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Blue Valley students build chairs that snuggle children with autism into calm

Stuart Jackson was on a mission. For years, the Overland Park father had searched for a way to help his son find relief from the stress and anxiety often experienced by children with autism. Like many of those children, Joshua could be soothed through deep touch pressure — the kind of feeling one might get …

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Fixing Autism Research We need to come to grips with what autism really is.

Autism researchers have published thousands of papers in recent years. With those numbers, you’d think we’d all be rejoicing over great progress. Yet many people—especially autistic adults—are frustrated by how little benefit has actually materialized. Why? The simple answer is, we’re studying the wrong things. We’re sinking millions into the search for a “cure,” even …

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Paralysed man walks again after historic spinal cord treatment by British doctors

Millions of paralysis sufferers are today offered the possibility of a cure for the first time after a new technique pioneered by British doctors allowed a man with a severed spinal cord to recover the ability to walk.  A revolutionary implant of regenerative cells has knitted back together the spinal cord of a wheelchair-bound firefighter …

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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days  and was amazed at what she found. Her report is in  following post, which appeared on the blog of Grant Wiggins, the co-author of “Understanding by Design” and the author of “Educative Assessment” and numerous articles …

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My School Found a Way to Make Students With Disabilities Feel Included

The challenge of inclusion for students with disabilities has been an ongoing conversation in education. For students in my high school, inclusion has primarily meant physical inclusion only — students with disabilities attended general education classes with typical peers. However, during lunch and after school they were usually alone and isolated from the usual social …

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