this interview, two district leaders share their strategies for addressing mental health and suicide prevention.
Farhat Ahmad, who teaches at-risk students at an alternative school in Georgia, implemented mastery-based assessments and digital devices to personalize instruction for each learner. In this commentary, Ahmad writes that this tailored approach is boosting academic and emotional outcomes among these struggling learners.
California distributes special-education funds according to a district's total enrollment, rather than its special-education needs. So while the state has experienced declining enrollment, districts are receiving less money, even when their special-education costs have continued to grow.
School-based programs to address trauma and mental illness have grown to seven districts throughout Connecticut after the 2012 school shooting in Newtown. State budget woes threaten the programs because the state has not passed a budget or renewed the contract for service providers.
A study in Pediatrics found that parents of adults who were born very preterm or with a very low birth weight had similar overall quality of life to those whose grown children were born full-term. However, parents whose grown children had experienced mental health and peer relationship difficulties as youths did have lower quality of life, compared with other parents.