Friday, December 15, 2017

Depression in late adolescence may increase high-school dropout risk

A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that older adolescents with depression had a more than twofold higher likelihood of dropping out of high school, compared with those who recovered from earlier depression or those without depression. The findings also showed higher rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder among dropouts and at-risk peers, compared with average students.   Reuters

S.C. schools test robot for students with autism

Seventeen schools in South Carolina are participating in a three-year pilot program that seeks to study the effectiveness of robots in teaching students with autism. The robot used in the study is designed to offer social, emotional and behavioral lessons.  The Item (Sumter, S.C.)

6 Multisensory Techniques for Teaching Handwriting

Handwriting involves more than just making letters on a page — it requires strong fine motor and visual-motor skills. Here are some multisensory techniques to try if your child is struggling with writing. [In English and Spanish, with links to downloadable templates]